Summer faculty research opportunity

Announcing a Summer Faculty Research Opportunity

Thanks to a grant from the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council, RISD and our partners at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography and Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting have received funding for research into innovative ways to represent and communicate environmental data.

There is a growing need among researchers and science communicators to make scientific data available in new forms that can better engage public audiences. Rhode Island is well positioned to make nationally relevant advances in this arena because of its deep local expertise in natural and social sciences as well as the arts.

This project proposes to compile several long-term data sets from Narragansett Bay for use as a case study in developing interactive, highly-engaging data narratives that expand public interest in and understanding of the effects of climate change in Rhode Island.

Building on the work of RISD’s participation in Rhode Island EPSCoR (see our website), this pilot project will support data compilation and development of a suite of data visualizations over the summer of 2014. The outcomes will be presented and discussed in the context of relevant best practices developed by science communication practitioners at a final workshop in spring 2015.

Funding is in place for a part-time RISD faculty researcher as well as support for two graduate students. In addition, participation of two undergraduate students is being requested through the Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.

For more information contact the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab Director Neal Overstrom, 401-454-6166 or

EPSCoR, Neal Overstrom, Research, RI SURF

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