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|162||Liem Tran||Professor||College of Arts & Sciences||Department 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.
|161||Chad Duty||Associate Professor||Tickle College of Engineering||Mechanical, 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.
|160||Lisa G. Driscoll||Associate Professor||College of Education, Health & Human Sciences||Department 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.
|159||Adrien Hespel||Assistant Professor||Kyle Snowdon||Assistant Professor||College of Veterinary Medicine||Department 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.
|158||Beauvais Lyons||Chancellor’s Professor||College of Arts & Sciences||School 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
|157||Anna Sandelli||Assistant Professor||University 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
|156||George Dodds||Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor||College of Architecture & Design||School 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.
|155||Courtney Faber||Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer, Cook Grand Challenge Engineering ||Rachel McCord||Lecturer 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.
|154||Rachel Patton McCord||Assistant Professor||College of Arts & Sciences||Department 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?
|153||Jonathan Harvey||Executive Director, Graduate and Executive Education||Haslam 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
|152||Joel G. Anderson||Associate Professor||Nursing|
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.
|151||Curtis Luckett||Assistant Professor, Director||Institute 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.
|150||Monica Black||Lindsay Young Associate Professor||Arts & Sciences|
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.
|149||Patrick R. Grzanka||Assistant Professor||Arts & 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?
|148||Susan Kalisz||Professor and Head||Arts & Sciences|
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
|147||Timothy Munyon||Associate 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.
|146||Joan R. Rentsch||Professor||Communication 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
|145||Susan L. Groenke||Associate Professor||Stergios Botzakis||Associate Professor||Education, Health, and Human Sciences|
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!
|144||Jon Hathaway||Assistant Professor||Engineering||Civil and Environmental Engineering|
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.
|143||Joy Radice||Associate Professor||Law|
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.
|142||Freida Herron||Clinical Assistant Professor||Social Work|
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.
|140||Jason Hayward||Associate Professor and UCOR Fellow||Engineering||Nuclear 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 (radideas.utk.edu) 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.
|139||Darryl Millis||DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR||Veterinary 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.
|138||Chris Caldwell||Assistant Professor||University 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.
|137||Stefanie Benjamin||Assistant Professor||Education, Health, and Human Sciences||Retail, 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.
|136||Nick Geidner||Assistant Professor ||Communication & Information||Journalism|
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.
|135||Kelly Hewett||Associate Professor ||Haslam College of Business Administration||Marketing|
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.
|134||Karen G. Lloyd||Assistant Professor||Arts & Sciences||Microbiology|
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.
|133||Abigail Langham||Assistant Professor||Arts & Sciences||Theatre|
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.
|132||Justin Arft||Assistant Professor||Arts & Sciences||Classics|
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.
|131||James Rose||Director, Institute for Smart Structures; Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant Professor||College 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.
|130||Chris Wetteland||Lecturer||Matthew Young||Eastman Assistant Professor of Practice||College 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.
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.
|128||Ragan Schriver||Social 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
|127||Gina Pighetti||Animal 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.
|126||Laura E. Miller||Communication & 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.
|125||Rebecca S. Koszalinski||College 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.
|124||Jaclyn Johnson||School 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.
|123||Lucy Jewel||College 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.
|122||Jennifer M. Jabson||Education, 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.
|121||Kristina Gordon||Arts 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.
|120||Brad Collett||School 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.
|119||James A. Chyz||Haslam 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
|118||Shashi Nambisan||Professor of Civil Engineering||Engineering|
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.
|117||Sean Willems||Professor and Haslam Chair in Supply Chain Anayltics||Haslam College of Business|
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.
|116||Marcy Souza||Associate Professor of Veterinary Public Health||Veterinary Medicine|
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?
|115||Caleb Rucker||Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering||Engineering|
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
|114||John Powers ||Assistant Professor of Sculpture||Arts 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.
|113||Ashley Maynor||Assistant Professor & Digital Humanities Librarian||Libraries|
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.
|112||Josh Emery||Assistant Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences||Arts 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.
|111||Harry F. Dahms||Associate Professor of Sociology||Arts 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.
|110||Patrick Biddix ||Associate Professor of Higher Education||College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences|
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.
|108||Elizabeth (Beth) Avery Foster||Associate Professor of Public Relations||College 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.
|107||Thanos Papanicolaou||Professor||College of Engineering||Civil 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.
|106||Bradley Areheart||Associate Professor||College of Law|
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
|105||Brandon Horvath||Associate Professor||College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources||Department 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.
