WVUD's Campus Voices http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices Interviews with interesting members of and visitors to the UD Community Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:01:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Delaware, Awake to University Museums! http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/10/02/museums2014/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/10/02/museums2014/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:01:35 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1421 full post]]>
Sarah Leonard, Art History, explaining Delaware Awake! to the show's host

Sarah Leonard, Art History, explaining Delaware Awake! to the show’s host

We went on location to record this episode of Campus Voices. It’s always a treat when we get to feature some of the exhibits in the University Museums. This time, Sarah Tompkins, our intern, and Richard Gordon, the show’s host, went to the University Museums galleries in Old College, where Ivan Henderson, Curator of Education, University Museums; Sarah Leonard, a Ph.D. candidate in Art History; and Janis Tomlinson, Director, University Museums, gave us a guided tour of the two exhibits being hosted in the Old College Galleries.

Delaware Awake! (painting)

Ethel Pennewill Brown Leach, Delaware Awake!, 1918
Oil on canvas, 66 x 40 in., University Museums

First Ivan told us about all four Museum exhibits for the fall semester:

Then Sarah gave us a detailed tour the Delaware Awake exhibit, which includes a mixture of pieces very specific to Delaware and its response to World War I, and several posters, books, paintings, drawings, and other material that demonstrated a variety of artistic responses to the war from artists and journalists across the United States and Europe.

Sleeping putto (fragment), Marble, 2nd cent. CE

Sleeping putto (fragment), Marble, 2nd cent. CE

Finally, Janis gave us a tour of the Art Recovery Team exhibit. We looked at wine jugs, little perfume and oil bottles, a mosaic, and a marble statue–all rescued from art thieves who roam the Italian landscape. Just spectacular.

We hope the audio interview whets your appetite to go see all of these University Museum exhibits, open Wednesdays – Sundays noon to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Ivan Henderson, Sarah Leonard, and Janis Tominson
29:35
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Photo in Old College Gallery by Sarah Tompkins
Photo of Sleeping Putto, courtesy DeBooks
Photo of Delaware Awake, courtesy University Museums

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Students in Service http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/09/25/students-in-service/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/09/25/students-in-service/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:01:54 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1334 Campus Voices, we spoke with two current students and one alumna -- all of whose exemplary dedication to service projects in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) demonstrates the growth of service learning as part of the University of Delaware's curriculum. full post]]>
Sarah LaFave, Kathleen Luckner, and Vinu Rajendran (left to right)

Sarah LaFave, Kathleen Luckner, and Vinu Rajendran (left to right)

In this episode of Campus Voices, we spoke with two current students and one alumna — all of whose exemplary dedication to service projects in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) demonstrates the growth of service learning as part of the University of Delaware’s curriculum.

We spoke with Kathleen Luckner, CHS ’16, about her Spring Break 2014 trip to Jamaica where she was one of 14 members of UD’s School of Nursing who worked with vulnerable children at an orphanage in Kingston; Vinu Ragendran, COE ’16, who has applied his talents as a Biomedical Engineering major to a variety of projects in the CHS Infant Behavior Lab and the UD Assistive Medical Technologies student club; and Sarah LaFave, CHS ’11, who founded the Lori’s Hands service organization as a UD undergraduate and who has returned to UD to coordinate Service Learning projects in CHS.

This conversation was inspiring by itself, but taken with the other conversations we’ve had with students involved in service projects (Student engagement on campus, May 8, 2014; Engineering for the future, March 20, 2014; Engineers without borders, March 14, 2013), it is clear that Service Learning is here to stay at UD!

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Sarah LaFave, Kathleen Luckner, and Vinu Rajendran
29:30
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2:05
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  • Lori’s Hands
  • UD Infant Behavior Lab

  • UD Assistive Medical Technologies, a student club dedicated to designing, building, and distributing cost-effective models of medical devices to allow access and availability to everyone.
  • Photo by Sarah Tompkins

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    Photography, Phones, and People http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/09/04/photography-phones-and-people/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/09/04/photography-phones-and-people/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:01:15 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1304 full post]]> Jon CoxJon Cox’s passions for travel, photography, social issues, teaching, and learning come together in many ways. 

