April 7, 2015 | 7:07 p.m. | Bell Cultural Events Center
7 MNU Professors. 7 Minute Presentations.
7 Masterful Topics. YOU Decide Who's Tops.
Meet Our Presenters
Dr. Tyler Blake
Thoreau-ly Pioneer: The way of the Ox
Dr. Tyler Blake, Professor of English, will examine how modern-day pioneers can benefit from a consideration of the traits exhibited by the oxen that westering peoples of the nineteenth century followed behind as they journeyed from the Kansas City area into an unknown and sometimes hostile environment. Drawing upon the words of one of that century's greatest philosophers, Henry David Thoreau, a pioneer of the mind, we will hope to arrive at new destinations of simplified living in this ever more complicated universe. Watch his presentation on our YouTube channel.
Dr. Randy Cloud
Philoarcheology: Plato and Aristotle—Two Men Who Refuse to Die
Dr. Randy Cloud, Chair, Department of of Christian Ministry and Formation, will retrace the role of two foundational Greek philosphers, Plato and Aristotle, on a whirlwind journey through time. Learn how their views of reality and understanding have shaped and continue to influence the way we all think about the world. Determine whether you lean toward a Plato or an Aristotle bias, and what practical difference that makes in your daily life. Watch his presentation on our YouTube channel.
Prof. Chris Crawford
Highly Stimulating: High Fidelity Simulation in Athletic Training Education
Chris Crawford, Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program, will explore how high fidelity simulation has been around for decades in the medical and nursing professions, but is an up and coming area of study for athletic training education—one that is starting to gain national exposure. Learn how various uses of simulation in athletic training education have created a new level of realism within this academic program. Watch his presentation on our YouTube channel.
Dr. Abby Hodges
Creativity and Precision in Protein Folding
It is estimated that the human body has more than 2 million different proteins each of which performs different functions. The high level of complexity and specificity included in the structure of each protein comes out of the 20 basic building blocks that are hooked together to form a string that gets folded into a protein. Dr. Abby Hodges, Associate Professor of Chemistry, will explore the ways this string can display beauty, creativity, and functionality. Watch her presentation on our YouTube channel.
Dr. Cynthia Peterson
What Is the Goal of Communication?
What constitutes communication? How should we visualize the process? What is the goal of communication? What was God thinking when He gave us the ability to create language? These are a few of the many enduring questions about the art of communication that Dr. Cynthia Peterson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Professor of Communication will explore. She will introduce you to some possible answers using communication models, Uncertainty Reduction Theory and a nod to Kenneth Burke. Watch her presentation on our YouTube channel.
Dr. Kelvin St. John
Holding God Close through Technology: A Prayer Challenge
With so many things competing for their attention, do Millennials have time for God? Has technology further separated this generation from their Creator, or could it actually be a tool to draw them into a closer relationship? Dr. Kelvin St. John, Instructional Technologist, explores how students responded to the challenge of being called to daily prayer, and discovering ways that this rising generation can leverage technology to hold God close in their daily lives. Watch his presentation on our YouTube channel.
Dr. Karen Wiegman
Sympathy or Empathy?
The terms sympathy and empathy are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are quite different. Dr. Karen Wiegman, Associate Dean, Post-Licensure and Graduate Nursing Education, Associate Professor of Nursing, explores how these differences are important in effective communication, and are vital in the provision of patient-centered nursing care. As we prepare nurses and nurse leaders, we must educate students on these differences, how to be empathetic and how to teach empathy to others. Presenting with Dr. Wegman are Dr. Deborah Highfill, Prof. Jamie Hatchette and Prof. Susannah Hart. Watch their presentation on our YouTube channel.