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STA Project Index

Project Examples

2013

Faculty: Dr. Tom Husband
Department: CELS – Natural Resource Science
Project Overview: There are several production elements to this project. They are: (1) design a interactive website, (2) develop a complex database, which enable participants to use computers or mobile devices upload data through the website. (3) complete pre and post production phases of instructional videos.

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Faculty: Dr. Robert Thompson
Department: CELS – Marine Affairs
Project Overview: Create a 3D model and animation of the Coreolis effect

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Learn how to offer this ‘student assignment model’ to your students next semester.Faculty: Dr. Jose Amador
Department: CELS – Natural Resource Science
Project Overview: Students in this class will work in groups of 3 or 4 to create short videos (3-4 minutes), presentations and print materials to inform a lake-side community group in Rhode Island about the water quality status of their lake, current issues impacting water quality, and potential solutions to address these issues. 10 weeks.

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Faculty: Roy Bergstrom
Department: A&S – Film/Media
Project Overview: STAs will edit the video footage into instructional modules that describe proper framing and on-action scenes. STA students will also create a compilation video describing various environmental and economic sustainable practices and habitat management.

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Faculty: Dr. Geoffrey Greene
Department: CELS – Nutrition and Food Sciences
Project Overview:  Design and develop an interactive website that will evaluate undergraduate student eating behaviors (Green Eating)
Click here to see the site!

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Faculty: Dr. Christopher Lane
Department: CELS – Biological Sciences
Project Overview:  This project is to produce teaching visuals for concepts that students traditionally find difficult to conceptualize. In particular, the infection cycle of red algal parasites as well as both primary and secondary endosymbiosis.

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Faculty: Dr. Donna Hughes
Department: A&S – Gender and Women’s Studies
Project Overview:
1) Design and develop “interactive” web site similar in design and content delivery to the Mt. Vesuvius site due by May 2014.
2) Pre-production and post-production tasks required to produce a 60 minute documentary due by May 2015 and many short videos on the topic of human trafficking.• Students enrolled in the Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015  GWS 370, GWS 401 courses will participate in various aspects of the research, content design, content acquisition, and production of website, short videos, and the documentary.

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Faculty: Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita
Department: A&S – Psychology
Project Overview:  Videotape relevant training sessions at the International Nonviolence Summer Institute to be used as demonstrations for Fall PSY478 training course.

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Faculty: Dr. Diane Kern
Department: HSS – Education
Project Overview:  [PSA, Digital storytelling, middle school recommendations]

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2012

Faculty: Dr. Robert Thompson
Department: CELS – Marine Affairs
Project Overview:  The 3D animation will illustrate the how water from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea interact at the Straights of Gibraltar.

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Faculty: Dr. Peter V. August
Department: CELS – Natural Resources Science
Project Overview:  Produce two, short (3-5 minutes each), web-delivered instructional videos on (1) RTK surveying backbone geodetic survey locations in coastal National parks, and (2) installation of a permanent, stable, backbone monument.
Click here to view the project page

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Faculty: Dr. James Opaluch
Department: CELS – Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
Project Overview:  Animation showing infrared radiation emitted from Earth excites CO2 molecules.  CO2 molecules re-emit radiation, exciting other CO2 molecules, circulating through the atmosphere. Eventually radiation escapes into space.  Audio explaining the process.

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Faculty: Regina Bell
Department: A&S – Communication Studies
Project Overview:  usual mock press conference. I visualize 2 students on the set, 3 students as reporters and 2 on camera.

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Faculty:
Department: Media and Technology Services
Project Overview:  “Dimensions of Diversity” cable TV Show.

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Faculty: Kendall Moore
Department: A&S – Journalism
Project Overview:
1) An animation of the Plains Road Superfund site. With this animation we are attempting to illustrate how a plume of TCE and PCE are traveling in the direction of 100 Acre Pond.
2) An animation of prevailing winds on campus.
3) An animation that can show sun exposure on different sides of the Chafee Building
4) An animation of air flow in the Chafee building

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Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department: Pharmacy
Project Overview:  Anti cancer drug cisplatin project – convert 2D to 3D model.
Click here to watch the video.

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2011

Faculty: Dr. Susan Boatright
Department: Psychology
Project Overview:  A group of about 15 students will stand individually in front of the chromakey screen for very short video recordings made with two different backgrounds as part of an experiment to be conducted later. Two sessions are planned. On Wed 11/2 at 3:30 we will have an orientation for the students, a second session is planned for the actual shooting (presumably on 10/9 at 3:30).

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Faculty: Dr. Jeffrey Bratberg
Department: Pharmacy
Project Overview:  3 PSA videos (PSA’s for an infectious outbreak preparedness, response, and recovery) Jef Bratberg

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Staff: Denise Gorenski
Department: Pharmacy
Project Overview:  On-­location video, URI Botanical Gardens, 1 videographer to interview guests in conjunction with Pharmacy host to commemorate Dean Joan Lausier’s Retirement.

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Faculty: Dr. Geoffrey Greene
Department: CELS – Nutrition and Food Sciences
Project Overview:  “Green Eating Project”.Through the use of technology this project aims to teach students about sustainbility and food consumption and help us understand if there is any link between sustainable eating behaviors and healthy eating behaviors.This project is a series of technology-based powerpoint modules that have the sole objective of educating students about sustainable eating behaviors. These modules will be administered via SAKAI in addition to the corresponding stage-tailored messages that will be administered to students.

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Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department: Pharmacy
Project Overview:  He is working on a 3D animation comparing 3D printers at URI (powder based, ABS) will be created. The animation will show the process behind how each machine produces 3D parts, as well as examples of parts printed on each machine.

