Campus Voices http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices A joint production of WVUD and UD IT Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Copyright and Digital Humanities http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/03/06/fortney/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/03/06/fortney/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:01:02 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1134 full post]]> Katie Fortney, copyright policy and education officer with the California Digital Library.Copyright law is one of the most complex issues people and governments face in the 21st century. This week we were joined by Katie Fortney, Copyright Policy and Education Officer with the California Digital Library, to help us navigate the ambiguous world of copyright infringement and fair use. She came to speak at UD last November to offer the audience a unique perspective into the field of digital humanities as both a lawyer and a librarian.

During our discussion, we talked about topics including  risk assessment, some of the more glaring flaws of the copyright system and some wishful thinking on how to fix them. She talked about her experience with the Grateful Dead Archive Online, and brought up other examples including Google Books and a case about journal-copying practices at Texaco. We also spent a lot of time discussing the details of the fair use exception to the US Copyright act; what it is, how to use it, and under what sort of circumstances it does and doesn’t apply. The interview certainly brings to light how the technicalities involved in copyright law can affect everything from entertainment to academia.

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Katie Fortney, California Digital Library.
28:53
27.7 MB

About Our Guest

Katie Fortney is the Copyright Policy and Education Officer from the California Digital Library, serving all the campuses of the University of California system. She is an expert in digital special collections risk management, copyright education, and national/international copyright and scholarly communication legislation and policy issues. She also keeps an eye on the UC Faculty Open Access Policy effort as well as national and international copyright policy initiatives and consortia. Katie received her M.L.I.S from San Jose State University and her J.D. degree from New York University.

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GET Experience http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/02/27/get-experience/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/02/27/get-experience/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:01:30 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1117 full post]]> Mark Serva, Director of the GET program Getting proper job experience is one of the most crucial aspects of a college education. That’s why Campus Voices talked with associate professor Mark Serva, Program Director for the Lerner College’s Global Enterprise Technology (GET) program. Also joining us: Marcin Cencek, a UD student from the college of Arts and Sciences, who has recently finished his GET internship.

The GET program offers an academic minor and an internship program run across a consortium of colleges, including UD, Rutgers, Ohio State, and Syracuse. The 2014-2015 school year will have 21 students from the University completing GET internships.

The goal of the GET program is to give students from any major a chance to get involved in an eight-month, hands-on experience, without delaying graduation. GET internships provide students with the opportunity to earn enough money to significantly defray the cost of their tuition for that year while working at jobs that their coursework in the GET minor has prepared them for: enterprise system knowledge and skills, data management and modeling, large-scale software development and management, problem-solving skills and virtual teamwork, collaboration and communication.

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Learn more about the GET program from Associate Professor Mark Serva, Accounting and MIS, and Marcin Cencek, A&S ’14
29:00
27.9 MB

About our guests

Mark Serva is an associate professor of management information systems (MIS) at the University of Delaware, and Program Director for the Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Global Enterprise Technology (GET) program. He has developed and teaches classes in the MIS minor and major, including Database, Systems Analysis & and Design, Emerging Technologies, and Business Application Development. Serva has researched topics including trust in e-commerce, the use of collaborative technology, and applying latent growth models to understand longitudinal phenomena.

Marcin Cencek, Arts and Sciences ’14 (Major: English; Minor: GET, Journalism), has recently completed an internship at JP Morgan Chase. As a result of his internship, he has been offered a permanent position at JP Morgan Chase after he graduates.

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Lights, Camera, Earth! http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/02/13/lce/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/02/13/lce/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:01:05 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1085 full post]]> Lights, Camera, Earth Film Festival logoOn Feb. 13, 2014, we aired an interview with Prof. Adam Rome, organizer of UD’s first ever Lights, Camera, EARTH! (LCE) environmental film festival. He discussed how films about the environment have been undergoing something of a renaissance, then outlined the 11 films that will be shown Feb. 21-23 in Mitchell Hall, including films like Blue Vinyl, The Garden and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control. Prof. Rome also talked to us about UD’s new program in Environmental Humanities, and how media like books and film could be used to get people interested in the protecting the environment.

You can view the full LCE festival schedule, including the films to be shown in afternoon and evening sessions on all three days (Friday Feb. 21 through Sunday Feb. 23). Guests include Director John Fiege (Above All Else) and Director Ian Cheney (The City Dark). The event also will feature the “Dare to be Green!” student video competition. The entire event is free and open to the public.

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Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment and Associate Professor of History and English
29:55
28.7 MB

Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair in Environment

Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair in Environment

About our guest

Adam Rome has a joint appointment in English and History, and he is co-director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is one of the leading environmental historians in America, examining how Americans have related to the environment, with special emphasis on the history of environmental activism.

Rome worked as a journalist for several years before entering academia, and has written two books, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, which won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner award, and The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation.

He currently teaches courses on environmental non-fiction writing and history, specializing in Americans’ relationship with the environment.

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Zero Waste http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/02/06/zero-waste/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/02/06/zero-waste/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:26:48 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1072 full post]]>
Zero Waste Team Delaware

Zero Waste Team Delaware, Max Huhn, Elizabeth Nestle, Eric Long, Aaron Knestaut (l-r)


On Jan. 20, 2014, the Martin Luther King Day of Service, we were visited by four middle school students who are actively trying to make a difference in our area as the Zero Waste Team Delaware: Max Huhn, Cab Calloway School of the Arts; Aaron Knestaut, Conrad School of the Sciences; Eric Long, Cab Calloway School of the Arts; and Elizabeth Nestle, home schooled.

The interview originally aired on Feb. 6, 2014.

