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Hip Hop and Urban Schools

In Faculty, Research on February 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm


By Don C. Sawyer III, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Hip-hop is often blamed for the academic plight of students in urban schools. However, the use of hip-hop as a scapegoat is problematic when considering that many students in underserved areas face poverty, a lack of access to quality health care, hyper-surveillance by police, criminalization of educational spaces, faulty school reform efforts, etc. With increases in technology and student investment in popular/hip-hop culture, it is important for our understandings of urban youth/culture to be complicated and expanded. Finding ways to educate students in a manner that will keep them engaged and one that is current with new trends is a difficult task for educators (Morrell, 2002). However, an engagement with popular culture texts has the possibility of providing students with the tools to reframe, retell, or deconstruct dominant narratives as well as provide the opportunity for students to deal with existence in oppressive spaces. Schools often do not provide a space conducive to this critical development. Even though we know students are living in digital worlds outside of school, our standard school curricula do not allow students’ outside knowledge and practices to exist inside of the school setting (Vansudevan 2008; Kelner and Share, 2007).

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I Never Intended to Write a Book

In Faculty, Research on February 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm


By Stan Rothman, Professor of Mathematics

Part 1

In the spring of 2008, my colleague, Professor Larry Levine, knowing how much baseball was part of my life, suggested that I offer a course which introduces a student to the area of mathematics called sabermetrics. Sabermetrics uses statistics to replace subjective decisions in baseball with objective decisions. This course would be offered as part of our new sports minor at Quinnipiac. The idea intrigued me because it would give me an opportunity to teach an introductory statistics course wrapped around baseball data. Upon approval of the course, I began looking for a textbook. Unfortunately, although there are many books that use sabermetrics, I could not find a book that met my goal of teaching a true introductory statistics course applied to baseball data. In the summer of 2008, I began writing my lecture notes for my new course called Baseball and Statistics.

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QU 101: An Approach

In Research, Teaching on January 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm


By Thomas Williams, Part-Time CAS Faculty

With thanks to my colleague and project partner, Betsy Rosenblum.

There’s an unmistakable connection between critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and QU 101, yet among students there remains a popular and misguided perception that it’s a class without a purpose.

This perception gap is troubling.  A course fully devoted to improving the quality of one’s thinking is exceptional, and essential to success in today’s globalized, knowledge-based economy.

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Neuroscientists Get Together

In Faculty, Research on December 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm


By Todd H. Ahern, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience

Each fall the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) holds its annual conference. Founded in 1969, SFN boasts a domestic and international membership of 42,000 and has a four-fold mission: to advance our understanding of the brain and nervous system, assist neuroscientists in professional development, promote public awareness and understanding of neuroscientific research, and inform policymakers about how neuroscience impacts and benefits society.

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Friedrich Nietzsche Society

In Faculty, Research on November 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm


By Rebecca Bamford, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

On September 20th, 2013, a group of 60 international philosophers, students, and members of the public, gathered at University College Cork, Ireland, for the 19th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society (FNS). This scholarly society was founded in 1990 in the United Kingdom, and aims to promote the study of the life, work, and influence of the nineteenth century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. As a historian of philosophy and a specialist in Nietzsche studies, I currently serve on the FNS Executive Committee as Secretary and Website Manager. This role includes working with other committee members to develop and maintain the FNS website and to plan the society’s conference, which provides a space in which students, scholars, and members of the public meet to exchange ideas.

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Women in Game Design

In Faculty, Research on October 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm


By Elena Bertozzi, Associate Professor of Game Design & Development

On September 23rd, I was happy to be a panelist on: “The Changing Roles of Women as Producers, Consumers & Characters in the Game Industry” panel at the 2013 IEEE Games Innovation Conference in Vancouver along with Kimberly Voll, Assistant Professor at the Simon Frasier Center for Digital Media, Dave Fracchia, CEO of Radical Entertainment, Megan Gaiser, CEO of Her Interactive (developers of the Nancy Drew games) and Veronica Zammitto of Electronic Arts. The panel discussed difficulties females encounter when working as part of game development teams such as being mistaken for the secretary or girlfriend of a male, being the only female in an all-male environment, discomfort working with stereotypically sexist content, lacking a support system, and difficulty having talent recognized and promoted. I discussed my recently published paper “Killing for Girls” which suggests that one of the reasons females struggle in these environments is that many females are uncomfortable in very competitive, high risk, high reward environments like game studios. The panel discussed how positive changes are slowly occurring as more females join the games workforce and produce more alternative content such as the game Journey which won several Game of the Year awards at the 2013 Game Developers Conference.

