on Perseus Digital Library Updates
We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the third series of the Digital Classicist New England (Boston?). This initiative, inspired by and connected to London’s Digital Classicist Work in Progress Seminar, is organized in association with the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University. It will run during the spring term of the academic year 2014/15.
We invite submissions on any kind of research which employs digital methods, resources or technologies in an innovative way in order to enable a better or new understanding of the ancient world. We encourage contributions not only from students of Greco-Roman but also from other areas of the pre-modern world, such as Egypt and the Near East, Ancient China and India.
Themes may include digital editions, natural language processing, image processing and visualisation, linked data and the semantic web, open access, spatial and network analysis, serious gaming and any other digital or quantitative methods. We welcome seminar proposals addressing the application of these methods to individual projects, and particularly contributions which show how the digital component can facilitate the crossing of disciplinary boundaries and answering new research questions. Seminar content should be of interest both to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, as well as to information scientists and digital humanists, with an academic research agenda relevant to at least one of these fields.
Anonymised abstracts  of 500 words max. (bibliographic references excluded) should be uploaded by midnight (CET) on 01 November 2014 using the special submission form. When submitting the same proposal for consideration to multiple venues, please do let us know via the submission form (to be posted later).
Seminars will run from mid-January through April 2015 and will be hosted at Brandeis, Holy Cross, Northeastern and Tufts. The full programme, including the venue of each seminar, will be finalised and announced in December. In order to facilitate real-time participation from California to Europe, seminars will take place in the early afternoon and will be accessible online as Google Hangouts.
As with the previous series, the video recordings of the presentations will be published online and we endeavour to provide accommodation for the speakers and contribute towards their travel expenses. There are plans to publish papers selected from the first series of the seminar as a special issue in an appropriate open access journal.
 The anonymized abstract should have all author names, institutions and references to the authors work removed. This may lead to some references having to be replaced by “Reference to authors’ work”. The abstract title and author names with affiliations are entered into the submission system in separate fields.
Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Tufts University
Gregory Crane, Tufts and Leipzig
Stella Dee, University of Leipzig
Leonard Muellner, Brandeis University
Maxim Romanov, Tufts University
David A. Smith, Northeastern University
David Neel Smith, College of the Holy Cross
Urbanization and climate change are significant planning challenges for water supply management. While there are numerous researchers tackling the challenge of adaptation to uncertain […]
Excessive loading of the nutrient phosphorus to the Mystic River has led to the eutrophication and degradation of the aesthetics and recreational value of the river. The problems associated with this high nutrient availability include the occurrence of cyanobacteria blooms, high chlorophyll-a concentrations, large diurnal swings of dissolved oxygen and the rapid spread of invasive plants including water chestnut (> 20 acres). As a result of the degradation caused by phosphorus pollution, the river has been designated as a Category 5 water body requiring a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on the Massachusetts 303(d) List of Impaired Waters. The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) has identified phosphorus and stormwater pollution as the most significant issues facing the health of the Mystic River and intends to take critical steps to address these pollutants.
The first step in addressing phosphorus will be the accurate determination of phosphorus loads that are being contributed to the Mystic River. MyRWA and Tufts University will work in collaboration to perform a pilot study which will measure the load (total mass) of phosphorus that is being contributed from Alewife Brook into the Mystic River. To quantify the load of phosphorus carried by Alewife Brook, the team will measure the concentrations of nutrient species at different time points within a storm and use flow measurements to calculate the event mean concentration (EMC). After an EMC has been determined, regulation can be set forth to require a reduction of phosphorus inputs into the river. In time, the river's water quality will improve and its designated uses will be restored.
For the purposes of this research, an assistant is needed for help in the field. An assistant would prepare sample bottles for deployment in the Alewife Brook, travel with me to the sampling site, learn to program an ISCO 6712 autosampler to take samples during rain storms, and collect and process water samples for laboratory analysis. Research assistant must be able to carry at least 40 pounds. Experience in statistics would greatly benefit an assistant. Must be proficient at Microsoft Excel. Must be willing to wade into a river (with hip-waders on, of course!).
