Teaching Media Literacy

Posted 1 year 9 months ago
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The vast, new tools at our disposal are requiring greater levels discernment in the use of media and in some cases, giving rise to new areas of study and instruction at the university level. The Chronicle of Higher Education published an interview this week with a professor who shared a list of unreliable news sites with her mass communication classes at Merrimack College, only to have the classroom discussion overtaken by events when a top search about the Presidential election signalled the arrival of the impact fake news. She then made her list public:

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STEM education and the humanities

Posted 1 year 10 months ago
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Scientific American weighs in on the tendency to prioritize STEM disciplines over the humanities and how Voltaire and Camus have an important role to play, especially in a high-tech future:

Promoting science and technology education to the exclusion of the humanities may seem like a good idea, but it is deeply misguided. Scientific American has always been an ardent supporter of teaching STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But studying the interaction of genes or engaging in a graduate-level project to develop software for self-driving cars should not edge out...

Faculty profile: Cecilia Rodrigues

Posted 1 year 10 months ago
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Curriculum coordinator of the UGA Portuguese Flagship Program Cecilia Rodrigues is the subject of a Columns profile this week:

A scholar in her third year at UGA with an affinity for travel, language and culture, Rodrigues is in many ways the perfect ambassador for the international career opportunities students unlock by adding language skills to their academic training.

Rodrigues, a native of the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceara, first came to the U.S. as an exchange student. After completing her undergraduate degree at the Federal University of Ceara, she returned to...

Neupert book explores Pixar revolution

Posted 1 year 11 months ago
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Animation in modern storytelling is the focus of a new book by Wheatley Professor of the Arts in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies Richard Neupert on Pixar's "Chief Creative Officer," John Lasseter:

Lasseter films from Luxo Jr. to Toy Story and Cars 2 highlighted his gift for creating emotionally engaging characters. At the same time, they helped launch computer animation as a viable commercial medium and serve as blueprints for the genre's still-expanding commercial and artistic development. 

Richard Neupert explores Lasseter's signature aesthetic and storytelling...

How do we say it? The variations in sounding Southern

Posted 1 year 12 months ago
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Automated phonetic analysis and a significant grant from the National Science Founation will allow UGA linguistics researchers to delve deeper into what makes Southerners sound Southern:

The researchers will use computer software to analyze 64 interviews with speakers from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas recorded from 1968 to 1983.

"We hope to document the wide range of pronunciations in the South, both to provide a database of that variation and to demonstrate how to model that variation," said William Kretzschmar, Harry and...