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 ***** Faculty: Dr. Jeffrey Bratberg
Department: Pharmacy
Project Overview:  Complete a PSA on zombie awareness and submit to CDC contest

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Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department: Pharmacy
Project Overview:  He is working to find ways to project animations and molecule shapes in 3D on a 3D TV and 3D projector.  He is also involved in an animation illustrating how Luciferase enzymes work (with Seun Sulaimon).

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Go to the video Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department: Pharmacy
Project Overview:  A 3D animation that describes how luciferases light up at the molecular lever and how color changes, depending on the chemical nature of amino acids in the active site of the enzyme.
Click here to view the Luciferase animation.

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Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department: Pharmacy
Project Overview:  A 3D animation on the resistance of the powerful anti-cancer drug Iressa.
(1) how Iressa binds to the ATP binding site in the wide type kinase enzyme; how the binding geometry of Iressa in the active site is aided by amino acids and water molecule;
(2) how single amino acid mutation induces resistance.
Click here to view the animation.

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Faculty: Dr. Jayne Pawasauskas
Department: Pharmacy
Project Overview:  Documentary on medical marijuana.

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Faculty: Dr. Leonard Kahn
Department: A&S – Physics
Project Overview:  Animate basic kinetic laws of physics e.g. friction, gravity, and centrifugal force. A final review in the form of a 3D animation created with Maya.
Click here to view the animation.

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Staff: Mary Fetherston
Department: Media Technology Services
Project Overview:  Document how to use typical NOMAD classroom installed presentation equipment.   Links for the existing documentation on these rooms/systems.

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Faculty: David Gregg / Gerry Krausse
Department: Rhode Island Natural History Survey
Project Overview: RINHS is developing a youth crew program in partnership with URI and other state agencies and it is led by a URI Coastal fellow.  We are hoping to produce an outreach video for the project to engage potential students.

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Faculty: Roy Bergstrom
Department: A&S – Film/Media
Project Overview:  I will be conducting film/video lighting exercises in the TV studio. The lighting labs are directly related to FLM 351.

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gem Faculty: Sally Beauman and Sara Sweetman
Department:
NFS EPSCOR and GEMS-Net – School of Education
STA:
Project Overview: The Guiding Education in Math and Science Network is developing a documentary to demonstrate the excellence in K-8 science instruction occurring in eight RI districts. The documentary will inform on the importance of a strong partnership between the university and local school districts and showcase best practice strategies implemented systemically through EDC457 science methods and continued science professional development sessions.

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Faculty: Tom Carty
Department: CELS - Cell and Molecular Biology
STA:Project Overview:Pursuing a suggestion made by and my discussions with Prof Roy Bergstrom, I would find the animation of Kreb‚s [Tricarboxylic (TCA) Cycle] most helpful for my BCH211 (Introductory Biochemistry) class. The reason is that I am teaching a class (125 students), composed of Kinesiology and Nutrition majors, who do no have an extensive background in Chemistry.The TCA cycle comprises 8 reactions that involve 2 releases of CO2 (exhale) 4 oxidations, and 1 energy yielding reaction. The cycle is the „hub‰ of all our metabolism and as such is a central learning of the course. In addition, I would want to include the „reaction which introduces 2 new carbons to the cycle that are „blown off‰ as CO2. Also, I would expect BCH311 and Premed Biochemistry also would use this animation.

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3d Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department:
Pharmacy – Biomedical Sciences
STA:
Project Overview:We just received a Champlin Foundations’ grant on “3D Center at URI.” This grant will help create a facility where students and faculty can creat models, animate, view in 3D and print them for closer inspection. Students wil team up with faculty to create teaching animations of their choices.To set up the facility we will need to develp a dedicated website and to research on 3D items and to deal with a wide range intial logistics. I’d like to have 2 STAs to help achieve these objectives.Once implemented, this project is expected to impact more than 1000 students.

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Faculty: Dr. Thomas P. Husband
Department: CELS - Natural Resources Science
Project Overview: Liz Bullock, an undergraduate student of mine, will be conducting video capture and editing of footage from research expeditions in India and Costa Rica. Her efforts should result in a number of short video clips that will be used in my courses.

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Faculty: Dr. Scott McWilliams
Department: CELS – Natural Resources Science
STA:
Project Overview:
One 50-min video of a presentation needs to be (slightly) edited and then copied to DVDs for distribution to benefactors. Also would like to make available via web.

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2010

gem Faculty: Sally Beauman and Sara Sweetman
Department:
NFS EPSCOR and GEMS-Net -School of Education
STA:

Project Overview:
We would like to make a cinema quality movie to showcase the excellence in K-8 science instruction in eight southern Rhode Island school districts and the university pre-service and in-service professional development program that supports them.
The film will elucidate the importance of a strong collaboration between university educators and local school district personnel as well as demonstrate the significant impact a rigorous curriculum and high quality professional development program can make toward improving student achievement in science. The film will promote a K-16+ systemic vision of science education reform. We hope to show this movie to an invited audience at a local cinema May 4, 2011.

