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DSL Awards for 2017 – 2018

DSL Awards for 2017 – 2018

2017-2018 DSL Fellows and Research Associates

Ball State’s Digital Scholarship Lab has appointed the 2017-2018 Faculty Fellows and Research Associates. DSL Fellows will undertake a research project with support from the lab. The aim of the Fellowships is to provide Ball State faculty with the resources necessary to undertake the initial stages of a significant digital project that has the potential to attract external funding. Fellows receive up to $15,000 in internal funding, technical support from DSL-affiliated staff, and access to work space in the lab (located in the Schwartz Digital Complex in Bracken Library). DSL Research Associates will engage in preliminary discussions with DSL staff about digital scholarship in their area and will explore avenues for advancing their research agenda using digital methods and tools. For more details on the DSL Faculty Fellowships and Research Associates, see http://www.bsudsl.org/#post-16 or email dsl@bsu.edu.

DSL Fellows for 2017-18:

Patrick Collier (English), Everyday Life in Middletown. This digital communication and collaborative art project will generate the prototype for a digital archive and interactive platform that assembles a wide variety of expressions of everyday life produced by and in collaboration with citizens of the local Muncie community. The project is also supported by the Center for Middletown Studies.

Jennifer DeSilva (History), Early Modern Social Mobility: Mapping & Networking the de’ Grassi Family of Bologna. DeSilva plans a map and network project that examines how non-noble elites crafted strategies to supplement limited opportunities for political authority with prestige and advancement gained through extensive ecclesiastical office-holding in Bologna, Italy, from 1400-1750 CE.

Chad Kinsella (Political Science), The Modern Politics of Middletown. A multidisciplinary examination of the spatial dynamics of voting behavior and turnout in Delaware County, Indiana, from 1976-2016, this project will yield a series of digital maps that document the interplay of demographic factors and partisan sorting on a granular scale. The project is also supported by the Center for Middletown Studies.

Serena Shim (Educational Psychology), The Development of an Innovative Math Motivational Intervention for Elementary Students. Working with the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (IDIA), Shim will build and test the prototype of an online, interactive intervention for elementary-school math students.

Youfa Wang (Fisher Institute of Health and Well Being), Interdisciplinary, Systems Approach and Big-Data-Enhanced Obesity Research. Wang and a team of researchers from several departments will assemble pilot data and develop analytical and visualization tools for a study of the etiology and prevention of obesity. The project is also supported with funds from the Ball State’s Sponsored Projects office through its ADVANCE Program.

Research Associates for 2017-18:

Shireen Kanakri (Family and Consumer Sciences/Interior Design)

Marie Kelly-Worden (Biology)

Kevin Nolan (Applied Anthropology Lab)

Heather Platt (Music History)