    In this interview, Cox discussed his upcoming MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called, “Phoneography: The Basics of Cell Phone Photography” and the ways that photography has rapidly changed with the development of technology. He also spoke about the cultural mapping project he and other UD faculty and students are participating in, with the Ese’Eja people of Peru. The cultural mapping project is helping the Ese’Eja document their native range, their cultural traditions, and their amazing artisan work.

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    Jon Cox, Art
    29:59
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    1:38
    10.1 MB

    About Our Guest

    Jon Cox teaches documentary photography/video, digital media, and design for UD’s Art Department and is developing a new interdisciplinary cross-college design practicum. He serves as chair of the Art Department’s public relations committee and mentors summer scholars and service-learning scholars. His courses engage students with real world problems by working with community partners both locally and abroad.

    Cox has photographed on all seven continents and has directed twenty study abroad programs on six continents. His study abroad destinations include Antarctica, Tanzania, Vietnam, Australia, Tasmania and Patagonia. Cox’s work aims to bring about social change at the local and global level.

    Cox first appeared on Campus Voices on Sep. 25, 2012 when he talked about the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania. The goal of that collaborative project was to raise awareness about indigenous peoples’ land rights and reduce the negative stigma surrounding hunter-gatherers. Similarly, he is also a leading collaborator on the current cultural mapping of the Ese’Eja people in Peru, and plans to lead a UD class to the area in January 2015.

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    Photo of Jon Cox by Sarah Tompkins

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    Vaccines, fist bumps, & coconut water http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/08/28/perezrhetoric/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/08/28/perezrhetoric/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:45:47 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1283 full post]]> Victor Perez, SociologyVictor Perez, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UD, joined us for a discussion of public health issues. Perez researches how scientific, medical, and public health information is communicated with the public.

    In this discussion, we talked about the rhetoric of the “vaccine critical” community–how they get their anti-vaccine message out, how they reinforce that message with each other, the reasons why so many educated people are part of that community–in spite of overwhelming evidence that most vaccinations are a win for public health. Perez posits that the opposition is shaped by, among other factors, political viewpoints opposed to big government.

    But Perez didn’t stop there. He also talked about creationism, diet fads, coconut water, handshakes, and fist bumps. A fascinating discussion of a variety of public health issues and how they play out in the media.

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    Victor Perez, Sociology
    29:58
    28.8 MB

    About our guest

    Victor Perez joined UD’s faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice after receiving his PhD at the University of Delaware.

    He specializes in the sociology of risk, medical sociology, social problems, and survey research. A unifying theme throughout his career is the entwined configuration of health, risk, and society. Currently, his research projects involve a survey of vaccine risk perception, exploring citizen-science alliances dealing with legacy pollution and sea-level rise, and studying how the popular media presents the issue of cancer clusters. He regularly teaches quantitative sociological research methods, social statistics and data analysis, and Honors introduction to sociology. Recently, he became a faculty affiliate of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and is starting new lines of research on legacy pollution in impoverished areas, water sustainability, and other environmental justice issues. In Fall 2014, he is teaching a new Sociology course about the environment and environmental organizations.

    This is his second appearance on Campus Voices. He joined us on Nov. 13, 2013, to discuss the use of “cancer clusters” as a rhetorical device.

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    Photo of Victor Perez by Sarah Tompkins

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    Student Engagement on Campus http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/05/08/rlse/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/05/08/rlse/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 13:01:26 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1254 full post]]> Jennifer Azevedo and Siobahn May at the entrance to WVUD

    Jennifer Azevedo and Siobahn May at the entrance to WVUD

    This week on Campus Voices, our intern Philip Simpson hosted an interview with Siobahn May, student engagement coordinator, UD Residence Life and Housing, and Jennifer Azevedo, an RA on campus and service team leader, to discuss community service projects done by students at the University of Delaware.

    We discussed the various types of challenges running student engagement programs, from bureaucratic set-up to planning to execution. We also talked about the various organizations that help these projects get off the ground, and what some of the recent service projects have been and how they went. We discussed the highs and lows of these projects (mostly the highs!), the steady growth of student service teams, and what it’s like to interact with so many wonderful organizations.

