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Carolyn HankAssistant ProfessorCollege of Communication and InformationSchool of Information Sciences

For print ephemera, the ability to discard an unwanted photograph or tear out regrettable journal entries is easily achieved. Not so for digital equivalents distributed via social media. Producers may not even be aware of the extent or persistence of their respective digital ephemera. The blog is a salient form from which to examine the lifecycle of social media as a stalwart of the social media landscape, pre-dating other contemporary, albeit more popular, social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This presentation draws from quantitative analysis of about 1500 blogs over a five-year period, providing insight into the extent and characteristics of those blogs that are continuously and actively published (zoetic); those that are still publicly available but no longer actively published (dormant); and those no longer available (dead). Represented as well are the “undead,” blogs that rise again after several years of inactivity. 

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Rupy SawhneyHeath Fellow in Business and EngineeringTickle College of EngineeringIndustrial & Systems Engineering

Today’s workforce is hampered by a sweeping level of substance dependencies. “Stress” is one of several variables which leads to dependency, and “work-related stress” is the number one causative agent for stress. Studies show that work-related stress is caused by the design of organizational systems, which value 100% utilization of machines and humans over all else. This results in a disengaged and stressed workforce. Our approach bucks the trend by emphasizing lower worker stress levels as an essential factor in system design. The approach is being simultaneously validated on site with our federal and industry collaborators.  

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Teri AbramsAssistant ProfessorCollege of Social Work

Discharge planning from regional burn centers are often complicated by shortened length of stay, limited time for patients and caregivers to absorb information regarding patient after-care, and lack of available, competent community resources.  The Bridge Mobile App for Burn Patients was designed to address the unique recovery needs of patients with burn injuries who are being discharged from a burn center to home.  App content was developed using three stakeholder focus groups to explore bio-psycho-social education, cognitive-behavioral messages, and information that could improve patient outcomes. The app will provide users with a password-protected, HIPPA compliant platform with accessible support 24 hours a day, seven days a week through original, recovery-stage appropriate content that is delivered directly to patients' smart phones for the first 90 days following discharge. Goals for the Bridge are to decrease unplanned hospital re-admissions, and increase quality of life and resilience in burn recovery.

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Mark TarantoClinical ProfessorHaslam College of BusinessFinance

Can we predict GDP growth by looking at the Treasury Bond Market?  Theory by Mark Rubinstein and Doug Breeden predicts that we can.  Campbell Harvey tested their theory.  He looked at the bond markets in several countries going back to the 1700s, and found that it has predictive power in determining economic growth.  One measure that he looked at was the yield of three Five Year Treasury Note vs the yield of Three Month Treasury.  In his sample, it had perfect predictive powers for recessions.  That is, when the difference, or spread, is negative, a recession follows in three to five quarters.  The relationship went the other way, as well.  For every recession during this time, the spread had gone negative first. This relationship has continued since the publication of his work.​

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Tyler SonnichsenLecturerCollege of Arts & SciencesGeography

Gentrification has been a concern of sociologists, geographers, and urban dwellers at large since the sociologist Ruth Glass coined the term to describe changes in 1960s London. Critical geographers have long assumed much of that mantel, particularly Neil Smith, whose "The New Urban Frontier" remains a cornerstone. However, understanding gentrification solely a process of city development leaves out much of the story.


My research argues that gentrification is not simply a process of what Smith calls "revanchist urbanism," but is, at its core, a greater dynamic that weaves geography together with multiple other fields within the humanities. Specifically, my experience teaching American Popular Culture has inspired me to approach what I call “symbolic gentrification,” a critical understanding of the relationship between urban space, capital, and the arts.

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Knar SagherianAssistant ProfessorCollege of Nursing

Sickness absences are problematic and costly in healthcare that require 24/7 service coverage. For example, one nurse’s absence cascades into more work days, longer shifts, and elevated fatigued states for those that remain on hospital units. Nurse fatigue is common and a safety-concern to nursing practice, yet poorly managed by hospital administration. With strong evidence between fatigue and future absences in the European working population, my research aims to better understand this relationship in the nursing workforce. While we heavily rely on fatigue self-reports for information, also my aim is to incorporate practical objective fatigue measures and fatigue software programs as safeguards in day-to-day operations at work. These methods have proved to be effective in safety-critical industries. The aftermath from these studies is to develop a proactive sickness absence management program that targets fatigue among others (e.g., workload, sleep disturbances) through workplace countermeasures such as naps and working time arrangements. ​

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Zack BuckAssociate ProfessorCollege of Law

In 2018, just what, exactly, is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)?  How is it working?  Is it working?


The ACA, the most important piece of health care legislation since the mid-1960s, has brought about positive change in millions of Americans’ lives.  But it has faced persistent political, popular, and policy-based challenges and an uninterrupted barrage of legal, administrative, and regulatory attacks that have exposed its weaknesses.  The ACA has become the posterchild of the intractable problems it presumably sought to solve, melting into a confusing hybrid of market-based solutions and state regulation, leaving conflicted health law and policy scaffolding in its wake. 


Now, in an effort to imagine the next field of debate in health care reform, this brief presentation takes stock of the ACA’s successes, failures, and unintended consequences.  Its experience is replete with lessons for future efforts.

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James Arthur WilliamsAssistant ProfessorCollege of Education, Health & Human SciencesRetail, Hospitality, & Tourism Management

Honesty is an essential characteristic of effective leaders, and many effectual leaders embody an authentic leadership modality.  An authentic leadership employs honesty as the foundation needed to build legitimacy between leaders and followers. Professors are leaders within their classrooms and throughout academic settings, and students are relegated to the role of followers. However, this current model tends to stymie growth by producing a superior-inferior relationship, and this proverbial learning environment suppresses the voices of students. The conundrum is that this fabricates a fake learning (e.g., does not promote lifelong learning) environment where the superior (educator) serves as the preceptor, with superior knowledge to the inferior (student). A real learning environment levels the playing field between instructor and pupil, inspiring a collective voice and an environment with mutual respect. Authentic leadership provides educators with a chance to build trust and to teach students to share their authentic voice by normalizing failure. Authentic leadership would teach individuals to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations, to embrace failure, and to embrace conflict, to create a real learning environment rather than a transactional one (e.g., student receives degree in hopes of earning a high salary). Authentic leaders can mitigate classroom conflicts by implementing honesty, and my LRM (love, relate, and memorable) concept concocted from authentic leadership. This talk will edify educators to walk in their real version and to unmask their true potential in any learning milieu. ​ 

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Nadia FominAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts & SciencesPhysics and Astronomy
Physicists have been working on a “grand unified” theory of everything we see in the universe for a long time.  The closest we have come is the Standard Model of Particle Physics that unifies everything but gravity.  So, we know it’s incomplete.  However, experimental results from the last few decades show that the Standard Model is also not entirely correct, giving rise to a set of experiments that search for “Beyond the Standard Model” physics.  Neutrons, which are a fundamental building block of matter, offer one such path.  While neutrons make up about half of all matter, once they’re free, they’re unstable and decay into other particles.   By studying this process, we can learn about the early universe minutes after the Big Bang as well as look for new physics Beyond the Standard Model.​
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Nathan FleshnerAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts & SciencesMusic Theory

My research focuses on the analysis of music that depicts mental illness and trauma. I also explore connections between the music analytic process and the psychoanalytic and therapeutic processes. With the rising importance of mental health in our society, exploration of these topics has become increasingly critical. My presentation for Mic/Nite addresses popular music’s portrayal of the psychologically dark, particularly within the psyche of the individual, such as personal tragedy, direct portrayals and descriptions of mental illness and psychological trauma, suicidal thoughts, and songs that appear happy but reveal a dark understructure, hidden beneath the surface. Music covered includes the Dave Matthews Band, Linkin Park and Mike Shinoda, Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Eminem, The Civil Wars, and Tori Amos. These and other examples provide a musical picture of both dark psychological manifestations as well as the therapeutic process on the other side of trauma.​

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Liem TranProfessorCollege of Arts & SciencesDepartment of Geography

The Earth via ecosystems provides our human society many benefits like clean air, clean water, habitat for plants, fish and wildlife, materials to produce food, clothing, shelter, and pharmaceuticals. Ecosystems also protect us from severe weather like hurricanes and floods. In fact, healthy ecosystems are intertwined with our health and well-being, our economy, and our security. However, while the benefits of ecosystems are critical to the existence of our society, they are often overlooked and/or taken for granted. Part of the problem is the lack of information. To fill this information gap, Tran has worked with colleagues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop EnviroAtlas. It is an interactive web application with tools and resources to give users information about ecosystems, the benefits they provide, and implications of planning and policy decisions and their impacts on our fragile ecosystems.

Chad DutyAssociate ProfessorTickle College of EngineeringMechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering

Engineers are constantly worrying about how things will fail. Call it an obsession or insecurity if you like, but it drives us to create better products.  Chad has been doing research over the past 20 years on advanced manufacturing – trying to define the link between how things are made and how they break, and thus finding ways to make things better.  His current research focuses on 3D printing and the unique challenges of printing really big things … like cars, houses, and submarines.  Chad’s talk will demonstrate some unique challenges associated with 3D printing and a patent-pending process that has been developed at UT and ORNL to overcome these inherent shortcomings.

Lisa G. DriscollAssociate ProfessorCollege of Education, Health & Human SciencesDepartment of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Every discipline has a history. Disciplines arise as paradigms of thinking. These coalesce around particular avenues of inquiry, relevance, and meaning-making. This presentation examines the birth, the trajectories and the spin-offs of the education finance discipline through an analysis of its publications and authors over the last century. It shows how through bibliometric methods we can summarize types of citation data and produce visualizations that depict relationships among publications and authors over time. In addition to identifying the research front of a discipline, we can visualize its past. Some highlights noted over time include capturing the influential power of seminal publications; the exclusive nature of popular thought lineages; whether a discipline is egalitarian, disconnected or hierarchical; whether rifts in the field bring damage or increased energy; how working at the margins benefits one’s own trajectory; and the impact of waking a “sleeping beauty” among many other phenomena.

Adrien HespelAssistant ProfessorKyle SnowdonAssistant ProfessorCollege of Veterinary MedicineDepartment of Small Animal Clinical Sciences

3D printing has evolved dramatically in recent years and is becoming available for clinical use both in human and veterinary medicine. 3D images can be created almost instantaneously with the use of advanced imaging technologies such as computed tomography (CT), 4D ultrasound (US), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The technology allows clinicians to customize devices, implants and planning to the needs of each specific patient. It gives new meaning to the adage “the right tool for the job.” At the UT Veterinary medical center this technology has been used to create a custom facial prosthetic in an endangered turtle, surgical guides for spinal and orthopedic surgery, and in virtual fracture repair among others. This presentation will review technical considerations briefly, before discussing several recent cases from the College of Veterinary Medicine where the technology has been used to benefit patients, surgeons, and students.

Beauvais LyonsChancellor’s ProfessorCollege of Arts & SciencesSchool of Art

Reverend James Randolph Denton, founder of the Association for Creative Zoology, posited that species diversity is not the result of natural section, but is evidence of collage techniques, or “zoomorphic juncture” employed God to produce hybrid creatures such as centaurs, dragons and other chimera. Working with Everitt Ormsby Hokes, founder of Hokes Scholarly Lithography, Reverend Denton authored Rare Zoological Specimens and Ornithological Quadrupeds, both providing a visual evidence of hybrid creatures, many of which perished during the Great Global Flood. Featured with this presentation are two kiosks presented at the Scopes “Monkey Trial” in 1925 that included fossil evidence and hybrid taxidermy used by Reverend Denton as part of his public education campaign. The success of the Association for Creative Zoology during this period may explain why so many Americans believe in Creation Science.

Anna SandelliAssistant ProfessorUniversity Libraries

 Student success” and the “user experience” are phrases that have gained prominence in conversations across higher education. Often missing from these conversations, however, are students’ own voices. This presentation will highlight a non-traditional assessment project in which researchers utilized everyday objects and public spaces to hear from students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and University of Richmond in their own words. Through open-ended questions posted on whiteboards, researchers sought to examine the role of an academic library as a learning community and to investigate how students’ experiences, habits, interests, and preferences, both within the library and throughout campus, create and inform this learning community. Along the way, they also examined how external events and culture shaped project contributions. Hear insights gained from this longitudinal project and the more than 2,000 responses it garnered, from the earnest to the emojis.

George DoddsAlvin and Sally Beaman ProfessorCollege of Architecture & DesignSchool of Architecture

George Dodds has lectured and published on the work of the Venetian designer Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) since the mid-1980s in journal articles, books, and at universities throughout the United States and abroad. This presentation explains an essential theme of Dodds’s research: that Scarpa often has been caricatured and narrowly described as an architect of fetishized details of overly complex buildings and restoration projects. “Re-thinking the Work of Carlo Scarpa,” demonstrates another Scarpa – one worth another look and from whom there is still much to learn, particularly from the largest body of his design production that remains largely unexamined and from which there remains much to learn. 

Courtney FaberResearch Assistant Professor and Lecturer, Cook Grand Challenge Engineering Rachel McCordLecturer and Research Assistant Professor, Jerry Stoneking Engineering Tickle College of Engineering

The field of engineering strives to solve problems and make continuous improvements that increase quality of life by applying the engineering design process. While engineering has touched nearly all aspects of society, one area that could benefit from the application of the design process is in how engineers are trained. In recent years, there have been numerous calls to graduate more qualified engineers who can tackle complex societal problems in a rapidly changing world. To meet this need, we must reinvent what and how the engineering disciplines are taught, making the field more accessible to a diverse population. Engineering education is uniquely positioned to undertake this problem by combining the engineering design process, disciplinary engineering knowledge, educational theory, and social science research methodology. In doing so, engineering education researchers and instructors can work together to create sustained academic change.

Rachel Patton McCordAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts & SciencesDepartment of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology

The genetic information inside each human cell is encoded in 6 feet of DNA.  How can all of this DNA fit inside a microscopic cell nucleus?  The well-known double helix structure of DNA is only the innermost layer of the fascinating and complex 3D folding of the whole human genome.  Advanced microscopy and DNA sequencing techniques are now revealing the hierarchical layers of 3D genome structure.  Beyond just making the information fit, the 3D genome structure helps regulate which genes turn on and how genetic information is copied and transmitted.  We seek to untangle the principles underlying this structure and how it interacts with physical stresses on the cell.  How does a mutation that wrinkles the nucleus disrupt 3D genome folding and lead to premature aging?  Can altering the 3D genome structure stop the metastatic migration of cancer cells?

Jonathan HarveyExecutive Director, Graduate and Executive EducationHaslam College of Business

Traditional approaches to the development of leaders focus on the assessment and development of individual characteristics, traits, skills and more lately, personality. At the same time as psychologists have sought stable, generalizable context free means of assessment. The results of this have been largely unsatisfactory. Rising skepticism, cynicism and doubt of the value of investment in leadership development has resulted. This talk introduces the vital role of context in understanding and ultimately developing leaders.

Joel G. AndersonAssociate ProfessorNursing

Rosalyn Carter has said “there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Family caregivers are the mainstay of caregiving support to persons living with dementia, and often care for a family member or friend for a decade or more. Issues surrounding this care often are complex, requiring a personalized approach centered on compassion and dignity. While dignity is an important component of quality of life, individuals living with dementia may be particularly vulnerable to negative impacts on their dignity and personhood given their dependency on others for care. How do we navigate these concepts of dignity and compassion? How can we ensure the dignified and compassionate care of vulnerable older adults? And why should we care in the first place? The stories of family caregivers may help in answering these questions. 

Curtis LuckettAssistant Professor, DirectorInstitute of Agriculture

In our everyday life, we are constantly perceiving sensory inputs from multiple different sources. More specifically to my lab, when we sit down for a meal we are constantly inundated with sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that create our eating experience. These sensations are not processed independently, inputs from one modality influence the perception in another. For example, the color of a beverage can influence our sweetness perception and sounds affect how pleasant you perceive odors. In our lab, we use the principles of food science, neuroscience, and experimental psychology to investigate these phenomena. In addressing these interactions, we can better understand how the brain processes information as well as create a more pleasurable eating experience. I’ll show my lab’s research on the eating experience, highlighting work done on how sound, texture, taste and smell interact.

Monica BlackLindsay Young Associate ProfessorArts & Sciences

Today’s Federal Republic of Germany is rightly held up as a bastion of judicious calm, level-headedness, and a sober approach to human problems. It was not ever so. In the 1950s and into the 60s, demons and vampires haunted the land, while holy men, exorcists, and witch doctors dispensed soul medicine against widespread spiritual insecurity and maladies of many kinds. "Evil after Nazism” takes a look at the years just after 1945 — a signal moment in the history of evil — to tell a ghost story about the Third Reich's afterlives.