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Faculty: Alyson McCann
Department:
 CELS – Natural Resources Science
STA:

Project Overview:
This project will entail developing animated graphics that include:1. The water cycle2. Groundwater movement through different aquifer types3. How drinking water wells draw water from aquifers4. How pollutants move into and through the groundwater5. Different types of well construction

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pb2010 Faculty: Roy Bergstrom
Department: A&S - 
Film Media
Project Overview: URI students filmed a large amount of video footage, that was filmed in Belize, Central America, during a summer 2010 Study Abroad course. The filming locations consist of tropical rainforest, large caves, Maya festivals, documenting a team of volunteer doctors and nurses working in remote villages, and coral reef habitats.
South Water Caye

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inner Faculty: Dr. Dwight Coleman
Department: Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:Project Overview: This project is to work in the Inner Space Center at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. Video and data will be streaming in to the facility from 2 ships of exploration. The STA will assist with the various software applications to develop the protocols used by the Inner Space Center scientists, educators, and students.
The goal will be to develop an online database accessible through a web portal to host the various video and data about the ocean exploration projects. The video and data will then be available to faculty teaching courses in oceanography, engineering, biology, and history.

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Faculty: Dr. Marlene Dufault
Department:
Nursing
STA:Project Overview: development of 2 posters for national research conference competition for BS and MS students who are co-authors on these presentations–needed by March 19th

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Faculty: Dr. Thomas P Husband
Department:
 CELS – Natural Resources Science
STA:
Project Overview: The goals of our project are two-fold. First, we expect to strengthen the global competence of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Rhode Island (URI) by engaging them in important research and Extension activities that examine the impact of coffee on biodiversity. We plan to put in place a sustainable educational model that will continue long after the grant period. Second, we plan to apply in the United States those concepts and approaches, namely biodiversity certification models, that have been successful in developing countries in protecting natural resources while enhancing the competitiveness of agricultural businesses.

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Faculty: Dr. Scott McWilliams
Department:
CELSNatural Resources Science
STA:

Project Overview:
I have lectures provided by guests in the course that I would like to digitally record and then compile onto DVDs and/or make available on the web

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Faculty: Dr. Laura A. Meyerson
Department: CELS – Natural Resources Science
STA:
Project Overview: This project is a restoration of a wetland site invaded by Phragmites. It is located in Middletown, RI at the Gaudet Middle School. My class is working with the teacher leading the „Green Team‰, Mr. Richard Taylor, to develop a restoration plan for the site. The goals of the project for this semester are to develop a restoration plan for the site that includes baseline data about the site that will be useful in implementing the restoration and assessing the restoration in the future.

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xu Faculty: Dr. Furong Xu
Department: HSS – Kinesiology
STA:
Project Overview: to design and pilot-test an interdisciplinary exercise intervention, combined with a technology support modality, to promote active lifestyle behavior among a group of diabetic children.

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Faculty: Ling Ling Zhang
Department:
 A&S – Economics
STA:Project Overview: In-Class Debates

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2009

Faculty: Dr. Steven Carey
Department:
Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:
Jared Conley
Project Overview: To develop an animation that illustrates how magma is generated by melting of rocks in the earth and how it moves to the surface to be erupted at volcanoes

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Faculty: Dr. Dwight Coleman
Department: Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:
Project Overview: I wish to use the new Inner Space Center and connected facilities to train students on using the facility and the associated field equipment. Edited video footage will be used in the classroom.

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Learn how to offer this ‘student assignment model’ to your students next semester.Faculty: Dr. Laura Meyerson
Department:
 CELS – Natural Resources Sciences
STA:

Project Overview:
1. Student led projects to develop video casts on invasive species topics for NRS 445/5452. Record lectures given in class for posting on Sakai and URI podcast site

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Faculty: Hong Qian
Department:
 A&S – Language Department
STA:

Project Overview:
I want you to help me make some video clips and put these clips on our Chinese website, which would help new students get to know URI Chinese program and Chinese Summer Program as well.

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Faculty: Dr. Richard McKinney
Department: CELSNatural Resources Science
STA:
Project Overview: I’d like to produce a few short(10 – 15 min) mini-documentaries on local folks working with endangered species that I could use as part of my class

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Faculty: Dr. Judith Mercer
Department: Nursing
STA:

Project Overview:
This is an opportunity to use media animation in the classroom and other educational settings in order to introduce a new nursing theory on the importance of blood and red cell volume at the time of birth. The completed project will be a video/animated representation of this theory and will be used as an educational tool to enhance a greater understanding of the importance of delayed cord clamping at the time of birth. It will be of interest to a wide array of healthcare professionals such as nurses, undergraduate and graduate nursing students, midwives and physicians.There are multiple uses for this project within the College of Nursing both in undergraduate and graduate level courses. It can be used in courses on theory development, quantitative research and nursing practice in the maternal-child health specialty.

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Faculty: Kira Stillwell
Department:
RI Natural History Survey, affiliate of Natural Resources Science
STA:

Project Overview:
filming of lecture, integration of powerpoint materilas into film with audio.

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2008

Reconstruction by Jon L. GibsonThis activity provides more information on the features of the Poverty Point Site. Faculty: Dr. Kristine Bovy
Department:
 A&S – Anthropology
STA:
Kristina Golubiewski
Description:
This website features the Poverty Point site, one of the most impressive and enigmatic archaeological sites in North America. As students learn about different aspects of archaeological method and theory this semester, they will be able to explore these topics in relation to the Poverty Point site. Although there is no substitute to actually conducting archaeological field and lab work first hand, the information and activities on Poverty Point are designed to give students a better feel for how archaeology actually works.
The website is made to conform with the new URI web template in Dreamweaver 8. The animation featured here was created using Maya 8 and a greyscale elevation map provided by Poverty Point state park in Louisiana. We expect to create interactive media for the website using Flash 8, 3D scanning for scanning artifacts into Maya 8, and possibly Rapid Prototype printing of 3D models. In addition, video footage was captured in Romania in the summer of 2007, during an archaeological dig by Kristina Golubiewski. The video footage will be used to visualize archaeological methods. A short documentary will give students a feel for what a low budget field experience is like.

