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Events: March 16 – 27

There are no ORE workshops scheduled during Spring Break (March 16-20) and very few events. What follows is a collection of events that might be of interest to the research community during the two week period of March 16- 27.

Friday, March 20

Volunteer Day at the Archaeological Research Lab
Sign up for either the morning session (9 am to 12 pm) or afternoon session (1 pm to 4 pm), and enjoy a brown-bag lecture in between (12 to 1 pm). Lectures will be given by TVA and UT archaeologists about recent research on the prehistory and history of the region.
Middlebrook Building, Rm 136
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Monday, March 23

Comparative and Experimental Medicine Seminar
FUS Transgenic Mice: Roles in Cellular Degeneration
Speaker: Dr. Gang Yu, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, College of Veterinary Medicine, Sequoyah Room
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Every Dream You Have Is Possible: Career Journeys of Successful Women Leaders
The Department of Psychology and the College of Arts and Sciences invite you to join Dr. Ruth Fassinger for a Women’s History Month lecture on the lives of extraordinary women leaders. Dr. Fassinger is a renowned feminist psychologist who has devoted her career to improving the lives of women, LGBT people, and racial and ethnic minorities through her work in counseling and vocational psychology. In this lecture, she will speak about the more than 100 interviews she has conducted with women leaders from diverse backgrounds who have negotiated the complexities and challenges of workplaces, broken through glass ceilings, and worked to promote equality for others. This dynamic and inspiring lecture will be followed by a moderated Q&A with Dr. Fassinger.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, University Center, Shiloh Room
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Architecture + Design Lecture: Design, B*tches
Internationally recognized architects and designers will present their work this semester as part of the Church Memorial Lecture Series.On March 23, Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph of a Los Angeles-based firm, Design, Bitches will present “The Comma Is Everything.” The duo’s multidisciplinary firm embraces the “intrinsic paradoxical ugly beauty of their surroundings” to produce architecture that is accessible and connected to everyday life.
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, McCarty Auditorium
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Marc Thiessen: America’s Failed Response to Radical Islam
Marc Thiessen’s 15-year national security career has taken him from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon and the West Wing, where he served on the White House Senior Staff as chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush. The Daily Telegraph recently named Thiessen one of the “100 most influential conservatives in America.” And in 2009, legendary New York Times columnist William Safire declared Thiessen “the most forceful, serious and articulate new spokesman for hardliners around-one who can back up his opinions with facts that can influence the debate.”
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Howard Baker Center
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Tuesday, March 24

Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture by NPR’s Joe Palca
Joe Palca, acclaimed Science Correspondent for National Public Radio, will give UT’s annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture on Tuesday, March 24 at 8 p.m. in the College of Nursing Auditorium. The talk is entitled “Explaining the Universe in Two Minutes or Less.”
3:05 PM – 10:00 PM, College of Nursing, Room 201
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Dream Share Project Documentary and Workshop
Career Services is hosting the Dream Share Project Documentary in the Library Auditorium at 4pm on Tuesday, Feb. 24th. Come watch the inspiring film, and meet the young adults who traveled across the country interviewing people who found and followed their passion.
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Hodges Library Auditorium
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Vol Court – Pitching the Concept
Vol Court is a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice by presenting their business ideas to a panel of successful entrepreneurs for a chance to win $1,000 in cash, office space in the UTRF Business Incubator, and various professional services. This series (including the pitch competition) is open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. No advanced registration is required.
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM, Haslam Business Building, Rm 104
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Chariot Racing in Roman Society
Associate Prof. Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University, will talk about his research on Roman chariot racing. This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
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Wednesday, March 25

Creating interesting research posters
Learn the ins and outs of creating a poster and necessary graphics, see examples of good and bad posters, and hear how to make your presentation a success. You must register to attend on the OUR website at
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Blount Hall, Room A004
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Women Artists and their Work
Several graduate art students will be presenting work and giving short talks on their works.  Presenters will include Keely Snook, a printmaking graduate student, and Bailey Davenport, a painting/drawing graduate student.  In addition, Alanna Wilkinson, a student in the 4D art program and Cinema Studies minor, will screen a short film.
6:30 PM, Hodges Library, Rm 258 (Mary Greer Room)
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Ida B & Beyond Conference
Attendees will learn about the life, work, and legacy of daring anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells-Barnett and other like-minded social justice campaigners from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The conference will feature presentations by a number of scholars, among them Jinx Broussard, a professor at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication, whose research focuses on Wells-Barnett and other prominent African American communication specialists, and independent scholar James McGrath Morris, who recently published a book about Ethel Payne, known as the “first lady of the black press.” This event features keynote speaker Mia Bay, the director for the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University, who recently released her second book about Wells-Barnett.
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Black Cultural Center
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2014-15 African American Trailblazer Series: Valisia LeKae
Hallerin Hilton Hill interviews Valisia LeKae, recently starring as Diana Ross in Motown the Musical, for which she garnered a 2014 Grammy nomination, 2013 Tony nomination, Theatre World Award, Drama League nomination, and an Outer Critics Circle nomination
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Hodges Library Auditorium
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Baker Center Energy and Environment Forum
Speaker: Jennifer Dunne
Ecological Networks, Santa Fe Institute
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Baker Center- Toyota Auditorium
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Earth & Planetary Sciences Colloquium
The Fossil Record of Plant Physiology and its Impact on the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecology and Environment
Speaker: Dr. Charles Kevin Boyce, Stanford University
3:40 PM – 5:00 PM, Earth & Planetary Sciences
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4th Meal Discussion Series. Food: Security, Scarcity, Significance
Join in a student discussion over a critical national and global subject: food. We will have light provisions and watch documentary clips/TED talks. All disciplines and classes are welcome. Hosted by SPEAK and ONSF.
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Hodges Library Room 220-E
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Friday, March 27

UTRF Tech Talk – Patent Essentials
Have you ever had an idea you thought might have commercial potential? If so, where do you start? What resources are available at UT to help? The UT Research Foundation (UTRF) provides knowledge and resources to help protect your intellectual property and take it to market.
SESSION I:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM in the UTRF Business Incubator
SESSION II: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM in the Min Kao Auditorium
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Posters at the Library
Every spring, Tennessee undergraduate researchers convene at the State Capitol to share their projects with state legislators. In 2015, inclement weather precluded UT students from traveling to Nashville for the annual Posters at the Capitol event. Please join us for Posters at the Library, as our UT Knoxville students present their research from multiple disciplines – Humanities, Microbiology, Nuclear Engineering, and more. View research posters, speak with undergraduate researchers, and enjoy refreshments.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Hodges Library 2nd Floor – Dixie Marie Wooten Commons West
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EEB Seminar: Jessica Blois, UC Merced
The weekly EEB seminar starts at 3:30 p.m. in Room 307 of the Science & Engineering Bldg, unless otherwise noted. For title and abstract information, please visit the EEB website.
Speaker: Jessica Blois, UC Merced
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, The Science and Engineering Research Facility
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Sunday, March 29

Civil War Lecture Series: Knoxville’s Railroad, Connection and Division
This month’s lecture, “Knoxville’s Railroad, Connection and Division: Transportation Influences During the Civil War,” will be given by Joan Markel, PhD, Civil War Curator, McClung Museum.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
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