More 2017 Gibbons projects in brief
Maine’s Arctic Connection: Xin Jiang ’20 is developing an interactive and expanded digital version of the Maine Arctic Trail Map, first published in 2016. The map explains the state’s historic and contemporary connections to the Arctic.
Climate Histories of Coral: Zoe Aarons ’19 is helping Assistant Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science Michele LaVigne develop novel data analysis techniques for her deep-sea coral research. These corals preserve past oceanic conditions in their growth bands, similar to trees. By analyzing their geochemical make-up, scientists can get a better sense of what drove oceanic and climate changes over the last three centuries.
Digital Humanities and Italy: Dean Zucconi ’19 is working on several projects in the Italian department, including updating and improving the Bowdoin Digital Clip Archive, digitizing a corpus of 17th-century Italian texts, and analyzing the curated, crowd-sourced website Dante Today, which contains almost 1,000 citing of Dante in contemporary culture.
Remembering the Past: Jessica Solis ’19 is assisting Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Erika Nyhus’s examination into how our brains retrieve memories. Solis is helping to analyze the flow of information between brain regions, as well as determine which brain regions are interacting as we recall memories.
China in Germany: Quyen Ha ’18 is helping Birgit Tautz, Bowdoin’s George Taylor Files Professor of Modern Languages, investigate German’s perceptions of China in the 19th century. Germans looked positively upon China until about 1800, and Tautz would like to find out why. As part of this research, Ha will use digital research methods to scour 18th- and 19th-century German journals.
Women’s Rights, Human Rights: Katherine Henneberger ’20 is helping Professor of Government Janet Martin design a coding scheme to analyze the speeches of US presidents and secretaries of states going back to 1993. Martin wants to elucidate how, when, and where the term “human rights” is used and whether women’s rights, or issues of concern for women, such as equal pay, are referred to as human rights.