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Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Emily Zwick and Matt Mindrup
New Student Services
Kansas State University
177 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506





Technology and Social Media

Blurred Boundaries:  Exploring Privacy and Impression Management Online

Dr. Natalie Pennington, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

This lecture is designed to offer advice for audience awareness when it comes to using technology to connect and share information. From Facebook to Instagram to Snapchat and forums, this lecture explores how youth today can use technology to their advantage, as well as highlighting the use of privacy mechanisms online to help protect their identity.

How Place Influences Popular Culture:  Finding Meaning in Creative Media

Dr. Huston Gibson, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

This lecture discusses how popular culture portrays the built and natural environment. To explore the influence of environmental, social, and economic development on creative media, this lecture offers an exploratory educational adventure of place through song and other cultural media. Creative media shape society’s perception of place, and perception of place shapes creative media. The implications help explain popular discourse about the relationship between society and place.

Living Many Lifetimes:  Seeing the World Through Movies

Ms. Mariya Vaughn, Assitant Coordinator of K-State First

How do films use techniques such as sound, sets, framing, editing, etc to shape the way we view not only the movie, but also our lived reality? In this interactive session we will watch clips that highlight how certain techniques are used to create a message for viewers. We’ll also examine why learning to interpret and analyze films helps us develop critical thinking skills that encourage us to understand our own and other cultures and the factors that influence our ideas about the world around us.

So You Think You Can Google It?:  Information Literacy Tips and Techniques

Ms. Charissa Powell, Undergraduate Experience Librarian

I think we can all agree that Google is an amazing tool with many different purposes.  But did you know that there are information literacy skills to be gained from advanced Google searching?  This lecture will give you an overview to information literacy concepts, strategies for searches, and how to manipulate Google to fit your different informational needs.  Students will leave this lecture with knowledge of how to develop a research question, how to brainstorm keywords, and how to evaluate different information resources.

Technology in Animal Agriculture: Frankenfoods or Solution to Hunger?

Dr. Barry Bradford, Associate Professor of Animal Sciences and Industry

A wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, recombinant proteins, assisted reproductive techniques, modern genetics, and probiotics are used to improve production efficiencies in animal agriculture.  A number of these technologies raise concerns among consumers, yet few understand the issues involved.  This presentation will discuss the logical framework that is used to evaluate technologies for use in animal agriculture, the regulatory process by which new technologies are evaluated and the tradeoffs between very broad or very limited use of such technologies.

The Google Mindset

Dr. Ashley Rhodes, Teaching Assistant Professor 

The Google Mindset explores the impact instant access to information has on learning both in the classroom and in our daily lives.  In addition, the physiological changes that our bodies experience when holding or even interacting with Internet-ready devices will be discussed as volunteers are asked to wear heart rate monitors and are subjected to several scenarios. Involving their beloved devices.  Attaining physiological data in real time can be a real eye opener and is always enjoyable for the audience as they attempt to predict what might happen.