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narr Faculty: Dr. Rod Mather
Department: A&SHistory
STA:
Greg Kiernan, Kristina Golubiewski, Nick Counts
Project Overview: To create the animation on the left, the following steps were used: A greyscale image corresponding to the land elevation (height) and Narrangansett Bay / Block Island Sound bathemetry (water depth) data was provided by Research Associate IV Roland Duhaime of the URI Coastal Institute. The GIS data was then interpolated into a 3D model using Maya 8.5. Greg Keirnan developed a 3D shader-pack in Maya which was used to shade the model, based on the height and depth data. The Maya animation was then imported into Adobe After Affects. The Adobe After Affects movie was brought into the Avid Media Composer for final compilation.
The Narragansett Bay project combines 3D animation, video and website about the cultural landscape of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. The 3D models will include artifacts, a cannon, and sailing vessels. In addition several artifacts will be scanned using a Roland Picza 3D Laser Scanner and RapidForm which has been made available by URI’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department.

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New Endeavor WebsiteUpdated Endeavor Website Staff: Maryann Scholl
Department: Graduate School of Oceanography – Office of Marine Programs
STA
: Jared Conley
Project Overview
: The Endeavor Expeditions website was built with the purpose of providing a site for the public to learn about the expeditions of the Research Vessel Endeavor. The site contains a database of recent expeditions along with information and pictures for each of the expeditions. There is also an area to learn about the crew and the operations of the ship. Along with the expedition pages, there is information on the Rhode Island Teachers at Sea program. The RITAS program works with local Rhode Island teachers who want to participate in the R/V Endeavor expeditions.
Old Endeavor WebsiteOld Endeavor Website The current project is the ongoing maintenance of the site to keep it up to date with the ongoing cruises of the R/V Endeavor. In addition, the site is being updated to the new URI web template. The work for the maintenance and updating of the site is being done in Dreamweaver 8.
As of 2010, the R/V Endeavor wabpage is being maintained by the Graduate School of Oceanography and can be visted here .

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jelly Faculty: Dr. Candace Oviatt and NBC/Facility Operations Coordinator Eric Klos
Department: Graduate School of Oceanography – MERL
STA:
Will Roman and Stephen Suvajian
Project Overview:
Jellyfish models were developed by importing video
footage and hand schematics depecting jellyfish
movement into Maya 8. Maya 8′s fluid effects and
force fields utilizing Navier-Stokes Equations
were used to place model jellyfish into 2D and
3D water environments. Successful modeling will
enable a method to correctly model and examine
the movement of and feeding behavior of different
types of jellyfish. Aurelia aurita (Moon
Jellyfish) modeled in video.

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Faculty: Roy Bergstrom
Department:
 A&S – Film Media
STA:

Project Overview:
Film Media students will work with highschool students from to video tape and edit the events taking place during the US Scholar Athlete Games

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vesu Faculty: Dr. Steven Carey
Department:
 Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:
Project Overview:
Creation of a web-based exercise about lava flow eruptions for use in introductory geoscience courses

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Faculty: Dr. Judith Mercer
Department: Nursing
STA:
Project Overview:
This is an opportunity to use media animation in the classroom and other educational settings in order to introduce a new nursing theory on the importance of blood and red cell volume at the time of birth. The completed project will be a video/animated representation of this theory and will be used as an educational tool to enhance a greater understanding of the importance of delayed cord clamping at the time of birth. It will be of interest to a wide array of healthcare professionals such as nurses, undergraduate and graduate nursing students, midwives and physicians.There are multiple uses for this project within the College of Nursing both in undergraduate and graduate level courses. It can be used in courses on theory development, quantitative research and nursing practice in the maternal-child health specialty.

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Faculty: Linda Forrester
Department:
Biology – (The S.M.I.L.E. Program)
STA:

Project Overview:
I would like to create a DVD video quiz, of the different micro-organisms that the students see live in class. We have the students look at ~10 different organisms. Currently, we then quiz the students the following week in lab, expecting them to identify the organisms from a live example through a microscope onto a TV.With a lot of your students’ help, I just made a DVD from a professional tape, but these organisms don’t look just like the ones we see in class, they have different species, or different lighting, or different organisms emphasized. I am hoping a STA could film our micro-organisms through a scope, then cut these video clips into a DVD quiz.

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Faculty: Dr. Sara Rosenbaum
Department:
 Pharmacy – Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
STA:
Project Overview: I would primarily like the student to create the flash videos and animations. Also I would like the student to help creating the web-site and putting the materials on it

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2007

roadmap Faculty: Dr. Deborah Grossman-Garber
Department:
CELS & Department of Student Learning and Outcomes Assessment
STA:
Kerry Barnard, Kristina Golubiewski, Nate Haskins, Milad Afdasta, Ravid Te
Project Overview:
Students are able to use this roadmap to help them make the most of their education and find an exciting career. They can choose “Academic Programs” if they already know what program interests them. They can choose “Careers” if they are interested in a specific career. Here they are able to explore that career and find out which academic program can help them get there. Finally, they can choose “Hot Topics” to explore some interesting topics and find out what programs study issues that are related to those topics.