Patrick R. GrzankaAssistant ProfessorArts & Sciences

In 2016, the Tennessee legislature passed a bill mandating that “No counselor or therapist providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist.” The law’s architects claimed it would prevent clients from infringing on counselors’ religious liberties, while LGBT advocates insisted that the law was designed for one purpose: to enable discrimination in mental health care. We assessed what sexual and gender minorities in Tennessee actually think about the law, and many believe that it is designed to harm them. Our results suggest that awareness of the law effects some LGBT Tennesseans’ levels of psychological distress and willingness to conceal their sexual and gender identities. What does this mean for the future of this law, and for the future of LGBT mental health in Tennessee?​

Susan KaliszProfessor and HeadArts & Sciences

Humans across the globe are uncomfortable living near predators and have generally extirpated them. But our removal of top predators has profound consequences for both the animals in the level of the trophic food web that predators consume and control and, for us. In the eastern half of the North America, predator removal has resulted in dramatic increases in herbivores, especially white-tailed deer. Overabundant deer have consequences at many levels for humans and ecosystems including financial, disease risk, loss of native plant biodiversity, increase in invasive species and more. Our removal of top predators and alteration of native food webs requires us to take action for our consequences.​

Timothy MunyonAssociate Professor Haslam College of Business

Workplace turnover occurs when the employment relationship ends between an employer and employee. Such turnover is costly and negatively impacts firm performance, and significant resources are spent by organizations each year to reduce the incidence of voluntary turnover. Yet, although organizational and job-related factors often influence turnover, there is an informal side to turnover and retention where political influence and relationships affect who stays and who leaves. In this presentation, I briefly introduce and unpack some of the ways in which employees informally cause turnover and retention of their co-workers, and explain the efficacy of these actions in accelerating or slowing one's propensity toward turnover.

Joan R. RentschProfessorCommunication and Information

Are two or more heads better than one?  Effective communication in teams is essential for high quality team decision making and performance.  However, research has revealed that team members tend to leave essential information uncommunicated.  Team members’ ability to communicate essential task information effectively is associated with their perspective-taking ability and empathy.  Researchers defining and systematically investigating mindfulness have found that mindfulness is associated with perspective-taking, empathy, and other variables related to effective communication.  Although researchers are examining mindfulness systematically, the concept, which is increasingly available in the mainstream media, is often misunderstood.  In this presentation mindfulness will be defined and differentiated from other concepts.  Research findings relating mindfulness to variables associated with communication will be highlighted and ongoing research bringing mindfulness to communication in work teams will be introduced.  Perhaps by bringing mindfulness to communication in teams, two or more heads can be better than one.

Susan L. GroenkeAssociate ProfessorStergios BotzakisAssociate ProfessorEducation, Health, and Human Sciences

In school-related news, we hear a lot about adolescent reading achievement, often characterized by students' test scores on reading comprehension measures. But what does it mean to be an engaged reader? What do young people choose to read on their own, for fun? What do young people choose to read when given opportunities to choose? What does engagement look like, and why does it matter? What does reading and writing look like online? In 20 slides in 20 seconds, Drs. Groenke and Botzakis share insights gained from their research about what adolescent readers choose to read and compose when given choice. Texts like graphic novels, series books, and books about celebrities or popular culture are often pooh-poohed by teachers, but they engage adolescent readers! Join us to find out why and how!

Jon HathawayAssistant ProfessorEngineeringCivil and Environmental Engineering

Global population in urban areas is burgeoning, climate change is varying weather patterns, and the United States’ infrastructure is deteriorating. How can we provide resilient, sustainable development that will ensure ecological and human health while meeting the needs of civilization? As healthy waterways are increasingly valued, and the degradation of these waterways by urban stormwater runoff is better understood, major efforts are underway to restore watershed function globally and across the United States, from the Chesapeake Bay to Lake Tahoe; from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. Critical to these efforts is an understanding of the role of green infrastructure in urban environments, specifically how these systems may mitigate the effects of urban runoff, and what other benefits they might provide to communities.

Joy RadiceAssociate ProfessorLaw

Little attention has been given to the far-reaching impact of juvenile delinquency records, partly because many people believe that juvenile records are not public, especially after a juvenile turns 18. That common notion is a myth. No state completely seals juvenile delinquency records from public view. Some states even publish juvenile records online with adult criminal records. This presentation illuminates the variety of ways states treat juvenile records—revealing that state confidentiality, sealing, and expungement provisions often provide far less protection than those terms suggest. Yet, recent literature on juvenile brain development and recidivism research by criminologists support new arguments for why juvenile delinquency records should not follow a juvenile into adulthood. Only through a comprehensive approach of confidentiality, sealing, and nondisclosure statutes can states truly remove the stigma of a juvenile record to rehabilitate and reintegrate a juvenile back into society. 

Freida HerronClinical Assistant ProfessorSocial Work

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show a 29% rise in the overall rate of suicide deaths between 1999 and 2015.  A deeper look at the data reveals two sobering facts: (1) suicide death rates in rural America are now more than twice those found in large metropolitan areas, and (2) the rate of increase in rural suicides from 1999 to 2015 is steeper than in any other population category.  What is behind these trends and what can rural communities do to reduce these preventable deaths?  We will take a look at how a volunteer-led group in East Tennessee mobilized their resources to prevent suicide deaths by implementing a community-wide intervention program.

Jason HaywardAssociate Professor and UCOR FellowEngineeringNuclear Engineering

Detecting loose nukes is a very difficult problem.  This involves both protecting one's borders-- land, air, and sea-- and having the capability to find a loose nuke in a particular search area.  The Rad IDEAS group ( at UTK works mainly on new technologies to address this challenge.  This includes new scanning systems for ports of entry and wearable, trailer-based, or autonomous systems capable of searching for materials like uranium and plutonium.​

Darryl MillisDVM, DACVS, DACVSMRVeterinary Medicine

The CARES (Canine Arthritis Rehabilitation Exercise and Sports Medicine) Service at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine treats service and working dogs to help keep them functioning at the highest possible level. Each spring, we perform physical examinations on these special animals that provide great benefit to society. These evaluations have allowed us to identify and treat conditions which might affect their performance in the future. In addition, we also provide advanced care for dogs with serious injuries. Recently, we had the opportunity to treat a special military working dog.  Layka had suffered severe injuries while protecting soldiers working overseas, resulting in the loss of one of her front legs.  After being adopted by her handler, she sustained an injury to her other front leg, requiring specialized treatment at the CARES center.  Layka’s successful road to recovery certainly had its twists and turns. ​

Chris CaldwellAssistant ProfessorUniversity Libraries

Marks in books, known as marginalia, can make every copy of the same book unique. Who owned this book in the past? What notes did each person make in the margins? Where has the volume traveled? This presentation will highlight marginalia in UT Libraries’ Shaheen Antiquarian Bible Collection. Acquired in 2011, its 250 volumes include Bibles from the 16th through 20th centuries and were used by Shakespeare scholar Naseeb Shaheen to trace the Bard’s many uses of early modern Bible translations. In an effort to emphasize the unique histories of books as objects and occasional canvases for human interaction, two UT librarians investigated the Shaheen collection for evidence of readers’ handwritten marginalia and ownership marks through the centuries. Revealed are some of the ways that these particular books have been cherished and abused, for reasons both spiritual and earthly. ​

Stefanie BenjaminAssistant ProfessorEducation, Health, and Human SciencesRetail, Hospitality & Tourism Management

At times, academics express difficulty communicating their research and ideas to the general public. Improvisational theater activities can foster a space where academics become more aware of their own speech, body, and behaviors in order to observe, listen, and respond to their environment.  Participating in such games encourages academics to communicate directly both inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, learning to be more extemporaneous transforms academics to teach and present in a confident manner where they don't feel the need to follow a script, which in turn, results in an audience-focused presentation. Improv allows academics to “yes-and” a scene, transforming how they observe their environment and communicate while engaging audiences (i.e. students, conference attendees, faculty) in a way that is approachable, creative, and playful!  Most importantly, improvisation offers a framework where academics can let go of “self-judgment” and learn to trust their best, most creative, most confident, authentic self. ​

Nick GeidnerAssistant Professor Communication & InformationJournalism

As faculty across the university are being asked to integrate more experiential learning into the curriculum, we must work with numerous community partners — such as governmental, non-profit and/or media organizations — to create meaningful projects that simulate a real-world environment and have impact. This presentation will outline practical concerns, benefits, and takeaways of working with community partners to create courses or class projects using this style of engaged pedagogy.​

Kelly HewettAssociate Professor Haslam College of Business AdministrationMarketing

Social media have created a reverberating “echoverse” for brand communication, forming complex feedback loops (“echoes”) between the “universe” of corporate communications, news media, and user-generated social media. In this presentation, Dr. Kelly Hewett will present the results of a study that aimed to understand these feedback loops using a comprehensive dataset including corporate communications, news stories, social media word of mouth, and business outcomes. She will describe how the nature of brand communications has been transformed by online technology as corporate communications move increasingly from one-to-many (e.g., advertising) to one-to-one (e.g., Twitter) while consumer word-of-mouth moves from one-to-one (e.g., conversations) to one-to-many (e.g., social media). Effective company strategies for managing this complex environment include the increased use of social media (e.g., Twitter) for personalized customer responses; although there is still a role for traditional brand communications, e.g., press releases and advertising.​

Karen G. LloydAssistant ProfessorArts & SciencesMicrobiology

For hundreds of years, microbiologists have been growing as many different kinds of microbes as possible in petri dishes. Given this huge effort, it was assumed that most of the major branches of the tree of life had been discovered. However, now we have the technology to read the DNA sequences of every microbe in a drop of water or mud, on the back of our hands, or in a wastewater treatment plant. And, it turns out that we microbiologists have missed many of the large, deeply-rooted branches on the tree of life. These strange microbial cells are likely to be very different from any microbes we’ve ever known. I’ll show my lab’s newest estimates of how abundant they are in different environments, as well as one theory about why some of them have eluded all those efforts to grow them, and what they might be doing to help/hurt the Arctic.​

Abigail LanghamAssistant ProfessorArts & SciencesTheatre
Join Professor Abigail Langham for an interactive Mic/Nite lecture that will explore accents and accent coaching. Ever wondered how actors learn a brilliant Belfast brogue or a pitch perfect Poughkeepsie? From the foundations of building an accent to throwing some shapes, finding the bite and groove, you will experience how actors work to acquire accents other than their own and, what happens when they meet rehearsals and performance. 
Professor Langham is a highly qualified and experienced voice specialist with a terminal degree in Voice Studies. She was the Head of Voice at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and has taught voice production for some of the UK's leading drama schools. Abigail has worked with some of the UK's most prestigious theatre companies including: The Royal Opera House and Shakespeare's Globe, she is also a Voice and Dialect Associate for the Shaw Festival Theatre in Canada.

Justin ArftAssistant ProfessorArts & SciencesClassics
While Homer's Iliad and Odyssey hold a preeminent place in the Western literary canon, their form, style, and construction are decidedly oral and traditional. Moreover, oral poetry is one ofthe world's oldest and most complex art forms andremains alive and well in cultures around the globe today. This presentation will give an overview of how we came to see Homer asoral poetry, an insight that not only changed the way Classicsunderstands these monumental ancient epics, but one that continues to invite comparison to oral poetries around the world, from Beowulf to the Basquebertsolaritza to hip hop. A quick peek at Homer's encoded, poetic mechanics lends an appreciation for the artistry of verbals arts, old and new.

James RoseDirector, Institute for Smart Structures; Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant ProfessorCollege of Architecture and Design
What can we do together that we can't do individually? This is the question that serves to unite the efforts of UT College of Architecture and Design, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and ORNL as partners in the Governor's Chair for Energy and Urbanism. Based in the downtown FabLab and taught in conjunction with Phil Enquist and others from SOM and ORNL, the Governor's Chair studios challenge students to tackle tough design problems. One such challenge is the architectural application of additive manufacturing or 3D printing. In the spring of 2015 a graduate architecture studio was tasked with developing an understanding of the opportunities and limitations of this new technology. These findings foregrounded the design and construction of the AMIE prototype- the worlds first net-zero additively manufactured polymer building.​
Chris WettelandLecturerMatthew YoungEastman Assistant Professor of PracticeCollege of Engineering
"The ability to make things is fundamental to the ability to innovate things over the long term." -- Willy Shih, Harvard Business School 
Many of the greatest innovations in America over the last century share a birthplace that most college students are without access to a common household garage. In a world that is becoming increasingly digital, students need a hands-on space to explore, tinker, experiment, and invent; a place to transfer classroom concepts into personal experiences. Furthermore, UT and partner ORNL are on the forefront of the excited new field of advanced manufacturing. To support both these endeavors, we have developed the Innovation and Collaboration Studio (ICS). The ICS is a type of laboratory often referred to as a maker space. These spaces typically include 3D printers, machining tools, electronic components, computer work stations, and hand tools. Here we present the facility and goals of the studio. ​
Garrett RoseEngineering

Can you imagine machines with the computational power of the brain (some brains at least) implemented at a scale smaller than the diameter of a human hair? While such extreme examples are unlikely in the near future, a path is unfolding toward brain-inspired computers built from electronic devices fabricated at nanometer scales. Specifically, nanoelectronic memristors (or “memory resistors”) are considered for new forms of low-power, high-density computing. In this talk, we will discuss research aimed at implementing brain-inspired systems where the memristors act as artificial synapses, a key functional element in any neural network. Results thus far have been promising in that we can model and simulate networks trained for application areas such as pattern recognition and even basic control. While we aren't building brains, not yet at least, such power-efficient brain-inspired systems are expected to enable a range of applications not easily possible with conventional computers.

Ragan SchriverSocial Work

In 1848 Phineas Gage had an accident in which a metal rod shot through his head, impacting the frontal cortex of his brain. What seemed like a life threatening event became an icon of the resiliency of the human brain to recover from trauma in that Gage was able to function well post trauma. The concept of human resiliency from trauma has surged in recent years through quality research programs such as the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) study and lead to evidence based treatment modalities for those who’ve experienced trauma. The College of Social Work has harnessed this research to provide MSSW students with a certificate program in Trauma Treatment. Capitalizing on its trauma treatment knowledge, the college has formed a partnership with Catholic Charities USA and AmeriCorps to support veterans, a population which quite often deals with extensive trauma, through a trauma-informed, peer-to-peer casework program which has yielded positive results for participants.

Gina PighettiAnimal Science

More than 6 billion people worldwide consume milk and milk products. This highly nutritious food plays an important role in our diets – containing energy, high quality proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins. However, the quality and safety of dairy products directly ties to the health, welfare, and management of the dairy animal supplying the milk. Our research focuses on ways to boost the immune system of dairy cows to prevent the development of infections in the mammary gland.  Our research works from very basic – identifying the impact of genetics, sleep, and stress on the effectiveness of dairy cows to resist infection. Once known novel strategies can be developed that target these mechanisms and prevent or treat infections in dairy cattle and other species.  Overall, this research leads to adaptations in management practices that promote healthier cows that produce high quality and safe milk.

Laura E. MillerCommunication & Information

How do we manage illness-related uncertainty in the face of an unpredictable health trajectory? Is it possible to feel certain, despite ambiguous health recommendations, opinions, and prognoses? By improving our ability to communicate about health, we will be better equipped to manage illness-related challenges and tackle the health uncertainties of the future. 

Rebecca S. KoszalinskiCollege of Nursing

An Android-based communication application, Speak for Myself™ (SFM), was designed in response to meet the need for improved bedside communication. It was tested in three South Florida hospitals in an exploratory feasibility study. Due to the small sample size, further investigation is needed to produce statistically-significant results. Moreover, SFM supported Android-based tablets with limited functions and only one voice (male). We conducted a project aimed at making improvements in SFM for future use in a randomized controlled trial. Building on the team’s experience in SFM and expertise in communication, advanced care planning and mHealth we develop a cross-platform (iOS, Android, Windows, etc.) speech synthesis tool with both male and female natural sounding voices; incorporated multi-language support; incorporate advanced care planning items including advanced directives for healthcare; and enhanced usability through responsive design with an intelligent predictive engine.

Jaclyn JohnsonSchool of Music
What is the soundtrack to Tennessee? What fills Tennesseans with a sense of community and pride? For those here in Knoxville, and particularly and the University of Tennessee, the anthem heard loud strong is Rocky Top. Music has accompanied the University of Tennessee along its great traditions of scholastic and athletic accomplishments for decades, and although music may appear superficial, it is an important component to ensuringthe legacy of future Volunteers. 
Lucy JewelCollege of Law

In this presentation, we will learn how modern day legal communication continues to be influenced by classical rhetoric. When deployed effectively, ancient rhetorical concepts produce clear and persuasive messages in professional legal settings.  As old as these concepts are, they are also uniquely aligned with cognitive scientific understandings for how humans best process information.  Ancient rhetoric, however, is not infallible and sometimes conflicts with how the real world works and how people really think.  Even though these age-old precepts are imperfect, they have been retained in our legal culture because they generally produce arguments that the human mind perceives as rational and intelligent.  We will discuss the ancient rhetoric principles, the modern cognitive science that explains why these principles work so well, and then consider some concrete examples.

Jennifer M. JabsonEducation, Health, and Human Sciences

Sexual minority people (individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual) experience health and health-related disparities compared to heterosexual people. Excess stress, caused by chronic, cumulative minority stress occurring in addition to daily life stress and stressful life events, is the prevailing explanation for health disparities experienced by sexual minority people. Therefore, eliminating health disparities in these groups requires addressing stress. Rural sexual minority people may be at the greatest risk for excess stress due to socially conservative, geographically isolated, qualities that can characterize rural regions. Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs have been successful at reducing stress in clinical and nonclinical groups and may be an individual-level solution for health disparities experienced by sexual minority people.  This presentation will introduce mindfulness-based stress reduction and its potential value as an individual-level solution for excess stress among sexual minority people. A feasibility study with rural sexual minority women will serve as an example.​

Kristina GordonArts and Sciences

Relationship dysfunction and dissolution are serious public health issues, as their occurrence increases the likelihood of a number of mental and physical health problems. Other indirect effects include increased probability of child abuse and maltreatment, childhood poverty, as well as lower academic achievement and poorer physical and mental health in children. Taking into account only the effects of divorce on poverty rates, the United States is estimated to spend $112 billion dollars per year on costs of family breakdown. This talk will provide an overview of research on the public health costs of relationship dysfunction and then discuss a series of studies demonstrating how brief family-based health interventions provided in a home-visitation format might be an attractive and efficient strategy to address multiple public health problems simultaneously.

