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GIS Poster Symposium: Friday 5/4/12 1:30pm—4:30pm Kaufman Hall

The GIS students at Dickinson College will once again be presenting the results of their course project assignments at our annual GIS Exposition and Poster Symposium Friday, May 4th, 2012, from 1:30pm—4:30pm in the Kaufman Hall Student Lounge area (located between Kaufman 188 and 190, just outside the Center for Sustainability Education [CSE] office and next to DPS).

As usual, the posters will feature projects conducted by the students that demonstrate the use of GIS (geographic information systems) for investigating and analyzing problems across a wide variety of disciplines.  This year’s symposium will include posters that focus on environmental assessment, archaeology, history, urban planning, economics, health studies, agriculture, and landscape management, just to name a few.
Refreshments will be provided, so we invite you to please come, relax, and celebrate the end of the academic year by visiting with our very talented and hardworking students.
Images from last semester’s GIS Poster Symposium:

Fantastic Fairytales…in podcast form

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We love working with students on their projects but we are especially excited when the final products come out so well.  Professor Antje Pfannkuchen had her German Media Studies students create podcasts related to some element in German culture.  Some are recorded in German and some are in English.  A personal favorite of ours tells a fascinating little story about a lesser known fairytale by the Grimms Brothers.  Well paced and engaging, we give this podcast two thumbs up!

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Student Created Videos About John Cage Gather Wider Audience


Professor Amy Wlodarski’s First Year Seminar students created four fantastic videos related to John Cage.  Originally made for broadcast between live performances of Cages work by Third Coast Percussion, they are now gaining a wider audience through a new Cage archive.  The New York Public Library created a John Cage Archive to celebrate his 100th birthday and one video in particular is getting noticed from the student productions.

It has already been reposted through the Open Culture website and more accolades will hopefully follow.  It is always a pleasure to work with faculty who encourage students to reach beyond their comfort level and allow us to support the students so they can find success.



PSSS: Non-Profit Promotional Videos

Check out last semesters Policy Studies Senior Seminar videos created for local non-profits.

Cumberland County Historical Society

Domestic Violenence Services of Cumberland Counties

LEAPS Lacrosse

Vinny’s Kids Inc.

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Delicious Science!

From the Dickinson News Release:

From chocolate-chip cookies to toffee, YouTube visitors can find out what ingredients make for sweet scientific success thanks to a series of videos produced by students in Christine O’Neill’s Chemistry in the Kitchen course. Working with staff at the College’s Media Center, class members have produced short educational videos on culinary topics such as what makes for a better batter.

“I have always enjoyed cooking and baking in the kitchen, but I’ve sometimes wondered why, when I follow the same recipe, the end product can vary slightly,” says the visiting instructor in chemistry. “The class explores why ‘following’ the recipe may give different results. By learning about ingredients’ physical and chemical properties, students are able to study the role that each substance plays in a recipe.

“I thought the video component would give students an opportunity to express their creative side,” O’Neill continues. “The subject matter is open, but the students are responsible for all aspects of the project, from choosing and researching the topic to filming and editing the video.”

Check out the Chemistry in the Kitchen YouTube channel for a taste of what O’Neill’s students discovered.

Third Coast Percussion

First Year Seminar Student’s Videos Displayed to Full House

We wrote a post encouraging people to attend the Third Coast Percussion performance of John Cage’s work a few weeks ago and we hope some of you got to see the amazing spectacle that night.  The performance was great, but our eyes were especially focused on the four student produced videos that accompanied each piece.

Professor Amy Wlodarski tasked the students of her First Year Seminar to create short, documentary style videos that would help the audience understand the context around the following performances.  Each had a specific topic it focused on and the groups took different paths in how they styled the segments.  We have seen a lot of student produced videos but we were especially impressed with these.  Professor Wlodarski gave them an important project and the students understood that their audience wasn’t only their professor, but a real audience of over 200 people watching it live.  They took the assignment seriously and created entertaining and engaging videos that blended perfectly into the evening performance.

You don’t have to take our word for it, you can watch them yourself.

Third Coast Percussion

You should come out to see this performance…..


Whatcha doin’ this Saturday?

 There is a fun performance going on in the newly renovated Rubendall Recital Hall by guest artists Third Coast Percussion.  The evening will include a showcase of video productions created by students in Professor Amy Wlodarski’s First Year Seminar.  (Amy’s previous classes have worked on digital productions relating to Cage’s works as well.)

The four videos will focus on different aspects of John Cage and his work.  I have been able to catch a sneak peak of them and they are looking really good so far.  The students have been working hard over the last two weeks to create them and it would be great if you could come out to see them, as well as the performance by Third Coast Percussion.  See you on Saturday!

Nasim Fekrat

Nasim Fekrat gets interviewed Live for VOA News

Nasim Fekrat, Dickinson Junior and Media Center Assistant, discussed his blogs among other things with Voices of America news live via Skype from the studio.

Nasim’s blogs: – Dari
– English
– English

PJ Crowley Class

Loads of good blogs to read!

We have hit the middle of the semester and our class blogs are in full swing.  Often our campus doesn’t even know what great stuff is being written until it is already over…..or maybe not at all.  So here is a quick little overview of some great blogs you should be keeping up with.

Political Science

The Carlisle Policy Forum is a blog for the ‘National Security Policy in the 21st Century Global Media Environment’ course taught by P.J. Crowley, the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership and former U.S. assistant secretary of state. Recently showcased on the Dickinson News page “the course examines U.S. security policy and the ways in which new and traditional media factor into world events and American foreign policy. Students use online-media tools such as blogs to comment on domestic or global happenings that have an impact on American foreign policy and discuss the potential outcomes.”

