2018 Interdisciplinary Research Grants

  • Media Clown
  • Capturing the Experience of Rural Latinx High School Students through Photovoice and Digital Storytelling: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Distinguishing High-Crime Neighborhoods from Low-Crime Neighborhoods: A Spatial Examination Integrating a Diversity of Social and Ecological Factors

This summer, we're also delighted to host three Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–funded Digital Bridges groups

  • The People's Weather Map and Social Media: Iowans Talking about Weather Hazards
  • Colored Conventions Project: Iowa Satellite
  • Applications of Digital Storytelling

For more about these groups, please visit the Iowa Digital Bridges website.

UI student in clown class

Media Clown

About

This group will spend four weeks during the summer of 2018 researching and integrating the entertainment industry’s newest digital media technologies with century-old analogue clown routines. This under-researched collaboration between disciplines seeks to understand how the clown exists in the digital world, its relevance to the digital age, and the codependency between the analogue and digital worlds. This residency will form the foundational research and experimentation for a new, interdisciplinary touring production that blends cutting-edge technology into the clown’s physical world in order to connect performers and audience members in a shared human experience through a combined digital and physical playground.

Latinx high school students

Capturing the Experiences of Rural Latinx High School Students through Photovoice and Digital Storytelling: An Interdisciplinary Approach

About

This group will use PhotoVoice, a community-based participatory research methodology that utilizes photography, to give voice to rural Latinx high school students’ lived educational experiences, engage in critical dialogue, and promote policy development  in the selected schools. In addition, they will employ Digital Storytelling, short audio-visual clips combining photographs, music, and voiceover narration to depict participants’ stories and experiences. They intend to collaborate with 20 Latinx students in two high schools in rural southeast Iowa (Muscatine and Louisa Muscatine), where they represent a significant proportion of the student population, in order to: a) enable participants to record and reflect on the concerns and strengths of their schools, b) promote critical dialogue about the issues illuminated by the participants, and c) communicate findings to the entire community, including educators and policymakers.

Police tape

Distinguishing High-Crime Neighborhoods from Low-Crime Neighborhoods: A Spatial Examination Integrating a Diversity of Social and Ecological Factors

About

This group aims to identify the characteristics of high and low crime areas in Los Angeles neighborhoods, and to generate predictive models of crime that account for neighborhood characteristics driven from a variety of metrics including demographic, land use, and social tie characteristics of neighborhoods.

The proposed research will focus on Los Angeles neighborhoods as a case study because the study area provides a wide variety of social compositions, allowing for a wide range of comparisons between neighborhoods. Los Angeles city is representative of a large urban U.S. city, with a population greater than 3.5 million people, of which roughly half are non-white. By investigating crime patterns in Los Angeles neighborhoods, the group can obtain key insights for the future of other neighborhoods in other cities, given that the racial and ethnic diversity continue to grow in population in urban environments.