Three installments of UT’s Pre-Game Faculty Showcase remain. The presentations will be held tomorrow, Nov. 4 and Nov. 25.
The showcases, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences with the support of the UT National Alumni Association and UT Men’s Athletics, are held two hours before kick-off in the University Center Ballroom (Room 213). The event is open to students and the general public. Each lecture lasts 45 minutes.
The attendance rate for the previous events have been impressive, drawing around 200 people.
“There are several things for people to do during game day,” said Mark Sangster, assistant professor of the department of microbiology. “I think it’s good the showcases have been able to attract so many people.”
Perhaps it is the aspect of live interaction that has made the events successful.
“I think (the concept of the showcase) is cool,” said Anita Drever, assistant professor of the department of geography. “You could sit at home and watch related topics on the Discovery Channel. But I think it’s more fun when you actually have a person standing in front of you.”
Sangster will give his presentation, titled “Bird Flu — World’s Next Influenza Pandemic?” on Saturday.
Sangster has researched influenza for 14 years and has been with the university for more than three years. Influenza can be a scary topic for some individuals, but Sangster’s motive is to educate, not frighten, people.
“I’m going to talk about influenza and why it happens,” Sangster said. “I’m also going over the history of the bird flu, and why or why not it may be responsible for the next human pandemic. Everyone in attendance will have a chance to ask questions at the end of the presentation.”
Drever will take the stage on Nov. 4. Her topic is “La Nueva South: Trends in Latino Migration to Tennessee.” Drever said her presentation will focus on university research and Census Bureau data.
“There has been a great deal of Latino migration in the state of Tennessee,” Drever said. “This does not affect most of the state, but some places are really changing. Morristown now has a population of over 10 percent Latino.”
Drever said the change is due to the state’s low employment rate and growth in employment agencies.
“People are leaving hard jobs for (easier jobs),” Drever said. “People migrating to Tennessee are taking the hard jobs. I have met several people who have migrated to the state, and I have found that they are good people that are willing to work very hard in order to make a living.”
On Nov. 25, Neal Shover, professor of the department of sociology, will present “America’s rising Tide of White Collar Crime: Maximum Opportunity and Minimal Risk.” Shover has been with the university for 35 years.
He has researched crime for almost two decades.
“There are reasons for believing in the rise of white collar crime,” Shover said. “At the showcase I will present evidence to support that belief. There are (several factors) involved, all indicating white collar crime is (on the rise).”