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spray Faculty: Dr. Tom Mather
Department:
CELS – Tick Research Laboratory
STA:
Nick Counts, Kristina Golubiewski, Jeff Caetano
Project Overview:
These videos were created to demonstrate the effectiveness of permethrin as a tick repellent. The three videos illustrate proper techniques to apply the spray or soak kit to your clothing as well as a lab video showing the reaction of deer ticks to permethrin treated clothing. The videos were shot using two Sony Z1U HD camcorders and then edited in the DPRC using our AVID Media Composer Adrenaline system. Voice over narration was then recorded into the AVID system through the Mackie sound mixer. Now, the videos are being used by the URI Tick Encounter Resource Center.
soak
lab

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cisp Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
College: Pharmacy
STA:
Primary Animator: Nick O’Brien, Assistant Animator: John Ventura
Project Overview: Cisplatin is in a class of drugs known as platinum containing compounds used to treat various types of cancers including metastatic testicular and ovarian tumors. The molecule was first discovered in 1845, but did not receive FDA approval until 1978. Today it is known as the “penicillin of cancer drugs,” because it is so effective for many different cancers. There are three key players involved in Cisplatin’s mechanism: (1) Cisplatin, (2) DNA (3) and an HMG Protein. Most Cisplatin enters the body through active transport, but some molecules are passively defused through the cell membrane.

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dna Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department: Pharmacy
STA: Nate Haskins
Project Overview: Arylamines belong to an important class of environmental carcinogens which are implicated in the etiology of many human cancers. 2-Aminofluorene and its derivatives are prototype arylamine carcinogens that form two DNA adducts in vivo: AF and AAF. AF is the major and most persistent adduct. It is known to exist in a sequence-dependent equilibrium between external B-type and stacked S-conformers, as defined by the location (major groove and base-displaced, respectively) of the carcinogen moiety… This animation shows the rotating views of the external B-type (B), base-displaced stacked (S), minor groove wedge (W)-conformers. (Text from Pharmacy Webpage)
To see more information about this animation, or other pharmacy animations, please visit the Pharmacy Animation page.

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hdac Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department:
Pharmacy
STA:
Nate Haskins
Project Overview: Zolinza is a new kind of anticancer drug based on heritable epigenetic modification of gene function. Epigenetic processes modulate when genes are expressed or repressed, without changes in the DNA sequence. Histones are proteins that play a role in the regulation of transcription by helping to condense the genetic material DNA into its compact form. Histones play a major role in helping transcription factors to bind to specific area of the DNA.
To see more information about this animation, or other pharmacy animations, please visit the Pharmacy Animation page.

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New Assessment WebsiteNew Assessment Web site Faculty: Dr. Deborah Grossman-Garber
Department: CELS & Department of Student Learning and Outcomes Assessment
STAs:
Molly, Kristina Golubiewski
Project Overview: The updated assessment website is being created using Dreamweaver 8. This project has gone through several stages. First, in 2007, the existing site was re-structured to be able to contain the documents relating the URI’s Assessment Outcomes as well as more URI resources for Assessment. In late 2007, the URI web team came out with a new template for official website to conform to. Currently, we are updating the sites to conform to the new URI web template as well as continuing to work with Deborah Grossman-Garber and the assessment team to integrate the URI assessment information.
Old Assessment WebsiteOld Assessment Web site As of 2010, the URI Assesment has been rebranded to the current style guildlines. It can be visted through this link .

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2006

feye Faculty: Dr. Victor Faye-Wolfe
Department: A&S – Computer Science and Statistics
STA:
Charlotte Bender and Brittnee Morgan
Project Overview: Digital Forensics is the application of forensic science techniques to the acquisition and analysis of evidence that exists in digital form (e.g. evidence found in files on hard drives, in emails, in network activity, etc). The University of Rhode Island offers one of the most comprehensive degree programs in digital forensics through a Computer Science Department at a major university.
STAs Charlotte Bender and Brittnee Morgan videotaped edited lectures, produced Camtasia videos based on the lectures, compressed the video, and developed a website containing all of the media they produced for the digital forensics courses. To the left you can see a short example of the Camtasia video.You can visit the Digital Forensics website by clicking here.

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kask Faculty: Dr. Barbara Kaskosz
Department:
 A&S – Mathematics
STA: Kristina Golubiewski
Project Overview:
The Math DL Forum Tour video was created as a video tour of the Math DL Flash Forum website. In this project, we began by recording digital video of Professor Barbara Kaskosz and Professor Doug Ensley of Shippensburg University as they described the important areas of the website. A brief introduction about themselves is also provided. We also captured screen video for the website as they described it, using Camtasia. Once the two types of video were recorded, they were input into Avid to be combined. In Avid we created a picture in picture video that incorporated both videos. Finally, we output the Avid file into a QuickTime movie and converted the movie to .flv using Flash 8. The final video was 15 minutes long.
The Math DL Flash forum is a site that is dedicated to the use of Flash in the math classroom. It is a project funded by a grant from the National Science Association. Barbara Kaskosz, from the University of Rhode Island and Doug Ensley, from Shippensburg University, are the professors who maintain this site. The video is available for viewing on the Flash Forum website.

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Faculty: Dr. Rod Mather
Department: A&S – History
STA:
Greg Kiernan and Kristina Golubiewski
Project Overview:
Develop a 3d model of the Narragansett Bay using Avid.Project in development

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yell Faculty: Dr. Don Hermes, Dr. Dan Murray, et. al
Department: CELS – Geosciences
Description:
In the summer of 2006, a team of faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students from the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Geosciences participated in a experiencial learning trip to parts of Utah and Yellowstone National Park. The primary reasons for the trip were to provide students with a hands on opportunities and to study geological features unique to those areas.To support and document this research project, numerous DPRC resources were made available e.g. HDV digital video cameras, to document the feildwork; a professional videographer; and AVID video editing workstations for post production.The Bigham Copper Mine illustrated in this video example is only one of the many locations experienced by the students during this trip.

