Science Writing Competition Winner: 1st Place, David Garcia

David Garcia is a graduate student in the Bredesen Center at the University of Tennessee. His research in the laboratory of Mitchel Doktycz at ORNL focuses on the development and use of cell-free systems for synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. David is a NSF graduate research fellow, a graduate advisor for UTK’s iGEM team, as... Continue Reading →


Science Writing Competition Winner: 2nd Place, Rob Ledbetter

Rob Ledbetter is a senior at the University of Tennessee, studying philosophy and biology. In the last year, he has worked for the Schulz Lab, focusing on the effects of prenatal stress on the development of depressive behaviors. Below is his entry for the Science Writing Competition that won him 2nd place. Congrats Rob! Epilepsy is... 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.

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