DP&S has worked on many fantastic projects with faculty and students at Bucknell. While we would like to feature them all here, this page offers some highlights from projects undertaken in collaboration with DP&S in 2016. For more information on these and other DP&S-facilitated projects, see the DP&S Showcase.
Professor Richard Crago worked with students and DP&S to study how flow paths on local farms contribute pollutants that may have ecological impacts on the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Using a method known as precision conservation, introduced to Bucknell by the Chesapeake Conservancy, Professor Crago worked with DP&S GIS specialists to generate data about local flow paths. Prof. Crago also led Bucknell students on trips to local farms to discuss agricultural practices and ecological impact with local farmers.
Mammal Species of the World is the foremost international reference for identifying and verifying recognized names and taxonomies of mammals. Professor DeeAnn Reeder approached L&IT in 2014 to redesign the website and database for the edition. A design team led by Leo Botinelly and Luyang Ren, with other members from L&IT, have collaborated with Reeder to create a dynamic new editorial and publication application that will accompany the 4th edition. Now in the final phases of beta testing, MSW editors will begin working in the interface in early 2017. When published, MSW Online will offer a unique open source text used by scholars and students all over the world.
Students in Professor Renée Gosson’s French 103: Building Proficiency in French are learning to articulate their language and grammar skills by producing French film critiques. Students work with a partner to co-host the critique. They select a French film and through a series of scaffolded assignments begin to polish their 3-4 minute final product. Students learn what makes a “good” film critique by watching and discussing the technical elements, style, structure, hook, and writing of these critiques with their class. Students then write a film critique treatment, script, create film logs, select clips from their films of choice using iShowU, rehearse their language and grammar skills in front of a recorded green screen, and peer review the results. They begin the editing process using Final Cut Pro X to bring together the screen green footage, film score, and clips from their films to create a polished critique.
A revised version of Professor Jan Knoedler’s ECON418 was offered for the first time in spring 2016 and again in fall 2016. The Spring 2016 offering included five online ArcGIS labs, an Intro lab and four topic-focused labs on the topics of transportation, the Civil War, immigration, and the Great Depression. Students worked in groups (each assigned to a different region of the United States) and used the data dictionary and map layers provided for them to respond to Prof. Knoedler’s prompts for each lab. Students were required to develop an ArcGIS Online Story Map to present their region’s perspective on the topics covered by the lab. The fall 2016 offering of the course dropped the Great Depression lab and substituted an individual assignment for students to complete, with a requirement that they integrate analysis of map layers. The project builds on work begun in 2014.
Professors Katherine Faull and Alf Siewers redesigned their Integrated Perspectives course “Susquehanna Country” to incorporate a variety of digital methods and tools to analyze the cultural, historical, and environmental aspects of the Susquehanna region and Bucknell’s place within it. Students gathered artifacts in Omeka and built Neatline exhibits; built map projects in ArcGIS Online; and created video essays and podcasts to reflect upon their experiences over the semester. (Course Website)
Professor Darakhshan Mir received a Course Design Grant to design a 100-level computer science class, Computing, Creativity, and the Social Good. This course is intended to teach core computing concepts to students in majors outside the STEM disciplines. With the assistance of Carrie Johnston, Mir worked alongside three Bucknell undergraduate students, Jingya Wu, Sierra Magnotta, and Anushikha Sharma, to design a syllabus that would resonate with students who have had no prior programming experience. (Course Website)
Professor John Hunter’s research involves the multimodal analysis of key concepts in film – looking in particular at how ways in which communication technology such as cell phones has impacted on film narrative. Over the past two years he has worked with several Computer Science major to create the prototype for an application that searches film scripts and closed-caption texts to find frequency and context of keywords. In summer 2016 Dale Hartman, a Computer Science major and Presidential Fellow, worked to expand the database and enhance its capabilities. Professor Hunter and his research students presented their initial work at the Keystone Digital Humanities conference last summer, and at the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference 2016 (#BUDSC16).