Mic/Nite: Spend a Few Minutes Learning about Faculty Research

Seven minutes is all it takes to learn about the diverse research happening on campus.

Eleven UT faculty members will share their knowledge on subjects ranging from microbial cells to accent coaching at this spring’s Mic/Nite on Thursday, March 9, 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 will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to faculty and staff and their spouses or partners. Those attending are encouraged to RSVP so appropriate preparations can be made.

Mic/Nite is a “Pecha Kucha-Powered” social gathering that offers the opportunity to appreciate the many facets of a large comprehensive research university. 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 spring’s line-up includes:

“Additive Manufacturing and the New Tickle College of Engineering Innovation and Collaboration Studio.” Chris Wetteland, lecturer, and Matthew Young, Eastman Assistant Professor of Practice, both from the Tickle College of Engineering, will discuss their roles in developing the Innovation and Collaboration Studio. The studio is a student-managed maker space supported by the college and hosted by the Engineering Fundamentals Division.

“AMIE 1.0: Shaping the Future of Additive Manufacturing in Architecture.” James Rose, assistant professor for the College of Architecture and Design, will explore the design and construction of the world’s first 3-D building and vehicle that produce and share energy through a system called AMIE (Additive Manufacturing and Integrated Energy).

“From Homer to Hip-Hop: Comparative Verbal Arts and the Classical Muse.” Justin Arft, assistant professor of classics, will give insight on Homer’s poetic mechanisms and how they continue to influence oral poetry today.

“Funny Voices.” Abigail Langham, assistant professor of vocal production in the Department of Theatre, will explore accents and accent coaching.

“Microbial Dark Matter: Life on Earth Just Got a Lot More Complicated.” Karen G. Lloyd, assistant professor of microbiology, will present her work on microbial cells and how they might be helping and hurting the Arctic.

“Brand Buzz in the Echoverse.” Kelly Hewett, associate professor of marketing, will discuss how social media has created an echoverse, a complex set of feedback loops, for brand communication.

“Working with Community Partners to Create Beneficial Experiential-Learning Opportunities.” Nick Geidner, assistant professor of journalism, will outline practical concerns, benefits, and takeaways of working with community partners to create courses or class projects using 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 professor of retail, hospitality, and tourism management, will discuss how improvisational theater can transform the way academics engage their audiences.

“Marginalia in the Shaheen Antiquarian Bible Collection.” Chris Caldwell, assistant professor and humanities services librarian, will highlight marginalia in UT Libraries’ Shaheen Antiquarian Bible collection.

“UTCVM, CARES, and Layka.” Darryl Millis, professor of orthopedic surgery and director of surgical service in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will discuss the CARES Center for Veterinary Sports Medicine and its most recent work with Layka, a special military working dog.

“Detecting Loose Nukes.” Jason Hayword, a UCOR Faculty Fellow and assistant professor of nuclear engineering, will discuss the Rad IDEAS group and new technology for detecting materials like uranium and plutonium. Rad IDEAS stands for Radiation Imaging, DEtectors, Algorithms and Systems.