Join us tonight as we hear from University of Tennessee scientists as they discuss science that will tickle your senses.
Doors will be open at 6:30pm. There are numerous excellent food options in the Hardin Valley area so be sure to plan ahead and bring some tasty eats! Enjoy a bounty of drinks (both with and without alcohol) offered by the Casual Pint while chatting with new friends.
Following a brief introduction to taste of science and thanks to our sponsors, we will hear from our speakers with plenty of time between for questions and refills.
When the Brain Overrules the Tongue
In our everyday life, we are constantly perceiving sensory inputs from multiple different sources. For example, when we sit down for a meal we are constantly inundated with sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that create our eating experience. However, inputs from one modality influence the perception in another. For example, dying sugar water red increases the sweet taste perception or music volume can alter your perception of alcohol.
Engineering E. Coli to Convert Toxic Pollutants into Aromatic Aldehydes
Crude oil processing produces toxic byproducts, such as benzene, toluene, and xylene. These harmful byproducts can contaminate the groundwater and soil. However, by engineering E. Coli with the TOL pathway in P. putida, we can convert these byproducts into aromatic aldehydes, which are used in the fragrance and pharmaceutical industries.