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Haslam Scholars Program Spring 2015 Speakers

January 23 at 6 pm – Seminar Room

Lynn Sacco, History 

“Sex: A Brief History”

Lynn Sacco is a social and cultural historian whose research and teaching interests are in gender, sexuality, and popular culture, particularly in the U.S. from the end of Reconstruction (1877) to WW II. She practiced law in Chicago for 15 years before deciding to change careers. She received her PhD in US history from the University of Southern California in 2001 and came to UTK in 2004. Her first book, Unspeakable: Father-Daughter Incest in American History, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2009. She is currently at work on a new book that looks at cultural representations of children as erotic objects of adult desire.

February 6 at 6 pm – Seminar Room

Ted Shelton, Architecture

“The Highway and the American City”

February 13 at 6 pm – Seminar Room

Jeffrey Moersch, Earth and Planetary Sciences

“Results from the first (Mars) year of NASA’s Curiosity rover mission”

 February 20 at 6 pm – Seminar Room

Dr. Mitchell Goldman, Medical Explorers

“Critical Limb Ischemia – A Personal Quest”

Mitchell H. Goldman, M.D., F.A.C.S, was named Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in July 1998. He was named Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program in 1998. Dr. Goldman has been a dedicated member of the Department of Surgery since 1984. He is Assistant Dean for Research at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. In March 2011, he was appointed Medical Director of the University of Tennessee Wound Care Center. He is actively involved the education of general surgery residents, e vascular fellows, medical students who rotate through the department and high school students who participate in his Medical Explorations Program, which he began in 1991. Since the inception of Medical Explorations, the program has grown to include over 40 students each summer and many participants have entered the medical field as physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals.

He was an early member of the ASE, an active member of the APDS, President of the SAVS, and founding member of the International Society for Heart Transplantation. He helped develop the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and serves on the Accreditation Committee for Educational Institutes of the ACS. His research centers on surgical education and intimal hyperplasia in vascular surgery. He is currently involved in coordinating efforts between faculty of UTK, UTCVM and the UT Graduate School of Medicine to enhance the biomedical research efforts in Knoxville.

Dr. Goldman received his undergraduate degree from Brandies University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University Medical School in Boston and then entered Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston for his general surgery residency. After his residency, Dr. Goldman spent four years of military service in the US Navy. He was then recruited by the Medical College of Virginia where he spent four years. Upon joining the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine faculty, he was appointed Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular and Transplant Surgery. Dr. Goldman has received the Department of Surgery Faculty Teaching Award and the Spirit of Graduate School of Medicine Award for his dedication to teaching. Most recently he received the Knoxville Business Journal Health Care Heroes Award.



February 27 at 6 pm – Seminar Room

Michael Buschermohle, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

“We Don’t Farm Today Like My Grandaddy Did”

Dr. Michael Buschermohle is a Professor in the Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he has more than 21 years experience with the University of Tennessee Extension. His educational background includes a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Clemson University. Dr. Buschermohle works with extension agents, producers and agribusinesses in developing and disseminating educational programs in the area of precision agriculture.


March 6 at 4 pm – Seminar Room or Toyota

Chad Hellwinckel, Agricultural & Resource Economics 

“The Importance of Place: Why the Land is calling the young to set down roots”

Chad is currently a research professor of Agricultural Policy at the University of Tennessee and has been an active supporter of permaculture and the local food movement in Knoxville for many years. He serves as Chair of the Knoxville Food Policy Council, led a successful campaign to legalize hens in the city, and has been converting a once-condemned house into an urban permaculture homestead. He has presented on permaculture to many audiences including a local TEDx and a Pecha-Kucha talk.

Chad received degrees from the University of Tennessee and St. Olaf College. He has worked at The Land Institute, in Salina Kansas, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, and worked with the US Forest Service in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. He founded the Knoxville Permaculture Guild and has facilitated the network for over 5 years.



March 11 at 6 pm – Seminar Room

Louis Varriano Student Presentation 

“Potential Evidence of Mirror Dark Matter”

Louis Varriano is a second-year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is studying physics with an interest in energy and science policy.  He has done research with Dr. Yuri Kamyshkov in the Department of Physics and Astronomy using a mirror matter model to explore effects on neutron lifetime measurements.  Louis is also heavily invested in promoting undergraduate research and science education at the University of Tennessee and in Knoxville.


March 25 at 7 pm – Seminar Room

Marianela D’Aprile Student Presentation

“A City Unfounded: Making, perceiving and representing public space in Buenos Aires”


 March 27 at 6 pm – Seminar Room

Becky Jacobs, College of Law 

An International Perspective on Intellectual Property Law


April 10 at 6 pm – Seminar Room

John Sorochan, Plant Sciences

“Turfgrass Research focusing on Athlete Performance & Safety”

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Dr. John Sorochan began working on the grounds crew at Earl Grey Golf and Country Club in 1987. He received his Ph.D. in Turfgrass Science from Michigan State University in 2002, and is presently Associate Professor & Distinguished Scientist of Turfgrass Science and Management in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee (UT). Dr. Sorochan is also the Co-Director for the UT Center for Athletic Field Safety. Dr. Sorochan is responsible for the department’s academic turf programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level and teaches several classes in the Turfgrass Science and Management Program. His research program coordinates investigations on environmental turf stress physiology including indirect heat, shade, drought, and wear stress for sports, golf course, and commercial and home lawn turf. A primary research focus is cool and warm season putting green management. His research also includes athletic field management, including athletic field performance and safety, athlete to surface interactions, new cultivar and species evaluation for management and use, sustainable strategies for reduced inputs, and residential turf and sod production. Since arriving at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Sorochan has given over 100 invited presentations at regional, national, and international professional meetings.

Formal Education:

Ph.D. – Michigan State University. 2002

MS – Michigan State University. 1999

BS – Michigan State University. 1995

AG Tech – Michigan State University. 1993


April 17 at 6 pm – Seminar Room

Michelle Brown, Sociology 

“Visualizing Justice: Images, Media, and Social Protest in the Carceral Era.”

Michelle Brown is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee.  Her research interests include carceral studies; law & society; media, theory, and culture; and transformative justice.  She is the author of The Culture of Punishment: Prison, Society, & Spectacle (NYUP, 2009) and co-author of Criminology Goes to the Movies (NYUP, 2011).  She is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology (2016); Media Representations of September 11 (Praeger, 2003); and the journal Crime, Media, Culture.

The United States has seen the revitalization of a variety of community organizing and activist movements directed against mass incarceration, police brutality, state violence, and, broadly, the racial injustices of criminal justice.  This presentation explores the various ways in which community-based movements, grounded in the lives of those facing the highest levels of psychic and affective trauma, have taken shape – movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, #ShutItDown, #HandsUpDontShoot, and abolitionist and transformative justice efforts.  My research explores the ways in which organizers have developed and relied upon images and media to mobilize communities in the pursuit of justice.  Activists, organizers, and scholars have countered mass incarceration and the violence of the state through the use of blogs, twitter, facebook, and a variety of other new and old media to interrupt mainstream media narratives; consolidate scholarship, information and resources; and create local, national, and international networks. These tactics include the generation and use of a recurrent set of images, hashtags, actions, and posts about the nature of injury, harm, and accountability, contexts in which the foundational problems of criminal justice and its life and death stakes become visible momentarily.  We will think broadly about what it means to visualize justice otherwise and the role of citizens in creating their own images of alternative justice.