Brad CollettSchool of Landscape Architecture Architecture and Design

Expanded professional perspectives, deepened academic knowledge, and a brand new course are among the many things I bring back to the University of Tennessee following my recent Fulbright experience in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was enriching in every sense of the word. Add my wife and two school-aged children to the mix and new definitions of the word ‘adventure’ emerge.  This presentation surveys our experience Fulbrighting as a family, its triumphs, tribulations, and tomfoolery that made it the life-changing experience that it was. 

James A. ChyzHaslam College of Business

Valuation was introduced into the MAcc curriculum largely in response to our constituents (i.e., the organizations that hire our students). New audit, tax, and systems associates are becoming increasingly more likely to encounter the work done by valuation professionals early in their careers. But teaching it presents challenges. It is more finance than accounting, it is not on the CPA exam, and students tend to resist change. This presentation summarizes my first experience designing and teaching a valuation course for our MAcc program. I’ll discuss why the course exists and how I approached it. I’ll cover some of the good, but won’t be afraid to discuss the bad and the ugly – unfortunately, there was some of both. My presentation could be helpful for someone contemplating a similar course and for educators seeking a sense comradery (or schadenfreude) that comes from undertaking a new and somewhat ambitious prep.

Shashi NambisanProfessor of Civil EngineeringEngineering

Transportation systems are woven into the fabric of our daily lives - from meeting desires for individual mobility to serving trade and commerce related requirements.  We now are at a crossroads working with legacy systems while planning for uncertain future demands. We face numerous needs and wants, juxtaposed with opportunities afforded by technological advancements, all of which exist in a setting with a multitude of challenges and constraints. These include socio-political aspects, and considerations such as economics, energy, environment, efficiency, expediency, equity, and ethics (7 Es). This presentation will highlight these with reference to the elements that constitute transport systems:  users, vehicles, and networks while recognizing safety to be the prime focus. It will touch upon the balance between individual and societal optima, the potential role of emerging technologies (e.g., Google car, connected vehicles and infrastructure), and data-enabled decision support systems to guide policy and operational strategies for transport systems.​

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Sean WillemsProfessor and Haslam Chair in Supply Chain AnaylticsHaslam College of Business

Companies constantly introduce new products in order to reach new customers and increase revenues.  The majority of these new products fail, exposing companies to significant costs for unsold product.  This research focuses on how best to design new product supply chains to minimize sourcing, production, transportation, and inventory costs.  The core idea is to synchronize the speed of the supply chain.  This optimized approach differs significantly from existing industrial practice which selects the cheapest supplier irrespective of speed.  

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Marcy SouzaAssociate Professor of Veterinary Public HealthVeterinary Medicine

Wildlife species are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate, and often these extinctions are at least in part due to the actions of humans.  Charismatic mega-fauna such as elephants, rhinos and polar bears often make the headlines, but many other less glamourous species are also facing serious threats.  Three infectious diseases, white nose syndrome, chytridiomycosis, and snake fungal disease, are currently affecting wildlife populations in North America.  However, the media has focused little to no attention on these problems when compared to the problems of more charismatic species.  Can humans appreciate the intrinsic value of all wildlife species?  Can we understand that the health of humans, animals and our ecosystems are intricately intertwined?       ​

Caleb RuckerAssistant Professor of Mechanical EngineeringEngineering

The use of robotics in surgery has reduced patient recovery times, trauma, and cost for several types of procedures. However, the impact of this technology is limited by dexterity and size of current robotic tools, especially for procedures in confined spaces that are difficult to access. In the REACH robotics lab, we are creating smaller, stronger, and more dexterous robotic tools for minimally invasive surgery.  Manipulators that use multiple flexible legs which extend, bend, and twist can provide unique articulated motion through curved access pathways. Larger versions of these robots can also work alongside humans with inherent safety due to their lightweight, flexible structure. Demonstration videos of several robot prototypes will be shown, where student operators control robot motion remotely.

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John Powers Assistant Professor of SculptureArts and Sciences
Sculpture historically has been associated with statuary and architecture, though the last century and a half has seen rapid and extensive expansion of what art is, how it is made and what it can do. The discipline of sculpture in particular has grown, reaching beyond traditional materials like stone, wood and bronze to encompass virtually any physical material as well as “non-materials” like light, sound and motion. Considering the unique and special possibilities of time and literal physical movement as compositional elements, I will share both historical examples as well as my own work as we explore movement as a vehicle for meaning in sculpture.
Ashley MaynorAssistant Professor & Digital Humanities LibrarianLibraries

From Columbine to Sandy Hook, individuals around the world have responded to violent mass shootings publicized in mainstream media by sending expressions of grief and sympathy—such as letters, flowers, and teddy bears—by the tens and even hundreds of thousands. Increasingly, there is an expectation that some, if not all, of the condolence items will be kept or saved. 

My research on this topic, which takes the form of traditional publications, a multimedia documentary, and a mobile-based web app, explores how this unusual and unexpected archival task often falls to libraries, what we can learn about our culture through what we choose to kept or discard following unthinkable tragedies, and how we can begin to prevent gun violence. 

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Josh EmeryAssistant Professor in Earth and Planetary SciencesArts and Sciences

​Before the Earth formed, the Solar System swirled with a large number of small, rocky bodies that later grew into the planets we know today.  Most of those rocks were long ago ejected from the Solar System or swallowed by the Sun and planets.  A small fraction (but still more than a million) remains today, now known as asteroids, providing an important window through which we can view the earliest history of our planetary neighborhood.  Far from benign, however, asteroids have literally impacted the history of the planets, leaving their mark on the geology and biology of Earth.  Researchers at UT (faculty and students) are actively involved in remote characterization of asteroids and in NASA’s ongoing and upcoming spacecraft exploration of asteroids.  The OSIRIS-REx mission, scheduled to launch on Sept 8, will be NASA’s first attempt to bring samples from an asteroid back to Earth.​

Harry F. DahmsAssociate Professor of SociologyArts and Sciences

​In the early 21st century, we are experiencing a proliferation of crises that the classics of social theory, especially Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, warned us about.  Their theories were concerned with the challenge of grasping how the nature of social life in modern societies is characterized at the same time by a bright side and a dark side.  Their theories continue to provide a common denominator for sociologists today who are working in diverse traditions -- theoretically, methodologically, and substantively -- to contribute to an up-to-date understanding of dilemmas modern societies, as part of human civilization, confront.  Under conditions of globalization, sociology as the social science of modern society is uniquely positioned to scrutinize such challenges as climate change, resource depletion, population growth and financial crises as symptomatic of an on-going process of creative destruction that manifests itself at all levels of social life, from the individual to human civilization.

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Patrick Biddix Associate Professor of Higher EducationCollege of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

Two decades of research and anecdotal belief implies students are hyper-connected, faculty are dis-connected, and the inability of the two to resolve this digital divide limits learning potential. My research explores questions about how students use technology in their classroom and extended learning environments. Specifically, I have focused on how learners interact with technology and how their learning process is influenced (or not) by such interactions. In this presentation, I offer some considerations from my work in international contexts. The findings I share challenged my previous notions about technology, leading me to reconsider student learning in the “digital” era.

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Elizabeth (Beth) Avery FosterAssociate Professor of Public RelationsCollege of Communication and Information

Guided by Witte’s (1994) extended parallel process model, this eye-tracking experiment (N = 75) investigates the influence of different types of visuals (i.e., fear appeal, non-fear appeal, and text only) on visual attention, perceived threat, perceived efficacy, and behavioral intention. The results reveal that (1) visual attention (i.e., time spent on visual) is higher for the fear image than for the non-fear image; (2) both fear and non-fear visual appeals increase people's perceived threat, and this effect is partially mediated by their visual attention to the appeals; and (3) for two types of efficacy (perceived self-efficacy and perceived response efficacy), only perceived response efficacy moderates the strength of the mediated relationships between visual attention and behavioral intentions to vaccinate via perceived threat, such that the mediated relationship is stronger under high response efficacy than under low response efficacy.​ 

Thanos PapanicolaouProfessorCollege of EngineeringCivil and Environmental Engineering

Landscapes are the lynchpin of rural communities and our emphasis here is on land conservation.  Past research guiding conservation efforts has a fragmented view by assuming that the economics of the rural systems biotic clock will function without the non-economic parts.  Human nature was viewed as decoupled from the non-human.  Furthermore, these efforts have somewhat failed to recognize that we live in a constantly evolving world that is disturbed by intense human activity (agriculture) and shifts in climate.  Surprisingly, there is no national modeling framework for the rural environment that could be used to assess conservation practices while considering, at the same time, complex social and natural system dynamics.  In this research, our long-term vision is to identify scientifically the ecological, economic, and ethical leverage points, or metrics, that have the greatest impact on our ability to achieve conservation goals.  Because we live in a continuously evolving world, we also believe that our biophysiecological dynamic models should be complemented with decision making tools to examine trade-offs and enhance our ability to constantly re-evaluate conservation goals.  While many regional or local efforts achieve in part this decision-support function, new opportunities to take advantage of emerging geoinformatic infrastructure and dynamic modeling tools that capture human and non-human responses and interactions create the need for a new modeling paradigm in nearly all agriculture regions of the country.

Bradley AreheartAssociate ProfessorCollege of Law
Antidiscrimination principles have been studied and written about for decades. Surprisingly, the question of how some laws protect symmetrically, while others protect asymmetrically, has received little attention. Even more surprising is the fact that legal scholars have not provided any systemic account of symmetry’s function in antidiscrimination law. Title VII, for example, makes it illegal to discriminate against both blacks and whites, against both men and women. In contrast, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act’s scope is asymmetrical in that it protects only those over the age of forty. This Article will propose symmetry as a new and unique way of thinking about the design of antidiscrimination laws. Symmetry is a design compromise, somewhere between the poles of particularism and universalism, in fashioning laws to prevent and rectify subordination.
Brandon HorvathAssociate ProfessorCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural ResourcesDepartment of Plant Sciences

How many times have we heard, “I only need to get a 75 on this exam to get (insert grade desired here)”? I’ve heard it throughout my short career, and a few years ago, I decided to engage in my own version of “grade calculus”. Examining this generation, we know them to be digitally native, and many of them engage in various forms of games. From casual games to serious MMORPG’s, students from this generation are engaged in playing games. After investigating the dynamics that make games work, and drive people to be engaged by them, I decided to employ such dynamics in my classroom. Much of this engagement resides in Kahneman & Tversky’s Prospect Theory which defines how people behave when these is something to gain or lose. By changing the language surrounding typical assessments, and altering the grade scale a bit, students are now in charge of their destiny as they choose what ‘level’ they would like to pursue in my classes. This presentation will show how game dynamics from the same games students play outside class can increase their engagement in class.  

BDc5ArhO-JgFall02015Evaluation; Engagement
Vandana SinghAssociate ProfessorCollege of Communication and InformationSchool of Information Sciences
Open Source Software (OSS) examples from a perspective of technology for empowerment will be shared in this talk. Specifically, examples from multiple funded research projects will be shared to demonstrate how technology in general and OSS in particular has impacted and empowered libraries, librarians and communities in the Appalachian region. Online education combined with embedded IT projects formed the basis of student learning and engagement to produce inspiring results. I will share some of the work that has been done and some that is under planning to strengthen local libraries and communities.
Tami WyattProfessorCollege of Nursing

It can be said that dogs have supernatural powers; not just specialty bred and trained dogs but all dogs—even your untrained pets.  With the extraordinary gift of sensing, dogs rely on this gift to trust, work, serve, heal, and be present.  A dog’s keen hearing and sense of smell and taste reveal secrets that are not obvious to you. Dogs are aware of the most intimate knowledge about you including your bodily functions, romantic and eating habits and yes, even fear, anxiety and sadness. Let’s examine dog tales and how these tales are true.

Kelsey EllisAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts & SciencesGeography

Tornado climatologists rely on a complete dataset of tornado touchdowns to analyze tornado risk across space and time. The only way for a tornado to be added to the national database is for it to be witnessed, reported, and the damage surveyed. Weaker tornadoes especially have a history of being unseen and underreported. States in Tornado Alley have a larger portion of tornadoes being observed recently, perhaps in part due to the watchful eyes of storm chasers that frequent the area. In Tennessee, the number of tornadoes remaining unobserved is not as clear. The state also has a high rate of killer tornadoes and the greatest percentage of nocturnal tornadoes in the country. Recognizing this, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has prioritized research in the area of tornadogenesis and tornado vulnerability in the Southeast United States. The VORTEX-Southeast program launched this month with the goal to better understand tornado formation and societal risk in this region, with a large part of the social science research and outreach occurring in Tennessee.

LMh0NYOWv6UFall02015Meteorology; Climate; Tennessee
Hilary HavensAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts & SciencesEnglish
Criticism of the eighteenth-century novel and work in the burgeoning field of print culture have often neglected the importance of the process of revision, perhaps because the “actual sight of…revisions,” as D. A. Miller memorably describes it, can be “nonetheless as disturbing as if, at the bottom of a vase filled with beautifully arranged flowers, we had caught a glimpse of thin filigrees of blood where the stems had been cut.”  Using empirical textual evidence, I will show how these “disturbing” acts of revision reveal insights about an author’s creative process through their intersections with social networks, literary reviews, serial publication, and the author’s own previous writings. This project, which aims to construct a new narrative about the eighteenth-century creative mind, makes use of my development of new digital paleographical methodologies to recover deleted text, which are a contribution to the field of digital humanities.

Spencer OlmsteadAssistant ProfessorCollege of Education, Health & Human SciencesChild and Family Studies

The transition to college among emerging adults includes exposure to new cultures and subcultures. Among these is the “college drinking culture.” We conducted a qualitative content analysis of 242 first semester undergraduate college students’ written comments to a series of open-ended questions focused on their perceptions of and expectation for engaging in this culture. Four groups emerged from our analyses: Non-Endorsers, Autonomous Drinkers, Have Bought In, and Law Abiders. A greater percentage of men than women Have Bought In to the college drinking culture. We also examined how groups varied in their binge drinking experience, which was significantly higher for those in the Have Bought In group than those in the other groups. Also, the Autonomous Drinkers group had significantly greater binge drinking experience than those in the Non-Endorsers and Law Abiders groups. Implications for alcohol related education and intervention for first year college students are discussed.

GhHxMVbpLTUFall02015Alcohol; Undergraduate; Student; Culture
Matt HarrisResearch Assistant ProfessorCollege of BusinessCenter for Business and Economic Research
Using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data, I find that individuals who overestimate their activity level by one standard deviation consume 40-60 extra calories per day, or enough to gain five pounds per year. These extra calories are composed mainly of sugar and carbohydrate, and are concentrated among individuals in the 75th and 90th percentiles of caloric intake. The link between overeating and inaccurate estimation of physical activity is strongest among less educated individuals and individuals with high variance in their physical activity, suggesting that imperfect recall or information gaps explain at least part of the relationship of interest. These results imply the existence of a necessary condition for information treatments to be effective in changing health behaviors and obesity rates.

Tore OlssonAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts & SciencesHistory

The American South – and particularly our corner of it in East Tennessee – is commonly imagined as insular, isolated, and disconnected from the larger world. In fact, this is far from true. In this presentation, I demonstrate how twentieth-century efforts to overcome poverty in the region – particularly through the Tennessee Valley Authority – came to serve as a model for accomplishing similar goals in places as far-flung as Mexico, India, and Afghanistan. After World War II, countless governments in the so-called "Third World" looked to the Tennessee Valley for lessons in rationalizing water, land use, and human society, along the way transforming millions of lives and vast ecologies. East Tennessee, it turns out, has a global footprint far greater than you may expect!

CRValZt1N4kFall02015East Tennessee; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); Water
Camille HallAssociate ProfessorCollege of Social Work
The current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq represent America’s longest continuous combat engagement.  We are now challenged with both a military that is exhibiting the stress-related consequences of these long and multiple combat deployments and a rapidly growing veteran population in need of a wide range of combat-related physical and mental health care services. Every community in the United States has been affected, and service delivery systems are trying to respond. There is an urgent need to understand and engage with the military service members, veterans, their families, and their communities in effective practices. This presentation draws from research data that explore the effects of deployment and combat stress on the physical and mental health of U.S.- veterans, active duty service members, and their families. Cultural relativity and universality of responses to traumatic events related to armed conflict and war are also highlighted.
VVmTBt2nNO8Fall02015Video; Military; Culture; Mental Health
Michael P. JonesCollege of Veterinary MedicineAvian and Zoological Medicine

From December 7-13, 2014, over 800 falconers from around the world descended upon the desert sands of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to participate in the 3rd International Festival of Falconry.  Recognized and inscribed by UNESCO as a living human heritage and as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, falconry set the stage for international falconers, researchers, journalists, photographers, exhibitors, raptor trainers, experts, and other raptor enthusiasts to share in their passion for this unique art and sport. Through the support of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee, the festival served as a model of cultural tolerance and appreciation for our passion for falconry.

David P. AtkinsUniversity LibrariesBranch Libraries and Collection Logistics

Acme provided Wile E. Coyote with the tools and technology he applied in his pursuit of The Road Runner.  While at times these products failed, often times it was The Coyote’s own misuse that precipitated his regular Saturday morning mishaps. Qualitative researchers also use technology in the form of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) to pursue their quarry. While the application of CAQDAS seldom results in qualitative disasters, the landscape of scholarly publications illustrates how little we really know about its use. Are scholars closing in on their objectives, or are they running off a cliff?  I will share the findings of a collaborative research study conducted with colleagues from the University of Georgia and the University of Tasmania, Australia, where we analyzed 763 journal articles to characterize both who is using two popular CAQDAS programs and how they are reporting this use.