It is getting some national attention as well as Bill Nellingan ’14 had his opinion piece “A Secret Memo, A Secret Panel, A Novel Process,” picked up by the ‘The Week’ as a “best opinion“.  Kudos Bill!  Senator Dodd even left a comment on the post so you know big players are reading what we that class has to say.

“Wow, Will! Your analysis is spot on. Great job!

P.S. I miss you. Come back to Washington”

Sounds like PJ has some friends in high places….who miss him.

Don’t forget to you can follow them on Twitter too!

First Year Seminars

There are a collection of First Year Seminars blogging this fall as well.

Professor Dave Richeson’s Science or Non-Sense course descriptions reads:

“We are rational beings. Our beliefs are founded on good science, we use logical reasoning to make decisions, and we have left behind the mystical beliefs of our ancestors. If this is true, then why do we spend billions of dollars each year on alternative medicine? Why do we buy lottery tickets? Why do we carry lucky charms, knock on wood, and avoid strolling under ladders. Why do we believe in the paranormal, UFOs, astrology, and the Loch Ness Monster? Why are we more afraid to fly than to cross a busy street? In this seminar we will explore the mathematical, statistical, psychological, historical, and social reasons that these seemingly irrational beliefs still have a strong hold on us. We will learn how to nurture a healthy skepticism and to develop critical thinking skills that will enable us to face these issues with our eyes and minds wide open.

The blog showcases stories that relate to myths, logic (or lack thereof), science, theory and a wealth of other topics.  The students are currently posting their podcasts where each discusses a different fallacy and why people believe them.  Here is one of the many interesting/humorous entries you will find on their blog.

Dickinson Librarian Chris Bombaro’sTell Me Why‘ FYS examines:

“the history of recorded information from the oral traditions of ancient philosophers through the age of the Internet, and how different methods of communication affect the circulation of information.  We will discuss issues critical to the dissemination of information such as censorship, plagiarism, and the true cost of information.  We will do this by exploring the power of questions, and how the many different kinds of questions shape the answers that we find.  In this seminar we will learn to develop our intellectual curiosity by becoming proficient seekers, finders, and reporters of information.  We will explore how multiple points of view relate to truthfulness and reliability of information, and we will verify information others present to us.  Emphasis will be placed on how to properly and ethically engage in research, and how to skillfully and creatively report the findings of that research using traditional, paper-based methods of communication as well as the newest technological methods.”

Their blog discusses many topic related to readings and class discussions.  Earlier this semester they did a series of podcasts related to mythology.  Check out a few examples below.

Abroad Blogs

Want to find out what your classmates are doing while adventuring in England this semester?  Check out the Norwich Science Program in London blog to find out what they are up to.  From the looks of the pictures….they are having a blast.

On September 19th, Dickinson science students woke up to a rainy day in Bath. At around 9 a.m. we all left our hostel to board the coach and travel to Avebury, located about an hour away in Wiltshire, England. Many students were very excited to travel to Avebury, as they have heard that you can actually go up and touch the prehistoric rocks, unlike the world famous Stonehenge. When we arrived at Avebury, we all marveled at the extensive land that stretched over the horizon, and we were eager to learn more about this historical place. We began by taking a short walk through the Avebury museum to find out more about the mystical rocks.

Language Blogs

Professor Akiko Meguro has partnered with Nanzan University in Japan to have  a course blog where the students can exchange ideas and comment on topics related to the class.  They have made videos of themselves to help get to know each other as well as having Skype language exchanges throughout the semester.


Professor Duperron’s “Introductions to Cultural Analysis” students write about culture with a critical eye on the “Before Toulouse” blog.  They’ll think about their own culture and begin thinking about issues they’ll likely encounter while studying abroad.  Here is an example of one of their posts:


Professor Matt Pinsker has blogs for both History 382: US Diplomatic History and History 404: US Constitution Seminar. The History 382 course will require students “to undertake a multi-media assignment in Google Maps as well as in-depth writing assignments that include an essay on historiography and an extensive narrative paper on a critical episode in American diplomatic history prior to 2001.”

The History 404 course requires students “to produce Supreme Court case summaries, analytical word clouds, op-eds, and a major research paper that profiles a constitutional framer. ”


Making a Website

Two weeks ago, I started creating a website for a non-profit organization I work for. Before this, I had only worked with WordPress blogs and making a website appeared too difficult a task to take on, but it turned out alright at the end.

Andy, my colleague at the Media Center, introduced me to Bluehost ( through which I rented a domain for two years at the cost of about 185 USD, which is not too expensive. Bluehost was so convenient to use. Once I made the domain, Bluehost directed me to the control panel of my domain, through which I made Email accounts and downloaded WordPress, to help design the website.

Using WordPress, I chose a template, picked the colors, number of widgets, and banner size and design, and created pages for my website. Under pages, I created menues so that every time someone clicks on the page, a menue will drop down. From Setting on WordPress, I picked the language, the time zone, the font and the administrative page colors (either blue or gray). Then, I started adding text to the website. Once the texts were in place, I downloaded a plugin from WordPress, under plugin, to create and publish slideshows. I picked the NewGen slideshow plugin. It was fine but it didn’t allow me to center the slideshow on the website. I went to NewGen Gallery, now on the menue to the right of the page, and uploaded photos into a gallery. Then I created a new post and hist Add Gallery and selected Slideshow from the right side icons above the post. Then I hit publish, and there it was!

This was a great experience to create a semi-professional looking website for my organization but most importantly it was a good learning experience. If you are making a website and you are confused, like I was, the Media Center people are nice and we can help you.

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