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n3 Faculty: Dr. Geoffry Greene
Department:
 CELS – Nutrition and Food Sciences
STA:
Nick Counts, Jeff Caetano
Description:
The following videos were created as part of the Project WebHealth initiative. They were produced using a combination of video and Power Point animation. The video portion was shot using two Sony Z1U HD camcorders and edited in Final Cut Pro. Then the Power Point slides were added into Final Cut Pro and edited in with the video. Finally, a voice over narration was recorded and combined for the finished product.
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cost Faculty: Dr. Thomas Husband
Department:
CELSNatural Resources Science
STA: Steven Barbera
Description:
In Summer of 2006 a group of nine students from the University of Rhode Island traveled to Costa Rica to study mammal bio-diversity at the Hilda Coffee Farm and the surrounding rainforests. This field experience was organized and headed by Dr. Thomas Husband and Professor David Abedon of the University of Rhode Island College of Environmental and Life Sciences. This is just one example of the experiential learning opportunities available to students at URI.
To support and document this research project, numerous DPRC resources were made available e.g. HDV digital video cameras, to document the fieldwork; a professional videographer; and AVID video editing workstations for post production.

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careers Faculty: Dr. Betty Young and Dr. Kathleen Gugliemi and Coordinator Sally Beauman
School: HSS – Education
STA: Heather Gosack, Andrew Leveilee, and Nicholas Counts
Project Overview: The CAREERS research project will advance the Teachers in training knowledge base on preparation and induction of elementary science teachers by examining teacher learning and the effects of professional development at the pre-service level over time. A team that includes science educators, district-based scholar-practitioners and teachers, psychologists, and research scientists collaborates to conduct and disseminate its results for academic and school-based audiences.
CAREERS Teachers in training will provide key information concerning the pre-service instruction
and district support that are needed to develop highly qualified elementary teachers of science. The findings of the on-going research are intended for both academic and practitioner audiences. The interdisciplinary nature of the research team invites the significant contributions in several fields: teacher education (pre-service and in-service), science education, adult education, and psychology. The STA support for this has been video taping of classroom instruction. The tape is then edited and meta-data attached by either the STAs and/or CAREERS team. The meta-data attaches tags for archival and retrieval of video clips.

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bleom Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department: Pharmacy
Year:
2006
STA:
Kevin McConeghy
Project Overview:
Maya 6.5 and Final Cut Pro were used to create the Bleomycin Animation. Bleomycin is a popular DNA-reactive anticancer agent. This animation consists of three parts,1) the first is a simple backdrop that shows DNA and the drug in the nucleus environment focusing on the areas of interest, allowing the instructor time to go over some basics such as structure characteristics of DNA and Bleomycin.
2) the second consists of Bleomycin intercalating into DNA, the bisthiazole tail inserts into the helix area and then is positioned to produce free hydroxyl radicals.3) the final segment shows how the drug in the presence of ferric ion and oxygen undergoes a dynamic action to form extremely reactive hydroxyl radical in situ and degrade the sugar structure of DNA. This action results in loss of genetic information necessary for DNA replication in cancer cells (and some normal cells!).

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santorThera Eruption Faculty: Dr. Steven Carey and Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson
Department: Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:
Steven Barbera
Project Overview:
The Endeavor Expedition 2006 is a short animation designed for 2 professors. Professors Haraldur Sigurdsson and Steve Carey, wanted an animation to show what the island of Santorini looked like before the massive eruption and the subduction of the islands central area. Professor Dwight Coleman needed an animation for the Endeavor website that highlighted the different technologies that the crew aboard the Endeavor would be using to study the islands underwater geological formations.
endeavEndeavor Technology The two videos were produced at Fogarty at the 3D Animation Science Facility. The main application used was the 3D software Autodesk Maya. The island of Santorini was reproduced from a DEM (Digital Elevation Map) and imported into Maya. The modelling of the Endeavor, Echo and the Satellite were done by Greg Kiernan. And the Hercules model was loaned to us from the Graduate School of Oceanography. The main rendering engine used was Mental Ray and Maya Software, which took roughly 10 days of active computation to complete. The final still images were composited and fixed slightly in Adobe After Effects and then brought into the Avid Media Composer where post production and editing and sound effects were added.
The Endeavor technology animation was entered in to the 2006 URI Visualizations where it won 1st Place in the Animation category and the Fred Joyal Best in Show Award. Over the Summer of 2006 it was also screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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endea Faculty: Dr. Dwight Coleman and Maryann Scholl
Department: Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:
Kristina Golubiewski and Nate Haskins
Project Overview:
The Endeavor Expeditions website was built with the purpose of providing a site for the public to learn about the expeditions of the Research Vessel Endeavor. The site contains a database of recent expeditions along with information and pictures for each of the expeditions. There is also an area to learn about the crew and the operations of the ship. Along with the expedition pages, there is information on the Rhode Island Teachers at Sea program. The RITAS program works with local Rhode Island teachers who want to participate in the R/V Endeavor expeditions.
The site was developed to support several expeditions in the Black Sea, Mediterranean, and the Sea of Crete. The expeditions took place between April and June 2006.

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hercHercules Faculty: Dr. Dwight Coleman and Maryann Scholl
Department:
 Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:
Greg Kiernan
Project Overview:
These interactive tours allow users to learn about some of the technology utilized on the R/V Endeavor. They were created with a combination of the following programs; Autocad, Solidworks, Maya, Swift 3D, and Macromedia Flash.
echoEcho The website is made to conform with the new URI web template in Dreamweaver 8. The animation featured here was created using Maya 8 and a greyscale elevation map provided by Poverty Point state park in Louisiana. We expect to create interactive media for the website using Flash 8, 3D scanning for scanning artifacts into Maya 8, and possibly Rapid Prototype printing of 3D models. In addition, video footage was captured in Romania in the summer of 2007, during an archaeological dig by Kristina Golubiewski. The video footage will be used to visualize archaeological methods. A short documentary will give students a feel for what a low budget field experience is like.

