From Herald Tribune. com  April 1, 2019
USF Sarasota-Manatee’s second annual Research PechaKucha will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to noon, in room A217 at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail. Faculty from USFSM and New College will participate in the event, which is being organized by USFSM Research Administration Faculty Fellows Melissa Sloan, PhD, and Murat Haner, PhD. The forum is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the general public and will touch on issues ranging from the impact of pre-trial publicity on juries to how economic data is sometimes skewed by politicians and media pundits.
“PechaKucha” refers to a presentation style that originated in Tokyo in 2003. Speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each with each presentation lasting no more than 6 minutes, 40 seconds. The format compels speakers to focus on essential elements to create concise, fast-paced presentations. Six presentations are scheduled:

  • Embodying Traditions: Black Performance and the Long Struggle for Cultural Equity in Urban America, Queen Meccasia Zabriskie, PhD, sociology, New College of Florida;
  • Acting Your Age: Fighting Ageism through Drama, Valerie Lipscomb, PhD, English, USFSM;
  • Fair Trial v. Free Press: Pre-Trial Publicity’s Influence on Jurors’ Verdicts, Impressions & Emotions, Chris Ruva, PhD, psychology, USFSM;
  • Think Pink: How Mary Kay Built an Empire on Lipstick and Applause, Cassandra Yacovazzi, PhD, history, USFSM;
  • Economics as Mythology, Mike Snipes, PhD, economics, USFSM;
  • The Transformative Nature of Entrepreneurial Education in Prison, Jess Grosholz, PhD, criminology, USFSM.

Snipes said he’s looking forward to the session, although he admits he’s new to the accelerated format. “It will really force us to think carefully about what will be the easiest yet most impactful way to convey our ideas to the public,” he said. “It should be a fun challenge.”


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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