Chris CherryCollege of EngineeringCivil and Environmental Engineering

Low-speed, electric two-wheelers (e.g., e-bikes) have seen dramatic market growth in China. With about 150 million sold in the last decade, they are the largest and most rapid adoption of an alternative fuel vehicle in the history of motorization. They have disrupted traditional transportation pathways and provided efficient mobility solutions that are low-cost, emit little pollution, and displace more harmful motorized modes. This presentation will discuss the results of some of the research Dr. Cherry has conducted on the role of electric-powered two-wheelers in China’s transportation system, focusing on sustainability and safety. In the context of a resurgence in bicycling in the West, he will also discuss how e-bikes and their derivatives can influence more sustainable transportation for all in Europe and North America.

Ben BlalockCollege of EngineeringAnalog Electronics

Along with two of my research students, Stephen Terry and Robert Greenwell, I partnered with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a NASA Center of Excellence for robotic space exploration, in the design and development of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Quad Operational Amplifier (QOA) microchip. This microchip is used in the Curiosity’s motor controller electronics for wheel motors, robotic arm actuator motors, camera positioning motors, and other functions. Over ninety copies of the QOA microchip are used on the MSL Mars rover, distributed on the periphery of the Curiosity. The QOA microchips are exposed to the ambient environment on the Mars surface, subjected daily to −120°C to +20°C temperature swings.  No commercially available electronic component could meet JPL’s rigorous requirements, including potential re-use for asteroid missions. This presentation provides an overview of the past research effort at UT behind the QOA chip for Mars…and beyond.

Dallas R. DonohoeCollege of Education, Health, and Human SciencesNutrition

Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. and will result in over 50,000 deaths this year alone. Environmental factors such as diet and lifestyle play a major role in colorectal cancer susceptibility. Dietary fiber has been postulated to reduce colorectal cancer incidence. However, human epidemiological studies as to whether fiber protects against colorectal cancer have produced controversial results. These human studies have been confounded by genetic heterogeneity among participants that also results in different microbiomes and fiber fermentation properties.  Recently, we have found that butyrate, a product resulting from the bacterial fermentation of fiber in the colon, protects against the formation of colorectal tumors. Furthermore, we have observed that this protection provided through a high fiber diet and butyrate is regulated by the metabolism of the tumor cell. A high fiber dietary intervention represents a plausible, maintainable, and non-toxic approach to reducing colorectal cancer incidence.

Courtney N. WrightCollege of Communication and InformationCommunication Studies

Conflict is a natural and inevitable event that contains the potential to produce both danger and opportunity. The catalysts for and implications of this paradox are at the core of the study of the dark side of interpersonal communication. Wright’s research interests in the positive and negative influences of relational communication and conflict on well-being have focused on the investigation of three communication behaviors through which the darker sides of interpersonal communication can manifest: social confrontation, social influence, and paradoxical forms of communication. This presentation provides an overview of her research of these phenomena in close relationships and instructor-student interactions about grades.

Andy PuckettCollege of BusinessFinance

Whenever a company hires someone, there is always a risk that the person will not complete his/her tasks with the level of diligence originally anticipated. This idea, that delegated managers may shirk their duties and avoid the hard work required to do an excellent job, is as old as the discipline of economics itself. However, what has largely eluded financial economists to this point is a convincing way to measure the amount of leisure consumed by delegated managers. Using golf play as a measure of leisure, we document that Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) consume more leisure when they have lower equity-based incentives (i.e., less “skin” in the game). CEOs who golf frequently (i.e., those in the top quartile of golf play, who play at least 22 rounds per year) are also associated with firms that have lower operating performance and firm values. Overall, our analyses support a conclusion that a significant fraction of public company CEOs do not work as hard as they could to maximize returns to shareholders, and that the costs of their leisure consumption to shareholders is substantial.

Jan F. SimekCollege of Arts and SciencesAnthropology
Around 6,500 years ago (if not before), prehistoric Native Americans explored deep into the dark zone of Tennessee’s 49th Unnamed Cave, perhaps buried their dead in the mouth of the cave, and may have made petroglyphs on the cave wall.  This age is older by nearly 800 years than evidence previously identified as eastern North America’s earliest dark zone cave use.  The 49th Unnamed Cave has a checkered history of looting, reburial, and difficulties with resource protection, and these issues will be discussed in light of its archaeological record.

Gary McCrackenCollege of Arts and SciencesEcology and Evolutionary Biology

Powered flight evolved independently in three groups of vertebrates.  Unfortunately, the flying reptiles (Pterosaurs) are extinct.  Of the two living groups of flying vertebrates, birds are much better known than bats.  Birds are colorful, abundant, active in daytime, sing what we perceive of as pretty songs, and rank high in the popular perceptions of most people.  Bats, in contrast, inhabit the night, their songs are mostly beyond our hearing and, while they also are abundant, “bat watching” is not a common pastime. As a rule, bats do not share the “good press” enjoyed by birds.  So, what are bats doing up there?  How are they doing it? Why should we care?  This talk will address these questions with some of the latest information on the amazing and unique abilities of our flying mammals.

Stephen BlackwellCollege of Arts and SciencesModern Foreign Language and Literatures

In 6 years of laboratory work, Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov made at least 1,500 scientific drawings of butterfly genitalia and wings—mostly of the former.  In an upcoming book, co-editor Kurt Johnson and I are presenting 150 of these drawings along with several essays by various specialists.  Nabokov’s approach to studying butterfly anatomy was characterized by a fascination with the temporal depth of species, and he imagined using a time machine to describe the staggered arrival of various old-world species in North and South America.  He found that butterfly organs, like novels, make allusions to one another between species. He also showed that their microscopic genitalic structures include comically self-referential forms as well as allusions to entirely unrelated, radically different species. Nabokov’s literary art displays the same kinds of time-travel, structure and referentiality that he found in these highly adapted creatures.

Liz TestonCollege of Architecture and DesignInterior Design

Design is embedded in the everyday and has intrinsic value. This design theory contributes to interior design education by its early introduction. Studying the aesthetics of the mundane reveals to the student that everything has value: everyday objects, underserved populations, modestly detailed buildings. Design is for the masses. Interior design shapes lives in the most fundamental and personal way. Our collective memory is informed by the built environment, which gives ordinary objects, like a recycling center or a gallon of milk, a design status that is not always evident initially. As designers, we are responsible for explaining to the world the importance of good design, to promote access to good design as a basic human right. This studio is committed to reconsidering design through the lens of everyday, recyclable objects. These items are not collateral damage of an ideatopia; they are design tools for the future. Photo credit: Joanna Bernardini.

Emily BivensAssociate Professor of ArtCollege of Arts and Sciences

​I assume everyone has moments they were not prepared for and then are not satisfied with what they said or did. These moments of regret can replay in one’s mind creating nagging feelings of unresolvedness or an open loop. I have come up a solution to resolve this difficult situation. In a recent project I created a proxy for that moment by offering people a chance to speak privately with a five-foot opossum in a state of apparent death. Audience members were able to close their loops by redoing unsatisfactory conversations or interactions. After five-minutes the audio of the interaction with the seemingly unaware animal is played back into the gallery giving the speaker the chance to be both the deliverer and receiver of a message. In this talk I will discuss interactive art practices, the use of proxies and the value of opossums.

jorXKRK4CmwFall02014College of Arts & Sciences
Eric HaleyProfessor of Advertising and Public RelationsCollege of Communication and Information

​This presentation pulls together insights from three areas of my research, Political Front Group Advertising, Financial Services Marketing and Prescription Drug Advertising. Each of these advertising categories has major personal and societal implications. Yet are consumers able to truly understand what they are seeing in these messages? My research focuses on how consumers make senses of the above mentioned types of messages in order to understand the meaning creation process of various types of consumers and how to empower consumers with the knowledge necessary to be “advertising literate” in these three situations. The research also focuses on the potential societal benefits and dangers of political, financial services and prescription drug advertising, offering insights and suggestions into public policy regarding the use of advertising and marketing communication in these areas.

Lisa Reyes MasonAssistant Professor of Social WorkCollege of Social Work

Water is essential for human health and well-being. In many places, access to water is unequally distributed among households and is both an environmental and social concern. In Baguio City, the Philippines, some families can easily obtain the water that they need. Others struggle and must juggle portfolios of water from many sources such as the public utility, private tanker trucks, neighbors, urban springs, rainfall, and their own greywater. This presentation describes the water situation in a Baguio City neighborhood, highlighting water disparities among households and everyday experiences of water insecurity. Examining how specific financial, physical, and social resources relate to water helps explain who gets water, how, and why. To ensure that all families have the water that they need, social programs and policies are needed alongside infrastructure and technology solutions.


Lynne E. ParkerProfessor of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceCollege of Engineering

​In Fall 2013, only 6% of declared undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UTK were women. This is not unique to EECS, as the numbers of women in most areas of engineering and computer science nationwide are dismally low. Why is this? Social and environmental barriers discourage many women from pursuing a career in EECS and related technical fields. Many women walk away from the field early on, due to feelings of isolation and a lack of community. To address this challenge, our department began a new student group a year ago called "Systers: Women in EECS @ UTK.” The mission of Systers is to recruit, mentor, and retain women in EECS. This talk will explore the challenges of increasing the number of female students in engineering, along with strategies we are exploring to encourage more women to study areas of EECS.

Sarah ColbyAssistant Professor of NutritionCollege of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

​With the global obesity crisis, why we eat what we eat and how we can change weight-related behavior have become areas of intense focus. Imagine students and researchers, from diverse academic backgrounds and university locations, working together to change behavior and environments using creative, interactive, fun, and novel approaches. That is what Getting Fruved is all about. The project will involve more than 1,000 student researchers, 30 faculty and extension researchers, 25 sub-research projects, and 13 universities working together in a 5-year, USDA-funded, 4-H project designed to ultimately decrease the proportion of older adolescents/young adults who are overweight or obese. The goal of the project is to use an interactive, peer-led, social marketing environmental intervention designed by college students to aid older adolescents/young adults in effectively managing weight through: improved dietary quality, increased physical activity, and improved stress management skills.

Micheline van RiemsdijkAssociate Professor of GeographyCollege of Arts and Sciences

Skilled workers are in high demand in today’s global knowledge economy. Countries vie to attract the best and brightest workers, and companies recruit employees nationally and internationally to meet their talent needs. The competition for knowledge workers has intensified as labor markets have become increasingly global. This presentation focuses on Norway, which has weathered the financial crisis better than most countries. The rapid recovery of Norway’s economy was supported by sound fiscal decisions and a sustained demand for its oil and gas-related products and services. Norway-based companies attract skilled workers with high salaries, exciting professional opportunities, generous welfare benefits, and a good work-life balance. However, these companies compete with other destinations that may be better-known and offer more cosmopolitan lifestyles. The research findings provide insights into global recruitment networks and international skilled migration flows.​

Christopher P. MagraAssociate Professor of Early American HistoryCollege of Arts and Sciences

​Can we say that the American Revolution brought about democratic change if there were undemocratic elements in that revolution? Is it possible that George Washington was both a freedom fighter and a tyrant? What is the nature of democratic leadership? This talk will answer all these questions, and more. In under 400 seconds.

Kate AtchleyDistinguished Lecturer of Graduate and Executive EducationCollege of Business Administration

​Imagine applying for a position and instead of simply being interviewed, you are asked to participate in role plays, case studies, and group discussions. Stressful? Indeed, but the hiring organization gains a good grasp of the skills and abilities that you would bring to the job role. These standardized evaluations of individual behavior across multiple situations, called assessment centers, are used in employee selection and have a rich history in the United States, starting during World War II. Research suggests that assessment centers surpass all other employee selection methods, including testing and interviews. Why rely on a candidate to self-identify their strengths and weaknesses? There is a better way. 

Sandra MixerAssistant Professor of NursingCollege of Nursing

​While the process of dying is a universal human experience, it amplifies peoples’ cultural similarities and differences. Professional nurses have a duty to provide culturally congruent care that is satisfying, meaningful, and beneficial, fits with peoples’ daily lives and, in this context, helps them face end of life (EOL). This study addressed a gap in the literature by discovering the culture care EOL needs of rural Appalachian persons and their families at home. Themes abstracted related to faith, family care, integrating generic/folk and professional nursing care, hospice care decision-making, and recommended nursing interventions promote a satisfying death experience for this population. Since death is a part of life that eventually affects everyone, applying knowledge about personal and family values, beliefs, and practices at EOL is essential for promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual health, addressing health disparities, and facilitating a dignified death among rural Appalachians. 

Rebecca Trout FryxellAssistant Professor of Medical and Veterinary EntomologyCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

​The global threat of vector-borne diseases is alarming and accounts for more than a quarter of human infectious disease deaths and an unknown amount of animal deaths. Vectors such as ticks and mosquitoes are numerous and unique to each environment and host population; thus, vector ecology is challenging and includes the identification, discovery, and conducting of hypothesis driven work for the probable reasons for disease transmission. While each problem has different goals and specific outcomes, the unifying aspect is that arthropods are transmitting serious pathogens and together these data set the argument for a One Health model for vector control. 

Karla McKandersAssociate Professor of LawCollege of Law

​1960s lawyers were known for spearheading the Civil Rights, anti-Vietnam War, Women’s and Student movements, which transformed the U.S. justice system. Contrastingly, in the digital age, “armchair activists” post about civil rights violations from the comfort of their homes. While many students still pursue a legal degree to enter into a service-oriented career, others question whether training lawyers to be “change agents” is an idea of the past. This presentation centers on the Clinical Legal Education model, which has the dual goals of educating future lawyers and providing quality legal assistance to individuals without access to the justice system. The presentation asks whether there are present-day ideological impediments that inhibit the inculcation of a “change agent” perspective in today's future lawyers. This inquiry is explored through examining the local and international service learning projects in which The University of Tennessee’s Immigration Clinic has engaged in Knoxville, Swaziland, and Morocco.

George M. PharrChancellor's Professor & McKamey Professor, Director, UT/ORNL Joint Institute for Advanced MaterialsDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering

​Since its development on the mid-1980's, nanoindentation has proven itself as an important tool for exploring and characterizing the small-scale mechanical behavior of a wide variety of materials. Some of these materials are quite unusual, either because the materials themselves are out-of-the-ordinary or because their mechanical behavior at the micro- and nano-scales is very different from that of the bulk. For example, small pillars of pure metals with diameters less than 1 micrometer can have strengths 10 to 100 times greater than their macroscopic counterparts. In this presentation, a series of examples are used to illustrate some of the unusual properties observed at small scales along with the scientific reasons for them. The examples are taken from a diverse set of disciplines including materials science, biology, geology, and medicine, all of which have benefited enormously from recent advances in nanomechanical testing.

x2UFMcFEe9MSpring02014Joint Institute of Computational Sciences; Materials Science and Engineering; Nanotechnology; Nanoscale; Metals; Material; Biology; Medicine; Nanomechanical; Nanoindentation; Out-of-the-ordinary; Geology
Brian WhitlockAssistant ProfessorCollege of Veterinary MedicineDepartment of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

The spread of tumor cells from a primary tumor to other parts of the body (metastases) is the most life-threatening complication of cancer and is responsible for most cancer deaths. In 1996, scientists set out to identify genes responsible for suppressing metastasis and made exciting new discoveries in cancer research. One gene was expressed uniquely in nonmetastatic cells. The gene was named KiSS for its role as a metastasis suppressor sequence (SS) – with acknowledgment of the discovery’s occurrence in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and the Hershey’s chocolate Kiss. The central functions of KiSS in regulating reproduction were unnoticed until 2003, when three groups independently reported mutations of the KiSS receptor in humans and mice suffering from hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, a syndrome characterized by delayed or absent pubertal development. This presentation highlights the roles of KiSS in the beginning (reproduction) and ending (cancer) of life and ongoing research at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.​

72ODIwbTiHgSpring02014College of Veterinary Medicine; Large Animal Clinical Sciences; Cell; Anatomy; Cancer; Medicine; Research; University of Tennessee (UTK); Tumor; Gene; Metastasis
Alan WallaceAssociate ProfessorLibraries

​Tennessee has many famous musical greats. Dolly Parton, Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, and, of course, Elvis! While little known to the public today, J. Lawrence Cook made as much of an impact on our musical heritage as the more famous musical giants from Tennessee. In his lifetime, Cook became the most prolific artist to arrange and record player piano music. Cook knew many of the jazz greats and was able to capture the essence of their playing on piano rolls. This was no easy task, as most player piano rolls sound stiff and mechanical. Cook’s musical ability allowed him to transcend the pedestrian sounds and create small musical masterpieces still being enjoyed today. He was equally at home with the classics as he was with jazz, blues, and later, rock ’n’ roll. In the early twentieth century, player pianos were the predominant piano in American homes. Cook wrote, arranged, and recorded more than 20,000 rolls in his prolific career. Known to only a relative few today, this East Tennessee native deserves wider recognition for his impact on our musical heritage.

