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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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Beauvais Lyons
Mic/Nite Coordinator Email: blyons@utk.edu Phone: 865-974-3202
Next Event: March 13, 2014
Social Hour: 5:30-6:30p.m.
Presentations: 6:30-9:00p.m.
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

Upcoming Presentations on March 13, 2014

Reversing Climate Change by DesignMark Dekay, Associate ProfessorCollege of Architecture and Design

Design drives climate change; the form and space of buildings and cities have energy-use consequences leading to greenhouse gas emissions that affect the climate. Buildings use 70 percent of electricity and are responsible for about half of greenhouse gases. Architects and engineers nationally are committed to reversing climate change through better design. This presentation connects new research on knowledge struc

The Genesis of Spanish: Conquest, Caves, CentralismGregory Kaplan, ProfessorCollege 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 o

Making Circles BehaveKen Stephenson, ProfessorCollege 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

My Life as a Flight InstructorTerry L. Leap, Lawson Professor of Business Administration and HeadCollege 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 fea

The ‘Luntzification’ of the Health Care DebateMark Harmon, ProfessorCollege 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 exten

Dirt Don’t Hurt!Dawn P. Coe, Assistant ProfessorCollege 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. Traditio

How Many Punches Can Mother Nature Take in the Gulf of Mexico: Focus on DeepTerry Hazen, UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair, ProfessorCollege 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 a

Gas Hydrates – Nuisance or Natural Energy Source and Sequestration MediumClaudia J. Rawn, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Materials ProcessingCollege 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 productio

A Hidden Musical Treasure from East Tennessee: J. Lawrence CookAlan Wallace, Associate ProfessorLibraries

​Tennessee has many famous musical greats. Dolly Parton, Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, and, of course, Elvis! While little known to the public today, J. Lawrence Cook made as much of an impact on our musical heritage as the more famous musical giants from Tennessee. In his lifetime, Cook became the most prolific artist to arrange and record player piano music. Cook knew many of the jazz greats and was able to capture the

Life Begins and Ends with a KiSS.Brian Whitlock, Assistant ProfessorCollege 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

Smaller is Stronger: Exploring the Strange New World of Small-Scale MechanicGeorge 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 e

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