Workshop Recap: Photo Essays with WordPress

Last Friday, Sierra Mendez led the DWRL in a digital storytelling workshop on creating photo essays with WordPress. The workshop began with a video of Kurt Vonnegut explaining types of plot structures common in storytelling, such as “Man in Hole,” “Boy Meets Girl,” and “From Bad to Worse.” Sourced from: http://www.openculture.com/2014/02/kurt-vonnegut-masters-thesis-rejected-by-u-chicago.html The first half of … Read more

2019 Flash Fellowships

Sarah Welsh and Rae Piwarski working on a screen cast.

At the start of each Fall semester, staffers and students affiliated with the DWRL have the opportunity to apply for Flash Fellowships. These awards provide recipients with the time, funding, and technical resources they need to accomplish a contained project related to their own research and scholarship. Assistant instructors and staffers articulate their flash fellowship’s … Read more

Flash Fellowship: DWRLy the Arduino Robot

A Black, bipedal Arduino-based robot dancing

Besides serving as the DWRL’s future mascot, DWRLy the bipedal robot serves as a prototype for Arduino-based socially assistive robots (SARs) for people with developmental and cognitive disabilities. My project in creating DWRLy is to experiment with the different functions for which an Arduino can be used in creating SARs—including bipedalism, humanlike movements such as … Read more

Flash Fellowship: The Ghana Election Petition

Hand dropping ballot in a locked ballot box

Inspired by Damien Pfister’s collection of the rhetoric of computational propaganda that occurred on Facebook during the 2016 US election, my project is an archive on key materials covering an election petition filed in Ghana’s Supreme Court following disputed presidential elections in 2012. The archive includes courtroom discourse spanning eight months of deliberations, transcripts of … Read more