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therawebSite Creation Video Faculty: Dr. Steven Carey and Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson
Department:
 Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:
Nate Haskins and Kristina Golubiewski
Project Overview:
The Thera Expedition website was developed by the
STA to help share information about Thera to a wide
audience. The website presents an overview of the
background information involved with the expedition.
The website also acted as an online journal for the
scientists to publish their day to day activities,
findings and pictures.STA used an array of technologies to bring the project
together. The Thera site was built using Photoshop,
Dreamweaver, Flash, Maya, XML, and RSS.

Link to view: Thera Website

The site was developed to support several expeditions
in the Black Sea, Mediterranean, and the Sea of Crete.
The expeditions took place between April and June
2006.

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2005

vietSite Creation Video Faculty: Dr. Gerry Tyler
Department:
 A&S – Political Science
STA:
Diana Ventura and Sandy Reichman
Project Overview: This website was created for Professor Gerry Tyler’s PSC 303 Political Science class on the Politics of the Vietnam War. It was designed to enhance and supplement the classroom lectures using brief descriptions of the topics written by Professor Tyler and pictures and videos from the era. Each picture and video was selected and approved by the professor. The site also includes links to other Vietnam Websites for further learning. Since this website was designed for classroom use, it is password and username secured.

Link to view: Vietnam PSC 303 Website

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crys Faculty: Dr. Shmuel Mardix
Department:
Electrical, Computer & Biomedical Engineering
STA:
Josh Sisson
Project Overview:
In any crystal, there is a basic arrangement of atoms that is repeated throughout the entire crystal. This periodic arrangement is known as a lattice. The piece contained within the lattice that is repeated over and over is called a unit cell. The smallest and most basic piece that can be repeated over and over to form the lattice is sometimes called a primitive cell instead of a unit cell. The primitive cell contains a few atoms in a specific arrangement. The specific arrangement is defined by a lattices cubic structure.
This page attempts to help the viewer visualize different primitive cells for the most common cubic structures. These primitive cell types include the simple cubic (SC), the body-centered cubic (BCC), the face-centered cubic (FCC), and the diamond primitive cell types. Each cell type includes a description to learn more about each cell structure.The structure shown here, the face-centered cubic, has an atom located at each of the 8 corners of the unit cell, and additional atoms centered on each of the 6 faces of the unit cell. The packing efficiency is about 74%, and is the maximum packing efficiency for atoms of the same radii. Calcium will form into this structure.

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nrsSite Creation Video Faculty: Dr. Thomas Husband
Department:
 CELS – Natural Resources Science
STA: Ravid Te and Monique Monivanh
Project Overview:
The goal of the NRS100 website was to create a website that would go along with the materials in the course. With the help of Tom Husband, Professor of Wildlife Biology, along with Roy Bergstrom, Senior Information Technologist, Ravid Te and Monique Monivanh, student teaching assistants, we managed to create an inviting and visually appealing website that would successfully complement the NRS100 course material. We hope to enrich the learning experience by providing various media such as videos, audio wavs, and powerpoint slides to go along with the course. As the academic semesters progress, we hope to update the content and materials and utilize new interactive technologies to enhance the site.
Link to view: Vietnam PSC 303 Website

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kidney Faculty: Dr. Roberta King
Department: Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
STA: Steven Barbera
Project Overview:
This narrated movie takes the viewer from the human
silhouette down subsequent levels of detail to the
transporter proteins which are the molecular targets
of most diuretic drugs. The movie shows the flow processes
within the kidney including such aspects as filtration,
re absorption, and excretion in the nephron. It also
shows the molecular sequence of ion transport in different
sections of the nephron. Diuretic agents act by blocking
certain transporters in each section, decreasing the
re absorption of sodium and altering the re absorption
of other ions.

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2004

Faculty: Dr. John Burkett
Department: A&S – Economics
Project Overview: Provide students with problem sets linked to a random number generator, enabling students to work as many variations on a problem as needed to master it using perl and javascript.

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Faculty: Dr. Joann Hammadou
Department: A&S – Languages
Project Overview:

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Faculty: Dr. Damon Rarick
Department: A&S – Languages
Project Overview:

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Faculty: Dr. Don Hermes
Department: CELS – Geosciences
Project Overview: Assist with development of a multimedia rich web site

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Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department: Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
STA: Josh Sisson
Project Overview: Update the College of Pharmacy’s Web site and the 3D Maya animation stations

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cytochrome Faculty: Dr. Roberta King
Department: Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
STA: Josh Sisson
Project Overview: This animation gives the students an ‘inside view’ of the workings of the enzyme cytochrome P-450 2C9.The protein, represented by the ribbon and yellow spheres, is from an x-ray crystal structure of a drug metabolizing enzyme called cytochrome P-450 2C9. The larger of the two ligands (clusters of spheres) is the heme which acts as cofactor to assist in the catalytic reaction. The smaller of the two ligands is the drug warfarin (an anticoagulant) which is the substrate for the catalytic reaction.