Work load and time frame can be adjusted to student needs. I require about 4-6 hours per week for sampling. If assistant would like to partake in data analysis, hours could be increased to 8-10 hours per week.
Assistant must be willing to change schedule around during rain storms. We may not get a great deal of advance notice when storms arrive. Thus, an assistant must be flexible and willing to sample during the early morning or late at night.
Assistant is needed August 15th through December 10th.
Undergraduate students will gain experience in field work related to environmental engineering. This is a valuable way to physically be a part of data collection. Field work increases student understanding of where numbers come from and enhances data analysis capabilities.
Research experience will prepare undergraduate students for graduate school and provide a real life application of concepts taught in the classroom. This is a unique opportunity for students to become involved in their community, as Tufts University exists within the Mystic River watershed.
I have a bachelor's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and came to Tufts to pursue a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering. I have completed one year of graduate school and am hoping to graduate in May 2015. Prior to graduate school, I worked in Somerset, PA at Seven Springs Ski Resort and was given duties to help engineer and maintain the resort's water and wastewater systems as well as its snow making processes. I now work with the Mystic River Watershed Association to address water quality issues in the River.
The island of O`ahu, Hawaii supports 75% of the state’s population in 10% of its land area. Due to its excessive development and fragile ecosystems, it has suffered catastrophic declines and extinctions in native species. Population growth and continued development now threaten remaining native species and compromise the island’s water supply; both of these situations will be exacerbated by future climate change conditions. Among O`ahu’s remaining native ecosystems are low elevation wetlands, of which 75% have been lost since human settlement. 21 of the 27 bird species that relied on these wetlands are now extinct, and of those that remain, 4 can be found on O`ahu. This research project focuses on the Hawaiian Gallinule or `Alae Ula (Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis), an endangered subspecies of waterbird endemic to the islands. These birds are very reluctant fliers that occupy dozens of wetland habitats scattered across O`ahu. I am interested in quantifying the movement behavior of `alae `ula to understand how individuals can get from wetland to wetland within the heavily developed landscape of the island. Movement information will help managers understand how connected different populations on the island are, and measure the effects of increasing wind energy developments on endangered bird populations. Another research priority is the effect of different types of habitat structure and management on `Alae `ula breeding success, survival, and population density. This information will help inform management actions to protect this and other waterbird species on the Hawaiian islands.
Position 1: Field Assistant
Background: 1 full-time field assistant is needed to assist in field protocols in an ongoing study on the movement ecology of the Hawaiian Gallinule, an endangered wetland bird endemic to the Hawaiian islands.
Tasks: Assist with capture, handling, measuring, and banding of wild Hawaiian Gallinules; record and organize field data; keep an accurate an organized field notebook; survey wetland habitats for banded gallinules; take field measurements of physical characteristics of wetland habitats.
Qualifications: Applicants must be in strong physical shape, able to lift loads of up to 60 lbs and endure long hours in hot, humid, and muddy conditions. Applicants should be familiar with basic techniques of ecological research (data recording, carrying out field protocols) and comfortable using binoculars. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required. Preference will be given to those applicants who have experience watching wildlife using spotting scopes and binoculars, and those interested in careers in ecology, conservation, or wildlife science.
Time frame: Summer 2015. Depending on funding, could be May-August or July to September.
Hours: 50-70 hours per week
Benefits: This project offers a great opportunity for students to receive one-on-one training in basic techniques of field ecology and field ornithology, get hands-on experience working with wildlife, and develop valuable career connections with environmental NGO’s, state and federal wildlife conservation departments, and academic researchers. Students will also get to see unique ecosystems in a remote part of the globe and experience the culture native to the Hawaiian Islands. Advanced students may have the opportunity to design an independent research project and present it at a conference in Honolulu.