7VODH1iZoYQSpring02014Library; Music; Musicians; Tennessee; East Tennessee; Arts; Artist; Record; Heritage; Jazz; Blues; Rock n Roll
Claudia J. RawnAssociate Professor and Director of the Center for Materials ProcessingCollege of EngineeringDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering

When water and low-molecular weight gases, like methane, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen disulfide, combine at low temperatures and modest pressures, crystalline gas hydrates are formed. These conditions are met where gas hydrates are found on the continental margins, in permafrost, and in natural gas pipelines. The latter is a nuisance to the gas and oil industry and leads to pipeline plugging, resulting in production interruption and financial loss. Estimates of the amount of methane contained in naturally occurring gas hydrates vary greatly but they represent a sizeable quantity. It would be challenging to harvest the methane from the seafloor due to the way the hydrate deposits are distributed in sediments. Production from permafrost locations show more potential. One possible method would be to inject carbon dioxide into methane hydrate rich deposits to drive the release of the methane molecules while at the same time sequestering the carbon dioxide molecules.​

LoJBIEGKI-0Spring02014College of Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Water; Molecule; Carbon Dioxide Emissions; Crystal; Business; Industrial; Geography; Sea; Chemistry; Gas; Methane; Natural Gas; Nature; Hydrogen
Terry HazenUT/ORNL Governor’s Chair, ProfessorCollege of EngineeringDepartment of Civil & Environmental Engineering

During the spring and summer of 2010 the national and international media was absolutely rabid about stories on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Hazen’s team was undertaking basic science to understand the effects of oil spill – especially the deepwater plume. During that time, the media was soliciting comments from any possible science “expert” they could find. They were also quoting casual comments from faculty and students collecting and analyzing samples before they had time to analyze data and make good conclusions. In fact, when presented with diametrically opposed stories, the media will often latch on to the most negative view because it is more sensational. It is increasingly important that scientists present their work based on rigorous peer review and not speculate beyond the data used for the peer-reviewed conclusions. Hazen will give examples and suggestions on how to avoid media extravaganzas that can get out of hand.​

gkpiXjIrmpESpring02014College of Engineering; Engineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Media; Analysis; Journalism & Electronic Media; Science; Natural; Disaster; Sensationalism; International; Facts; Speculation
Dawn P. CoeAssistant ProfessorCollege of Education, Health and Human SciencesDepartment of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Physical activity guidelines recommend that young children participate in at least sixty minutes and up to several hours of developmentally appropriate physical activity each day. During early childhood, children begin spending a significant portion of time at daycare and preschool settings, which presents a key opportunity for young children to engage in activity through unstructured play on a playground. Traditional playgrounds utilize set structures (i.e., swings, monkey bars) and sport-related areas (i.e., tracks, fields) to provide children with different activity options. New trends have emerged that incorporate natural elements (i.e., boulders, trees stumps, and logs) into outdoor play environments – commonly known as natural playgrounds. Natural playgrounds also include recycled materials (i.e., ropes, tires) into areas where children can create a variety of play scenarios. This presentation will provide an overview of outdoor play and natural playgrounds as well as the current research our laboratory is conducting in this area.​

odg2WO5Am8cSpring02014Kinesiology; Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies; Children; Childhood; Development; Play; Environment; College of Education, Health & Human Sciences; Research; Outdoor Recreation; Outdoor Education; Recession; Recreation; Preschool; Sports; Playground
Mark HarmonProfessorCollege of Communication and InformationSchool of Journalism & Electronic Media

Pollster Frank Luntz has built a substantial global business by shifting the terminology in public policy debates to a corporate and conservative perspective. He played a substantial role in the recent United States health care debate, and his approaches and terminology regarding health care policy in other nations likely will be tried again. Harmon researched US broadcast news transcripts to discover to what extent they reflected Luntz’s list of words for opponents of health care reform. Sixteen Luntz terms were compared to a list of sixteen more neutral terms describing the actual changes being considered. This content analysis adds to the growing body of work on framing, specifically how tactical use of terminology can turn a mediated debate.​

I2sj5RLhdx0Spring02014College of Communication & Information; Journalism & Electronic Media; Global; Business; Health Care; Health Insurance; Policy; Politics; Analysis; Context; Debate; Media; Corporate; Taxonomy; Terminology
Terry L. LeapLawson Professor of Business Administration and HeadCollege of Business AdministrationDepartment of Management

Learning to fly and earning a private pilot certificate is a challenging and expensive endeavor. As an FAA-certificated flight instructor, Leap taught his clients about the mechanics of airplanes, pre-flight procedures, aerodynamics, basic maneuvers, aircraft systems, air traffic control procedures, cross-country flight planning, federal aviation regulations, and more. His presentation will focus on the salient features of learning to fly. The audience will learn what it takes to become a safe and proficient pilot and, he hopes, the presentation might stimulate someone’s interest in this enjoyable hobby.​

g9fiEPVnIv8Spring02014College of Business Administration; Management; Airplane; Flight; Instructor; Corporate
Ken StephensonProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Imagine taking part in a protest march in which you are told ahead of time the names of the participants you must stand next to (and who, in turn, are required to stand next to you). Challenging? But it is proven that circles can accomplish exactly such a feat. Some circles have to get larger, others smaller, but as they jostle – be it a dozen or a hundred thousand circles – they succeed with wonderfully intricate and often stunning visual patterns. Just as the protesters get comfortably into place, however, comes the order to march while maintaining those designated neighbors. Impossible, you say? Au contraire. The circles manage this – no sweat. Like all good protesters, the circles come in a variety of colors with occasionally conflicting motivations. “Visualization…visualization!!” “Lattice formation, or die!” “Conformal, conformal, conformal maps!” (Aha, that would be the mathematicians.) “Energy minimization, save the planet!” Regardless, the march will certainly be a wonderful scene to contemplate. Stephenson’s presentation will be a brief visual tour of circle packings, both static and moving, and audience members may sit next to whomever they choose!​

95Ws7OGE40cSpring02014College of Arts & Sciences; Visual; Analysis; Statistics; Mathematics; Geometry; Protest
Gregory KaplanProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

​Valderredible, a valley of some 300 km2 in the northern Spanish province of Cantabria, is a special place for its artistic heritage, which provides a vision of why the Spanish language, or Castilian, was born in the region. Monuments that testify to this phenomenon include a unique nucleus of cave (or rock-cut) churches from the seventh century AD. A series of fascinating images will accompany Kaplan’s narration of a story that began upon the arrival of Latin to Cantabria in the third century BC. The native Cantabrian language survived long enough to impact spoken Latin, and Spanish took on a new form. After the sojourn and death in the Valley of Saint Millán (474–574 AD), the speech of Millán’s cult followers acquired the prestige to propel the dissemination of Spanish as the language of Castile.

xKllDlmAmk0Spring02014College of Arts & Sciences; Modern Foreign Language & Literature; Language; Landscape; Regional; Religious Structures; Religious Identity; Nature; Spain; Europe
Mark DekayAssociate ProfessorCollege of Architecture and Design

Design drives climate change; the form and space of buildings and cities have energy-use consequences leading to greenhouse gas emissions that affect the climate. Buildings use 70 percent of electricity and are responsible for about half of greenhouse gases. Architects and engineers nationally are committed to reversing climate change through better design. This presentation connects new research on knowledge structures for carbon-neutral design, an educational game for learning design strategies, and examples of student solutions. The combination of pre-industrial and high-tech design strategies are drawn from DeKay’s 800-page book, Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies (3rd edition), which includes scales from materials to neighborhoods. Yet, even these technical solutions are not enough to create change if people don’t care about nature. The presentation also includes five suggestions for connecting people to nature through design, drawn from his  other book, Integral Sustainable Design: Transformative Perspectives.​

Iif5zXqMEa4Spring02014Architecture; College of Architecture & Design; Design; Climate Change; Climate; Green Energy; Green; Engagement; Sustainability; Sustainable Architecture; Energy; Carbon Neutral; Nature
Elizabeth R. DeGeorgeAssistant DirectorCollege of Social WorkPublications and Media Technology

The Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) has been in existence since 1975. It is what you might call an outreach of the College of Social Work. Social workers are “people people,” and can’t just sit back at an academic armchair’s length from the action in social services. Having a public service office has allowed the College of Social Work to remain in close contact with this action in the public and private service agencies of the state. From partnering with the State of Tennessee in overseeing the quality of child care agencies to managing the collection of service information for the homeless population of Knoxville; from creating civil rights training for the Department of Human Services to partnering with UT’s Center for Literacy Studies in developing online learning modules; from directing focus groups for our own university to coordinating survey studies for the Knox County Health Department; from evaluating social service programs to helping service providers articulate program outcomes,  the work of SWORPS impacts individuals and agencies throughout region while allowing the college to maintain a first-hand relationship with cutting-edge best practice in today’s world.​

CqILpErNaS8Fall02013Publications and Media Technology; College of Social Work; Social Work; Public Service; Outreach; Social/Community Programs; Psychology; Children; Tennessee; University of Tennessee (UTK); Homeless; Knoxville; Training; Human Services; Analysis; Adaptability; Reform
Sadie P. HutsonAssociate ProfessorCollege of Nursing

Over the past three decades, HIV/AIDS has evolved from a terminal diagnosis to a chronic condition managed by effective pharmaceutical therapies. Despite this evolution, HIV/AIDS remains one of the leading causes of death in American adults. Emphasis on end-of-life (EOL) planning and care remains essential. This is especially critical in the Appalachian region of the southeastern United States where HIV/AIDS infection rates continue to climb. Understanding EOL needs of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Appalachia is complex, involving factors such as a general lack of health services/infrastructures, pervasive poverty, unemployment, rural and mountainous geographic terrain, stigma, cultural barriers, and inadequate education. The aim of this presentation is to discuss the findings of the first qualitative study to examine EOL care needs of PLWHA in Appalachian Tennessee and explore the contribution of the unique culture and beliefs about EOL care in an area that has been historically underserved with regard to health care services. ​

7uO8AWvMB1YFall02013College of Nursing; Nursing; End of Life; HIV/AIDS; Terminal Illness; Pharmaceutical; Therapy; Evolution; USA; Adults; Health Care; Treatment; The South; East Tennessee; Appalachia; Poverty; Unemployeement; Landscape; Regional; Geography; Analysis; Research; Culture; Debate
Paula SchaeferAssociate ProfessorCollege of Law

​In 2007, two reports on the state of legal education provided similar critiques. Law schools do a good job teaching legal doctrine, but need to do a better job integrating practice skills and professionalism training into the curriculum. Despite the call for reform, many law professors in the United States are skeptical about teaching professionalism. Professionalism may very well be the redheaded stepchild of legal education reform. As a redheaded stepchild herself, Schaefer can appreciate the message the phrase is meant to convey. The redheaded stepchild is obviously different and does not belong. She is treated without the favor of birthright. In this presentation, Schaefer considers why professionalism has been deemed different and unworthy, and what legal education reformers should do to change this misconception.

-NG6sdgwn9oFall02013College of Law; Law; Reform; Education; Skills; Professional Practice; Training; USA; Professionalism; Debate
Alex PapandrewResearch Assistant ProfessorCollege of EngineeringChemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Electrochemical energy storage is woven into the fabric of modern life. Each of us carries one or more electronic devices that store energy as electrical charge and dispense it on command. The safe and reliable operation of these devices is predicated on electrolytes—substances that allow charge to flow via the motion of charged atomic species (ions). New electrolytes are an essential requirement for developing energy systems capable of shifting our reliance on the burning of fossil fuels towards the use of more sustainable resources. Developing these smarter electrolytes and devices based around them is no small challenge, bringing together materials scientists, electrochemists, and chemical engineers in efforts to keep the lights we take for granted from growing dim.​

9kpv6wAShjEFall02013Engineering; College of Engineering; Biomolecules; Biomolecular Engineering; Electrochemical; Electronics; Technology; Smart Devices; Electrolytes; Ion; System; Fossil Fuels; Sustainability; Resources; Material; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Trena PaulusAssociate ProfessorCollege of Education, Health and Human SciencesDepartment of Educational Psychology and Counseling

With all of the hype around “big data” it can be easy to overlook the impact of everyday talk on our lives and institutions. Participants in the Discourse Analysis Research Team in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences have been using micro-analysis of talk to explore how language is used to accomplish a variety of tasks in both online and offline conversations. This presentation will highlight some of these findings, including how Tennessee’s definition of “teacher effectiveness” was generated in policy conversations in Nashville (Rachael Gabriel, Theory and Practice in Teacher Education), how female NFL followers perform their identity as authentic fans (Traci Yates, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies) and how the recently bereaved enter online support groups (Mary Alice Varga, Educational Psychology and Counseling). A better understanding of what everyday conversations are doing can help us develop strategies for positive change.​

lmK4K4-o8hMFall02013College of Education, Health & Human Sciences; Education; Psychology; Educational Psychology and Counseling; Analysis; Communication; Sociology; Online; Multitasking; Language; Conversation; Nashville; Teacher Effectiveness; Policy; Politics
Suzie AllardAssociate Professor and Associate DirectorCollege of Communication and InformationSchool of Information Sciences

The foundation of science is data; science is interdisciplinary. However, interdisciplinary research is hindered by the heterogeneity of data. This makes it difficult to merge diverse streams of data and to do meaningful modeling. Solving this problem requires a focus on how scientists use and communicate data throughout the data lifecycle. It also requires a new kind of information professional who can be imbedded in the scientific environment to assist scientists in the data management process. DataONE exemplifies how innovative environmental science can be supported by a sustainable cyber infrastructure that supports open, persistent, robust, and secure access to Earth observational data.​

Za4_X3izFtQFall02013Science; Data Visualization; Data; Information; Information Sciences; College of Communication & Information; Interdisciplinary; Research; Analysis; Diversity; Management; Environment; Collaboration; Earth; Online
Anita HollanderDistinguished LecturerCollege of Business AdministrationInformation Management Collateral and Concentration

Like many business organizations, College of Business academic units, are organized by departments or functions (such as finance, marketing, logistics, human resource management, etc.). This can result in professionals who view the business from a single, functional area perspective. However, successfully managing business processes in today’s dynamic business world requires a cross-functional, integrated perspective. Business faculty must prepare students who can help break down traditional business walls. Hollander’s presentation will give an overview of how UT information management faculty are developing and using business analysis techniques, combined with technology platforms that integrate business process data, to foster multifunctional, innovative thinking in College of Business Administration students. The curriculum resources and tools are designed to be transferrable to students and faculty in multiple departments and functional areas across the college.​

rO8cjF1KQlYFall02013College of Business Administration; Business; Business Analytics; Information; Management; Logistics; Finance; Marketing; Perspective; Business Process; Dynamic; Cross-platform; Adaptability; University of Tennessee (UTK); Analysis; Technology; Interdisciplinary
Margaret Lazarus DeanAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of English

American human spaceflight ended in 2011 with the last space shuttle launch. In trying to determine whether this was a good thing or a bad thing, Dean became obsessed with the question of what the entire fifty-year era of American spaceflight has meant. Was our space program a wasteful show of force, or was it humankind’s greatest achievement? Not until something ends can we start to understand what it has meant. In order to bear witness to the end of an era, Dean attended the last launch of each of the three space shuttles, as well as other related events at Cape Canaveral, Houston, and Washington DC. She spent a day each with one of the first men on the moon and one of the last. Dean finds that Americans are still intensely proud of our achievements in spaceflight, even as we are starting to forget what we have accomplished.​

opGh9BlK100Fall02013College of Arts & Sciences; English; NASA; Space; Space Shuttle; USA; History; Analysis; Universe; Exploration
Erin DarbyAssistant ProfessorRobert DarbyLecturerCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Religious Studies

Located in one of the most extreme physical environments on earth, the archaeological site of ‘Ayn Gharandal, Jordan, lies along the eastern frontier of the Late Roman and Byzantine empires and contains a fort, a bathhouse, and an aqueduct system. For the past four years, the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project, under the direction of Robert Darby and Erin Darby, has surveyed and excavated structures at the site, where even the preliminary results promise to contribute greatly to our understanding of the Late Roman military and its control of regional trade networks, civilian populations, and natural resources in the Middle East. This presentation will demonstrate the importance of ‘Ayn Gharandal by first describing the regional and environmental context, discussing the preliminary finds from survey and excavation, and drawing conclusions from the data about the Late Roman army’s presence in this desolate region and the soldiers garrisoned at ‘Ayn Gharandal.​

wdGme_z4PtcFall02013College of Arts & Sciences; Classics; Jordan; Architecture; Archaeology; Late Roman; Military; Regional; Trade; West Asia; Environment
Gordon BurghardtProfessor College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Psychology

Why do animals play? Why do we play? What, really, IS play? Our understanding of the evolution and phylogeny of playfulness in animals is surprisingly minimal, largely because the function of play in both human and nonhuman animals remains controversial. Consequently, biologists and even many psychologists have largely ignored play. After all, something frivolous and fun cannot be too important as compared to feeding, mating, fighting, and rearing young. An even greater problem, perhaps, is the difficulty of identifying play in species where play is not already acknowledged to exist. In other words, play is usually defined with vague or problematic terminology that often leads to unproductive debates rather than good science. Furthermore, the many kinds of activities that are considered play such as competitive sports, pretense, joking, manipulating objects and ideas, wrestling, and chasing seem very diverse and perhaps unrelated. This talk will explore the concept of play, how to identify it with improved criteria, show how play is distributed in a modern phylogenetic framework, and with videos, the surprising and ancient origins of play in turtles, lizards, frogs, fishes, and even invertebrates. Recently, there has been a resurgence of scientific interest in play, its importance in our lives as well as those of other animals, the role of the brain, and modeling play.​

Wmg9SFLmRGkFall02013College of Arts & Sciences; Biology; Psychology; Recreation; Play; Evolution; Phylogeny; Animals; Definition; Research; Science
Sharon Jean-PhilippeAssistant ProfessorCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural ResourcesUrban Forestry

​Urban ecosystems have unique problems and are difficult to study. Because their disturbance history is often unknown, there are multiple stresses that may be difficult to differentiate in urban forests, and the characteristics of the urban soils are quite different than those found in rural forests. Trees in urban environments are chosen to enhance and beautify cities, but are also called upon to: 1) adapt to poor soils that have often been polluted; 2) compete with grass for nutrients and water; 3) develop roots under impervious surfaces, like concrete; 4) resist disease and insect pressures; and 5) endure abuse from automobiles, lawnmowers, pests, and people. This presentation examines urban forests from an economic, environmental, and management perspective, specifically focusing on understanding the below-ground soil environment in which urban trees grow and how to mitigate stressors in urban soils.

