During the first 48-hour Sciathon hosted by the Council for the Nobel Laureate Meetings, Steve Acquah, the UMass Amherst Libraries Digital Media Lab coordinator and associate research professor of chemistry, worked as part of a team (Group Clifton) to develop a science news verification tool, authentiSci. The Clifton group became finalists at the end of June and were recently awarded second place in the category of ‘Lindau Guidelines’ and a shared prize of 1,000 Euros. AuthentiSci can be accessed through the website authentisci.com and will primarily be used through a Google Chrome Extension, which is now available at the Chrome Web Store. The extension is one of the first of its kind that gives scientists the ability to score science news stories, providing a measure of confidence for the reader.
A Research Art-Science Exhibition (RASE) celebrating the rich diversity of the students in the College of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the Digital Media Lab in the Du Bois Library and the Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology (GEOSET) initiative. Undergraduates and graduates, especially underrepresented students will be encouraged to create an artistic representation of their research work that can be produced as a picture to be mounted and displayed in various locations over the course of a year. During the opening event, students will stand by their artwork and talk to the visitors about their research, giving them the opportunity to network with the campus community.
The UMass Create Student Fellows are a cohort of Digital Media Lab student staff. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, they will experiment with the UMass Create Web Domains pilot to work on their own web spaces and web projects related to the Digital Media Lab. As part of this process, the Student Fellows will regularly meet both with each other and UMass staff, reflect on their experiences using UMass Create and building a digital identity, and develop a personal web presence of their own that they can continue to grow after graduation. This initiative was inspired by the UMW Domain Fellows program.
The UMass Amherst Libraries Digital Media Lab is pleased to announce the winners of the Ready Player One Virtual Reality Competition. To commemorate the lab’s new virtual reality (VR) capabilities from HTC VIVE, the official partner of the new film, Ready Player One, UMass Amherst students were challenged to produce a short video describing their vision of how VR technology and its applications could enhance student life on campus.
As one of the 2018 Innovate Fellows, I will be working on integrating new technologies and best practices for instruction as UMass Amherst.