Spring and Summer 2003 ACS-Mellon Technology Fellows
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Ken'ichi Ujie, Washington
and Lee University (Japanese)
This project is to produce a photo bank in the CD-ROM format in order to distribute copyright-free photos to Japanese teachers of the ACS-ACM-and GLCA-affiliated institutions.
Te Wu, Morehouse College (Mathematics)
This teaching research project is to investigate how to incorporate the computer technology into the teaching and learning of Numerical Analysis and to develop new instructional material to enhance the teaching of Numerical Analysis with aid of the computer technology and to assist students in learning of Numerical Analysis.
Mario Belloni and Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College
We propose to develop approximately 5 new programs (applications and applets) and supporting curricular material for intermediate and advanced courses in quantum mechanics. The programs and exercises will stress visualization of advanced quantum mechanical concepts (such as two- and three-dimensional quantum mechanics) with the goal of achieving better student understanding of these concepts. The programs and curricular material will be distributed under the GNU open source model.
Campbell and Laurie
Heyer, Davidson College (Biology and Mathematics)
Genomics is the hottest new field in biology. Furthermore, genomics is an interdisciplinary field that includes math and computer science as well as chemistry, physics and engineering. In short, there is a growing demand by teachers and students to learn more about genomics. Laurie and I propose to develop three computer tools for students and teachers to use when learning genomics. One tool will be an online resource for phylogenetic analysis of protein or DNA sequences. The second tool will be an online tutorial explaining how DNA microarray data are analyzed and clustered. The third tool will be free software for use for real DNA microarray data analysis. Biology courses such as Genetics, Cell Biology, Development, Evolution, Ecology, Molecular Biology and Genomics could incorporate some or all of the tools we propose to develop. In addition, these tools could be used by mathematics/computer science courses such as the Computational Biology course taught by Laurie. Statistics, Java programming, and Mathematical Modeling are potential sources for further interdisciplinary use of our three proposed projects.
Essid, University of Richmond (English)
Hagen, Birmingham-Southern College (English)
Following the lead of Samuel Pezzillo and his "Classics Image Collection," http://csunx2.bsc.edu/CIC/, during the summer of 2003 I will begin work on an annotated database of images of medieval English cities and cathedrals. The original images will be from my own 26-year collection of slides used in teaching medieval literature. The first slides to be catalogued will be those useful in teaching texts typical of Middle English surveys and Chaucer.
Ruth Sanchez Imizcoz,
University of the South (Spanish)
One of the major problems our students face when learning a foreign language is learning of all the conjugations and tenses of the target language. In order to help them learn the conjugations, this program would teach them how to spell correctly all six forms for each tense in Spanish. It might be used with any language text book at different levels of the language, offering a bank of verbs from which each professor can draw according to his/her needs.
Ore, Southwestern University (Theatre)
Two lighting design students and I will study the top lighting design visualization software applications, beginning Spring semester, 2003. Our ultimate intent is to create an online manual for other ACS lighting design teachers, and we intend to use the "chosen one" in the classroom setting next year.
Thornberry Blankenship, Birmingham-Southern College (Library)
GIS in the Biological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory project aims to help integrate GIS into the existing science curriculum. The project will develop labs for the Biological and Environmental sciences that can be utilized without extensive training. The labs will use ESRI Arcview software. The software is readily available to most schools through ESRI corporation at little or no cost to the institution. The labs will be designed for novices, but the labs could be used as a template and customized by professors with advanced training.
Centenary College (Psychology)
The proliferation of the internet and the World Wide Web has opened new avenues for research in the social sciences. There are a number of resources for internet-based research available to academic institutions. Many of these resources would be appropriate for research methods courses and faculty/student research in many social science disciplines. In fact, once a web-ready project is developed, several off site locations can house and manage the administration of the study. The first step will be a web document outlining resources for internet-based research. The second step will involve the development of example applications/exercises illustrating the use of various products. These exercises will be designed for adoption for research methods or for faculty research projects. The materials developed over the course of this project will include links to the relevant resource sites, descriptions of these resources, their potential use, bibliographic reference information, and class projects introducing several of these resources.
Wessner, Davidson College (Biology)
Since 1981, when the first reports of the disease now known as AIDS appeared in the scientific literature, numerous scientific articles have been published about this syndrome and its causative agent, HIV. During this time, also, a wealth of news reports, visual arts, musical recordings, and movies have been produced that deal with HIV/AIDS. These news and artistic items can represent valuable tools in learning and teaching about HIV/AIDS and, as such, should be included in a comprehensive curriculum devoted to this pandemic. To further this goal, a Web portal will be developed that includes various HIV/AIDS-related sound clips, video clips, animations, and images. All of these materials will be used to teach students about HIV/AIDS and to emphasize interdisciplinary studies. Finally, such materials also could be used outside of the classroom as a means of improving public awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS.
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