Locative Media and QR Codes- Abstract

Locative media is a term first coined by Karlis Kalnins and is derived from a Latvian verb tense that declares a “final location of action” (Zeffiro, 2012). Christian Licoppe defines locative media as “any kind of networked service available on mobile terminals which is able to provide to users on the move some reflexive awareness of the location of themselves and or others, or of their mutual proximity” (Zeffiro, 2012).

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Tel Megiddo

This summer I will participate in the archeological excavations at Tel Megiddo, a site in the Jezreel Valley of Israel, which has been excavated by no less than four different expeditions over the course of its history. The current expedition, led by Professor Israel Finkelstein of the University of Tel Aviv, has been running on a biannual dig schedule ever since 1994. The goals for this season include refining of modern archaeological techniques such as 3D modeling and mapping on site, drone photography, and the use of GPS and survey equipment to mark the location of artifact finds. The excavation also serves as a field school which aims to introduce volunteers to the basics of archaeology and the site’s history. This year the expedition will continue to excavate multiple areas on the tel including a Bronze Age Royal Tomb found during the 2016 season, and multiple Iron Age sites with possible biblical connections.

Abstract – Investigating the Public/Private Distinction

By now, the phrase, “right to privacy,” has become common legal currency, often invoked to prohibit intervention or encroachment (governmental or otherwise) on various human activities deemed private. The terms “public” and “private” have many connotations, and therefore, discussion of the public/private distinction often gets confused. For the purpose of my project, then, my discussion of the “private” will concern the connotation common to the Anglo-American legal tradition–the “descriptive-normative” connotation.  The descriptive-normative connotation of “private” can be understood as a conditional: if something is descriptively private (according to our beliefs, morality, laws, tradition, etc.), then that thing (i.e. a body part, action, or association) acquires a normative entitlement to non-interference and/or protection from interference by the government and/or other people (Gavison). However, there is much disagreement among legal scholars about what it is that makes something private. Some scholars, such as Matt Zwolinski, even argue that it is no longer possible to distinguish between public and private. While others, such as Catharine Mckinnon, argue that the public/private distinction ought not to exist.

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Abstract: The digital aesthetics of activism

My research will be focused on the digital aestheticizing of activism in the 21st century and how activist groups are strategizing and capitalizing on the 24/7 news cycle to promote their causes. Activism movements in the past have often exploited the media to publicize their beliefs during a time when social media and self-promotion was much less common. The Black Panthers relied on theatrical self-presentation, creating an image of strength and intimidation in order to be seen as worthy of coverage. AIDS activists carefully calculated what types of protests and demonstrations would garner media attention and used their knowledge to draw crowds of reporters. All the movements took place during a time when a reliance on formal news institutions was necessary. In this digital age, with tools like Twitter and Instagram, activists can create their own images and promote their causes on their own terms. How do activists use the digital realm to spread their messages and through which routes do they do so?

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Salt Marsh Response to Sea Level Rise

Salt marshes are an important part of barrier systems. The ability of salt marshes to keep pace with sea level rise is dependent on balances between rates of sediment accretion and subsidence, erosion and stabilization of slopes, as well as biomass and subsequent decomposition of organic matter. Broad scale processes such as change in sea level also affect the amount of incoming sediment and the ability of the salt marsh to incorporate sediment and continue to grow. As sea level continues to rise globally and coastal communities and ecosystems combat the adverse affects of the increasingly intruding tide, we wish to discover if salt marshes can keep pace with sea level rise. In 2017, multiples storms, including Hurricane Irma, made landfall on the eastern coasts of the United States. In my research, I will look at sediment from salt marshes in the geographic locations where Irma made landfall. Specifically, I seek to address the following scientific question: What thickness of sediment can be deposited on salt marshes by hurricane-related flooding, and how are salt marshes able to incorporate that sediment into their shallow stratigraphy?

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