In summer 2017 six Bucknell faculty members and seven students were awarded L&IT summer research project grants!
“Building a Digital Materials Repository for History 201, ‘Introduction to Historical GIS.’”
Faculty Member: David Del Testa (History)
Student: Ethan Pepin (Political Science ‘18)
Project Overview: Del Testa is developing a series of GIS data layers and learning modules for an online textbook to use in HIST 201 Historical GIS. Pepin worked with Professor Del Testa, along with three other students, to gather and produce thematic data layers in ArcGIS desktop. Pepin then developed the layers into a module to be used in the textbook.
“Economic Mobility in the United States: an Examination of Upward Mobility, through the lens of geography, race, gender, class, and access to higher education.”
Faculty Member: Jan Knoedler (Economics)
Students: Autumn Patterson (Interdisciplinary Studies: Economics & Math ‘19) and Emily Tevebaugh (Interdisciplinary Studies: Economics & Math ‘19)
Project Overview: Knoedler’s GIS-based project builds upon Raj Chetty’s (Harvard) project that considers income inequality among college students. Over the summer Patterson and Tevebaugh worked with Professor Knoedler to combine Chetty’s data with ArcGIS data to undertake more detailed geographic study of income inequality.
“Sustaining Marginal Communities in the Face of Gentrification and Mass Incarceration”
Faculty Member: Vanessa Massaro (Geography)
Student: Sarah Sulkowski (Economics ‘19)
Project Overview: Massaro’s project explores connections between household costs of incarceration and gentrification by completing a city-wide household survey in minority neighborhoods in Philadelphia. In spring and summer Sulkowski worked with Professor Massaro to develop the survey and gather data in the Philadelphia neighborhoods. Back on campus Sulkowski began to enter the data and undertake analysis in ArcGIS.
“Digital or Analog? Tools for Visualization of Surfaces in Multivariable Calculus”
Faculty Member: Nathan Ryan (Math)
Student: Angel Bautista (Math ‘18)
Project Overview: Ryan is undertaking a comparison between digital visualization tools and 3D printed models to determine which is more effective in learning environments. During the summer Bautista worked as part of a team of students; his focus was on the digital side, writing new applets in Python and embedding them in an openly available website.
“Documenting Offshore Oil Development: Digitizing, Organizing, and Analyzing Archival Materials Relating to the First Offshore Oil Well in the North American Arctic, 1972-1976.”
Faculty Member: Andrew Stuhl (Environmental Studies)
Student: Ashley Vecchio (Undeclared ‘20)
Project Overview: Stuhl has gathered a large corpus of government documents from the National Archives in Canada that present different perspectives in negotiation of drilling rights in the Arctic during the 1970s. Over the summer Vecchio worked with Professor Stuhl to prepare the corpus and then undertake text analysis (topic modelling and sentiment analysis) on a significant portion of the corpus.
“The Power of Mapping: Applications of GIS in disaster resilience and planning”
Faculty Member: Corrie Walton-McCauley (Civil Engineering)
Student: Patrick Yang (Electrical Engineering ‘19)
Overview: Walton-McCauley pursues the research question – how can GIS be used in new ways to analyze disaster preparedness, leading to application use in disaster resilience for a selected community? Over the summer Yang performed a literary review and began to undertake GIS analysis of resource data in Pennsylvania municipalities. This fall Yang and another student are continuing to develop the work with the support of a Library and IT microgrant.