|104||Vandana Singh||Associate Professor||College of Communication and Information||School 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.
|103||Tami Wyatt||Professor||College 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.
|102||Kelsey Ellis||Assistant Professor||College of Arts & Sciences||Geography|
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.
|LMh0NYOWv6U||Fall0||2015||Meteorology; Climate; Tennessee||No||No|
|101||Hilary Havens||Assistant Professor||College of Arts & Sciences||English|
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
|100||Spencer Olmstead||Assistant Professor||College of Education, Health & Human Sciences||Child 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.
|GhHxMVbpLTU||Fall0||2015||Alcohol; Undergraduate; Student; Culture||No||No|
|99||Matt Harris||Research Assistant Professor||College of Business||Center 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
|98||Tore Olsson||Assistant Professor||College of Arts & Sciences||History|
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!
|CRValZt1N4k||Fall0||2015||East Tennessee; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); Water||No||No|
|97||Camille Hall||Associate Professor||College 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
|VVmTBt2nNO8||Fall0||2015||Video; Military; Culture; Mental Health||No||No|
|96||Michael P. Jones||College of Veterinary Medicine||Avian and Zoological Medicine|
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.
|95||David P. Atkins||University Libraries||Branch Libraries and Collection Logistics|
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.
|94||Chris Cherry||College of Engineering||Civil and Environmental Engineering|
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.
|93||Ben Blalock||College of Engineering||Analog Electronics|
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.
|92||Dallas R. Donohoe||College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences||Nutrition|
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.
|91||Courtney N. Wright||College of Communication and Information||Communication Studies|
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.
|90||Andy Puckett||College of Business||Finance|
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.
|89||Jan F. Simek||College of Arts and Sciences||Anthropology|
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.
|88||Gary McCracken||College of Arts and Sciences||Ecology 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.
|87||Stephen Blackwell||College of Arts and Sciences||Modern Foreign Language and Literatures|
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.
|86||Liz Teston||College of Architecture and Design||Interior 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.
|85||Emily Bivens||Associate Professor of Art||College 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.
|jorXKRK4Cmw||Fall0||2014||College of Arts ＆ Sciences||No||No|
|84||Eric Haley||Professor of Advertising and Public Relations||College 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.
|83||Lisa Reyes Mason||Assistant Professor of Social Work||College 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.
|82||Lynne E. Parker||Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science||College 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.
|81||Sarah Colby||Assistant Professor of Nutrition||College 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.
|80||Micheline van Riemsdijk||Associate Professor of Geography||College 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.
|79||Christopher P. Magra||Associate Professor of Early American History||College 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.
|78||Kate Atchley||Distinguished Lecturer of Graduate and Executive Education||College 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.
|77||Sandra Mixer||Assistant Professor of Nursing||College 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.
|76||Rebecca Trout Fryxell||Assistant Professor of Medical and Veterinary Entomology||College 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.
|75||Karla McKanders||Associate Professor of Law||College 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.
|74||George M. Pharr||Chancellor's Professor & McKamey Professor, Director, UT/ORNL ||Joint Institute for Advanced Materials||Department 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.
|x2UFMcFEe9M||Spring0||2014||Joint Institute of Computational Sciences; Materials Science and Engineering; Nanotechnology; Nanoscale; Metals; Material; Biology; Medicine; Nanomechanical; Nanoindentation; Out-of-the-ordinary; Geology||No||Yes|
|73||Brian Whitlock||Assistant Professor||College of Veterinary Medicine||Department 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.
|72ODIwbTiHg||Spring0||2014||College of Veterinary Medicine; Large Animal Clinical Sciences; Cell; Anatomy; Cancer; Medicine; Research; University of Tennessee (UTK); Tumor; Gene; Metastasis||No||Yes|
|72||Alan Wallace||Associate Professor||Libraries|
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.
|7VODH1iZoYQ||Spring0||2014||Library; Music; Musicians; Tennessee; East Tennessee; Arts; Artist; Record; Heritage; Jazz; Blues; Rock n Roll||No||Yes|
|71||Claudia J. Rawn||Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Materials Processing||College of Engineering||Department 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-0||Spring0||2014||College of Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Water; Molecule; Carbon Dioxide Emissions; Crystal; Business; Industrial; Geography; Sea; Chemistry; Gas; Methane; Natural Gas; Nature; Hydrogen||No||Yes|
|70||Terry Hazen||UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair, Professor||College of Engineering||Department 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.
