2016-2017 Digital Studies Project Grant Recipients

The Digital Studies Center is pleased to announcement the grantees for the 2016-2017 Project Grant Cycle:

John Broussard, Associate Professor, School of Business

Gregory Hennis, Student, Computer Science -The primary purpose of this project is to give people a better understanding of where our modern-day technology derives from. To do this, an Apple IIGS (1986) will be repaired and tested before being presented at a Digital Studies Center event. This event will be interactive: after an introduction and demonstration of the equipment, attendees will have the chance to write their own programs with support from the presenter and save their programs to “floppy disks” that they can take home.

Alex and Jorge, Students, Childhood Studies

Travis Dubose, Instructor, English, and Managing Director, Teaching Matters and Assessment Center – As part of our mission to help students with all forms of writing, the Writing and Design Lab maintains a collection of resources on its site to assist students with writing projects of all kinds. Our Project Grant from the Digital Studies Center allows us to create a series of “born-digital” resources for students in writing: a series of videos about topics such as brainstorming and writing introductions.

Gail Caputo, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Women’s and Gender Studies – Power and Privilege Tabletop Game. A collaborative strategy multiplayer role play tabletop game explores social power and privilege in an ever changing game environment. Players adopt identities that include gender, sex, sexuality, and other intersecting categories of identity that combine to affect power, social capital, and privilege. The gaming environment takes players through social environments and across locations as they navigate decision making collaboratively in an effort to locate, exploit, and mediate social capital, power, and privilege.

Kwangwon Lee, Associate Professor, Biology – The Center for Digital Studies and the Biology Department at Rutgers University – Camden (RUC) launched a collaborative project, the Journal of Biological Sciences at Rutgers Camden ( in the fall of 2015. To bolster the journal’s quality, this project will create video vignettes as the introduction to the journal’s articles. The grant also funded the creation of a promotional video for the Biology Undergradaute Program.

Clovis Bergere, PhD Student, Childhood Studies – In recent years, having a page on social networking sites, and on Facebook and Twitter in particular, has emerged as a key marker or ‘rite of passage’ for youth in Guinea. Working in collaboration with ABLOGUI (Guinea’s Bloggers Association), this project will explore visually the complex assemblages of things, people, economic forces and realities at the heart of social networking in Guinea.  The project will include an image-making project led by Guinean youth in the cities of Conakry and Labé; a research blog/ virtual exhibition space where the images from the project will be exhibited and discussed.  This project is conceived as a follow-up study for my Phd research, and I will also conduct interviews with youth in Guinea, excepts from which will be used in the virtual exhibition/ blog.

Carol Singley, Professor English

Carla Giuadrone, Associate Professor, Spanish – This grant will be used to fund training sessions and activities on Scalar’s practices and implementations during the fall 2016. The training program will allow the principal investigator and a group of selected students to create a digital course on Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude to be taught during the fall 2017 semester. Participants in this grant will develop a number of skills, including data visualization; project design; collaborative practices; and online exhibit design.