Mini Grant Momentum Panel

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Date & Time
March 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Clark Library Instructional Space, 2nd Floor
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Mini Grant Momentum
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Join us to hear about work being done by students on campus—work that is made possible through Library student mini grants and pairing students with a Library mentor. Today's speakers:

Rowan Renee — Together, but Separate
“Together But Separate” is a photographic exhibition proposal that addresses the subversion of gendered power structures through art objects. The project confronts themes of sexism and misogyny in order to understand how the strategic implementation of violence towards feminine and queer bodies has been leveraged as a tool to maintain dominance in a patriarchal society. The goal of the project is to deepen understanding of how misogyny continues to affect the status of women and feminine-identified people in the contemporary moment, and to illuminate tactics for reclaiming our labor and bodies in a socio-political climate where our progress towards equality is threatened. The photographs and mixed-media works in this proposal are based on a personal narrative where an artistic collaboration with a former partner deteriorated, resulting in the loss of ownership and access to a series of photographs of myself that I co-authored. Using this narrative as the building block of the project, I plan to expand my research outward to include historic narratives from women and femmes about their struggles against patriarchal systems of ownership and authorship, the strategies they implemented to subvert the systems that worked against them, and the ways they envisioned possible futures outside of the historic limitations placed on their labor. 

Cole Zingas — Avian Botulism
As the waves crash along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in late August, the National Park Service is wary of another impending die-off event that could impact hundreds of birds. The culprit? Avian botulism. Mainly during the fall season, waterfowl in the Great Lakes ingest a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which emerges from its resting state to proliferate and produce this deadly toxin. This toxin is thought to be produced within decaying algal mats, called Cladophora, that ravage the lakes. By implementing various combinations of suspected environmental stressors in Cladophora enrichment cultures in the lab, we expect to experimentally uncover the conditions that promote the toxin production in the algal mats. Our results will be incorporated into an avian botulism outbreak model, which would allow better prediction of outbreaks and inform management practices for the preservation and conservation of the lakeshore ecosystem. Our study aims to enhance the visitor experience at Michigan lakeshores, promote citizen scientist participation, enhance sensitive bird populations, and the positively contribute to the surrounding ecosystem through collaboration with the National Park Service and the public.

Andrea Belgrade — Through my Eyes: Stories of Young Refugees
“Through my Eyes: Stories of Young Refugees” is an art exhibit and research project using Photovoice methodology. This project aims to provide refugees, especially children and adolescents, a voice in public discourse. This project aims to empower participants, increase understanding and empathy for these people, and help to build scholarly knowledge which may eventually inform policy both locally (within the schools for example) or nationally (federal policy). We will work with local school districts in Washtenaw County and Washtenaw Refugee Welcome, a non profit community organization. After our participants have taken their photographs and created captions, we will have them engage in debriefing focus groups where they will have a chance to discuss their photographs. The photographs, captions, and the focus group discussions will be coded to identify common themes that may arise for participants, helping us to understand both their shared and unique experiences. These photos will be displayed in the form of an exhibit to help educate the general public.

Marisol Fila — Connecting Experiences, Strengthening Community Partnerships: The Afro Presence in Argentina
The purpose of this project is to connect the experiences of young Afro-Argentines with African-American and other minority groups in the United States and towards the construction of a diverse and inclusive understanding of national, cultural, social and political identities, while also understanding the different challenges people of African descent face in different places. Likewise, it is also the objective of the project to create an awareness of the historical and cultural contribution of these marginalized groups to their societies, and of the necessity of locating them as social, political and cultural active subjects not only throughout the history but also at the present time.

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