For more information about the IEEE Games Innovation Conference, see http://ice-gic.ieee-cesoc.org/2010/index.php

Anthropology Studies in London

In Research, Students on September 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm


By Holly Bisset, History Major and Anthropology Student

This summer fellow sophomore Paige Ferreri and I spent two weeks in the heart of London assisting Professor Jaime Ullinger with data collection. The time was truly remarkable, providing me with an opportunity to learn about the many stages of work that go into a research project.

Paige and I became involved in the project because we had both taken Professor Ullinger’s introductory level biological anthropology course and Paige had taken the 300 level osteology course, while I worked in the biological anthropology lab. At the time, I don’t think either of us could have imagined that our interest in anthropology would turn into an opportunity to conduct research abroad though the Bioanthropology Research Institute.

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Perspective on Marital Rape

In Faculty, Research on September 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm


By Hillary Haldane, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

In 1985, David Finkelhor and Kersti Yllo published the groundbreaking work, License to Rape: Sexual Abuse of Wives. Marital rape was a shocking topic at the time of publication, and continues to be unsettling today. The past year has seen an increase of attention paid to the topic of sexual assault more broadly. The U.S. Senate is currently addressing the topic of sexual assault in the military, the media has highlighted cases of sexual assault in Brazil, India, the Democratic Republic of Congo and here in the U.S., and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has made ending sexual assault a top priority.  While it is good news that the problem of sexual assault is receiving increased attention from policy makers and the public alike, the issue of marital rape has remained mostly hidden, and is a topic not widely researched, or commented upon.

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Why Fulbright?

In Faculty, Research on April 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm


By Hillary Haldene, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

When I first started at Quinnipiac, in 2007, I was struck by the fact that we had a number of faculty who had received CIES Fulbrights, but not a single undergraduate had applied for an IIE. After my first couple of semesters, I was convinced we had students who were smart enough, enterprising enough, and creative enough to apply for the prestigious award. The beauty of the IIE is the length – short and sweet. Two pages for a research statement, one page biography. The pedagogical potential of assigning an IIE proposal in virtually any class – anthropology of gender-based violence; anthropology of health and medicine; anthropology of development – seemed limitless. The value of teaching a Fulbright proposal in an anthropology class was obvious. A Fulbright forces you to consider how the “Other”, the reader from the country you are writing about, would respond to your idea. For example, if you are writing a proposal to study women’s rights in Morocco, you have to imagine how a Moroccan would read your proposal, and how positively, or negatively, they would respond to it. In other words, a Fulbright is a simple way of teaching students the core values of anthropology: you are forced to see things from a different worldview, and put yourself in the shoes of someone from a different cultural context. I cannot think of a better assignment to have students fully develop the values anthropology brings to an undergraduate education. We can no longer assume that how we see the world is the best way to live in it. Therefore, it is necessary to consider how others are experiencing our global existence to find common solutions to the problems that affect us all.

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Professors Present in Japan

In Faculty, Research on April 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm


By Courtney Marchese, Assistant Professor of Interactive Digital Design

At the beginning of March, Prof. Courtney Marchese and Prof. Charmaine Banach of the Interactive Digital Design Department, attended the 7th annual Conference on Design Principles and Practices at Chiba University. The event held just outside of Tokyo, Japan, included almost 200 accepted academic presenters representing the design field from all around the world.

Prof. Marchese and Prof. Banach’s interactive workshop was based off of a jointly-authored article called, “A Closer Look at the New Phenomena of Mob Hack Reviewing”.

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