|gkpiXjIrmpE||Spring0||2014||College of Engineering; Engineering; Civil ＆ Environmental Engineering; Media; Analysis; Journalism ＆ Electronic Media; Science; Natural; Disaster; Sensationalism; International; Facts; Speculation||No||Yes|
|69||Dawn P. Coe||Assistant Professor||College of Education, Health and Human Sciences||Department 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.
|odg2WO5Am8c||Spring0||2014||Kinesiology; 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||No||Yes|
|68||Mark Harmon||Professor||College of Communication and Information||School 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.
|I2sj5RLhdx0||Spring0||2014||College of Communication ＆ Information; Journalism ＆ Electronic Media; Global; Business; Health Care; Health Insurance; Policy; Politics; Analysis; Context; Debate; Media; Corporate; Taxonomy; Terminology||No||Yes|
|67||Terry L. Leap||Lawson Professor of Business Administration and Head||College of Business Administration||Department 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.
|g9fiEPVnIv8||Spring0||2014||College of Business Administration; Management; Airplane; Flight; Instructor; Corporate||No||Yes|
|66||Ken Stephenson||Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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!
|95Ws7OGE40c||Spring0||2014||College of Arts ＆ Sciences; Visual; Analysis; Statistics; Mathematics; Geometry; Protest||No||Yes|
|65||Gregory Kaplan||Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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.
|xKllDlmAmk0||Spring0||2014||College of Arts ＆ Sciences; Modern Foreign Language ＆ Literature; Language; Landscape; Regional; Religious Structures; Religious Identity; Nature; Spain; Europe||No||Yes|
|64||Mark Dekay||Associate Professor||College 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.
|Iif5zXqMEa4||Spring0||2014||Architecture; College of Architecture ＆ Design; Design; Climate Change; Climate; Green Energy; Green; Engagement; Sustainability; Sustainable Architecture; Energy; Carbon Neutral; Nature||No||Yes|
|63||Elizabeth R. DeGeorge||Assistant Director||College of Social Work||Publications 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.
|CqILpErNaS8||Fall0||2013||Publications 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||Yes||Yes|
|62||Sadie P. Hutson||Associate Professor||College 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.
|7uO8AWvMB1Y||Fall0||2013||College 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||Yes||Yes|
|61||Paula Schaefer||Associate Professor||College 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.
|-NG6sdgwn9o||Fall0||2013||College of Law; Law; Reform; Education; Skills; Professional Practice; Training; USA; Professionalism; Debate||Yes||Yes|
|60||Alex Papandrew||Research Assistant Professor||College of Engineering||Chemical 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.
|9kpv6wAShjE||Fall0||2013||Engineering; College of Engineering; Biomolecules; Biomolecular Engineering; Electrochemical; Electronics; Technology; Smart Devices; Electrolytes; Ion; System; Fossil Fuels; Sustainability; Resources; Material; Chemical ＆ Biomolecular Engineering||Yes||Yes|
|59||Trena Paulus||Associate Professor||College of Education, Health and Human Sciences||Department 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-o8hM||Fall0||2013||College of Education, Health ＆ Human Sciences; Education; Psychology; Educational Psychology and Counseling; Analysis; Communication; Sociology; Online; Multitasking; Language; Conversation; Nashville; Teacher Effectiveness; Policy; Politics||Yes||Yes|
|58||Suzie Allard||Associate Professor and Associate Director||College of Communication and Information||School 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_X3izFtQ||Fall0||2013||Science; Data Visualization; Data; Information; Information Sciences; College of Communication ＆ Information; Interdisciplinary; Research; Analysis; Diversity; Management; Environment; Collaboration; Earth; Online||Yes||Yes|
|57||Anita Hollander||Distinguished Lecturer||College of Business Administration||Information 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.
|rO8cjF1KQlY||Fall0||2013||College 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||Yes||Yes|
|56||Margaret Lazarus Dean||Assistant Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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.
|opGh9BlK100||Fall0||2013||College of Arts ＆ Sciences; English; NASA; Space; Space Shuttle; USA; History; Analysis; Universe; Exploration||No||Yes|
|55||Erin Darby||Assistant Professor||Robert Darby||Lecturer||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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_z4Ptc||Fall0||2013||College of Arts ＆ Sciences; Classics; Jordan; Architecture; Archaeology; Late Roman; Military; Regional; Trade; West Asia; Environment||Yes||Yes|
|54||Gordon Burghardt||Professor ||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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.
