Mellon and Technology Implementation Grants Awarded
Bucknell faculty members and students have been awarded summer grants through Bucknell’s Andrew W. Mellon and L&IT Technology Integration grants.
Course Design Recipients
Six faculty members have received course design stipends that support their efforts to create new courses or modify existing courses to include significant digital scholarship assignments, modules, or projects.
Kat Lecky (English)
ENG 250: Gaming Renaissance London: Exploring the Common Spaces of the Literary City. This course will explore the humble origins of Renaissance England’s “Great Books” by surveying digitized primary archival materials and georeferencing them with Norden’s 1593 pocket map of London. These approaches will help students uncover a canon of works crafted by and for the city’s ordinary people.
Song Chen (East Asian Studies)
FOUN 098: Humanities Visualization. This foundations seminar will introduce students to data visualization methods for the humanities. Studies will explore web-based visualization projects, discuss current debates on digital scholarship, and create their own data visualization projects.
EAST 200: Digital Methods in Chinese Studies. This course will introduce students to digital tools and resources for Chinese Studies, guiding students through the processes of marking up a text, building a database, designing queries, and developing visually informed arguments.
Le Paliulis (Biology)
BIOL 331: Genomics. In this computer research-based course, students will study the structure, content, expression, and evolution of genomes. Students will apply digital tools to the examination of the previously unstudied segment of a fruit fly genome.
Darakhshan Mir (Computer Science)
CSCI 187: Computing, Creativity, and the Social Good. This introductory course will be designed primarily for students majoring in non-STEM fields. Students will learn the programming language Processing to create visual artifacts to that investigate and draw novel insights from data sets that are social, historical, or textual in nature.
Vanessa Massaro (Geography)
GEOG 222: Thinking Space: Critical Reflections on Research. In this course students will learn the relationship between theory and research in the study of space. By uncovering the ways digital tools are utilized from a specific epistemological standpoint, students will gain an understanding of the ways power informs our understanding of place.
Renée Gosson (French)
FREN 103 and FREN 236. This course design will revise the integration of new digital technologies into two existing French courses. In FREN 103, a third-semester French language course, students will select a French film and create a video in which they review and critique the film in French. In FREN 236, Introduction to the French Caribbean Literature and Culture, students will create a podcast of a research topic related to the course content.
Summer Research Project Recipients
Five faculty-student teams have been awarded Summer Research project stipends to initiate or extend ongoing humanities and social sciences faculty-driven research.
Project: The Packwood House Digital Archive of the Personal Papers, Ephemera and Photographs of Edith and John Fetherson
Faculty Member: Janice Mann (Art History)
Student Researcher: Rebecca Reeve (Art History ’17)
Mann and Reeve will digitize letters, diaries, photographs, postcards, and other ephemera in the archives of the Packwood House Museum to create a searchable digital archive on the web.
Project: Sustaining Marginal Communities in the Face of Gentrification and Mass Incarceration
Vanessa Massaro (Geography) will work with a student to map and document neighborhood change and costs of incarceration in Grays Ferry, Philadelphia, considering how mass incarceration may be used as a tool of neighborhood relocation during periods of gentrification.
Project: Visualizing Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean
Faculty Member: Tom Beasley (Classics)
Student Researcher: Suné Swart (Computer Science ’17)
Beasley and Swart will continue to develop a web-based application that visualizes dynamically political, economic, and religious networks in the ancient world.
Project: Refining the Film Search Engine
Faculty Member: John Hunter (Comparative Humanities)
Student Researcher: Dale Hartman (Computer Science ’18)
Hunter and Hartman advance Hunter’s ongoing film search engine project by linking it to existing moving image media collections at archive.org and investigate how this search engine can be refined to allow for visual searches.
Project: Churches of Coal Country
Faculty Member: Alf Siewers (English)
Student Researcher: Sasha Weilbaker (Photojournalism ’19)
Siewers and Weilbaker will develop a half-hour digital storytelling documentary focused on faith communities of the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania.