Friday, September 07, 2007


Release date: Sept. 6, 2007

News & Public Affairs contact: Randy Weiler, 615-898-2919
University Honors College contact: Dr. Scott Carnicom, 615-898-2152


(MURFREESBORO) — Students in the fall Honors Lecture Series will be hearing about “The Digital Age” from nine key MTSU faculty members and a senior electronic media communication major, said Dr. Scott Carnicom, University Honors College associate dean.
The lecture series will be held each Monday from Sept. 10 until Nov. 19 (Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 will be thesis presentation days). The class began Aug. 27 with study abroad presentations and a class orientation led by Carnicom.
The class will meet in the amphitheater (Room 106) of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. The lectures are free and open to the public. No class will be held Monday, Oct. 15, because of fall break.
“The idea of the digital theme emanated from conversations Dr. (Phil) Mathis and I had with the honors council,” Carnicom, the second-year associate dean and faculty member, said. “The revolution in digital technology has had far-reaching impact, affecting almost every aspect of our society.
“Digital innovations have changed the fashion, pace and volume of information exchange, greatly impacting our evolving knowledge economy.”
Participating faculty include Drs. Preston MacDougall (chemistry), Eric Klumpe (physics and astronomy), Tim Greer (computer information systems), Marc Barr (electronic media), Paul Craig (aerospace), Tony Johnston and Jessica Carter (agribusiness and agriscience), Patrick Chinnery (political science) and Steve Howard (biology), and Lt. Col. Mike Walsh (military science).
“I’m very excited about the many fine lectures we have scheduled this semester,” Carnicom said. “I think Patrick Chinnery’s presentation (on presidential campaigning) is especially timely and should prove very interesting. Tony Johnston and Jessica Carter will be discussing the digital impact on agriculture, a topic that perhaps many haven’t contemplated, but affects them on a daily basis.”
Carnicom said he is “especially proud that one of our honors students, Jonathan Parris, will be presenting his senior thesis.” It’s a digital film, “You are NOT Special,” in which he “demonstrates some impressive and resourceful special effects,” added Carnicom.
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Fall 2007 Honors Lecture Series Schedule

Sept. 10 — “Scientists Return to the CAVE in the Digital Age,” Dr. Preston MacDougall, chemistry;
Sept. 17 — “Technology and Cosmology: Future Innovations for Peering into the Past,” Dr. Eric Klumpe, physics and astronomy;
Sept. 24 — “Ethical Issues of New Technologies,” Dr. Tim Greer, computer information systems;
Oct. 1 — “Integrating Digital Tools with Traditional Studio Art Processes,” Dr. Marc Barr, electronic media;
Oct. 8 — “The Economic Impact of Innovations in Aerospace Safety,” Dr. Paul Craig, aerospace;
Oct. 22 — “Digital Applications in Military Science,” Lt. Col. Mike Walsh, military science;
Oct. 29 — “The Digital Age of Agriculture,” Drs. Tony Johnston and Jessica Carter, agribusiness and agriscience;
Nov. 5 — “Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age,” Dr. Patrick Chinnery, political science;
Nov. 12 — “Life Science in the Digital Age,” Dr. Steve Howard, biology;
Nov. 19 — “You are NOT Special” (a digital film project), Jonathan Parris, University Honors College senior electronic media communication major;
Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 — Thesis presentations.


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