Graduate Studies-funded Research Assistantships
The Graduate Studies-funded Research Assistantships for Spring 2015 recently selected 5 RISD faculty members with awards totaling $14,840. Research Assistantships include compensation for the graduate student, but also are meaningful educational and research experiences and opportunities to contribute to the creation of new knowledge. Below are the faculty members with brief descriptions of their research projects.
Shawn Greenlee (Assistant Professor, Foundation Studies) – Sonic Interaction & Experience (SIX)
The Sonic Interaction & Experience (SIX) research group is a newly formed collective composed of faculty and graduate students bridging RISD, Brown University, and URI. Its primary investigation for Spring 2015 is embedded and mobile computing platforms for sound design. This group’s goal is creating an open source code repository and establishing an identity that lasts beyond the Spring 2015 semester, so that publishable outcomes may eventually be reached for submission to peer-review venues. This effort will strengthen a link between RISD, Brown, and URI in areas of common interest, linking the fields of Music Computing, Sonic Interaction Design, and Media Arts.
Enrique Martinez (Senior Critic, Architecture) – The Clinical Trials System Project
The mission of The Clinical Trials System Project is to apply systems-based analysis to the pharmaceutical clinical trials process with the goal of improving its efficiency and effectiveness in order to reduce cost and maximize access to care for patients. Clinical trials — the testing of potential new drugs in humans before they may be finally approved by the FDA — are at the core of new drug development and involve a complex system of public and private stakeholders linked to a multi-billion dollar industry that has been traditionally consider one of the nation’s main innovation drivers. This project is spearheaded by The MIT Collaborative Initiatives and benefits from MIT’s leading research capacity as well as Cambridge’s condition as the nation’s biotech and pharmaceutical hub.
Patricia Phillips (Dean, Graduate Studies) – Mierle Laderman Ukeles Exhibition and Book: Archival/Documentation Research for fall 2016 exhibition at Queens Museum (NYC) and publication (Prestel Verlag Publishers)
The Queens Museum will produce a major (retrospective) exhibition on artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles featuring key works that span the five-decade career of the artist. Co-curated by Patricia Phillips and Larissa Harris, Mierle Laderman Ukeles will also produce the first major monograph on the artist’s work. The book includes a significant essay by Phillips and, with the Queens Museum, Presets Verlag will publish the book in Fall 2016.
Shona Kitchen (Assistant Professor, Digital+Media) – Setting Out
This research project is the curation and production of a commissioned exhibition, “Setting Out;” it was one of three winning proposals selected from 470 applicants for inclusion in Apexart’s 2016 exhibition season. Apexart is a non-profit arts organization in Lower Manhattan that was conceived to offer opportunities to independent curators and emerging and established artists, as well as to challenge ideas about art, its practice and curation. Setting Out will be professionally mounted at Apexart from January 14 – March 5, 2016.
Suzanne Mathew (Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture) – Collaborative Research in Media and the Environment
During the fall of 2014, I collaborated with a team of RISD Professors and alumni to enter the Van Alen Institute’s National Parks NOW Competition. The goal of the competition was to engage new modes of technology and changing demographics to give National Parks visitors a new experience. Our team was chosen as 1 of 4 finalists, from 65 national and international teams that entered the competition. Our focus is on designing ways to reveal temporal changes on the site: whether they be seasonal changes, historic changes that Weir made to the farm himself, or ecological changes that have occurred over the past 100 years in this dynamic landscape. As part of our entry, our team proposed working with a select group of student research assistants to investigate new modes for engaging environmental experience through new media and technologies.