Position 2: Software Developer / Outreach Intern
Background: 1 part-time intern needed to spearhead a citizen science project enabling volunteers to easily submit data on sightings of an endangered bird species on the Hawaiian Islands. Birds marked for research purposes are to be tracked across the landscape by volunteers taking censuses in bird habitats, and our goal is to provide resources for volunteers to easily submit that data. A website has already been developed for this purpose, but will need monitoring, maintenance, and improvement, and we seek an intern to design a mobile app with the same functions. We are additionally interested in increasing the presence of the research project on social media to increase publicity and public interest.
Tasks: Design a mobile app for submitting banded gallinule resightings; improve and maintain a website for submitting bird resighting information; design and implement social media and web outreach campaign for Hawaiian waterbird conservation; design and manage a database for storing user-submitted bird resighting data. If time allows, additional tasks may include data entry and organization.
Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate sufficient training and experience to design a fully functional mobile app for multiple platforms (Iphone, Droid, various tablets), and to design and maintain a website. Applicants should be familiar with social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and capable of working closely with researchers and collaborators from local Non-profit organizations and public media groups to increase publicity for the project. Preference will be given to students with experience in data entry or database management, particularly with software packages like Microsoft Excel and Access.
Time Frame: Fall semester 2014.
Hours: Negotiable, part time.
Benefits: Students will have the opportunity to have their software showcased and widely used in the wildlife conservation community and gain valuable hands-on experience designing and maintaining software and websites for a client. Students will gain professional connections in the “Green Media” field and with several wildlife conservation NGO’s.
Charles van Rees is a Ph.D student in Biology and graduate fellow in the Water Diplomacy IGERT program. His primary research experience is in landscape ecology and animal behavior, and his work focuses on the conservation and ecosystem services of wetland habitats and the species that depend on them. He has worked on a variety of research projects on bird behavior and biodiversity conservation in Hawaii, California, Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vietnam, and Costa Rica.
[caption id="attachment_355" align="alignnone" width="300"] Capturing a moorhen[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_356" align="alignnone" width="300"] A banded gallinule/moorhen[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_357" align="alignnone" width="300"] A moorhen and chicks[/caption]
Many attribute the success of environmental regulatory regimes largely to the design and implementation of particular regulatory tools. While sound design and effective implementation are crucial elements of any successful regulatory action, the heterogeneous social, cultural and political institutions of those groups targeted by environmental governance must also be considered. Regulatory regimes can only succeed when those governed by them at the very least comply, and ideally cooperate. This research project will use qualitative methods in case studies in New Zealand, Norway, and the United States and focuses on both indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Its aim is to investigate how socio-cultural institutions, at various levels of scale and formality, play a role in determining the degree of local compliance and/or cooperation that regulatory regimes enjoy.
RA Skills/Experience Needed:
The RA need not have technical skills, but must be an effective researcher and communicator. The bulk of the duties will involve researching topics related to the project, and presenting the results of that research in brief reports. RAs might also be asked to assist with data analysis of ethnographic interviews collected during field research. Finally, the RA might be asked to assist with preparing for conference presentations and publication submissions (cite-checking, proof-reading, etc.).
The RA should expect to commit 7-8 hours per week to the project while school is in session. The project is expected to last through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
In addition to income and flexible working hours, the RA will develop important skills, including advanced scholarly research, qualitative data analysis, and data coding skills. In addition, the RA will have gained experience working on academic research that is being prepared for presentation and publication.
Initially trained as a human rights attorney, I focus my research on rights-based approaches to natural resource management, sustainable development, and climate change adaptation. Before returning to academia, my legal practice was predominantly in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and New York City on issues of development, environmental protection, education, and human rights. As a scholar, I have continued to study those regions and issues, but recently I began a new major research project examining the effectiveness of fisheries management regimes in several communities in Arctic Norway, New Zealand, Alaska, and New England. A large part of this research relates to the durability, change, and interplay of cultural, social, and political institutions, and how these impact governance across various scales..
[caption id="attachment_351" align="alignnone" width="300"] Professor Tirrell in the harbor of Andenes, Norway, one of the project's field sites[/caption]