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MTSU research is focus of annual Scholars Week March 27-April 1

Research, special events and performances are being showcased March 27-April 1 during the annual MTSU Scholars Week, which recognizes the ongoing scholarly efforts and research at the university.

MTSU senior photography major Kirsten Coutts, left, of Russellville, Ark., receives help in flying a drone simulator online from Jacob Andrews, a sophomore aerospace unmanned aircraft systems major, at the Drones iVue table March 27 during the Jones College of Business Scholars Week Business Plan Competition in the Student Union Building. (MTSU photos by Randy Weiler)

MTSU senior photography major Kirsten Coutts, left, of Russellville, Ark., receives help in flying a drone simulator online from Jacob Andrews, a sophomore aerospace unmanned aircraft systems major, at the Drones iVue table March 27 during the Jones College of Business Scholars Week Business Plan Competition in the Student Union Building. (MTSU photos by Randy Weiler)

Colleges, centers and departments hold Scholars Day activities during the week. The universitywide Scholars Day runs from 12:40 to 3:15 p.m. Friday, March 31.

To conclude the week, the Department of Human Science’s textiles, merchandising and design program will hold its annual Garden Party 2017 TXMD Runway Show at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, in the Miller Education Center on Bell Street.

Tickets are required and can be purchased through https://tinyurl.com/lksgggq.

For more information and the full schedule, visit www.mtsu.edu/scholarsweek. All events are open to the public.

To find parking, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap. To learn about parking regulations for visitors, visit www.mtsu.edu/parking/visitors.php.

Helping kick events off March 27 are:

  • Dr. Tim Odegard, Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies at MTSU, speaking at 5:30 p.m. in College of Education Building Room 160.
  • Scholars Week web bannerNoted author Nicholas “Nick” Carr, presenting the Scholars Week keynote adress at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. His talk is expected to center on the influence of the Internet.
  • A free performance by traditional string musicians Bobby Taylor on fiddle and Ken Perlman on banjo at 8 p.m. in MTSU’s State Farm Lecture Hall, Room S-102, in the Business and Aerospace Building, presented by the Center for Popular Music.

The Strickland Visiting Scholar Program and the MTSU Distinguished Lecturers Fund are sponsoring Carr’s keynote with additional support from the Department of Computer Information Systems, the Department of History, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research and the College of Liberal Arts.

Faculty and Scholars Week committee member Andrienne Friedli reports the number of posters for the universitywide Scholars Day March 31 “has grown by 25 percent over Scholars Week 2016.”

Performances are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. March 31 in the area just outside the ballroom.

For more information, call 615-494-7600.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

MTSU senior organizational communications major Brooke Greene, left, of Knoxville, Tenn., offers faculty member and Scholars Week committee member Andrienne Friedli the opportunity to smell carpet treated to eliminate odors March 27 at the Smells Don't Sell table as part of the Jones College of Business Scholars Week Business Plan Competition in the Student Union.

MTSU senior organizational communications major Brooke Greene, left, of Knoxville, Tenn., offers Dr. Andrienne Friedli a chance to smell carpet treated to eliminate odors March 27 at the “Smells Don’t Sell” table in the Jones College of Business Scholars Week Business Plan Competition in the Student Union. Friedli is an MTSU chemistry professor and Scholars Week committee member.


Noted author Nick Carr helps kick off MTSU Scholars Week March 27

Best-selling author and culture critic Nicholas “Nick” Carr will deliver the MTSU Scholars Week keynote address at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Student Union Ballroom.

A group of MTSU students will meet and visit with Carr — 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of New York Times bestselling book “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” in the general nonfiction category — before his talk.

Nick Carr

Nick Carr

The lecture is open to the public. To find parking and the Student Union, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

Scholars Week emphasizes the research, scholarly efforts and collaboration of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. To learn more about Scholars Week at MTSU, including a complete schedule of events March 27-31, www.mtsu.edu/scholarsweek/index.php.

Carr is a stimulating and thought-provoking speaker on issues related to technology, culture and business, according to his website, www.nicholascarr.com.

In his presentation, Carr will provide an examination of how the Internet influences the brain and its neutral pathways, concluding with a petition for balancing our human and computer interactions.

Dr. Susan Myers-Shirk

Dr. Susan Myers-Shirk

“He’ll be talking about the Internet and how it has changed the way we read, write and think,” said Dr. Susan Myers-Shirk, interim chair in the Department of History. “It’s an ideal keynote lecture for Scholars Week because the Internet has clearly changed how scholars work.”

Myers-Shirk said she and other Scholars Week leaders look forward to Carr’s appearance.

He has spoken to professional and academic audiences around the world, including providing the keynote address at Google’s first Atmosphere conference in London, England; at the Seoul Digital Forum; at Futurecom in Rio de Janiero, Brazil; Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, California; and at MIT, Dartmouth, Harvard, NASA and other schools and institutions.

Carr’s books have been published in 30 countries.

The keynote lecture is presented by the Strickland Visiting Scholar Program and the MTSU Distinguished Lecturers Fund with additional support from the Department of Computer Information Systems, the Department of History, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research and the College of Liberal Arts.

You can listen to Myers-Shirk discuss Carr’s visit on a recent edition of “MTSU On the Record,” which aired on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org, below.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Nick Carr, center, author of "The Shallows" and 2017 MTSU Scholars Week keynote, visits with students Lydia Harris, left, and Matthew Clements. Carr had dinner with history and computer information systems students in the BAS Sun Trust Room. Harris is a master's public history major from Antioch, Calif., while Clements is a senior and CIS major from Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (MTSU photos by Eric Sutton)

Nick Carr, center, author of “The Shallows” and 2017 MTSU Scholars Week keynote, visits with students Lydia Harris, left, and Matthew Clements. Carr had dinner with history and computer information systems students in the BAS Sun Trust Room. Harris is a master’s public history major from Antioch, Calif., while Clements is a senior and CIS major from Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (MTSU photos by Eric Sutton)

MTSU senior Titus Ballentine, left, and freshman Haley O'Neal, right, are shown with Scholars Week keynote speaker and noted author Nick Carr just before a dinner Carr had with computer information systems and history students March 27 in the BAS Sun Trust Room. Both are history majors.

MTSU senior Titus Ballentine, left, and freshman Haley O’Neal, right, are shown with Scholars Week keynote speaker and noted author Nick Carr just before a dinner Carr had with computer information systems and history students March 27 in the BAS Sun Trust Room. Both are history majors.


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