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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Twice a year, the Office of the Provost will host Mic/Nite, a “Pecha-Kucha Powered” social gathering in order to enhance the intellectual, interdisciplinary, and cultural life of the faculty and staff at UT Knoxville.

One of the challenges of a large university is working across the silos that often separate disciplines. Mic/Nite offers an opportunity to build bridges and foster a deeper appreciation of the many facets of a large, comprehensive university. Presentations will offer a cross section of the intellectual life of the campus and provide an opportunity for social interaction among faculty members who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.

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David Golden
Mic/Nite Coordinator Email: Phone: 865-974-7247
Next Event: March 10, 2016
Social Hour: 5:30
Presentations: 6:30
Relix Variety Theatre
1208 N. Central St
Knoxville , TN 39717

 What is Pecha-Kucha?

Pecha-Kucha is a simple lecture format where presenters show and discuss twenty images for twenty seconds each. In this presentation format the images automatically forward while the presenter talks. To learn more, visit the Pecha-Kucha FAQ. Samples are posted on the Pecha-Kucha Presentations page.

The concept began in Tokyo, Japan, in 2003 and has spread to more than 400 cities around the world. The format allows presenters to show images and talk about everything from urban design or economic theory to a series of photographs. Mic/Nite is being held in cooperation with PechaKucha Night Knoxville, which was started in 2011 to encourage intellectual and cultural dialogue. Mic/Nites are special interdisciplinary events designed to foster dialogue between university faculty and staff.

Explore Pecha Kucha events from around the world: PechaKucha 20x20 - Official Site | PechaKucha 20x20 - Knoxville | PechaKucha 20x20 - FAQ

Recent Presentations

Beyond Combat: The Phenomenological Experience of Military Personnel, Veterans, Families, and CommunitiesCamille Hall, Associate ProfessorCollege of Social Work
The current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq represent America’s longest continuous combat engagement.  We are now challenged with both a military that is exhibiting the stress-related consequences of these long and multiple combat deployments and a rapidly growing veteran population in need of a wide range of combat-related physical and mental health care services. Every community in the United States has been affected, and service delivery systems are trying to respond. There is an urgent need to understand and engage with the military service members, veterans, their families, and their communities in effective practices. This presentation draws from research data that explore the effects of deployment and combat stress on the physical and mental health of U.S.- veterans, active duty service members, and their families. Cultural relativity and universality of responses to traumatic events related to armed conflict and war are also highlighted.
How the American South Transformed the WorldTore Olsson, Assistant ProfessorCollege 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!

Imperfect Information on Phyiscal Activity and Caloric IntakeMatt Harris, Research Assistant ProfessorCollege 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 rates.

Perception of and Expectations for Involvement in the College Drinking Culture Among First Semester College Men and Women: A Mixed Methods StudySpencer Olmstead, Assistant ProfessorCollege 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.

Reading under the Blackened Mess: Revision and the Eighteenth-Century NovelHilary Havens, Assistant ProfessorCollege 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 digital humanities.

If a tornado touches down and no one is around to see it…Kelsey Ellis, Assistant ProfessorCollege 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.

Dog TalesTami Wyatt, ProfessorCollege 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.

Technology for Empowerment: Open Source SoftwareVandana Singh, Associate ProfessorCollege 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.
Grade Calculus: Playing Games with Undergraduate Education and Letting Them Take Responsibility for LearningBrandon Horvath, Associate ProfessorCollege 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.  

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

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