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pro Faculty: Dr. Bongsup Cho
Department: Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
STA: Josh Sisson
Project Overview: Some people with depression have a shortage of serotonin, the “mood” neurotransmitter in the brain. The antidepressant PROZAC, a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) can help correct this imbalance by increasing the brain’s own supply of serotonin.
This animation shows how Prozac alleviates depression. In a healthy person, an optimal concentration of serotonin is available at synapse. The blue colored layers represent the trans-membrane structure of both pre- (upper screen) and post-synaptic (lower screen) areas. Red colored masses in the post-synaptic membrane represent serotonin receptors. Depression can occur when the serotonin transporter protein (shown in gray in the pre-synaptic membrane) binds to a serotonin before the serotonin has a chance to bind to the post-synaptic receptor. This is known as reuptake. Prozac blocks the reuptake of serotonin by disabling the transporter proteins. More serotonin molecules will go to the post-synaptic receptor and thus depression is relieved.

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vSite Creation Video Faculty: Dr. Steven Carey, Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson
Department:
 Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:
Hui–Tat Lam and Elizabeth McCabe
Project Overview:
Development of an inquiry-based educational module
in the field of volcanology ‘Mount Vesuvius’ to be
delivered via the web using web authoring, Macromedia
Director, video clips, and QTVR imaging.

Link to view: Mt. Vesuvius website

This is an educational website designed to help
students learn about the processes of explosive volcanic
activity through the use of inquiry-based techniques.
The exercises use the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius
volcano in Italy as a type example of a large explosive
eruption that had a significant impact on the local
human population. The eruption is well-known for
the burial of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Excavation of these cities by archeologists has provided
a unique view of everyday life in Roman times. One of the
great mysteries of Pompeii and Herculaneum is what was it
like in these two cities during the fateful two-day eruption
in 79 A.D. that led to their entombment for close to 2000 years?
In the exercises that follow, students play the role of a team of
volcanologists who are trying to reconstruct the event by
examining evidence in the volcanic material that buried the
cities. They take a virtual field trip to the Vesuvius area where
they are able to carry out observations and measurements to help
them form their own hypotheses about what happened.

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jenSite Creation Video Faculty: Dr. Steven Carey, Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson
Department:
 Graduate School of Oceanography
STA:
Finees Mendez and Anna Franco
Project Overview:
The STA team developed a web site devoted to the
study of submarine volcanism, as an integral part
of our course OCG 131, Volcanoes and the Environment.
This new web site focuses on the evolution of submarine
volcanoes in general, and uses the active submarine
volcano Kick’em Jenny in the Lesser Antilles as a
typical example.

The web site contains a mix of descriptive
and educational text, images and QuickTime movie
clips. Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson began research
and monitoring of the Kick’em Jenny submarine volcano
in 1972 and has made repeated visits there ever since.

On one occasion he made submersible
dive into the volcano’s crater and collected a good
deal of high-quality video footage, which is included
in the web site. The volcano last erupted in December
2001.

The web site introduces plate tectonics
and the concept of subduction, which is when one
crustal plate is thrust under another. This shows
how the process brings about generation of magmas,
and volcanism, to form an island arc or a string
of volcanoes on a continental margin.

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2003

Faculty: Dr. Shanette Harris
Department: A&S – Psychology
Project Overview: PowerPoint, Listserv, digital video, web design.

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Faculty: Dr. John Burkett
Department: A&S – Economics
Project Overview: PERL

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Faculty: Dr. Joann Hammadou
Department: A&S – Languages
Project Overview: WebCT

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Faculty: Dr. Evelyn Stern and Pro-Change Operations Manager & IRB Administrator Dr. Julie Padula
Department: A&S – History and HSS - Gerontology
Project Overview: WebCT

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2002

Faculty: Dr. Shanette Harris
Department: A&S – Psychology
Project Overview: PowerPoint, Listserv, digital video, web design.

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Faculty: Dr. Kathryn Quina
Department: A&S – Psychology
Project Overview: WebCT

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Faculty: Katherine Scheil
Department: A&S – English
Project Overview: In class assistance

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Faculty: Dr. Evelyn Stern
Department: A&S – History
Project Overview: In class assistance

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2001

Faculty: Dr. Shanette Harris
Department: A&S – Psychology
Project Overview: PowerPoint, Listserv, digital video, web design.

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Faculty: Dr. Kathryn Quina
Department: A&S – Psychology
Project Overview: WebCT

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Faculty: Katherine Scheil
Department: A&S – English
Project Overview: In class assistance

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Faculty: Dr. Evelyn Stern
Department: A&S – History
Project Overview: In class assistance

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Other Projects

Common Flicker Video
Woodchuck Video
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Wildlife Videos
Faculty: Associate Professor Emeritus Gerald Krauss
Department: CELS

Project Overview:The Wildlife Videos were created using video footage captured while in the field and edited in Media 100i. All of the text, transitions, and music were added in the video editing program. Gerald Krauss collaborated with the Wildlife Foundation of Rhode Island. The DvD contains 7 chapters depicting the different types of environments and wildlife habitats found in Rhode Island.

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Picture of Book CoverPicture of Page from Book

Faculty:  Kay Johnson
Department: HSS - Education

Project Overview: The files associated with Tales Twice Told were created in the ITC as follows:The images were scanned on the flatbed and slide scanners and edited with Adobe Photoshop.
The text was created with MS Word.
The document files were assembled into book format with Adobe PageMaker.

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Picture Viewer

Faculty: Professors Martha Patnoad and Dr. Lori Pivarnik
Department: CELS – Nutrition and Food Sciences

Project Overview: The files in PictureViewer format are from an interactive CD, which was created, reproduced, and distributed to public schools in Rhode Island as part of a grant. The CD teaches grade school students proper food handling, storage, and safety issues. The following media was used:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Free-hand drawings
  • Sound Edit 16 for audio files
  • Macromedia Director

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For more information on any of these projects, please contact Roy Bergstrom.

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