Month: April 2011

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Ed Psych Wiki Presentations

Professor Sarah Bair’s Educational Psychology students will be presenting their wiki projects in a 2 day showcase May 3rd & 4th.  They will be presenting their research through the wikis they created in an open event in the Stern Great Room from 4:00-5:15pm on both days.  Instructional & Media Services has worked with Sarah on many projects over the last few years and her students always work hard on these projects so we are expecting a series of informative presentations. We hope to see you there!


Fair Use … a Music History

Rocketboom gives a history of the changing world of music sampling, Fair Use, and Copyright.


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GIS Posters

GIS Exposition and Poster Symposium

Instructional & Media Service’s own Jim Ciarrocca, will hold a GIS Exposition and Poster Symposium to showcase his students work from the semester.  This is the second year for this event and to say that it is impressive is an understatement.  The students create giant, detailed posters capturing hours of field work data collection and analysis and funneling them into a beautiful, informative displays.  We hope to see you all there!

The Advanced GIS students at Dickinson College will be presenting a GIS Exposition and Poster Symposium on Monday, May 9, 2011, from 9:00am—12:00noon in the HUB Social Hall East.  The exposition will showcase a variety of projects conducted by the students that demonstrate GIS (geographic information systems) methods to investigate and analyze spatial problems of varying complexity.

Included in the symposium will be posters illustrating the use of GIS across a wide variety of disciplines, including environmental assessment, archaeology, geology, food distribution, watershed monitoring, and landscape management.  The exposition will also include informational displays and hands-on demonstrations highlighting other aspects of GIS and spatial literacy.

The exposition is free and open to the public, so attendees are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows – no need for reservations.  The students will be available for discussion throughout the 3-hour session.  Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please email or call 717-245-1978

Learn more about GIS at dickinson by going HERE!


Music 102 end of semester performance of ‘John Cage’s Circus On (1979)’

We had the pleasure of working with Professor Amy Wlodarski again this semester and her class will be showcasing their work during an electronic performance open to the public. Sounds like a hoot and we hope a lot of people show up to enjoy the show!

On Thursday, April 28th, Music 102 will present their annual performances of John Cage’s composition, Circus On: A Means for Translating a Book into a Performance Without Actors, a Performance which is both Literary and Musical or One or the Other (1979). The students, in compositional teams of major and non-majors, have each selected a book to translate into a chance-determined musical soundscape (complete with original poetry) according to Cage’s meticulous score.

The four compositions will last ten minutes each and will be preceded by a short preface. They are electronic compositions, so please do not expect live performances. In some cases, the outcomes are dramatic and lively. In others, the outcomes are subdued and sparse. Laughter, outrage, dismissal, and fun are all appropriate responses. As Cage once famously said, “I would rather people laugh at my pieces than cry.”

The students have worked hard for three weeks to execute these compositions, including studying Cage’s writings and authoring a manifesto explaining all of their creative and aesthetic decisions. As such, the compositions are not random but highly-controlled sound spaces in which space is translated into time and events in the book into creative sonic forms according to objective or chance-determined criteria.

The performances will be held in Weiss 235 and will begin promptly at 1:30pm. Should you join us later, please slip in the back door of the classroom.



Inspired by RadioLab‘s podcast Desperately Seeking Symmetry Everynone created this visually beautiful video called Symmetry

Symmetry from Everynone on Vimeo.

Equipment Office Spring Hours

Image by tribalicious on flickr

Please note our hours for the remainder of the Spring Semester.  This is only for the equipment office and the main hallway, microroom, collaboration station will remain open when the building is open.  The building closes at 11pm each night so you will need to be in by that point in order to work late on your projects.  The podcast rooms and studio are available when the equipment office is open.  You may check out the room and use it after the equipment office closes although you are responsible for the room, all equipment in it and making sure the room is closed and locked when you leave.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 245.1223.

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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This blog post is long but is a wonderful read.  It’s full of great ideas and it made me smile just reading it.  Lots of the concepts can be applied to media projects but really they are just some good guidelines to follow in your life.  One of my favorite takeaways was learning of a great quote from Kurt Vonnegut.  He is one of my favorite authors and these are some words to live by.

“Kurt Vonnegut said it best: “There’s only one rule I know of: goddamn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

Reading this post brightened up my Monday and I hope you feel the same way when you read (or at least skim over) it. Here are a few of the main points, I won’t give them all to you because you need to go read it for yourself!

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