One microphone. Ten faculty members. 400 seconds. That’s under seven minutes for each faculty member to explain unique research on subjects ranging from employee health and wellness to health care technology and regulation. Put it all together, and you’ve got Mic/Nite, the “Pecha-Kucha powered” social gathering that offers an opportunity to appreciate the many facets of a large comprehensive research university.
This semester’s Mic/Nite will be held on Thursday, November 8, at the Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 North Central Avenue. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with free pizza and a cash bar. Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to faculty and staff. Those attending are encouraged to RSVP so appropriate preparations can be made.
Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced lecture format that originated in Tokyo. Since 2003, it has spread to more than 400 cities around the world.
This fall’s lineup includes:
“Music Analysis and Mental Health: A Closer Look at Popular Music.” Nathan Fleshner, assistant professor of music theory and composition in the College of Arts and Sciences, will address popular music’s portrayal of the psychologically dark and songs that appear happy but reveal a dark understructure hidden beneath the surface.
“Life and Death of a Free Neutron.” Nadia Fomin, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences, will explore how the study of neutron particle decay can offer us information about the early universe minutes after the Big Bang and new physics beyond the standard model.
“What’s Real, What’s Fake? Unmasking Your True Potential as an Educator with Authentic Leadership.” James Arthur Williams, an assistant professor of retail, hospitality, and tourism management in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, will explain how using authentic leadership levels the playing field between instructor and pupil, inspiring a collective voice and an environment with mutual respect.
“What Is the Affordable Care Act?” Zack Buck, an associate professor in the College of Law, will dissect the Affordable Care Act’s success, failures, and consequences.
“Fatigue in Nurses and the Role of Sickness Absence.” Knar Sagherian, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, will give insight into how workplace countermeasures such as naps and working time arrangements can reduce nurse fatigue and safety concerns to nursing practice.
“Symbolic Gentrification and Learning from Pop Culture.” Tyler Sonnichsen, a geography lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences, will explore how gentrification is a greater dynamic that weaves geography together with multiple other fields within the humanities.
“Treasury Yields and GDP Growth.” Mark Taranto, a clinical professor of finance in the Haslam College of Business, will discuss whether predictions can be made about GDP growth by looking at the Treasury bond market.
“Strengthening Recovery: A Mobile App for Burn Patients.” Teri Abrams, an assistant professor in the College of Social Work, will describe a mobile phone application she designed to address the unique recovery needs of patients with burn injuries who are being discharged from a burn center to home.
“Impact of System Design on Workforce Health.” Rupy Sawhney, Heath Fellow in Business and Engineeringin the Tickle College of Engineering, will present a new approach to relieving stress by emphasizing the importance of system design as an impact factor on worker health.
“Dead, Dormant, Zoetic: Modeling the Blog Lifecycle.” Carolyn Hank, an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences, will provide insight into the extent and characteristics of those blogs that are continuously and actively published, those that are still public but dormant, and those no longer available. Represented as well are the “undead,” blogs that rise again after several years of inactivity.