It’s lightning! The University of New Mexico hosts its first Lightning Lounge titled "Flora, Fauna and Facebook" on Thursday, Oct. 23. Additional Lightning Lounge events are scheduled for Nov. 13 and Dec. 10. Each will be held at the Facutly-Staff Club from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Lightning Lounge events are open to all faculty and staff. Snacks will be provided and a cash bar is also available.

Each lounge consists five presenters with seven minutes discussing their concepts with time allotted for comments and questions. Topics in the first lounge range from “Food Systems Theory: The Whole Enchilada” by Professor Bruce Milne in Sustainability Studies to the “Effect of Walnut Consumption on Cognitive Performance” by Associate Professor Peter Pribis in the College of Education.

Topics in subsequent lounge events include: Architecture Professor Eleni Bastea, “Does Architecture Matter;” Associate Professor of History Cathleen Cahill, “The Albuquerque First American Pageant, 1928-1931: The City’s Search for a Regional Identity;” Professor Greg Heileman in Electrical and Computer Engineering, “MOOCs;” and Associate Professor Andrea Polli, Art and Art History, “Slow Viz: Real-Time Data Visualization for Building-Scale Public Art.”

Associate Provost for Faculty Development Virginia Scharff put together the mix of short talks from faculty to help people converse more freely and harmoniously in an informal atmosphere about the research that the faculty conducts across campus.

"We're really looking forward to getting together to hear about research across the university in a fun and engaging format, and to celebrating the work we love," Scharff said. “The Lightning Lounge events are designed to be informative, laid-back and friendly with the hopes to entertain while sharing research only found in universities.”

Lightning Lecture Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 23: Flora, Fauna and Facebook
Scott Collins (Biology) - “Convergence and Contingency in Savannah Grasslands”
Chris Duvall (Geography) - “Drugs and Work: The Origins of Marijuana in the Atlantic World”
Jessica Feezel (Political Science) - “Newsfeeding: An Experimental Study of Political Information Encountered Through Facebook Newsfeed”
Bruce Milne (Sustainability Studies) - “Food Systems Theory: The Whole Enchilada”
Peter Pribis (Nutrition and Dietetics) - “Effect of Walnut Consumption on Cognitive Performance”

Thursday, Nov. 13 - People, Places, Performances and Pathologies
Sarah Adams (OB/Gyn) - “Location, Location, Location: How Real Estate Considerations Govern Ovarian Cancer Outcomes”
Eleni Bastea (Architecture) - “Does Architecture Matter?”
Cathleen Cahill (History) - “The Albuquerque First American Pageant, 1928-1931: The City’s Search for a Regional Identity”
Kevin Comerford (UNM Libraries) - “The Tony Hillerman Portal: Digital Access to Archival Manuscripts”
Belinda Wallace (English) - “Mapping the Meta-Colonial: Queer Deliverance and the Afra-Caribbean Body”

Wednesday, Dec. 10 - Media and Messages
Greg Heileman
 (Electrical and Computer Engineering) - “MOOCs”
Donna Jewell (Dance) - “Hannibal:  Multimedia Dance Theater on a Glacier in Austria”
Andrea Polli (Digital Media) -  “Slow Viz: Real-Time Data Visualization for Building-Scale Public Art”
Patrick Manning (Art and Art History) - “Grim Sleeper”
David Weiss (Communication and Journalism) - “Beyond Audience Effects: How Media Shape the World of Fashion, Sports and Politics”