FOSEP Slack Discussion: Artificial Intelligence

By Humaira Taz For FOSEP's discussion on Thursday 12th October, we decided to address the growing concerns over Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI has been growing at a rapid rate in the past few years. Interfaces such as "Siri" and "Alexa", autonomous driving cars, and robots that can communicate with each other and compete with humans... Continue Reading →


FOSEP Slack Discussion: Clean Coal

With the government being so heavily focused on coal, it raised the question of how much of the economy actually depends on coal. Turns out that the coal industry contributes to less than 0.3% of the US GDP. The Washington Post made a hilarious comparison that the coal industry employs fewer people than Arby's! Given the employment numbers for the different industries, why does the death of the coal industry seem so detrimental to our economy? Marie mentioned that it might be a localization issue. Coal mines are so localized and concentrated in certain regions that when a they shut down, entire towns go under the economy. When media covers the topic it looks like an economical disaster to the general public. "[It's] interesting to think about the role the media is playing in the way we think about coal...and the power of narrative vs facts", she concluded.

Q & A Policy Fellowship Series: Dr. Laura Pence

Dr. Laura Pence is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Hartford with expertise in environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and chemical education.  She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS) representing New England and New York.  In 2012-2013, Dr. Pence spent a year as an ACS/American Association... Continue Reading →

Fighting Apathy in Student Organizations

~By Humaira Taz On Wednesday, Mar 22nd 2017, the UTK Campus Events Board held a seminar with T. J. Sullivan as the guest speaker. Sullivan is the author of the bestselling book titled "Motivating the Middle: Fighting Apathy in College Student Organizations", and he travels all over the country delivering speeches that identify and tackle... Continue Reading →

Meet the new officers!

FOSEP has some brand new officers in charge for the 2017 academic year. Let's give them a warm welcome! PRESIDENT: Marie Kirkegaard  Marie is a graduate research assistant at the Bredesen Center. Her research interests are in actinide chemistry, specifically as it relates to challenges in nuclear security. She currently works with Brian Anderson at ORNL using theoretical... Continue Reading →

Upcoming Events for Spring 2017

~By Humaira Taz Welcome everyone for another activity-filled semester with your campus science policy group! Our goal this semester is not only to expand our presence on campus, but also to collaborate with different campus organizations and program events to demonstrate how omnipresent science policy is in our lives. Getting involved in science policy is a... Continue Reading →

Q & A Policy Fellowship Series: Dr. Lida Beninson

Dr. Lida Beninson earned her Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder. While there she also earned a Graduate Certificate from the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. In Washington she was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Computer and Information... Continue Reading →

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