As part of the $700,000 four-year digital scholarship grant Bucknell has received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, four course design and six summer research project grants have been awarded for Summer 2014. Mellon Course Design stipends fulfill a primary objective of the grant, whereby Bucknell will provide course development support to faculty members who are creating new courses that teach students how to use digital technologies, and modifying existing courses to include significant digital scholarship lessons, modules, or projects. Mellon Summer Research Project stipends fulfill an important expectation of the grant, in which faculty work with students to develop a productive cycle of teaching and research in digital scholarship, collaborating on the creation of new knowledge that can subsequently lead to new research questions.
Course Design recipients:
“Digitizing the River” (Katie Faull & Alf Siewers, Comparative Humanities & English)
New digital humanities-centric design of Susquehanna Country course, incorporating extensive digital humanities engagement and analysis of cultural, historical, and environmental aspects of the Susquehanna region and Bucknell’s place within it.
“Devising Performance” (Anjalee Hutchison, Theatre and Dance)
This course explores the methods and means of creating theatre. The course redesign involves innovative approaches to performance process and collaboration through immersive digital forms of communication and documentation.
“Too Much Information, The Effects of Digital Technologies on our Lives” (Janet Knoedler & Kathleen McQuiston, Economics)
This integrated perspectives course examines benefits and costs of the ubiquitous access to information via digital technologies. The redesigned course features a scaffolded set of assignments in which students participate in real time in the collaborative community of Wikipedia.
“Pilgrimage in South Asia” (Karline McLain, Religion)
This redesigned religion course uses emerging work in the field of digital spatial humanities to enrich student learning about and engagement with the sacred geography of South Asia. Course modification will include a semester-long research project culminating in the production of a multimedia digital atlas.
Summer Research Project recipients:
“A Proper Motion Search for the Smallest Stars” (Katelynn Allers, Physics and Astronomy)
Student Researcher: Damon Frezza.
Frezza will work with Professor Allers to analyze small star foundations (as discovered using the Spitzer telescope); student will work with Allers and DSC to create website that will document research output and lead to conference paper and journal article.
“Community Level Effects of Foreign Aid in Africa” (John Doces, Political Science)
Student Researcher: Erik Heinemann
Heinemann will work with Doces on a GIS study of the effect of aid at the disaggregated community-level seeking to understand its effects, positive or negative, on development at the community-level.
“The Masquerade Project” (Ghislaine McDayter, English)
Student Researchers: Brittany Allen, Kyle Raudinsky
Student will work with McDayter on the initial development of an immersive experience that takes a user through the literary and social engagements involved in an eighteenth-century masquerade ball.
“Empowering conservation through integration of GIS data and community surveys” (DeeAnn Reeder, Biology)
Student Researcher: Laura Kurpier
This project identifies who conservation in South Sudan can be empowered through integration of aerial GIS data and fieldwork/data collection.
“Health Atlas of Pennsylvania” (Amy Wolaver, Economics)
Student Researcher: Jonathan Walls
The project involves development of a GIS atlas that creates analysis of Pennsylvania’s hospitalization rates due to health care supply and environmental factors.
“Refracting Environmentalism through a Tire: A view of ‘Fractivism’ through an Anti-Incinerator Campaign in Central Pennsylvania” (Amanda Wooden, Environmental Studies)
Student Researchers: Morgan Greenly, Ann Scott, Nicole Bakeman
Students will work with Wooden on an article and publicly-shared online digital map about the connection between anti-natural gas drilling activism (“fractivism”) and community opposition to the White Deer Township Energy Project (“the tire burner”) in Central Pennsylvania.