R9dLkARrlXAFall02013College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Urban; Forest; Forestry; Ecosystems; Soil; Environment; Adaptability; Survival; Water; Disease; Economics; Regulation
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John C. New, Jr.ProfessorCollege of Veterinary Medicine

We encounter obstacles at all stages of our life. To overcome some, we need help. HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) was founded 25 years ago to help people deal with obstacles through the phenomenon of the human-animal bond (H-AB). The Bond is defined as a mutually beneficial, dynamic relationship between people and animals that is essential to the health and well-being of both. As a program of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, HABIT sponsors animal-assisted therapy in 12 counties and 120 program sites in nursing/retirement homes, assisted living centers, hospitals, and area schools. It is powered by the dedication and compassion of over 300 volunteers, including some from the University. HABIT includes over 350 medically and behaviorally screened dogs, cats and rabbits, and its volunteer teams made over 150,000 visits last year. However, the best way to understand how HABIT volunteers help others deal with obstacles is through their stories.​

YKNM6uSH3SgFall02011Veterinary Medicine; College of Veterinary Medicine; Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT); Human-animal Bond; Human-Animal Interaction; Companionship; Treatment; Therapy; Hospice Care; University of Tennessee (UTK); Volunteer; Dogs; Cats; Rabbit
Elizabeth StrandClinical Associate Professor and Director of Veterinary Social Work ServicesCollege of Social Work

The connection between people and animals is varied and diverse. Species, cultures, breeds, ethnicities, and faith traditions all intermingle and coalesce to create these complex human-animal ties. One thing is common among all these connections, however- the intensity of emotion and strength of opinion that is aroused in response to them. Human beings are invested in how people interact with animals. The love between pet parents and their animal companions as well as the violence toward abused animals stir people deeply. The sincere division between dedicated hunters and those who wear only Naugahyde arouses conflict and “positions” on either side of a fence. Without a “right” or “wrong” agenda, this talk guides viewers through the sights, stories, and science to explore the human animal connection from a social work (strengths-based) and mindfulness (present-moment) perspective.​

XLWE1AFZGYwFall02011College of Social Work; Social Work; Human-Animal Interaction; Veterinary Medicine; Human-animal Bond; Companionship
Lisa LindleyAssistant ProfessorCollege of Nursing

Children with terminal illnesses often need hospice care at end of life, yet most children do not access hospice services. Hospice eligibility rules have been identified as a critical barrier to pediatric hospice utilization. Healthcare reform or the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) is a policy response that modifies hospice eligibility rules for children at the end of their lives. On March 23, 2010, the ACA was signed into law by President Obama, and Section 2302 - Concurrent Care for Children become one of the first provisions to be enacted that same day. The provision eliminated the requirement that children enrolled in Medicaid or state Children's Health Insurance Plan must discontinue life-prolonging or curative therapies in order to enroll in hospice care. Although many provisions of the ACA will be effective in subsequent years (i.e., 2013, 2014), the early enactment of Section 2302 will be an important bellwether of how other ACA provisions are enacted and implemented. Therefore, the aim of this presentation is to discuss the impact of the Concurrent Care for Children provision on the delivery of end of life care for children and review the status of its implementation at the state level.

Note: This is a replacement for the previously scheduled presentation “Health Reform: What’s In It for Me?” by Carole Myers.​

wOT1CEGRFWIFall02011Health Care; Reform; Nursing; College of Nursing; Children; Terminal Illness; Hospice Care; Affordable Care Act 2010; Affordability; Medicaid; Medicine; Children's Health Insurance Plan
Jennifer BealsAssociate Professor & Head of Special CollectionsMichelle BrannenStudio ManagerLibraries

​Among the most used learning spaces outside the campus classroom, the University Libraries engages students through outreach programs, services, and spaces. In the Libraries students express themselves, get their work done, and even kick back to have fun. From raves to reports, friends to finals, morning to midnight, study to sleep, quarrels to quiet, computers to centaurs, pizza to programs, copying to coffee, paper to projector, or books to bytes, students use the Libraries to connect to each other and to the University. Featured programs, services and events include The Commons, Film Movement Series, Raves, Art in the Libraries, Writers in the Library, Free Range Video Contest, National Day of Writing, The Culture Corner, Life of the Mind, Graduate Student Open House, Open Access Week, Research Assistance, Music and Agriculture-Veterinary Medicine special libraries, Special Collections and University Archives, digital collections, and the Leisure Reading Book Club. Faculty and staff involved in this initiative include Michelle Brannen, Jennifer Beals, JoAnne Deeken, Chris Durman, Steven Milewski, Martha Rudolph and Greg Womac.

JYqtzNjG71kFall02011Library Science; Library; Student; Engagement; Learner Engagement; Learner Support; University of Tennessee (UTK); Outreach; Collaboration; Digital Literacy; Archive
Alex LongAssociate ProfessorCollege of Law

Legal writers frequently utilize the lyrics of popular music artists to help advance a particular theme or argument in legal writing. Often, attorneys use the lyrics of popular music in fairly predictable ways in their writing, sometimes with adverse impact on the persuasiveness of the argument they are advancing. Occasionally, legal writers incorporate the lyrics of popular music into their writing in more creative and effective ways. This presentation explores the ways in which lawyers and judges use pop music lyrics (and in particular, the lyrics of Bob Dylan) in legal scholarship and judicial opinions, and what their choices in terms of the artists cited say about the legal profession.​

QK6EXgpnCOwFall02011College of Law; Popular Music; Music; Musicians; Lyric; Legal Writing; Artist; Arts; Law; Attorney; Debate; Judge
Glenn TootleAssistant ProfessorCollege of EngineeringDepartment of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mountain glaciers are important regional climate change indicators due to their high sensitivity to temperature and precipitation changes. Recent studies in the Northern and Central Rocky mountains of North America indicate glaciers are retreating in response to regional climate warming. This results in significant impacts on summer stream flows, which replenish reservoirs and provide irrigation water for agriculture purposes. Civil Engineers are faced with the challenge of quantifying the impacts of glacier recession, which includes the loss of glacial mass, and the delay of runoff due to the storage/release of internal liquid water and delayed snowmelt. Glaciers are located in high elevation watersheds where the agricultural growing season is limited. A continued loss of these “frozen reservoirs” and the resulting impact on the timing of runoff (earlier in the growing season) requires Civil Engineers to develop adaptable and sustainable alternatives such as new impoundments or the development of groundwater resources.​

I33thD7xAwAFall02011Civil & Environmental Engineering; College of Engineering; Climate; glaciers; Mountain; Climate Change; North America; Rocky Mountains; Regional; River; Agriculture; Engineering; Recession; Watershed; Water; Season; Adaptability; Sustainability; Groundwater
Bruce MacLennanAssociate ProfessorCollege of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Intelligence pervades nature; from slime mold amoebas, which self-assemble into a multicellular slug capable of sensation and crawling; to self-organized embryological development, which coordinates the differentiation and arrangement of the 100 trillion cells of an adult person; to the swarm intelligence of social insects, governing millions of individuals without a leader; to the massively parallel information processing of the human brain’s 100 billion neurons. How can we understand such enormously complex systems? And how can we apply our knowledge in future technologies, such as brain-scale neurocomputers and swarms of millions of micro-robots? One key is that natural intelligence is embodied: its primary purpose is to govern a physical body situated in its environment. Indeed, we are beginning to understand that genuine intelligence — both natural and artificial — requires embodiment. These observations yield new insights into the relation of mind and body throughout nature.​

aKws_JC-0q8Fall02011College of Engineering; Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Artificial Intelligence; Intelligence; Neurology; Neurocomputers; Technology; Micro-robots; Environment
Gene HayesProfessorCollege of Education, Health and Human SciencesDepartment of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies

Camp Koinonia is a week-long residential outdoor education and recreation program for 150 children ages 7 to 21 with significant and multiple disabilities from East Tennessee. The program is the culmination of a semester long class including 200 UTK students who become the entire staff for the program. “Koinonia” is a Greek word that means fellowship and caring community. This presentation will highlight many of the activities in which the children with disabilities participate with the UTK students who plan and conduct the activities. The interaction and relationships between university students and campers is what makes Camp Koiononia a “Lifetime Experience” for all participants.​

W6Fg-ZoKcaQFall02011Kinesiology; Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies; Education; College of Education, Health & Human Sciences; Recreation; East Tennessee; Semester; Undergraduate; University of Tennessee (UTK); Community; Social/Community Programs; Children
Peiling WangProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Information Sciences

Our information environment is becoming increasingly diverse and dynamic. How can we design information technologies that accommodate users from all walks of life? This talk takes the user-centered perspective to challenge current IT system designs. Selected are the six principles/goals or U2SA3: Usefulness—an IT must be useful; Usability—an IT must be usable; Simplicity—KISS; Adaptability—an IT must be adaptable; Adaptivity—an IT must be adaptive; Affordance—an IT’s interfaces must provide adequate clues on actions and results. Violations of these principles are illustrated with examples along with the questions: When and why is default a bad design? What does it mean to personalize IT for users? How can we better understand users’ behaviors?​

ua7_AHYRr2AFall02011College of Arts & Sciences; Information Sciences; Information; Information Technology; Diversity; Dynamic; Design; Perspective; System; Adaptability; Interface; Affordability; User Interface; User Experience; Analysis
Lynn YoungsExecutive DirectorCollege of Business AdministrationAnderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Although housed in the College of Business Administration, the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a resource for the entire university and the broader community. The Anderson Center is funded entirely throughout private gifts to the College of Business, and its primary mission is to foster business creation across the university and local business community. Center staff and faculty oversee management of the University of Tennessee Incubator, orchestrate business mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs, and cooperate with a broad set of regional players to strengthen the area's "entrepreneurial ecosystem." The center also works with faculty from the College of Business Administration to offer course work for young entrepreneurs in the school's undergraduate and MBA programs, and provides funding in support of faculty and doctoral student research. At any given time, faculty in the Anderson Center are engaged in enabling a dozen or more start-ups, greatly adding to the vitality and vibrancy of the university and local community.​

_bdD60CBMREFall02011Business; College of Business Administration; Entrepreneur; Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Community; University; Local Community; Small Business; University of Tennessee (UTK); Collaboration; Regional
Laura ColeInstructor and DirectorCollege of Business AdministrationDepartment of FinanceMasters Investment Learning Center

The Masters Investment Learning Center (Masters ILC) is a high-technology learning hub located off the atrium in the James A. Haslam II Business Building. Funded entirely through private donations, by Mike Masters, Chris LaPorte, and many others, this high-profile center provides experiential learning, research opportunities, and enrichment activities that have, to date, transformed the academic experience and marketability of 850 students and faculty campus-wide. The cornerstone of the center is its cache of ten Bloomberg terminals, which enable users to access news, analytics, and financial market data on more than five million securities and provide support to the real-world learning activities offered through the center. Of these many opportunities, the most prominent are the Haslam and LaPorte Torch Funds. Full-time MBA students compete against one another and the S&P 500 while managing real-world security portfolios on behalf of their benefactors and on average consistently outperforming the S&P 500.​

7JrIblcS3t4Fall02011College of Business Administration; Finance; Masters Investment Learning Center; Donation; Research; Research Opportunities; University of Tennessee (UTK); Analysis; Entrepreneur; Market Data; Marketing; Real-World
Kenton YeagerAssociate ProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Theatre

In my search to create the perfect theatre lighting lab, I developed an integrated system of teaching theatrical design, directing and stage management. This one-to-six scale theatre allows us to expand beyond lighting and create a complete scaled fully working theatre that fits into a classroom. It has everything an actual theatre has, including lighting, sound, projection, flying and rigging system, legs, borders, drops, scrims, even stage traps and turntables. Called Yeagerlabs, this system has been adopted for use at ten universities, three high schools and a Broadway master class in New York City to teach lighting, scenic, sound, and media design, stage technology, directing and stage management. This system provides a useful educational model designed to develop collaborative skills in our next generation of theatre artists.​

kURBarColHQFall02011College of Arts & Sciences; Theatre; Theatrical Design; Lighting; Lab; Module; Classroom; Classroom Support; Design; Learner Engagement; Stage & Screen; Stage Technology; High School; University; Stage Management; Media; Education; Collaboration
Tina ShepardsonAssociate ProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Religious Studies

Ancient religious buildings compete on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. An American president calls Iraq, Iran, and North Korea an “Axis of Evil.” For thousands of years, physical and rhetorical manipulations of powerful places have fundamentally shaped religious and political identities. My research on fourth-century Christian history suggests that we can better understand – and intervene in – these complex power dynamics if we realize that local places are not inert backdrops against which events transpire, but are ever-shifting sites of, and tools for, the negotiation of authority and identity. From constructing new buildings to describing places controlled by their rivals as morally and physically dangerous, early Christian leaders fundamentally shaped their landscape and thus the events that unfolded within it. Physically controlling the appearance and use of places, and rhetorically shaping perceptions of them, remain powerful, yet largely unrecognized, tools for negotiating the complex intersections of identity, religion, and politics.​

z4TEtcZfzZoFall02011College of Arts & Sciences; Religion; Religious Identity; Religious Structures; Religious Studies; Jerusalem; Israel; Temple Mount; Iran; Iraq; Axis of Evil; Manipulation; Political Identity; Dynamic; Perspective; Christianity; Landscape; Poltics
Cynthia PetersonProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Biochemical, Cell & Molecular Biology

Biological molecules are the engines that control life. Biochemistry has evolved to study just how that happens. Researchers are interested in the way our bodies fight injury and battle disease during clot formation and wound healing, the inflammatory response and cancer. In particular, our laboratory focuses on the structure and function of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), the main regulator of blood clot lysis. We are unraveling the role of other proteins/cofactors in regulating PAI-1 activity. If left unregulated, PAI-1 would lead to bleeding disorders and inappropriate activities in tissues throughout the body. How do we tackle these problems? State-of-the art structural and computational tools are employed to address PAI-1 binding with its cofactors to understand the way that intimate details of protein shape guide molecular recognition. We cannot see PAI-1 or its cofactors, even with the most powerful microscopes. Instead, we use varied biological “lenses” to visualize these biomolecules and understand their size, shape and multiple interactions. With these approaches, we reconstruct a picture of what is happening on the nanoscale. Our recent work harnesses the power of neutrons to study biomolecules, working closely with colleagues at ORNL at the High Flux Isotope Reactor. This neutron scattering research is a means to tackle one of the most challenging areas left for structural biologists, which ironically is finding experiments to characterize intrinsically unstructured regions in proteins! Our work reveals that unstructured regions in the cofactors are some of the most important in regulating PAI-1.​

oJ8yzOlm-VsFall02011College of Arts & Sciences; Biochemical, Cell & Molecular Biology; Biology; Biochemistry; Disease; Healing; Growth; Cancer; Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (PAI-1); Blood Clot Lysis; Bleeding Disorders; Disorder; Tissue; Anatomy; Nanoscale; High Flux Isotope Reactor; Neutron; Structural Biology; Protein
Tricia StuthAssociate ProfessorRobert FrenchAssistant ProfessorCollege of Architecture and DesignDepartment of Architecture

In 1933 the Tennessee Valley Authority constructed a model community, Norris, Tennessee, as part of the Norris Dam construction project. A key feature of this New Deal village was the Norris House, a series of homes built as models for modern and efficient living. In light of the 75th anniversary of the Norris Project, an interdisciplinary team of UTK students and faculty are revisiting the Norris paradigm to create A New Norris House - a sustainable home for the 21st century. Phases include research, design, construction and evaluation to identify and address hurdles to sustainable architectural production and dwelling. The process implements interdisciplinary curricula centered on applied research, government and industry partnerships, and academically based community outreach. Contemporary life creates environmental and societal challenges and technological opportunities similar to those of the New Deal era. A New Norris House confronts both old and new issues to address impediments to the adoption of sustainable principles in existing communities.​

2kwWaipbgsUFall02011College of Architecture & Design; Architecture; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); Norris; Norris Dam; New Deal; Student; Universe; University of Tennessee (UTK); Research; Design; Sustainable Architecture; Evaluation; Green; Collaboration; Contemporary Life; Interdisciplinary; Sustainability
Neal S. EashAssociate ProfessorCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural ResourcesDepartment of Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science

Agricultural soil management impacts carbon dioxide emissions and can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Limiting soil disturbance during food production can increase soil carbon levels over the long-term (decades) due to short-term (i.e., seasonal) sequestration of carbon dioxide. In order to determine the rate of carbon dioxide sequestration, micrometeorological stations were set up in two adjacent fields. These stations continuously record the environmental components necessary to complete the Bowen’s ratio energy balance equations for the fields, both of which are cropped in maize-bean rotations, one under no-till management and the other plowed. Comparison of the transfer of energy throughout the two different cropping systems over the course of the cropping cycle indicated the suspected superiority of no-till systems for maximizing the carbon dioxide uptake of agricultural systems, but only if the plow (and tillage) is abandoned. Other benefits of soil management include improved food security.​