|Wmg9SFLmRGk||Fall0||2013||College of Arts ＆ Sciences; Biology; Psychology; Recreation; Play; Evolution; Phylogeny; Animals; Definition; Research; Science||No||No|
|53||Sharon Jean-Philippe||Assistant Professor||College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources||Urban 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.
|R9dLkARrlXA||Fall0||2013||College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Urban; Forest; Forestry; Ecosystems; Soil; Environment; Adaptability; Survival; Water; Disease; Economics; Regulation|
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|52||John C. New, Jr.||Professor||College 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.
|YKNM6uSH3Sg||Fall0||2011||Veterinary 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||No||No|
|51||Elizabeth Strand||Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Veterinary Social Work Services||College 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.
|XLWE1AFZGYw||Fall0||2011||College of Social Work; Social Work; Human-Animal Interaction; Veterinary Medicine; Human-animal Bond; Companionship||No||No|
|50||Lisa Lindley||Assistant Professor||College 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.
|wOT1CEGRFWI||Fall0||2011||Health Care; Reform; Nursing; College of Nursing; Children; Terminal Illness; Hospice Care; Affordable Care Act 2010; Affordability; Medicaid; Medicine; Children's Health Insurance Plan||No||No|
|49||Jennifer Beals||Associate Professor & Head of Special Collections||Michelle Brannen||Studio Manager||Libraries|
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.
|JYqtzNjG71k||Fall0||2011||Library Science; Library; Student; Engagement; Learner Engagement; Learner Support; University of Tennessee (UTK); Outreach; Collaboration; Digital Literacy; Archive||No||No|
|48||Alex Long||Associate Professor||College 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.
|QK6EXgpnCOw||Fall0||2011||College of Law; Popular Music; Music; Musicians; Lyric; Legal Writing; Artist; Arts; Law; Attorney; Debate; Judge||No||No|
|47||Glenn Tootle||Assistant Professor||College of Engineering||Department 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.
|I33thD7xAwA||Fall0||2011||Civil ＆ 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||No||No|
|46||Bruce MacLennan||Associate Professor||College of Engineering||Department 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-0q8||Fall0||2011||College of Engineering; Electrical Engineering ＆ Computer Science; Artificial Intelligence; Intelligence; Neurology; Neurocomputers; Technology; Micro-robots; Environment||No||No|
|45||Gene Hayes||Professor||College of Education, Health and Human Sciences||Department 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-ZoKcaQ||Fall0||2011||Kinesiology; 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||No||No|
|44||Peiling Wang||Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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_AHYRr2A||Fall0||2011||College of Arts ＆ Sciences; Information Sciences; Information; Information Technology; Diversity; Dynamic; Design; Perspective; System; Adaptability; Interface; Affordability; User Interface; User Experience; Analysis||No||No|
|43||Lynn Youngs||Executive Director||College of Business Administration||Anderson 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.
|_bdD60CBMRE||Fall0||2011||Business; College of Business Administration; Entrepreneur; Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Community; University; Local Community; Small Business; University of Tennessee (UTK); Collaboration; Regional||No||No|
|42||Laura Cole||Instructor and Director||College of Business Administration||Department of Finance||Masters 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.
|7JrIblcS3t4||Fall0||2011||College of Business Administration; Finance; Masters Investment Learning Center; Donation; Research; Research Opportunities; University of Tennessee (UTK); Analysis; Entrepreneur; Market Data; Marketing; Real-World||No||No|
|41||Kenton Yeager||Associate Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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.
|kURBarColHQ||Fall0||2011||College 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||No||No|
|40||Tina Shepardson||Associate Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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.
|z4TEtcZfzZo||Fall0||2011||College 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||No||No|
|39||Cynthia Peterson||Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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-Vs||Fall0||2011||College 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||No||No|
|38||Tricia Stuth||Associate Professor||Robert French||Assistant Professor||College of Architecture and Design||Department 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.
|2kwWaipbgsU||Fall0||2011||College 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||No||No|
|37||Neal S. Eash||Associate Professor||College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources||Department 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.
|RZ6uLZjm7hY||Fall0||2011||Agriculture; 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||No||No|
|36||Amy K. LeBlanc||Associate Professor and Director of Translational Research||College 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-e2Vxww||Spring0||2012||Veterinary Medicine; College of Veterinary Medicine; Molecule; Imagery; Health Care; Disease; Cancer; Neurology; Biomedical; Treatment; Noninvasive; Medicine; Dogs; Cats; University of Tennessee (UTK); Research||No||No|
|35||Terri Combs-Orme||Professor||College of Social Work||Urban 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.
