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Classroom lessons go global at ASU through technology

The Global Classroom project was recently fingered by ASU News as breaking down the boundaries of the traditional classroom. You can read the entire article here.

One of the most powerful examples of a mediated classroom is located in the C-wing of the Life Sciences building, where “Sustainable Cities: a Contradiction in Terms?” is being taught simultaneously to students at ASU and at Leuphana University in Germany.

Twenty ASU students sit at tabletop computers surrounded by numerous large screens, taught in person by two of the top professors at ASU. Another 20 are tuned in from Germany. Still another 20 students from each country are in adjoining classrooms working on research projects, as part of a second cohort of the three-semester class.

The Global Classroom, a pilot project funded by a $900,000 award from the Mercator Foundation, utilizes video conferencing; intensive writing assignments and student writing workshops; online exhibits; peer-to-peer mentoring; and in-person international exchange.

Report on Data Management and Data-Management Plans for the History of Science Society Committee on Research and the Profession

  • Posted on: 25 November 2013
  • By: Erick

One of the talking points at the History of Science Society's 2013 business meeting this Sunday was the recent report by the Committee for Research & the Profession's (CoRP) Data-Management Task-Force on the NSF's new requirements concerning data management and data management plans. ASU's Julia Damerow, Erick Peirson, Matt Chew, and Manfred Laubichler all participated in the task force. The report reflects on the what constitutes data in the history of science, what it means to preserve those data, what should and should not be shared, and a constellation of other issues surrounding the availability of historical research data. Especially in the context of quantitative and computational approaches to historical research, these considerations are pressing and immediate.

The report considers two potential initiatives by the History of Science Society to address data management needs: project-based bibliographies, and an HSS data repository.

The existing system of repositories has gaps in it of two types. First, many historians of science, especially, but not exclusively independent scholars, may not have access to suitable institutional repositories for their data. Second, for all historians there are unresolved questions how the cost of long-term preservation and exposure of data will be met. ... It may well be, therefore, that such a repository shall be an essential component of history of science research in the future. Such a repository would bring together (if not necessarily uniquely hold) data sets that could be constructed according to accepted standards but with the added features needed to make them particularly useful for historians of science. ... In so doing, it would become, ideally, a site where data sets created for one purpose could be merged and manipulated to address new questions. ... Such a fully developed repository could streamline data management for historians of science and be a model for other learned societies.

The report was published in the October edition of the HSS newsletter, and can be found here.

Success! Excellent turn-out for Digital HPS Workshop @ HSS 2013

Photo credit: Center for Biology & Society

The workshop on Digital HPS at the History of Science Society 2013 meeting went off without a hitch! The workshop was organized by the international Digital HPS Consortium, and the ASU Digital Innovation Group. The objectives of the workshop were to expose HSS attendees to some of the cool things happening in the Digital HPS world, and to create an informal, friendly space where people interested in digital approaches can be inspired, discuss ideas, and get more information. Despite starting at 8:45pm, and competing with numerous parallel sessions, the room was packed! Read more to see pictures from the event.

Workshop on Digital HPS @ History of Science Society, 2013

Are you fascinated by the prospect of taking your scholarship into the digital realm, but not quite sure how to get started? Heard lots of buzz, but aren't quite clear about what "digital history & philosophy of science" means in practice? Join us for an informal and informative workshop on digital HPS at the upcoming History of Science Society meeting in Boston! This workshop is a co-production of the international Digital HPS Consortium and the ASU Digital Innovation Group.

What: Workshop F1: Laying the Foundation for Your Digital or Computational Project in the History of Science: an Interactive Workshop
When: Friday, November 22nd, 8:45pm
Where: Alcott Room, Mezzanine Level, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel

Objectives

  1. To expose HSS attendees to some of the cool things happening in the Digital HPS world, and
  2. To create an informal, friendly space where people interested in digital approaches can be inspired, discuss ideas, and get more information.

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Anthropocene Project

  • Posted on: 3 October 2013
  • By: Erick

Manfred Laubichler has joined the Anthropocene Curriculum Project—an international collaboration that develops an online curriculum and an intensive two week fall school for postgraduate researchers in 2014. It is part of the Anthropocene Project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HdK) in Berlin. The general aim of the project is to transform interdisciplinary exchange into an operative tool and enter a phase of productive collaboration. This is practically done by composing an exemplary and experimental Anthropocene Curriculum, collectively crafted by a group of 30 tutors from a broad spectrum of disciplines and interests and thus being supported by a diversity of expertise.

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Evolutionary Systems Biology Workshop

  • Posted on: 3 October 2013
  • By: Erick

Manfred Laubichler gave a talk "The Regulatory Genome in Development and Evolution" at the Evolutionary Systems Biology workshop at the Konrad Lorenz Institute in Altenberg, September 5 - 8, 2013.


ESB is an emerging field of evolutionary investigation. It combines systems biology, which is focused on dynamic cellular processes, with evolutionary analyses of populations and organisms. There are several motivations for synthesizing evolutionary and systems-biological perspectives. One is that network properties need to be understood in a variety of organisms, and network models can effectively be generalized through evolutionary analyses. Another is to explain network-level properties such as robustness. A third is to gain a mechanistic understanding of mutational effects, and a fourth is to extend systems-biology – currently focused on intracellular networks – to intercellular networks that have emerged in coevolutionary relationships. (Read more).

Getting Inside the Black Box

  • Posted on: 3 October 2013
  • By: Erick


Manfred Laubichler gave a talk at the Santa Fe Institute workshop "Getting Inside the Black Box: Technological Evolution and Economic Growth" that brought together researchers from a variety of disciplines to make first steps toward constructing a theory of technological change. The title of the workshop is in honor of a phrase used by Nathan Rosenberg, who three decades ago pleaded with the economics profession to open the "black box" of technological change. Following his inspiration, this workshop focused on understanding ecosystems of interacting technologies and the factors that cause them to evolve through time. During the month of August, in a series of small-sized working sessions, researchers congregated at SFI to take stock of the current state of research, identify commonalities and differences in the processes that generate novelty in the technological, biological and social domains, and sketch a research agenda for future work. Participants included economists, biologists, applied mathematicians, physicists, engineers, archaeologists and anthropologists.

Future of Historical Network Research, Hamburg

  • Posted on: 15 September 2013
  • By: Erick


On Sunday, September 15, PhD candidates Julia Damerow and Erick Peirson gave an invited presentation at the Future of Historical Network Research conference in Hamburg, Germany, titled "Don't Panic! A research system for network-based digital history of science." Their presentation was a part of a panel on overlaps between Network Analysis and the Digital Humanities, and focused on the Vogon and Quadriga text-annotation platform (developed by the ASU Digital Innovation Group) as a method for building historical network datasets from large text corpora. Erick described the Genecology Project as an example of how the Vogon/Quadriga platform can be implemented for collaborative research in the history of science. (Read more...)

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