RZ6uLZjm7hYFall02011Agriculture; College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science; Soil Management; Soil Carbon Levels; Food Production; Food Security; Environment; Bowen’s Ratio; Maize-bean Rotation; No-til Management; Plow; Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Amy K. LeBlancAssociate Professor and Director of Translational ResearchCollege of Veterinary Medicine

Molecular imaging, specifically Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT), is integral to the clinical management of human patients with a variety of diseases, most notably cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurologic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, as a noninvasive tool for biomedical research and drug development, PET/CT is a powerful tool for researchers and more recently, an expanding field in clinical veterinary medicine. It is now widely accepted that companion animals such as dogs and cats can serve as spontaneous, relevant disease models for many common human ailments. Novel PET imaging reagents can be validated in such animal models in order to inform the development pathway of these molecules, to the benefit of humans and pets alike. This presentation highlights work demonstrating the application of 18F-PET tracers utilizing PET/CT imaging to a variety of veterinary diseases, thus paving the way for UT as a leader in translational imaging-based research.​

sOfK-e2VxwwSpring02012Veterinary Medicine; College of Veterinary Medicine; Molecule; Imagery; Health Care; Disease; Cancer; Neurology; Biomedical; Treatment; Noninvasive; Medicine; Dogs; Cats; University of Tennessee (UTK); Research
Terri Combs-OrmeProfessorCollege of Social WorkUrban Child Institute

Although brain development is genetically programmed, its form and shape result from an infant's early experiences. In the last few decades, neuroscience research has dramatically illustrated the influence of early experiences on infant brain development through the use of new brain imaging technology. The Urban Child Institute (TUCI), a nonprofit whose goal is to enhance the lives of Memphis children, is taking this knowledge directly to parents. TUCI is currently offering one of the first programs for disadvantaged parents that utilizes the findings from neuroscience research to enhance the early brain development of infants in poverty. This presentation demonstrates the Touch-Talk-Read-Play program, which is being delivered by TUCI through the Neighborhood Christian Center, a faith-based organization. Program participants learn fundamental knowledge about the brain and its functions, as well as how ordinary experiences such as skin contact, talking to babies, and reading and playing with them influence brain development.​

lHQ3WkCEFjkSpring02012Social Work; College of Social Work; Urban Child Institute; Neurology; Development; Childhood; Children; Infant; Imagery; Technology; Nonprofit; Memphis; Parent; Neuroscience; Poverty; Data Visualization; Social/Community Programs; Literacy
Carole R. MyersAssistant ProfessorCollege of Nursing

The complexity of the problems which led to the passage of national health reform in 2010 after 100 years of failed attempts, current political bickering, and national concern about America's financial viability and social supports have crowded out the public's opportunity to garner factual and relevant information about the Affordable Care Act and understanding about the personal impact of the law. An overview of the major thrust of the law and key provisions related to health insurance and delivery system reforms, cost-savings, and financing will be discussed. In addition, the timing and status of the law's multi-year implementation will be reviewed and potential obstacles discussed. The question “what's in it for me?” will be discussed from the perspective of those individuals insured via public and private programs and those who lack insurance. The aim is to demystify and simplify the law in a discussion absent of partisan and philosophical debates.​

UnfHkjFAmj4Spring02012Nursing; College of Nursing; Health Care; Policy; Politics; Reform; Economics; Finance; Health Insurance; Debate
Anne BridgesAssociate Professor and Interim Head of Research ServicesKen WiseAssociate ProfessorLibraries

The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project at the University of Tennessee Libraries collects, preserves, and makes available to researchers material on the Smokies region of both Tennessee and North Carolina. Founded in 1997 by librarians Anne Bridges and Ken Wise, the project has three main initiatives. The first is a bibliography project, which will result in a printed volume of entries of written material from the sixteenth century to the founding of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934. The second part of the bibliography project will be an online bibliography encompassing the years 1935 to the present. The second initiative is The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Collection, the largest collection of material in all formats, including books, articles, government documents, and manuscripts, in the region and perhaps in the nation. The third initiative is a corpus of online photographs and documents from significant Smokies photographers including Albert "Dutch" Roth and Jim Thompson and a grant-funded project on the history of the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School in Gatlinburg.​

S7SkxUtJJFUSpring02012Library; Landscape; Smoky Mountains; The South; Tennessee; University of Tennessee (UTK); Library Science; Preservation; Research; North Carolina; Bibliography; Nationanl Park; Park; Online; Internet; Database; History; Data Visualization; Photography; Grant; Gatlinburg
Joan M. HeminwayDistinguished ProfessorCollege of Law

The meteoric rise of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networking web sites presents many opportunities and challenges for law, society, and the economy. With small businesses—historically engines of economic growth—finding it difficult to raise start-up funds and capital for new projects, social networking seems like a logical way to find new "friends" from whom to raise the necessary investment dollars. This form of raising monies has become known as “crowdfunding,” and has been popularized by websites like Kiva and ProFounder. Yet, securities regulations in the US effectively prevent ventures from using the Internet to raise funds that generate returns to investors because of required compliance with a resource-intensive federal and state registration process. The main fear of regulators is that investors will be defrauded on the faceless Internet. Can we legalize desired forms of crowdfunding without creating an opportunity for fraud and other misuse?​

2AorPzmStGkSpring02012College of Law; Law; Social Media; Crowdfunding; Venture Capital; E-commerce; Society; Economics; Business; Small Business; Investment; Regulation; Govern; Internet; Online; Fraud; Security
Mariya ZhuravlevaAssistant ProfessorCollege of EngineeringDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering

Crystals are not only aesthetically pleasing materials, such as the gemstones, used in jewelry, but are also used in many technical applications. Some crystals, called scintillators, visibly glow with bright colors when exposed to radiation. Scintillator crystals can be used to record X-ray images similar to the manner in which photographic film can be used to record light images. Crystalline scintillators with three dimensional patterns of perfectly ordered atoms are used to produce high resolution images of cancer and Alzheimer's disease and to reveal the presence of hidden radioactive materials being illegally transported across borders. A team of students, researchers and faculty at the Scintillation Materials Research Center discovers new scintillator crystals and develops new technologies to manufacture them. The crystals are grown by slowly cooling a molten substance in a specially designed furnace. The resulting crystals are the key components in the fabrication of modern radiation sensing devices.​

nv_AJtuqf88Spring02012College of Engineering; Material; Materials Science and Engineering; Crystal; Jewelry; Technology; Radiation; X-Ray; Imagery; Photography; 3D; Cancer; Alzheimer's Disease; Health Care; Research; Manufacturing
Ashleigh HuffmanClinical Assistant ProfessorSarah HillyerClinical Assistant ProfessorCollege of Education, Health and Human SciencesDepartment of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies

​The presentation will highlight our use of sport to promote community development, global solidarity, and female empowerment. In the last twenty years, we have implemented groundbreaking sports development projects in ten different countries, including Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, China, Inner Mongolia, and Zimbabwe. In the fall of 2010, we also co-developed an undergraduate service-learning class designed to use sport, physical activity, and recreation as a way to assist a growing number of Iraqi refugees in their transition to the Knoxville community. As a result of our international experiences and local service, we have been invited to launch the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society at the University of Tennessee. The center will be the academic hub for interdisciplinary research in the area of sport for development.

1Yw18uAbYkUSpring02012College of Education, Health & Human Sciences; Kinesiology; Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies; Global; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Turkey; Jordan; Tunisia; Morocco; China; Mongolia; Zimbabwe; Undergraduate; Recreation; Knoxville; Community; Social/Community Programs; University of Tennessee (UTK); Interdisciplinary; Research
Michael J. PalencharAssociate ProfessorCollege of Communication and InformationSchool of Advertising & Public Relations

Do you ever wonder why organizations make such horrendous communication mistakes during a crisis? The simultaneous reality of an industrial and economic risk society and the development of new digital, online mobile capabilities require a re-evaluation of organizational strategies for effectively communicating about risk. Palenchar will discuss the interdisciplinary role of crisis communication and new media technologies in managing crisis events. Technological advances have transformed how crisis management professionals and researchers view, create, interact with, and disseminate information to affected communities and other stakeholders during a crisis. Early research shows that many organizations are struggling to define the best practices for using social media, including digital mobile devices, for risk and crisis communication and measuring its return on investment. Potential issues and implications, such as control, security, right to know, uncertainty, speed, training, intentionality, transparency, information push, privacy, self-efficacy, and leveraging stakeholders' communication are quickly discussed in this presentation.​

W2Ot2bpxRb8Spring02012College of Communication & Information; Advertising; Advertising & Public Relations; Communication; Economics; Industrial; Online; Internet; Strategy; Analysis; Evaluation; Risk; Business Analytics; Business; Crisis Management; Technology; Social Media; Mobile Devices; Smart Devices; Investment; Security; Training; Privacy
Bill FoxProfessorCollege of Business Administration

Internet sales exploded from $1.1 trillion in 2000 to more than $3.8 trillion in 2012. A 1992 Supreme Court ruling hampers the ability of states to collect sales taxes on many of these transactions because the vendors do not have taxable presence. Some argue that a tax-free environment should foster growth of the Internet and that low taxes have been an important part of its rapid growth. Further, they maintain that it is too expensive to comply with the tax laws of 45 sales-taxing states and more than 9,000 local governments. Others argue that uneven taxation of e-commerce versus bricks-and-mortar commerce harms the US economy and costs state and local governments tax revenues. These counterpoints will be evaluated along with UT faculty research that evidences annual tax losses of at least $12 billion and elimination of jobs in bricks-and-mortar stores.​

bO-8Ug_H_78Spring02012Business; College of Business Administration; Internet; Economics; Supreme Court; Taxes; Statistics; Poltics; Growth; E-commerce; Local Community; Brick-and-Mortor; Research; University of Tennessee (UTK); Job
Gregory L. StuartProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Psychology

Alcohol use is theoretically and empirically linked to various forms of intimate partner violence (IPV). This presentation will focus on our body of work that illustrates the connection between alcohol use and IPV perpetration and victimization. Our studies demonstrate that IPV is overrepresented in populations of individuals in treatment for substance abuse, and that substance abuse is overrepresented in men and women who are mandated by the court to attend batterer intervention programs. Our work has shown that the prevalence and frequency of IPV decrease after an individual receives treatment for alcohol problems. The course of IPV and the efficacy of interventions for men arrested for IPV will be addressed. Our efforts to improve violence outcomes in randomized clinical trials involving alcohol treatment with arrested batterers will be described. Our ongoing studies, including an examination of genetic predictors of IPV and substance use, as well as genetic predictors of treatment outcome, will be discussed.​

QU6rhFCuTacSpring02012College of Arts & Sciences; Psychology; Abuse; Victim; Alcohol; Violance; Treatment; Health Care; Gender; Alcoholism; Statistics; Sociology; Mental Health
Harry McSweenDistinguished ProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartmanet of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Vesta is the second-most massive asteroid. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, now orbiting and mapping the body, has revealed its secrets. Dawn’s ion propulsion system has made it the fastest manmade object. The spacecraft carries cameras to image the surface and spectrometers to measure its composition, and tracking of its orbital path constrains the nature of its interior. Meteorites, which may have been excavated from Vesta, are used to interpret Dawn results, and the distributions of similar volcanic rocks have been mapped. Craters of all sizes pockmark Vesta’s surface. A huge impact created a basin at the south pole that scattered material over half the body, exposed the deep interior, and created curious ridges encircling the equator. Ancient Vesta is one of a very few surviving planetesimals like those that accreted to form the Earth, and thus it provides a unique window on early solar system processes.​

BSeERJtyXvMSpring02012College of Arts & Sciences; Universe; Earth; Earth and Planetary Sciences; NASA; Map; Propulsion; Ion; Engineering; Photography; Asteroid; Orbit; Meteorites; Meteorology; Landscape; Antarctica; South Pole; Perspective
Gregor KalasAssistant ProfessorCollege of Architecture and DesignSchool of Architecture

Recently, scholars have begun to question the view that early medieval monasticism was unified during the Carolingian Empire by the imposition of St. Benedict’s Rule. Evidence that monastic architecture diverged from some of the Rule's dictates due to the development of enclosed gardens and spacious dining chambers for abbots, for example, indicates that the sixth-century text of St. Benedict instigated a reconsideration of the enclosed life. Digital reconstructions of Carolingian monasteries provide a basis for understanding how architectural spaces emerged from the Rule.​

KM-Bqvr2GwwSpring02012College of Architecture & Design; Architecture; Medieval; Monasticism; Poltics; History; Gardens; Society
Neal StewartProfessorCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural ResourcesDepartment of Plant Sciences

Phytosensors are engineered plants to report when specific contaminants and disease-causing agents are present in a plant's environment. Gene switches—called promoters—are being discovered which naturally sense, for example, when a harmful bacterium or virus attacks the plant. They naturally switch on a cascade of defenses. Our research group is designing stronger synthetic promoters, which are then used to control the expression of fluorescent protein genes. The brightest discovered fluorescent protein happens to be orange. However, it is still not bright enough to usually be visible under the control of even our stronger designer promoters. Recently, the group has made modifications to make a “Big Orange” fluorescent protein that is accumulated much higher in the plant, which yields three times higher fluorescence than its predecessor. Plants can be engineered temporarily for orange fluorescence, perhaps just in the leaves, to comprise a brief reporter system.​

7zdTxq3xCu4Spring02012College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Plants; Plant Sciences; Disease; Botony; Environment; Survival; Research; Synthetic; Biology; Research Community; Protein; Engineering; Biomedical Engineering
Andrea Lorene LudwigAssistant ProfessorCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural ResourcesBiosystems Engineering & Soil Science

Most simply, rivers drain water and carry sediment, but it's how water moves across the landscape and into these rivers that makes the system interesting. A watershed is the land area that drains to a particular point in the landscape, but from a socio-economic standpoint it is far more than that. Rivers create communities and sculpt economic development, so we are members of both our communities and our watersheds, with watershed boundaries and behavior affecting how we live every day. This presentation examines watersheds from an engineering, scientific, and social perspective. It examines current threats to watersheds and discusses efforts to utilize, protect, and restore them so as to preserve their benefits to our communities.​

bil9EHrr4fsFall02012College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science; Water; Landscape; Soil; River; System; Economics; Socio-Economic; Development; Watershed; Science; Engineering; Society; Environment; Conservation; Community
David A. PattersonProfessor and Director of KnoxHMISCollege of Social Work

UT’s commitment to its land-grant mission of serving the public good finds one manifestation in the Knoxville Homeless Management Information (KnoxHMIS), a unique community engagement endeavor to measure, understand, and respond at a local and national level to the complexity and tragedy of homelessness. KnoxHMIS deploys a secure, online database linked to local homeless service providers to create an empirical window into the experience of homelessness. Since November 2004, more than 28,000 unique individuals have sought services for current or imminent homelessness from homeless service providers in Knoxville and Knox County. More than 7,300 individuals and family members received services during 2011. This presentation focuses on the magnitude, scope, and complexity of homelessness in our area. Homelessness is best understood as the result of a complex interaction of individual factors, structural and economic forces, and environmental circumstances. Measurement of the prevalence, persistence, and multifaceted variations of homelessness in this community informs agency interventions and community policy decisions.

Note: Photograph used with permission Knox County Public Defenders Community Law Office. Photographer: I. Merkle​

uA4-XEJ0VmYFall02012College of Social Work; Social Work; University of Tennessee (UTK); Poverty; Homeless; Social/Community Programs; Online; Data; Knoxville; Economics; Environmental Psychology; Analysis; Statistics; Community; Policy
Kenneth D. PhillipsAssociate DeanCollege of NursingResearch and Evaluation

​Sleep disturbances are prevalent among adults in the United States, and some cases may have their origins in childhood and persist into adulthood. Poor sleep is associated with a variety of mental health outcomes. Adverse childhood experiences (emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse as either victim or perpetrator) can affect physical and mental health, well-being, and quality of life in many ways. Understanding the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and poor sleep quality in adulthood is only beginning to be studied. Therefore, the purpose is to examine the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and sleep quality.

cio7owOURDEFall02012Nursing; College of Nursing; Research; Evaluation; Sleep; Sleep Disturbances; Adults; USA; Childhood; Mental Health; Victim; Sexual Abuse; Abuse
Michael J. HigdonAssociate ProfessorCollege of Law

​Although most children are teased at some point during childhood, those children whose gender expression defies what society considers “appropriate” are more likely to become chronic victims of school bullying. Such bullying is, in essence, a form of lynching. First, both are driven by unwritten social codes—in one instance, white supremacy; in the other, gender stereotypes. Second, both are carried out by perpetrators who do not act in isolation. Third, both result in extreme harm—lynching, in its most basic form, resulted in dead bodies; however, a lynching need not be defined so narrowly. The psychological damage that results from chronic bullying can be so damaging as to effectuate a “virtual lynching.” Finally, both lynching and gender-based bullying achieve maximum effectiveness by the way in which they generate fear in others. The clear message of both is the same: obey the “code” or become the next victim.

