The Freedman Fellows Program is funded and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. This annual award is given to full-time faculty whose current scholarly research projects involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), involve the use of digital tools and processes, and have clearly articulated project outcomes.
Dr. Cynthia Beall
Wednesday, March 19
Dr. Cynthia Beall (Distinguished University Professor, Anthropology) focuses her research on the adaptation of indigenous highlanders (Andean, Tibetan and East African) to the low levels of oxygen where they live at altitudes above 10,000 feet. Her Freedman Fellow project set out to design and implement a database of the biological characteristics of people living in these high altitudes. Roger Zender (Team Leader for Digital Learning & Scholarship, Kelvin Smith Library) will present with Dr. Beall to discuss how the library worked with her through the Freedman Fellows Program. Zender will discuss the basics of data management and how it can assist other researchers facing similar challenges.
Dr. Mark Pedretti
Wednesday, April 16
Dr. Mark Pedretti (Lecturer, Department of English) examined literary artifacts surrounding the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Drawing primarily upon Ibuse Masuji’s 1965 novel Black Rain (Kuroe Ame), along with photographic archives of Hiroshima both before and after the bombing, Pedretti used the novel’s obsessive attention to place names as a way of virtually reconstructing the city. The goal of this project has been to use geospatial information coordinating technology to precisely describe the locations of Ibuse’s novel, and to visualize a place that, for many Americans, remains a distant abstraction. Presenting with Dr. Pedretti will be Ann Holstein (GIS Specialist at the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship). She will discuss how geospatial technologies were used in his research to show frequencies of place names as a hotspot density map, and will explain the basics of GIS so that other scholars can consider its many uses for projects that may include a spatial data component.
For more information please contact Roger Zender, Team Leader, Digital Learning and Scholarship.