    Siobahn and Jennifer have recently finished the service projects for UD’s Earth Week and took this opportunity to reflect on those projects. They told us how service has enriched their lives–Jennifer as a student, Siobhan as an alumna and a professional–and how participating in service projects can help other students around campus.

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    Siobhan May and Jennifer Azevedo, UD Residence Life and Housing
    29:04
    27.9 MB

    About our Guest

    Siobahn May is a student engagement coordinator at the University of Delaware. She has been working professionally in Residence Life and Housing at the University since 2011. She graduated from UD in 2009.

    Jennifer Azevedo is a sophomore in the UD College of Arts and Sciences. She is expecting to graduate in 2016. She is already an advocate for service projects as a way of building community and engagement.

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    Robbie Melton: “Appologist” http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/05/01/sfi2014-1/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/05/01/sfi2014-1/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 13:01:36 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1248 full post]]> Dr. Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents
    During this week’s show, we spoke with Dr. Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the guest speakers coming to the UD Summer Faculty Institute.

    We talked about her experience working with faculty trying to integrate new technologies in the classroom.

    Elsewhere, she has said

    “Integrating technology into education requires a new approach to educational change that infuses new technologies with teaching and learning. How can any educator not be inspired to develop new and exciting ways to bring learning to life for and connect the classroom with a whole world of knowledge? Educators must understand the power of this technological transformation and apply it in redesigning institutions that meet the needs of today’s learners for tomorrow’s technological workforce.”

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    Robbie Melton
    30:00
    28.8 MB

    About our Guest

    Dr. Robbie Melton serves as the Tennessee Board of Regents chief administrator for mobilization initiatives.

    Mobilization (the use of smart phones, tablets and mobile apps) has impacted every facet of education from PreK-Ph.D. and the workplace across the globe.

    She works with faculty and student use of mobile devices as they relate to teaching and learning.

    Dr. Melton has published and presented around the nation about the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce.

    She has acquired a new distinction as an “Appologist”, due to her study of pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, quality standards for mobile apps, and for her creation of the Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center (50,000+ apps that have been aligned with over 95 subject areas).

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    Shooting the Breeze with Cristina Archer http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/04/24/archer/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/04/24/archer/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:01:21 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1223 full post]]>
    Cristina Archer - College of Earth, Ocean & Environment

    Cristina Archer – College of Earth, Ocean & Environment

    We continue our Earth Week celebration, talking with faculty members from the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

    Did you know that off-shore wind farms could lessen the effect of a hurricane when it comes ashore?

    That’s one of the topics we discussed with Associate Professor Cristina Archer, an expert on the use of wind energy and on the policy issues surrounding the use of wind power. She has published multiple studies about the viability of and the effects of wind power and has worked with the US Department of Energy.

    During the interview, we talk about the current state of wind energy in the United States, Prof. Archer’s experiences studying it, and what sort of advances have been made in recent years from both social and engineering points of view. We also discuss how wind turbines work, what potential still remains untapped–especially in the northeastern United States–and we discuss and dispel some common misconceptions that people have about wind power.

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    Cristina Archer, CEOE
    32:13
    30.9 MB

    About our Guest

    Cristina Archer is an associate professor of Physical Ocean Science and Engineering from the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. Her research interests include renewable energy, wind power, meteorology, climate change, air quality, and numerical modeling of atmospheric processes. She has studied the effects of offshore wind turbines on wind and storm surges during hurricanes and teaches about meteorology, physical ocean sciences, and engineering.

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    From Plankton to Sharks http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/04/17/oliver/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/04/17/oliver/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:01:32 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1197 full post]]> OliverMatt_VizLab-AUVTo celebrate Earth Week at the University of Delaware, this week and next we’re talking with faculty members from the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

    This week, it’s Matt Oliver, from the School of Marine Science and Policy. We discuss the nature of biological oceanography and how it differs from other fields that study the ocean and its wildlife, like marine biology and oceanography. We also talk about how the environment affects marine life and how geophysical events we can measure might cause changes in animal’s behavior or their distribution in a given area.

    One example brought up is a collaboration with Delaware State University and the University of Rhode Island to study sand tiger sharks, one of the top predators in the Delaware Bay. We discuss the technology used, the methodology of studying the sharks and what purpose there is to performing these studies. Oliver also talks with us about our cultural fascination with sharks, and why we should keep our sense of awe when studying these creatures instead of reducing them to simple objects of study.