|lHQ3WkCEFjk||Spring0||2012||Social 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||No||No|
|34||Carole R. Myers||Assistant Professor||College 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.
|UnfHkjFAmj4||Spring0||2012||Nursing; College of Nursing; Health Care; Policy; Politics; Reform; Economics; Finance; Health Insurance; Debate||No||No|
|33||Anne Bridges||Associate Professor and Interim Head of Research Services||Ken Wise||Associate Professor||Libraries|
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.
|S7SkxUtJJFU||Spring0||2012||Library; 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||No||No|
|32||Joan M. Heminway||Distinguished Professor||College 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?
|2AorPzmStGk||Spring0||2012||College of Law; Law; Social Media; Crowdfunding; Venture Capital; E-commerce; Society; Economics; Business; Small Business; Investment; Regulation; Govern; Internet; Online; Fraud; Security||No||No|
|31||Mariya Zhuravleva||Assistant Professor||College of Engineering||Department 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_AJtuqf88||Spring0||2012||College of Engineering; Material; Materials Science and Engineering; Crystal; Jewelry; Technology; Radiation; X-Ray; Imagery; Photography; 3D; Cancer; Alzheimer's Disease; Health Care; Research; Manufacturing||No||No|
|30||Ashleigh Huffman||Clinical Assistant Professor||Sarah Hillyer||Clinical Assistant Professor||College of Education, Health and Human Sciences||Department 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.
|1Yw18uAbYkU||Spring0||2012||College 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||No||No|
|29||Michael J. Palenchar||Associate Professor||College of Communication and Information||School 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.
|W2Ot2bpxRb8||Spring0||2012||College 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||No||No|
|28||Bill Fox||Professor||College 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_78||Spring0||2012||Business; 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||No||No|
|27||Gregory L. Stuart||Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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.
|QU6rhFCuTac||Spring0||2012||College of Arts ＆ Sciences; Psychology; Abuse; Victim; Alcohol; Violance; Treatment; Health Care; Gender; Alcoholism; Statistics; Sociology; Mental Health||No||No|
|26||Harry McSween||Distinguished Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Departmanet 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.
|BSeERJtyXvM||Spring0||2012||College of Arts ＆ Sciences; Universe; Earth; Earth and Planetary Sciences; NASA; Map; Propulsion; Ion; Engineering; Photography; Asteroid; Orbit; Meteorites; Meteorology; Landscape; Antarctica; South Pole; Perspective||No||No|
|25||Gregor Kalas||Assistant Professor||College of Architecture and Design||School 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-Bqvr2Gww||Spring0||2012||College of Architecture ＆ Design; Architecture; Medieval; Monasticism; Poltics; History; Gardens; Society||No||No|
|24||Neal Stewart||Professor||College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources||Department 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.
|7zdTxq3xCu4||Spring0||2012||College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Plants; Plant Sciences; Disease; Botony; Environment; Survival; Research; Synthetic; Biology; Research Community; Protein; Engineering; Biomedical Engineering||No||No|
|23||Andrea Lorene Ludwig||Assistant Professor||College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources||Biosystems 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.
|bil9EHrr4fs||Fall0||2012||College 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||No||No|
|22||David A. Patterson||Professor and Director of KnoxHMIS||College 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-XEJ0VmY||Fall0||2012||College of Social Work; Social Work; University of Tennessee (UTK); Poverty; Homeless; Social/Community Programs; Online; Data; Knoxville; Economics; Environmental Psychology; Analysis; Statistics; Community; Policy||No||No|
|21||Kenneth D. Phillips||Associate Dean||College of Nursing||Research 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.
|cio7owOURDE||Fall0||2012||Nursing; College of Nursing; Research; Evaluation; Sleep; Sleep Disturbances; Adults; USA; Childhood; Mental Health; Victim; Sexual Abuse; Abuse||No||No|
|20||Michael J. Higdon||Associate Professor||College 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.
|6cL7nzPXLsc||Fall0||2012||Law; College of Law; Children; Bullying; Childhood; Gender; Social Psychology; Community; Society; Victim; Social Code; Sociology; Stereotypes; Isolation; Psychology; Lynching; Fear||No||No|
|19||Andy Sarles||Assistant Professor||College of Engineering||Department 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-Q||Fall0||2012||Biology; 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||No||No|
|18||Hillary Fouts||Associate Professor||College of Education, Health and Human Sciences||Department 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.
