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Researchers to outline their work on the 'interdisciplinary frontiers' of humanities and the arts

By Dave Jones on October 1, 2013 in University News

You’ve heard the topics for UC Davis’ new work on the “interdisciplinary frontiers” of humanities and the arts, and now you can hear more from the faculty members doing the research.

Their presentations are part of a half-day symposium set for Monday (Oct. 7) in Ballroom B at the Conference Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

The research is being done with campus money under the auspices of the Office of Research and a program called Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts. The office previously awarded grants in a related program, Research Initiatives in Science and Engineering.

Thirty campus teams vied for the humanities and arts grants, and seven teams won out — receiving a total of $3.6 million, after being selected on the basis of potential for excellence in research and creative production, impact on society and for the potential to transition to external funding sources.

Vice Chancellor Harris Lewin announced the winners in the spring. The topics range from studies of child poverty and vocational education to the cultural role of video games and changes in scholarly publishing caused by the Internet.

The program for next week’s symposium starts with Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi at 8 a.m., followed by Lewin at 8:15, giving an overview of the humanities and arts grant program.

Then come the presentations on each of the seven projects:

  • Innovating the Communication of Scholarship — Mario Biagioli, professor, Science and Technology Studies (College of Letters and Science, and the School of Law); 8:30 a.m.
  • California Community Colleges, Vocational Programs and Workforce Development: Improving the Workforce and Improving Lives — Ann Stevens, professor and chair of economics, and director of the Center for Poverty Studies; 8:55 a.m.
  • Gamification and Innovation in the Digital Humanities — Colin Milburn, associate professor of English, and holder of the Gary Snyder Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities; 9:20 a.m.
  • Understanding the Long-Term Effects for Children in Economic Distress — Marianne Page, 9:45 a.m.
  • Interdisciplinary Reappraisals to Enhance Health and Resilience in Immigrant Communities — Nolan Zane, professor of Asian American studies and psychology; 10:50 a.m.
  • Managing Temporary Migrations: California, U.S. and the World — Giovanni Peri, economics professor; 11:15 a.m.
  • UC Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest — Susan Verba, associate professor of design; 12:40 a.m.

Read more about the projects here.

Lewin is scheduled to conclude the program by talking about the future of the humanities and arts grant program, and taking questions.

People planning to attend are asked to register in advance, via this online site.

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