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GC Names Winners of 2014-2015 Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants

The Graduate Center recently announced recipients of the 2014-2015 Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants, which support digital projects designed, created, programmed, or administered by GC doctoral students. The winning projects, funded as part of the GC Digital Initiatives Program, span a range of research areas and academic disciplines:

Six Degrees of Occupation
Eric A. Knudsen (Psychology)
This digital tool aims to equip prospective employees and job-changers with knowledge about a variety of potential occupations in which they can apply their skills with minimal additional preparation. Read more.
Narratives of Displacement: A Digital Storytelling Project
Manissa Maharawal (Anthropology)
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AMP) is a data visualization, data analysis, and digital storytelling collective housed by the San Francisco Tenants Union. AMP creates quantitative and qualitative work that makes visible both the effects and causes of gentrification and displacement. Read more.
The Writing Studies Tree
Benjamin Miller and Amanda Licastro (English)
This online, open-access, interactive database of individual scholars, educational institutions, and the disciplinary movements that connect them offers an “academic genealogy” for the field of writing studies, serving as a model for visualizing the social history of humanities disciplines. Read more.
Mapping Global Trafficking
Daria Vaisman (Criminal Justice) 
Revenues from global trafficking are estimated to generate over $2.1 trillion annually, yet less than one percent of global illicit financial flows are thought to be seized or reported. Using an extensive—yet under-utilized—global United Nations database of drug seizures from 2000 to 2014, this project will create an open-source data repository and a collaborative web-based open-source mapping tool. Read more.

The Linguist's Kitchen
Ian Phillips (Linguistics)
This project's goal is to develop and implement a web-based application designed to aid beginning linguistics students learn core linguistic principles and practices through guided analyses of languages spoken in the home and community.
Genoa: A Telling of Wonders, Annotated Edition
Tayt Harlin (English)
A digitally annotated version of Paul Metcalf’s Genoa, this project uses materials from the author’s papers in the New York Public Library’s Berg Collection to provide a multilayered sense of how the novel was composed. Read more.
Clinical Research Tools for Rapid Assessment of Cochlear Health
Joshua J. Hajicek (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences)
Current clinical otoacoustic emissions (OAE) measurement devices crudely assess cochlear status and underutilize the information obtained. This software platform will integrate advancements in auditory research with advancements in signal processing to maximize the clinical information available from OAE measurements. Read more.
Calculating the Politics of Aesthetics
Alex Wermer-Colan (English)
The project uses digital humanities tools, from sentiment analysis to topic modeling, to study the reception of literary and cinematic works of art. Its primary purpose is to gather empirical evidence to support or contradict theories on the political effects of art works. Read more.
Networking Modern Prints in New York and Paris, 1880-1950
Britany Salsbury and Christina Weyl (Art History)
Drawing from substantial archival materials about artists, exhibitions, journals, and collectors, this project aims to record and interpret the complex networks that promoted printmaking as it gained an increasingly prominent role within modern art. Read more.
“Everything On Paper Will Be Used Against Me:” Quantifying Kissinger
Micki Kaufman (History)
The project uses computational methods to perform a series of ongoing text analyses on the DNSA (Digital National Security Archives)'s Kissinger 'Memcons' collection and ‘Telcons' collection. It also addresses a sophisticated challenge that diplomatic historians face: assessing and tracking the changes in influence and participation of individuals and organizations in foreign policymaking. Read more.
Lazuri Talking Child Stories
Peri Ozlem Yuksel-Sokmen (Psychology)
The project illustrates a digital collection of two picture-book stories for preschool children, developed in collaboration with Susan Wei (illustrator), Irfan Çağatay (editor), and native Lazuri voices (sound files in two Lazuri dialects of Fındıklı and Ardaşen, Rize-Turkey). Ultimately, it is a pedagogical tool that demonstrates linguistic diversity and fosters a hybrid environment for language learning and teaching. Read more.

The Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants Program, now in its third year, supports digital projects designed, created, programmed, or administered by doctoral students at the CUNY Graduate Center. The Program has been a key element of the Digital GC, a vision of the Graduate Center that integrates digital methods and skills into the research and teaching missions of the institution.

“We’re so proud to support these wonderful student projects,” said Matthew K. Gold, Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives. “They highlight the many ways in which the GC is fostering an environment of creative experimentation in its doctoral programs.”

Grants are awarded to projects that contribute to the mission of the Graduate Center, as well as to the larger scholarly community and to the public. In addition to encouraging ambitious thinking in new areas, the program seeks to create connections between student scholars working in the digital realm. In order to forge these ties, grantees present publicly on their work in progress during the academic year, take part in collaborative discussions with current and past grantees, and, at the end of the grant period, produce white papers detailing the challenges and successes they faced in working on their projects.

For details about past grants, please visit the Provost's Digital Innovation Grants website.


Submitted on: NOV 3, 2014

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