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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: March 8, 2018
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 2018 Presentation Topics

Bringing Mindfulness to Communication in TeamsJoan R. Rentsch, ProfessorCommunication and Information

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

Leadership; it’s not all about youJonathan Harvey, Executive Director, Graduate and Executive EducationHaslam College of Business

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

The Human Genome: Now in 3D!Rachel Patton McCord, Assistant ProfessorCollege 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?

Engineering “Engineering Education”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.

Re-thinking the Work of Carlo Scarpa George Dodds, Alvin and Sally Beaman ProfessorCollege 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. 

In Their Own Words: Conversations, Culture, and Lessons Learned from Whiteboard Ethnographic ResearchAnna 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 emojis.

The Association for Creative ZoologyBeauvais Lyons, Chancellor’s ProfessorCollege 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 Science.

3D printing at the UTCVMAdrien Hespel, Assistant ProfessorKyle Snowdon, Assistant ProfessorCollege 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.

Visualizing a Discipline Over TimeLisa G. Driscoll, Associate ProfessorCollege 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.

3D Printing isn’t really in 3D … until now.Chad Duty, Associate ProfessorTickle 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.

Mapping Ecosystem Services for Everyone - Connecting People, Nature, Health, and the EconomyLiem Tran, ProfessorCollege 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.

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