At the time of this interview, the team was already in their fifth pilot program, working with homeowners and waste hauling companies to learn about the benefits of separating refuse into three piles: traditional recyclable material, organic material (for composting), and trash that cannot be recycled or composted. The purpose is to reduce the amount of material going into landfills, and to start treating more of what we throw away as a valuable resource. In fact, the team has found that the families participating in the program have reduced the amount of trash being sent to the DSWA landfills by over 55%.

The team has been working with the Wilmington Organic Recycling Center because the Center has a large enough operation that they can process material like meat, bone, and food-soiled cardboard that you cannot process in a backyard compost pile.

It’s a fun interview in which the students educate me about what we can all do to reduce what we put in the landfills.

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Zero Waste Team Delaware
27:48
26.7 MB

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Women in Engineering http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/01/30/wie/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/01/30/wie/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:23:14 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1061 full post]]> Prof. Jennifer Buckley, Mechanical Engineering; Program Coordinator Melissa Jurist, COE Dean's Office; Prof. Heather Doty, Mechanical Engineering

Prof. Jenni Buckley, Mechanical Engineering; Melissa Jurist, COE Dean’s Office; Prof. Heather Doty, Mechanical Engineering (l-r)

One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent … that is not being encouraged….
President Barack Obama February 2013

On this episode of Campus Voices, we had a panel of guests who are trying to increase the opportunities for women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields: Assistant Professors Jenni Buckley and Heather Doty, both from Mechanical Engineering, and Melissa Jurist, Academic Program Manager for UD K-12 Engineering, College of Engineering.

We talked about some of the reasons only 14% of entering engineering majors are women, even though over 60% of the high school students who pass one of the AP Calculus exams are young women. We had a fascinating conversation about the ways that young women are steered away from STEM fields, either overtly or more subtly, and what the US is losing as a result.

It was such a great interview that we’ve already invited them back to continue the discussion this spring.

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Jenni Buckley, Heather Doty, and Mel Jurist, UD College of Engineering
29:25
27.5 MB

About our guests

Today’s panel cover the spectrum of educational opportunities for girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) fields.

  • Ms. Jurist focuses on programs to support STEM K-12 education, with a special emphasis on grades K-8. Her UD K-12 Engineering programs focus on making STEM fields accessible to all students, regardless of gender, income, or ethnicity. (UD K-12 Engineering)
  • Prof. Buckley spends a lot of her time encouraging high school students, particularly young women, to consider engineering in college, then mentors young women who enter engineering majors at UD. She is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering with research interests in the development and mechanical evaluation of medical devices, particularly orthopaedic, neurosurgical, and pediatric devices. (Dr. Jenni Buckley)
  • Prof. Doty mentors women about to graduate from UD with an engineering degree and mentors female graduate students in STEM fields. She is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering, having done advanced research with semiconductor response to extreme temperatures. At UD she also performs research on women’s representation in the academic science and engineering workforce. She has a part-time appointment in the Office of the Provost, where she works to increase the participation and advancement of diverse faculty in STEM fields at UD. (Dr. Heather Doty)

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What keeps students engaged with their courses and their college? http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/01/02/gonyea/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/01/02/gonyea/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:22:21 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1045 full post]]> Bob Gonyea, Indiana UniversityBob Gonyea, Indiana University Bloomington, will be the keynote presenter at the 2014 UD Winter Faculty Institute on January 9. He joined us for a conversation about the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the implications of that survey’s results for faculty AND staff in dean’s offices, residence life, and other staff that support students attending a college or university.

In our radio conversation, Bob talked about the link between students’ classroom engagement and “persistence” (“retention” from the college’s point of view), how current students expect faculty to use technology to engage them with their learning, implications of NSSE data for support staff, good writing assignments, and other topics that should interest anyone teaching or working with college and university students. NSSE has shown that many best practices for student engagement have remained the same over time, while yielding insight into new practices that will further help schools support their students’ learning.

One of the many striking points Bob made was about writing across the curriculum: if faculty construct writing assignments to focus student learning rather than to assess what the students have learned, students are more engaged with their learning. He said that when we get students to “write to learn,” the process deepens students’ learning, sharpening their ability to see relationships between concepts, sharpening their analytical skills.

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Bob Gonyea, Indiana University Bloomington
28:34
27.4 MB

About our guest

Dr. Robert Gonyea is associate director of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. Bob coordinates research and reporting for the National Survey of Student Engagement. Since 1999, Bob has been an integral contributor to the development and success of the NSSE survey. He spent the early part of his career in student affairs administration where he gained insights about positive student development and effective campus environments. His Ed.D. is from Indiana University in higher education and student affairs, with a minor in educational inquiry.

Bob’s current research interests include the assessment of university quality, writing as a form of engagement in learning, and high-impact practices for undergraduate learners.

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Dissecting the Draw http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2013/12/12/fifa/ http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2013/12/12/fifa/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:31:26 +0000 http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/?p=1035 full post]]> Panel for our discussion of the World Cup draw.What a roster of experts! What a fantastic World Cup it will be in summer 2014!

Our experts, from left to right were Alex Brown, BUAD; Scott Grzenda, UD Women’s Soccer coach; Adam Bitar, UD class of 2015 (ENG); Babatunde Ogunnaike, Dean of UD’s College of Engineering; and Alex Keen, University Student Centers.

Germany and Brazil got a lot of respect from our panel, but, alas, the group concluded that the US soccer team’s chances are not very bright. We hardly talked about defending champion Spain, perhaps because Brazil thrashed them 3-0 in the summer 2013 Confederations Cup. Some of the other teams the panel picked to do well included Belgium, Nigeria, Argentina, and France, with a minority report indicating that Mexico and England could make some noise.

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Panel Discussion of 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw
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