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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

English Faculty in the CAVE

Members of the English department had the opportunity on Feb. 25 to experience Villanova's new CAVE virtual reality facility.

The Villanova CAVE, housed in Falvey Library, features an 18’ by 10’ by 7.5’ high enclosure in which 10-15 viewers can view three-dimensional imagery and immersive data displays. The CAVE is configurable for applications requiring projections onto three walls and the ceiling, or onto three walls and the floor.  “CAVE technology has played a key role in scientific and engineering research since its development in the 1990s, and I believe the time is right to bring its powerful visualization capabilities into more general use,” says Prof. Frank Klassner, professor of Computing Sciences and the director of the CAVE project.  Adds Klassner: “This project will contribute toward establishing a collection of dynamic imagery and video from locations around the world, not only for scientific and cultural research, but for classroom use and public appreciation as well. Placing the CAVE in a very public library setting is the key, as it will make it as easy to ‘check out’ and share locations as it has been to check out or share books.”

English Professors Brooke Hunter, Heather Hicks, and Evan Radcliffe in the CAVE with Prof. Frank Klassner

Friday, February 20, 2015

James Joyce Digital Interpretations

Last semester students in the James Joyce seminar courses, both graduate and undergraduate, worked to create a site for their interpretations of Joyce's works that make use of digital files, including images, texts, photos, maps, music, and and illustrations.  Our goal was to have our interpretive arguments go beyond the classroom and into the digital world of Joyce resources.  We'll continue to update it on the Omeka website in future years—hope you enjoy it!  Click here to visit the site, "James Joyce Digital Interpretations."

Some images from the website follow.
Joyce and Sylvia Beach at Shakespeare and Company in Paris
Joyce in the mid 1930s

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Job Opportunity for English Majors Graduating This Spring

Michael Baker Jr., Inc., a unit of Michael Baker International LLC , is seeking "an energetic and creative writer" to join its marketing team as a Proposal Coordinator in Horsham, Pa.  Baker, founded in 1940, provides professional engineering and consulting services for its clients worldwide. With nearly 3,000 employees in over 100 U.S. offices, Engineering News-Record consistently ranks Baker in the top 8 percent of the 500 largest U.S. engineering design firms and in the top 25 of numerous individual markets.   The firm's primary business areas are architecture, aviation, defense, environmental, geospatial, homeland security, municipal & civil, oil & gas, rail & transit, telecommunications & utilities, transportation, urban development and water.  Baker’s headquarters is located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.  Baker recently became part of Michael Baker International, LLC, a leading provider of end-to-end engineering, development, intelligence and technology solutions with global reach and mobility.

Click here to read the full job description and to apply.