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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.

Parking will be available behind Relix on Anderson
Avenue  and on surrounding streets. RSVP

Free pizza and cash bar; please RSVP.​​​​​​​​

Joan Heminway
Mic/Nite Coordinator Email: Phone: 865-974-3813
Next Event: November 15, 2017
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

Spring 2017 Presentations

Additive Manufacturing and the New Tickle College of Engineering Innovation and Collaboration StudioChris Wetteland, LecturerMatthew Young, Eastman Assistant Professor of PracticeCollege of Engineering
"The ability to make things is fundamental to the ability to innovate things over the long term." -- Willy Shih, Harvard Business School 
Many of the greatest innovations in America over the last century share a birthplace that most college students are without access to a common household garage. In a world that is becoming increasingly digital, students need a hands-on space to explore, tinker, experiment, and invent; a place to transfer classroom concepts into personal experiences. Furthermore, UT and partner ORNL are on the forefront of the excited new field of advanced manufacturing. To support both these endeavors, we have developed the Innovation and Collaboration Studio (ICS). The ICS is a type of laboratory often referred to as a maker space. These spaces typically include 3D printers, machining tools, electronic components, computer work stations, and hand tools. Here we present the facility and goals of the studio. ​
AMIE 1.0: Shaping the Future of Additive Manufacturing in ArchitectureJames Rose, Director, Institute for Smart Structures; Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant ProCollege 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.​
From Homer to Hip-Hop: Comparative Verbal Arts and the Classical MuseJustin Arft, Assistant ProfessorArts & 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.

Funny VoicesAbigail Langham, Assistant ProfessorArts & 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.

Microbial Dark Matter: Life on Earth Just Got a Lot More ComplicatedKaren G. Lloyd, Assistant ProfessorArts & 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.​

Brand Buzz in the EchoverseKelly 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.​

Working with Community Partners to Create Beneficial Experiential-Learning OpportunitiesNick 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.​

How to Yes-And In Life: Using Improvisational Games to Improv(e) Your Communication, Listening, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration Skills Stefanie Benjamin, Assistant ProfessorEducation, 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. ​

Marginalia in the Shaheen Antiquarian Bible CollectionChris Caldwell, Assistant ProfessorUniversity Libraries

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

UTCVM, CARES, and LaykaDarryl Millis, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMRVeterinary Medicine

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

Detecting Loose Nukes Jason Hayward, Associate Professor and UCOR FellowEngineering - 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 ( 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.​

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