UT Science Forum features climate change lecture

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Curious about robotic surgery? Perhaps catastrophic collisions in the early solar system? How songbirds changed their behavior during the pandemic? How disease changes animal evolution? These are but a handful of the topics previously addressed by the UT Science Forum.


The UT Science Forum is a weekly lecture series open to the UT community and the public at large. It provides the audience with an opportunity to learn about the latest cutting-edge research at UT, ORNL and other local institutions. Presentations are designed for a general audience and are followed by a “question and answer” session.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the forum is currently presented online via Zoom. The event is free, but registration is required.

Joshua Fu

This week’s entry, “Climate Change Caused by Human-made Black Carbon in the Arctic,” will be presented by Joshua Fu, the John D. Tickle Professor and Gibson Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Inaugural Professor of UT/ORNL’s Bredesen Center. It will be presented this Friday, Oct. 15, at noon.

Black carbon emissions, a primary source of warming-inducing aerosols, play an important role in regional climate change in the Arctic. In his presentation, Professor Fu will share why it is necessary to pay attention to the impact of local sources and long-range transport from regions when adverse climate change is happening in the Arctic.

To register for the lecture, go here. To learn more about the Forum, future lectures or view previous videos go here.

Information for this story provided by Amanda Womac, director of communications for the College of Arts and Sciences at UT, a doctoral student in the College of Communications and Information, and a freelance science writer.

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