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  • Changes in Libraries’ services and hours

    When campus libraries reopen on Aug. 17, services will resume in phases. To begin the semester, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Main Library, and the Sciences Library will allow building access only to University of Iowa members with a valid Iowa […]

  • Creative Coding and Reparations: A Final Reflection

    There is a question I’ve continually returned to over the past eight weeks. What is the relationship between the past and the present? When someone thinks of reparations, the first question that might come to mind could be, what is Black America owed? However, throughout my summer fellowship, […]

  • My Experiences with the Summer Digital Fellowship

    For my summer digital fellowship, I proposed to work on my research – “gender differences in imprisonment with an analysis of state-level and overtime data.” In this blog posting, I would like to share my experiences and lessons throughout my summer digital fellowship.   (1) […]

  • The Preservation Student Staff Remote Work Experience Spring/Summer 2020

    As part time interim Preservation Processing Coordinator in the UI Libraries Preservation Department, one of my main duties is to supervise the student staff who do the day to day marking work for new acquisitions and items that need to be reprocessed for one reason or another. From January to […]

  • Before the Vote: Black Women’s Political Activism in Iowa

    This post by IWA Graduate Research Assistant Heather Cooper is the seventh installment in our series highlighting African American history in the collections of Iowa Women’s Archives and other local repositories. The series ran weekly during Black History Month, and will continue monthly for […]

  • Reflecting on the experience of creating a visual argument

    Humanities scholars traditionally explain their arguments through text written form, and they use visual effects as evidence to support the written argument. Nathan Yau argues that data visualization in digital humanities transforms […]

  • 3D Modeling Project Thoughts and Reflection

    In my initial blog post, I reflected on finding the balance between artistic and academic digital reconstructions, hoping to engage with the topic more closely throughout my project, and I am rather pleased with how it turned out. It is nearly impossible to create strictly academic 3D models. The […]

  • Reflecting on my Studio Experience

    Although we still have a couple of weeks left of the Summer Studio Fellowship experience, I’d like to use this blog post to think through some of my overall takeaways from my time working on my project, which is a series of data visualizations and video essays on the racial and gender […]

  • More on Discourse of Personal Control in Newspaper (1979-2019)

    As introduced in the last post, my project examines the discourse of personal control in published newspaper articles from 1979 to 2019. I am interested in 1) exploring the different life aspects in which people discuss sense of control and their variation in prevalence over time; 2) concepts that […]

  • Medical Racism and Horror: A Virtual Reality Video Essay

    For this project, I’m working on a virtual reality video essay on the anti-Blackness and transphobia I have experienced in medical spaces, with the help of the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, and under the guidance of both my point-of-contact, Alyssa Varner, and my thesis […]

  • Lessons Learned Doing Digital Work

    Thanks to the Studio Summer Fellowship, I have had a deeply meaningful scholarly experience and learned four lessons about digital work in the academy.     Lesson 1: Value Process Over Product My intention at the start of this summer was to build a map that visualized the recent history […]

  • Close Reading Distant Reading (and Vice Versa)

    Andrew David King Public Digital Humanities Capstone student, Summer 2020 My Public Digital Humanities Certificate capstone project focuses on one prong of a two-pronged, ongoing endeavor in self-education pertaining to the application of DH methods in textual and literary criticism. My academic […]

  • The Adventures of a Monarch Butterfly: Milkweed, Metamorphosis, and Migration

                       Watch a video showing a monarch caterpillar transforming into a chrysalis on the Sciences Library YouTube channel! In the chrysalis, the monarch caterpillar appears to be dormant on the outside, but changes inside are happening […]

  • The Midwest is Easy to See

    Exploring the complexities of space and place are the foundations of my Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio Fellowship project The Midwest is Easy to See. This digital exhibition features a series of artworks from the University of Iowa’s Stanley Museum of Art amid, and in dialogue […]

  • Mapping patterns and causes for labor migration in Southern Africa

    We live in communities that are increasingly becoming intersected and globalized.  There is a lot of mixing in terms of race, religion, ideologies, languages, ethnicity, and many other aspects. The development of such an intersection has historically […]

  • Consider the Sandbox

    During his presentation to our class, the Studio’s GIS Specialist (as well as my wonderful Point of Contact) Jay Bowen suggested we think of our Summer Studio Fellowship as a sandbox. A playground staple, sandboxes offer children spaces to manipulate finely ground rocks and minerals. […]

  • The Pain of Exile

    The project that I’m working on during my summer fellowship aims to develop a new approach to illness narratives through an investigation of the intersection of pain and exile. Here, the specific focus is the artistic development of the Cuban artist Ana Mendieta, during her stay in Iowa City […]

  • New Liaison Librarian for Psychiatry, Neurology, Neurosurgery & Neuroscience Graduate Program | Damien Ihrig

    Damien Ihrig,  MA Library and Information Science, MA Educational Measurement, Curator of the John Martin Rare Book Room,  will now be the librarian liaison for: Psychiatry Neurology Neurosurgery Neuroscience Graduate (PhD) program You may contact Damien by email at […]

  • Archiving the movement

    We’re living in unprecedented times. Protesters are speaking out against the murder of George Floyd, police brutality, and systemic racism. The UI Libraries’ Special Collections plans to pursue a careful approach toward archiving the protests in our community. We recognize potential […]

  • Learning GIS to Map Bison by Max Lieberman

    Beginning this summer’s fellowship, I had set what I believed to be a difficult, but still achievable, goal for myself. With no background in digital methods, I hoped to learn fundamental GIS skills and create a map of bison migration patterns on the borders of Yellowstone National Park. The […]

  • Visa Issued: Making Sense of Data

    The US immigration system produces a complex hierarchy of legal and visa statuses that grant different rights, freedoms, and protections to immigrants. However, distinctions in visa types are often overlooked or omitted in conversations about immigration, both in research as well as in public […]

  • Dealing with Data Across Academic Fields

    The project that I’m working on during my summer fellowship explores the gendered and racialized politics of the Academy Awards, more commonly known as the Oscars. This project includes a WordPress site with forms of data visualization and a series of video essays that can be used to educate […]

  • Residents: Guide to Services For You!

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  • Gender and Imprisonment: An Analysis of U.S. States over Time

    Imprisonment rates in the U.S. increased by 700 percent between the 1970s and 2000 (Beck and Harrison 2001), and this mass incarceration has garnered substantial attention among sociologists and criminologists. Although many studies have found on correlates of mass incarceration such as the growth […]

  • Examine Discourse of Personal Control in Newspaper

    Project Background: Demonstrating strong control over one’s own life is morally encouraged and sometimes required by American society. Potent as this tenet shapes individual behaviors, it can only remain strong through repeated instantiations in our daily lives. To understand how the value of […]

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