6cL7nzPXLscFall02012Law; College of Law; Children; Bullying; Childhood; Gender; Social Psychology; Community; Society; Victim; Social Code; Sociology; Stereotypes; Isolation; Psychology; Lynching; Fear
Andy SarlesAssistant ProfessorCollege of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering

Biological molecules, or biomolecules, are the molecular machinery that enables living organisms to perform nearly all the tasks required for growth and survival. While one molecule may act as a pump to shuttle information or mass, other molecules may convert energy, send signals, or perform mechanical work. Since biomolecules function autonomously, they can be considered “smart” materials. However, in order to use biomolecules for creating smart devices, there is a need for ways to host biomolecules that retain their native structures and inherent functionalities. That’s where droplets come in. This presentation will focus on experimental methods that being developed by using simple water droplets and self-assembly principles to arrange biomolecules into structures that allow them to work in a synthetic device. In addition to this basic research, droplet-based assemblies are being applied to detect deadly neurotoxins and create sensors that could be used to treat hearing loss.​

sZRZEeSHf-QFall02012Biology; Molecule; Growth; Information; Material; Technology; Structural Biology; Medicine; Treatment; Health Care; Healing; Neurotoxins; Neurology; Biomolecules; Survival; Mechanical; Autonomous; Smart Devices; Smart Materials; Self-Assembly; Droplets; Water; Structure; Synthetic; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
Hillary FoutsAssociate ProfessorCollege of Education, Health and Human SciencesDepartment of Child and Family Studies

The deleterious impact of poverty on children’s development is well known. Although there is extensive child development research exemplifying this impact, questions remain of how social and cultural aspects of children's lives may influence the impact of poverty. Informal settlements (a.k.a., slums) in Kenya provide a unique context to examine how culture may modify the effects of poverty on child development, as there is tremendous cultural diversity within individual slum communities. Such diversity provides the opportunity to study cultural and individual variation in children’s experiences within one environment. This presentation will highlight a new interdisciplinary and international collaborative involving UT faculty members: Paul Erwin (professor and head of the Department of Public Health), Carin Neitzel (assistant professor of Child and Family Studies), Denise Bates (lecturer in Public Health), and Dawn Coe (assistant professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies), Kenyatta University (in Kenya), and a Kenyan NGO (Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s Project of Africa). The collaborative is focused on understanding children’s health and development in informal settlements of Kenya.​

iZohGe2N06EFall02012Disciplines; College of Education, Health & Human Sciences; Children; Social Psychology; Family; Poverty; Development; Culture; Diversity; Interdisciplinary; Slums; Community; Collaboration; Health Care; Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies; Recreation; Kenya; Africa; Orphan
Virginia W. KupritzProfessorCollege of Communication and InformationSchool of Communication Studies

In keeping with the theme of Mic/Nite, this presentation reaches across disciplines to provide a holistic perspective of how privacy is regulated in the workplace. No one discipline has been able to grasp all of the complexities of privacy regulation. Having an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary background helps to see paradigm connections that others coming from one silo of knowledge may not be able to see about privacy. Indeed, no one privacy-regulating mechanism studied by an individual discipline regulates privacy by itself. This occurs because privacy regulation operates in networks and patterns of dependency that depend upon the particular situation and circumstances at the time. Kupritz proposes that it is the combined knowledge of business, communication, and architecture (in particular its subdiscipline, environmental psychology) that best provides the answers to how privacy is regulated in the workplace.​

U4aoVokRmcEFall02012Communication; Communications; Disciplines; Holistic; Work Place; Interdisciplinary; Psychology; Environment; Privacy; Multidisciplinary; Pattern; Environmental Psychology; Regulation; Perspective
Mandyam M. SrinivasanCollege of Business AdministrationDepartment of Statistics, Operations and Management Science

Successful project management is characterized by completing tasks in a timely manner while balancing cost and quality requirements. To meet these targets, managers resort to practices that seem to make perfect sense, but are, in fact, detrimental. For example, to avoid wasting expensive resources, individuals try to make sure everyone has plenty to do, overloading workloads in the process. Such practices bring about ever-changing priorities, distractions, poor multitasking, and delayed completion. The end result is a counterintuitive phenomenon: the more forcefully managers try to move along a project, the more it is delayed, along with an accompanying increase in cost and decrease in project scope, content, and quality. Fortunately, recent developments in project management provide a simple, intuitive, and visual approach to overcome these problems.​

n8PK3_GTa6wFall02012Business; College of Business Administration; Business Analytics; Project Management; Quality Assurance; Statistics; Delay; Multitasking; Priorities; Intuitive; Visual
Sally HornProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Geography

Mud is a scientific, as well as familiar, term for wet, slimy, or sticky debris produced by rain on the Earth's surface, ejections from springs or volcanoes, and the settling of turbid waters. Horn and her students study mud that accumulates at the bottoms of lakes and in bogs and swamps in the southeastern United States and Latin America. Ancient mud provides clues about past climate, vegetation, wildfires, other natural disturbances, and human land use and impacts. Mud samples are recovered in ways that preserve the stratigraphy of deposits. Radiocarbon dating and other techniques are used to determine sample ages. From microfossils such as pollen, particle sizes and shapes, and geochemical signatures, we develop records of environmental history that complement and extend what we can lean from archaeology and from other Earth archives—such as tree rings.​

UrAwfN0meP8Fall02012College of Arts & Sciences; History; Environment; Geography; Soil; Mud; The South; Latin America; Archaeology; Preservation; Radiocarbon Dating; Microfossils; Fossils; Geochemical; Vegetation; Plants; Pollen; Trees; Archive; Record
Dan FellerProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of History

The Papers of Andrew Jackson is a UT project to publish Andrew Jackson's entire extant literary record in a chronological series of volumes. Now working in Jackson’s presidential years, the project is unearthing material that sheds new light on Jackson’s notorious Indian policy, his famous war against the banks, his path-setting presidential vetoes, and his “spoils system” of executive patronage. The latest volume tells the full story of the “Eaton affair”—a sex scandal that tore apart Jackson’s family and cabinet, prompted him to compare his vice president to Satan, and ended with high government officers gunning for each other in the streets of Washington, DC. The Jackson volumes furnish essential information to historians, biographers, news writers, filmmakers, and Broadway playwrights. Along the way, the project has also solved mysteries, exposed forgeries, and helped to catch thieves. Its work has been featured on primetime television and in internationally syndicated news stories.​

fi5oza9_LxUFall02012Presidents; College of Arts & Sciences; History; Political Identity; Indian; Native American; Scandal; Biography
Mary CampbellAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesSchool of Art

​If you look up the category Producers of Erotic Stereoviews in the standard reference text on stereography, you only find two names: the Climax View Company (New York, 1920s) and Charles Ellis Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah, 1856-1927). The pairing is an unusual one. One can come up with many descriptions for Charles Ellis Johnson—prominent turn-of-the-century Mormon, Brigham Young’s son-in-law, and one of the Latter Day Saints Church's favorite Temple photographers. Headliner on the shortlist of America’s erotic stereographers, however? It's unexpected, to say the least. As this presentation will show, however, Johnson's stereographs root their salacious thrill in their LDS origins. In Johnson’s pictures of half-dressed odalisques and dancing harem girls, we discover the larger nineteenth-century nation’s shared fantasy of the Mormons. Johnson’s religious affiliation might be surprising, in other words, but it lies at the very heart of his erotic work.

qPN6PvKWkA4Fall02012Eroticism; Stereography; Photography; Latter Day Saint's Church; Mormon; Religious Identity; Religion; Religious Studies; Pornography; 2D; College of Arts & Sciences; Arts; 3D
Amy SzczepanskiResearch Assistant ProfessorEvan MeaneyAssistant ProfessorJoint Institute for Computational Sciences

“Null_Sets” is a new body of cross-platform investigations aimed at exploring the gap between data and information. Consisting of a set of images (plus a free app), this project stems from our interest in glitches, code-breaking, and translation. Our custom script encodes text files as images, making it possible to visualize both the size and architecture of large-scale data sets through an aesthetic lens. So if you ever wanted to see Hamlet as a jpeg and find artistic merit hiding within its code, here’s your chance.​

IzNNMlQVQ_sSpring02013Joint Institute of Computational Sciences; Computer; Null_Set; Data; Data Visualization; Cross-platform; Exploration; Arts; Science; Glitch; Writing/Literature; Script; Encoding; Entropic Cryptography; Merit; Code; Code-breaking; Context; Artist; File Formats; JPEG
Madhu DharAssociate ProfessorCollege of Veterinary MedicineDepartment of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Stem cell therapy and tissue engineering are the new frontiers of regenerative medicine. Stem cell research has the potential to substantially improve equine medical care. Researchers at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine isolate adult stem cells from bone marrow, fat or peripheral blood, characterize them in culture and then provide them to the clinic for therapy. Stem cells grown in a dish with tissue culture techniques must exhibit three criteria: one is their capability of self-renewal, i.e. stem cells undergo multiple cell divisions while maintaining their undifferentiated state; two is the potential to differentiate into fat, bone, and cartilage; and third is that all stem cells should express a certain set of protein markers. The prospective clinical use of stem cells holds enormous promise for improved treatment of a large number of diseases in horses.​

noe_YAiEuvoSpring02013College of Veterinary Medicine; Large Animal Clinical Sciences; Equine; Stem Cell; Stem Cell Therapy; Tissue; Regenerative Medicine; Medicine; Research; Bone Marrow; Fat; Peripheral Blood; Cell; Biology; Anatomy; Cartilage; Bone; Protein Markers; Disease; Treatment; Diagnose
Rachel RadomAssistant Professor and Instructional Services Librarian for Undergraduate ProgramsLibraries

Instructional services librarians at the University of Tennessee Libraries support General Education outcomes by offering library instruction sessions to help students acclimate to the research community. In particular, library instructors use a variety of activities to develop students’ information literacy skills. One activity used in English 101 sessions is an information evaluation assessment using the 5 Ws (who, what, when, etc.). The assessment is a scaffolding activity, using a concept already familiar to students but applying it to understand increasingly complex contexts. Last semester, librarians sent follow-up surveys to students to assess their retention of the evaluation method three weeks after the library session. Instructors were also surveyed about the perceived value of the library’s information evaluation instruction. Preliminary results indicate that students are recalling and using this information evaluation method, and that instructors are using the 5 Ws outside of the library session to support their own teaching.​

jPjWGWwWk7USpring02013Librarian; Library; Library Science; General Education; Research; Research Community; Literacy; Evaluation; Context; Method; Survey; Teaching Support; Learner Support
Mohamed MahfouzProfessorCollege of EngineeringBiomedical Engineering

The professions of today are increasingly interdisciplinary. For example, a farmer must know both biology and chemistry to determine the type and the quantity of fertilizer to purchase. To be successful in a discipline, one must know almost everything about anything. A qualified biomedical engineer should know topics ranging from biology and anatomy to electronics and material science. Imaging advances in medicine allow physicians to see inside and diagnose patients without ever opening the skin. Combining knowledge of anatomy, mechanical and biomaterial sciences allows biomedical engineers to replace degenerative joints. Biomedical engineers must utilize effective means to acquire the knowledge that they require and convey to others how a seemingly minute detail impacts the rest of a system. Visionary mnemonics methods, mind maps, and organic charts are used to promote intelligence assimilation of knowledge from a vast sea of information.​

0Ka-ogs17ZUSpring02013College of Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical; Interdisciplinary; Farmer; Farm; Fertilizer; Chemistry; Biology; Electronics; Analysis; Anatomy; Diagnose; Skin; Science; System; Mnemonics; Visionary Mnemonics; Method; Mind Map; Neurology; Information
Paul DalhaimerAssistant ProfessorCollege of EngineeringChemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Obesity is in large part a consequence of an excessive cellular fraction of neutral lipids, which are sequestered in little-understood bodies called lipid droplets. Neutral lipids and thus droplet(s) are most prevalent in adipocytes, which make up the vast majority of adipose tissue. Dalhaimer will speak about the mechanisms by which lipid droplets form across eukaryotic organisms emphasizing a molecular approach. By determining which cellular factors are responsible for the formation of the droplets, the path to drug design for the treatment of obesity, and potentially heart disease, can be paved.​

G9fIHMfrc3cSpring02013Cell; College of Engineering; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Obesity; Neutral Lipids; Lipid Droplets; Adipocytes; Adipose Tissue; Eukaryotic Organisms; Biology; Anatomy; Molecule; Drugs; Pharmaceutical; Heart Disease; Disease; Medicine; Diagnose
David F. CihakAssociate ProfessorCollege of Education, Health and Human SciencesSpecial Education

The prevalence of students with intellectual disabilities and autism is increasing, and they have limited opportunities after high school. As the number of students identified with an intellectual disability grows, the number of postsecondary programs will need to grow as well. In an attempt to increase options, the University of Tennessee admitted its first class of college students in fall 2011 into the FUTURE program. The FUTURE program offers a two-year certificate that focuses on career development and life skills training for students with intellectual disabilities and autism. This presentation describes FUTURE, including the students’ college experiences regarding coursework and work-based internships. In addition, research conducted on postsecondary education will be presented. Specific research studies include: (a) faculty and student attitudes and beliefs about FUTURE-like programs, (b) program impact on educational mentors, (c) career interest survey development for this population, and (d) digital literacy inclusion and supports to improve employment opportunities.​

EyhostZi0ooSpring02013FUTURE Program; Postsecondary Education; Education; Education, Health & Human Sciences; Mental Health; Student; Intellectual Disability; Autism; High School; College; Belief; Literacy
Barbara K. KayeProfessorCollege of Communication and InformationSchool of Journalism & Electronic Media

Cursing on television has long been subject to public wrath. It is feared that viewers, especially young ones, will repeat what they hear on screen and such repetition may lead to desensitization and thus to greater acceptance of cursing in real life. Further, many viewers are offended by cursing and do not want to be subjected to it while watching television. But what is considered offensive to one viewer may not be considered such by another. In 2012, the Supreme Court threw out sanctions against broadcasting companies that aired incidents of profanity uttered on live telecasts. In the wake of the ruling, the FCC is free to modify its indecency policy, and networks, at least for now, are free to self-regulate. But the ruling has left watchdog groups concerned that the amount of cursing on television will increase and the words will become even more explicit.​

RtF19p6QZiISpring02013Communication; College of Communication & Information; Journalism & Electronic Media; Cursing; Sociology; Media; Television; Television Networks; Public Wrath; Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Explicit
Daniel J. FlintRegal Entertainment Group Professor of Business & Director of the Shopper Marketing ForumCollege of Business AdministrationMarketing and Supply Chain Management

The coveted shopper is female, and everyone wants to understand and connect to her. Relationships between brand manufacturers, retailers, and shoppers have become heated and complicated, even chaotic. However, the game has also risen to a new level. The shopper now has power and choices. Retailers and brand manufacturers are frantically trying to differentiate from their competitors to win her loyalty. Traditional advertising is not effective with her anymore. Social media and many other developments have complicated matters. Now, brands and retailers are working together in entirely new ways to reach her. However, these far more complex marketing and merchandizing efforts have created numerous business and societal challenges. Research based on psychology, social psychology, neurology, behavioral economics, strategy, web analytics, business analytics, supply chain management, and more is attempting to understand and solve these challenges in this “shopper marketing” space. It’s fascinating and crucial for business, society, and her success.​

hDUusEa_Me8Spring02013Shoppers; Marketing; Brand; Retail; Advertising; Media; Social Media; Internet; Psychology; Web Analytics; Merchandizing; Research; Business Analytics; Marketing & Supply Chain Management; Analysis; Evaluation; Strategy; Economics
Jill MikuckiAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesMicrobiology

Antarctica, the coldest, driest continent on our planet, has long been considered a “big dead place.” We now know that life exists within and below the massive ice sheets and glaciers that cover this isolated continent. Understanding the role of these life forms in global processes and what they might tell us about the potential for life elsewhere in the universe requires the collection of uncontaminated samples. Access to these elusive environments for exploration is a massive logistical challenge since we must drill through hundreds of feet of ice and do so in a manner that prevents contamination of these pristine ecosystems. Sub-glacial exploration is now underway with simultaneous US, UK, and Russian Antarctic sub-glacial access drilling projects. The US program plans to drill into a sub-glacial lake under the Whillans Ice Stream in East Antarctic this austral summer. Mikucki will highlight the challenges and rewards of her participation in the project.​

wCF8Gs3bxmUSpring02013Microbiology; College of Arts & Sciences; Antarctica; glaciers; Global; Extraterrestrial; Universe; Subglacial
Ryann AoukarAssociate ProfessorCollege of Architecture and DesignInterior Design

Aoukar will discuss four products that he has designed. The first, a leather bracelet, is inspired by paper folding and cutting techniques to eliminate production steps. The second product, a salad bowl with a strainer, explores recycling methods and asks the question: is recycling a function as effective as recycling a material? The third product, a vase, examines our relationship to flowers as ephemeral and symbolic of life and death. The final product, a chair, considers the story and the history that an object expresses and leaves behind to future generations as a symbol of the human experience. Depicted: salad bowl and strainer.​

1T2vA5AGHv8Spring02013Design; College of Architecture & Design; Interior Design; Product Design; Decorative; 3D; 3D Printing; Recycle; Reuse; Symbolism
Douja MameloukAssistant ProfessorCollege of Arts and SciencesModern Foreign Languages and Literature

On a trip to Cairo this summer, Mamelouk conducted research at the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO) in the Abassia district. As she walked through the various crowded streets, she took pictures of the slogans, written mostly in Arabic but also in English. The importance of these slogans is in the fact that they narrate the major political and historical events that Egypt has experienced since January 2011. With the fall of the Mubarak regime on February 11, 2011—the date of his personal resignation announced by Omar Suleiman to the national and international media; the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) took over initiating the country toward free parliamentary and presidential elections. However, the images of the art/graffiti show the dissatisfaction with SCAF, the importance of writing the new constitution, and remembering the martyrs who died during the revolution and after.​

7hOn7XV_A10Spring02013Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO); Political Science; Street Art; Graffiti; Mural; Narrative; History; Mubarak; Media; Revolution