Ruppersburg: Dictionaries as Big Data

Posted 4 years 9 months ago
dictionary, OED spine, with pages

Do you keep a dictionary close? Consult it everyday? Multiple times per day? Do you realize the vast amounts of knowledge sitting idly by within those covers? Wonderful to consider.

And then consider how language as a source of power has been controlled at various times in the past, and how much we have at our fingertips now. Are we doing enough with it? The question is self-refuting.

The Dictionary Society of North America held is holding its 2013 Biennal Meeting at UGA this past weekend and, again, for more elegant thoughts on the subject, we turn the blog over to Franklin...

Berry and Kretzschmar receive ACLS Fellowships

Posted 4 years 10 months ago
digital-humanities images, vitruvian man

Very big news for two Franklin College faculty members and even moreso for our overall efforts in the humanities:

Two faculty members in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences are among seven recipients nationally of the 2013 American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowships. Associate history professor Stephen Berry and English professor William Kretzschmar will spend a year dedicated to a major project intended to advance scholarship in the digital humanities.

The ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship program supports digitally...

Lavish Elegance

Posted 4 years 11 months ago

Undergraduate research is one of those great ideas in academia that UGA has utilized to create something truly special. The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunites was launched way back in the olden days of 1999 and in less than 15 years has solidified a process by which our undergraduates can pursue research projects and experience in tandem with their degree programs. This year's CURO symposium is in April 1, and the great Fran Teague will deliver the keynote address at 4 p.m.:

Teague, a Meigs Professor with a joint appointment in the English department and theatre and film...

Refining your research

Posted 5 years 1 week ago

Along with a couple of dozen colleagues from campus, I was involved in a day-long workshop back in the fall on the subject of communicating research: how to accurately condense descriptions of research for public consumption. It's not inevitable that we always can, but we do try. And now, Columns reports that workshops to assist faculty on this subject will soon be repeated: 

A team of UGA faculty and staff is beginning a new program to help researchers share their knowledge with a broader audience.

The Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the...

Science and wonder

Posted 5 years 9 months ago
Der Paukenspieler (The Drummer Boy) by Paul Klee, 1940

During interviews and conversations with faculty members over the years, I've heard scientists, historians and artists all mention this same subject: the importance of wonder and curiosity to their disciplines. While some lament the decreasing capacity of wonder in many students today, I can't help but wonder whether it may have, down through the ages, always have seemed like this. Whatever the case may be, most agree that one of their unwritten duties is to help unlock the wonder in their students. As this essay makes clear, it is one of the most important elements to living an...