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Amanda Biederman will present “From Athens to the Antarctic: Studying the Biology of Cold-adapted Fishes”

During her presentation, Biederman will discuss her research in Antarctica as well as how Ohio University Libraries assisted in her research. In Spring 2015, Amanda was part of the team that traveled to Palmer Station, Antarctica to study the physiology of two species of fish, Chaenocephalus aceratus and Notothenia coriiceps. The group was made up of professors from Ohio University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Virginia Tech, the University of Leeds, and the University of British Columbia.  Read more…



Enakshi Roy and Nisha Garud stand in front of Ohio University's Class Gateway

  Doctoral students in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Nisha Garud and Enakshi Roy, will present “Visual Terror: Analysis of ISIS Propaganda Through Images Published in Dabiq,

During their presentation, Garud and Roy will discuss their research on the 11 available issues of ISIS’ online magazine Dabiq. The pair looked at 1,004 images in the magazine using the theoretical framework of propaganda analysis and visual rhetoric. Garud and Roy analyzed the production quality, quantity of visuals and content images to better understand ISIS’ use of new media and social media. Better understanding of these recruitment and propaganda techniques, Garud and Roy argue, is valuable for developing counter messages and strategies. Read more…




Matthew Vetter will present, “The Politics of Access and Representation in Wikipedia: A Transdisciplinary Model for the Study of Digital Culture.” 

Vetter will discuss how he came to conclude that Wikipedia “is systematically incapable of completely achieving its own open access and universal ambitions,” given that it “omits and marginalizes certain types of knowledge and fails to allow diverse editor demographic access.” Vetter’s conclusions come from a transdisciplinary model of research which transcends the boundaries of a single field of study. In his presentation proposal, Vetter described using the Libraries’ interdisciplinary databases, such as Articles Plus, in order to examine the topic from a broad range of disciplines. Read more…


Lance Poston presents his research, “A Balancing Act: Rediscovering Queer Pasts in Archives and Oral Histories,”

In his presentation for the Fall 2014 Graduate Research Series, History PhD candidate and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies fellow Lance Poston will speak about his experiences balancing the need for new — and sometimes controversial — ways of collecting historical sources with the need for complementary materials from physical archives and digital collections.  Read more…


Presentation for Kang & Hawthorne presentation

Dongjing Kang (PhD program, School of Communication Studies) and Sherica Hawthorne (MA program, International Development Studies)

“‘I Want to Change…’: Practicing Critical Pedagogy at the Ohio University Libraries”

Kang and Hawthorne explored Freire’s concept of critical pedagogy through a research project at Alden Library in fall 2013. Kang and Hawthorne installed poster boards on two floors of the library which asked students to finish the sentence “I want to change…” Read More.

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Flyer for Okamoto & Parsloe presentation

Kristen Okamato and Sarah Parsloe (PhD program, School of Communication Studies)

“Tales from the Field: Community-Based Research Within an Ethnographic Context”

Okamoto and Parsloe utilized ethnographic field-based research with underrepresented populations. Okamoto focused on a running group that sought to aid people without homes, while Parsloe performed research on an online community of people with Asperger syndrome. Read more.

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Flyer for Reetobrata Basu presentation

Reetobrata Basu (PhD program, Neuroscience)

“Conducting Research in Neuroscience: Humans to Worms and Back”

Basu discussed his research using the nematode model C. elegans (worm) to study an enzyme underlying many neurological disorders including depression, ADHD, and Parkinson’s disease. Read more.







Flyer for Bianca Sams presentation

Bianca Sams (MFA program, School of Theater)

“Research-Based Creative Writing”

Sams focused on her use of historical information and “found stories” to develop plays and enhance the creative writing process. Read more.







Flyer for Schlosser presentation

Katelyn Schlosser (Master of Child and Family Studies program)

“Snapshot!: Photographic Research Through a Child Life Lens”

Schlosser discussed her thesis research exploring the effects of chronic/terminal illness on hospitalized children through the first-person perspective of the children’s use of photography. Read more.






Poster from Wallace's GRS presentation

Ben Wallace (MA program, Department of History)

“Microfilm and Megabytes: Integrating Digital and Analog Sources”

Wallace spoke about his archival research into the American Committee on East-West Accord (ACEWA), a public education organization begun under Richard Nixon. Read more.







Kelly Kathleen Ferguson Graduate Research Series flyer

Kelly Kathleen Ferguson (PhD program, Department of English)

“My Life as Laura”

Ferguson presented on her recently-published memoir, My Life as Laura, in which she explores the historical journey of Laura English Wilder. Read more.