Assistant Professor Queen Zabriskie, PhD presents at USFSM ‘PechaKucha’ event on April 4

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.”


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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