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    Matt Oliver, CEOE
    28:40
    27.5 MB

    About our Guest

    Matt Oliver is an assistant professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy (College of Earth, Ocean and Environment). He oversees the Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing and Biogeography Laboratory (ORB Lab) at the University of Delaware. Topics that he studies include ocean biogeography, remote sensing, phytoplankton, bioluminescence and genomic evolution.

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    Strategy and Structure http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/03/27/strategy-and-structure/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/03/27/strategy-and-structure/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:01:05 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1160 full post]]>
    Robert Straight posing next to P-55 (1973; paper-mache, acrylic, mixed media)

    Robert Straight posing next to P-55 (1973; paper-mache, acrylic, mixed media)

    On March 27, we spoke with Robert Straight about his current exhibition at the University of Delaware, Strategy and Structure, at the Old College Gallery until June 27, 2104. With decades of experience and dozens of both solo and group exhibitions under his belt, Robert certainly provided a great interview.

    Straight’s works–sometimes abstract, sometimes cubist–have been compared to those of American Modernists Arthur Dove and Marsden Hartley. He often uses mathematical structures as part of a composition and titles his works with a sequential number, giving a sense that each work is part of an ongoing exploration of colors, media, and forms.

    But what makes Robert Straight’s works stand out is his focus on experimentation and making art using methods traditional painters would never consider. From creating works that deliver a sense of depth to placing laser-cut pictures onto wooden canvases or working on different canvases with unusual, circular shapes, Straight aims not to portray existing images, but instead to create his own worlds influenced by contemporary things. He draws inspiration from sources like childhood experiences with textiles, mathematical concepts like prime numbers and algorithms, or even Internet color blindness tests to create an ever-expanding collective body of work.

    To see more of his work, visit his Web site and the Strategy and Structure section of the University Museum’s Web page.

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    Bob Straight, Art.
    28:47
    27.6 MB

    Robert Straight, P-459 (2010, mixed media on wood)

    Robert Straight, P-459 (2010; mixed media on wood)

    About our Guest

    Robert Straight has been working as an artist for over 40 years, and has been a member of the University of Delaware faculty since 1980. As a member of the faculty, Professor Straight teaches various courses including painting in the undergraduate BFA/BA program, and advises both graduate undergraduate students. His artistic works are primarily painting–but extended using other media. He received his MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and his BA at California State University in Long Beach.

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    Engineering for the Future http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/03/20/engineering-for-the-future/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/03/20/engineering-for-the-future/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:08:49 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1157 full post]]> Sarah Masters tweeted this picture of Anthony Rossi (foreground) and John Koshy during their March 20, 2014 interview.

    Sarah Masters tweeted this picture of Anthony Rossi (foreground) and John Koshy during their March 20, 2014 interview.

    Today (3/20/14) we had three Mechanical Engineering Students live in the WVUD studio to talk about their Senior Design projects:

    • Sarah Masters, who worked with the QuadCrew on an adaptive rowing project which would allow those with quadriplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia, multiple sclerosis and paresis to operate a crew boat.
    • Anthony Rossi, who worked on the Independence Orthotics Diagnostic Project, software designed to help with amputee prosthetic diagnosis.
    • John Koshy, who worked on Playskin Lift, an exoskeleton designed to help physically disabled infants move around.

    We discuss the ideas and inspirations behind each of these projects and what the process behind them was like. We also talk about the experiences they had collaborating with students and faculty from outside of engineering, including biomedical engineering, business faculty and even fashion students.

    Sarah Masters and three other members of QuadCrew being interviewed about their project.

    Sarah Masters and three other members of QuadCrew being interviewed about their project.

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    Sarah Masters, Anthony Rossi and John Koshy, University of Delaware
    29:43
    28.5 MB

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    QuadCrew team member Molly Wessel tests the adaptive rowing device on the water, under the watchful eyes of Prof. Jenni Buckley, Mechanical Engineering

    QuadCrew team member Molly Wessel tests the adaptive rowing device on the water, under the watchful eyes of Prof. Jenni Buckley, Mechanical Engineering

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