This summer, six Bucknell faculty members and seven students have been 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” for use in HIST 201 (to be used in academic year 2017-18). Pepin will work with Del Testa to gather and produce thematic data layers in ArcGIS desktop.
“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: GIS project building upon Raj Chetty (Harvard) project that considers income inequality among college students. Students will work with Knoedler to combine Chetty’s data with ArcGIS data to undertake more detailed geographic study.
“Sustaining Marginal Communities in the Face of Gentrification and Mass Incarceration”
Faculty Member: Vanessa Massaro (Geography)
Student: Sarah Sulkowski (Economics ‘19)
Project Overview: GIS project that explores connections between household costs of incarceration and gentrification by completing city-wide household survey in minority neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Students will participate with Massaro in data-gathering in Philadelphia and then entry of data and analysis in ArcGIS desktop.
“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 comparing digital visualization tools and 3D printed models to determine which is more effective in learning environments. The student will focus 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 corpus of documents from the National Archives in Canada that present different perspectives in negotiation of drilling rights in the Arctic during the ‘70s. The student will work with Stuhl to undertake text analysis (topic modelling, sentiment analysis, mark-up) on this 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 to analyze disaster preparedness, leading to application use in disaster resilience for a selected community. The student will perform a lit review and undertake GIS analysis of resource data in Pennsylvania municipalities.