|iZohGe2N06E||Fall0||2012||Disciplines; 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||No||No|
|17||Virginia W. Kupritz||Professor||College of Communication and Information||School 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.
|U4aoVokRmcE||Fall0||2012||Communication; Communications; Disciplines; Holistic; Work Place; Interdisciplinary; Psychology; Environment; Privacy; Multidisciplinary; Pattern; Environmental Psychology; Regulation; Perspective||No||No|
|16||Mandyam M. Srinivasan||College of Business Administration||Department 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_GTa6w||Fall0||2012||Business; College of Business Administration; Business Analytics; Project Management; Quality Assurance; Statistics; Delay; Multitasking; Priorities; Intuitive; Visual||No||No|
|15||Sally Horn||Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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.
|UrAwfN0meP8||Fall0||2012||College 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||No||No|
|14||Dan Feller||Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Department 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_LxU||Fall0||2012||Presidents; College of Arts ＆ Sciences; History; Political Identity; Indian; Native American; Scandal; Biography||No||No|
|13||Mary Campbell||Assistant Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||School 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.
|qPN6PvKWkA4||Fall0||2012||Eroticism; Stereography; Photography; Latter Day Saint's Church; Mormon; Religious Identity; Religion; Religious Studies; Pornography; 2D; College of Arts ＆ Sciences; Arts; 3D||No||No|
|12||Amy Szczepanski||Research Assistant Professor||Evan Meaney||Assistant Professor||Joint 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_s||Spring0||2013||Joint 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||No||No|
|11||Madhu Dhar||Associate Professor||College of Veterinary Medicine||Department 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_YAiEuvo||Spring0||2013||College 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||No||No|
|10||Rachel Radom||Assistant Professor and Instructional Services Librarian for Undergraduate Programs||Libraries|
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.
|jPjWGWwWk7U||Spring0||2013||Librarian; Library; Library Science; General Education; Research; Research Community; Literacy; Evaluation; Context; Method; Survey; Teaching Support; Learner Support||No||No|
|9||Mohamed Mahfouz||Professor||College of Engineering||Biomedical 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-ogs17ZU||Spring0||2013||College 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||No||No|
|8||Paul Dalhaimer||Assistant Professor||College of Engineering||Chemical 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.
|G9fIHMfrc3c||Spring0||2013||Cell; 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||No||No|
|7||David F. Cihak||Associate Professor||College of Education, Health and Human Sciences||Special 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.
|EyhostZi0oo||Spring0||2013||FUTURE Program; Postsecondary Education; Education; Education, Health ＆ Human Sciences; Mental Health; Student; Intellectual Disability; Autism; High School; College; Belief; Literacy||No||No|
|6||Barbara K. Kaye||Professor||College of Communication and Information||School 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.
|RtF19p6QZiI||Spring0||2013||Communication; College of Communication ＆ Information; Journalism ＆ Electronic Media; Cursing; Sociology; Media; Television; Television Networks; Public Wrath; Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Explicit||No||No|
|5||Daniel J. Flint||Regal Entertainment Group Professor of Business & Director of the Shopper Marketing Forum||College of Business Administration||Marketing 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_Me8||Spring0||2013||Shoppers; Marketing; Brand; Retail; Advertising; Media; Social Media; Internet; Psychology; Web Analytics; Merchandizing; Research; Business Analytics; Marketing ＆ Supply Chain Management; Analysis; Evaluation; Strategy; Economics||No||No|
|4||Jill Mikucki||Assistant Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Microbiology|
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.
|wCF8Gs3bxmU||Spring0||2013||Microbiology; College of Arts ＆ Sciences; Antarctica; glaciers; Global; Extraterrestrial; Universe; Subglacial||No||No|
|3||Ryann Aoukar||Associate Professor||College of Architecture and Design||Interior 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.
|1T2vA5AGHv8||Spring0||2013||Design; College of Architecture ＆ Design; Interior Design; Product Design; Decorative; 3D; 3D Printing; Recycle; Reuse; Symbolism||No||No|
|2||Douja Mamelouk||Assistant Professor||College of Arts and Sciences||Modern 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_A10||Spring0||2013||Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO); Political Science; Street Art; Graffiti; Mural; Narrative; History; Mubarak; Media; Revolution||No||No|