Join us for the first of our webinar viewing series: “Perfecting Your Elevator Speech”

Communicating your work and its importance is an essential part of being a successful scientist. Join FOSEP to learn how to better answer that inevitable question, “so, what do you do? (and why should I care?)” We will watch a webinar from the Union of Concerned Scientists to get tips on how to give an... Continue Reading →


January 25, 2016: FOSEP: Meeting minutes

Victoria H. DiStefano (VHD), Thomas Handler (TH), William T. Hartwig (WTH), Nannan Jiang (NJ), Marie C. Kirkegaard (MCK), Mallory P. Ladd (MPL), Ishita Ray (IR), Jessica M. Velez (JMV) 20 individuals in attendance (including officers) Meeting agenda Meeting minutes Action items   Pizza and sign-in     6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Officers    ... Continue Reading →

Media Relations: Velez

Jessica Velez has a background in liberal arts via the University of Texas at Austin, and microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Currently she is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee Knoxville studying plant-fungal interactions in regards to heavy metal contamination, and the possibility of increasing plant fitness in the presence of... Continue Reading →

Secretary Jiang

Nannan Jiang is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and works in the Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  He holds a B.S. in biology from Purdue University and an M.S. in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Nannan studies bioremediation, which... Continue Reading →

Treasurer Ishita Ray

Ishita Ray has a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech, focusing on Power Systems and Control Systems.  She is currently a PhD student in Energy Science and Engineering at the Bredesen Center and working on distributed energy systems at ORNL (DECC/MAXLAB).  Her interest in policy is piqued by how science and policy... Continue Reading →

Vice President Kirkegaard

Marie is a graduate student studying nuclear forensics. She works primarily at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, using computational methods to probe the chemistry of various uranium compounds. Marie has a B.S. in Chemical Physics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. It was there that Marie become interested in the connections between science, ethics, and... Continue Reading →

Meet President DiStefano

Victoria DiStefano is currently a PhD student at UT investigating the porosity of shale rocks to improve the process of hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking).  She has always been passionate about energy issues and in the last couple of years she discovered her passion for the role of science in policy, especially energy policy. She has... Continue Reading →

Meet your 2016 committee members!

Leading up to our first Spring 2016 meeting, we will be doing a series introducing our committee members.  We are looking forward to serving FOSEP! Don't forget to join us for our first meeting on January 25th at 6:30 PM in Greve 408.  We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, please contact... Continue Reading →

Where Science Ethics and Policy Meet

The Forum on Science, Ethics and Policy UT chapter invites you to join us for our inaugural meeting on Monday, January 25th at 6:30 pm in Greve 408.  We will introduce our FOSEP chapter officers, take suggestions and feedback for upcoming events, and fellow UT students will discuss their internship experiences in policy.  Pizza will... Continue Reading →

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