Maggie Cross, Electrical and Computer Engineering
(Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Prairie)

This research attempted to determine if active haptic learning (AHL) can be used to aide in teaching sign language to people who operate within the deaf community on a day-to-day basis. This project endeavors to answer this question utilizing a wearable tactical interface (a glove) with position sensing and feedback, which will train the brain to relate a discrete movement of the muscles in the hand and wrist to correlate to each sign language letter, establishing a incognizant neural memory and reducing the amount of time normally required to actively memorize the movement.

Jesse Abruzzi, History
(Faculty Mentor: Dr. Emily Gray)


Religion was not the only reformed institution of the Early Modern era. Political institutions experienced tremendous change as well. The Reformation in England sparked a political reformation that was not exclusive to the central government. Without a Catholic political hierarchy small towns were faced with pressing questions: How will the town be governed? And how will minority religions, such as Catholicism, be a part of this new system? Stratford-upon-Avon was one such town attempting to answer these questions.

During the fellowship period, Dr. Gina Sherriff worked on her project, which examined the true crime novel in Latin America, an emerging literary genre that employed the style and conventions of detective fiction to narrate real-life crimes. Her research links themes within both the detective novel and documentary narrative and relates them to the emerging genre of true crime while examining ways the true crime novel can influence political and social activism in Latin America. As a result of her work, she submitted two articles to journals for review: one about Vargas Llosa’s Lituma en los Andes, and the other about Roberto Bolaño’s 2666.

Dr. Megan Remmel collected voter turnout records from Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. After transcribing and inputting the election returns, she then used them to create the voter turnout for all statewide races, state legislative races, judicial elections, and local ballot measures. By doing so, she was then able to calculate the voter roll-off, the percentage of voters who participated in the “top” races of president, senator, or governor (depending on the election) but did not participate in a subsequent race on the ballot. As a result of her work, she has submitted an article with a collaborator to a political science journal.

Over the course of six weeks, Dr. Travis Morris was able to complete several chapters, resulting in the completion of a book manuscript to Lexington Books. In his book, he examines twelve leading violent jihadi and neo-Nazi demagogues active over the past sixty years. A mixed methodological approach was used to analyze the life and work of neo-Nazi and violent jihadi demagogues from a socio-ecological perspective that was used to examine the relationship between social/political context, biographical details, propaganda, and ideology. The book focuses on the specific forms of propaganda, the context surrounding it, and the author’s biographical details, in order to better understand information warfare.

Dr. Tara Kulkarni focused her research on the city of Pune, India and its water resources. Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra; a highly urbanized state characterized by expanding cities that house approximately 42.5% of its population (approximately 2.5 million in 2001 and projected to be 5.7 million by 2027). The city currently supplies over 650 million liters of water per day to its residents through a 2000 km long pipeline. On the treatment side, approximately 68% of the city’s sewage of over 300 million liters daily is treated by five sewage treatment plants. As development expands and imposes additional burdens on the already strained water resources, efforts made by the Pune Municipal Corporation as well as private builders and developers were researched, focusing on green storm water infrastructure, water conservation, treatment, and water harvesting practices. The case study will be documented in an upcoming book on water resources planning exemplifying ongoing efforts in the Asian subcontinent, as the prospect of water insecurity looms large.

During his fellowship period, Dr. Rowly Brucken built upon his previous research into the origins of international human rights law by investigating human rights history, legal norms, and how human rights and American foreign policy have intersected between the American Revolution and the end of the Cold War. As a result of his efforts, he completed a book prospectus, a work of synthesis that borrows insights from a range of authors who have written about specific human rights-related issues in U.S. foreign policy. It anchors them to a larger thematic narrative that situates each one within a continuum of American foreign policy concerns dating from the start of the republic. The prospectus, table of contents, and the first chapter will go to Northern Illinois Press, whose editor has expressed an interest in issuing a book contract. Based on this research, he also presented a paper at the “Human Rights, Violence, and Dictatorship” conference in Krakow, Poland in December 2015.

Dr. Brian Bradke’s work focused on a serious health concern of aging populations: the increased risk of vertebral fractures, which account for more than half of all osteoporotic fractures and lead to increased mortality and morbidity. During the fellowship period, using the latest methods in biomedical imaging and computational analysis, he developed a three-dimensional fracture risk prediction tool using unique computational methods and standard-resolution computerized tomography (CT). As a result of his work, he submitted a full-length manuscript to Spine, which was accepted and will be published in the spring of 2016. Additionally, he submitted a proposal to the Orthopedic Research Society’s annual meeting in the fall of 2016.

March 28, 2017

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art is pleased to host Steve Kredell and John McLeod of McLeod Kredell Architects who will lecture on their summer design/build studio, Island Design Assembly, one of sixteen studios worldwide featured in a soon-to-be-released book titled The Design Build Studio / Crafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education, which focuses on community based design/build projects. The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, in Chaplin Hall Gallery and will be free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the lecture from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

The book, scheduled for release in May, 2017, has been primarily authored by Tolya Stonorov, a faculty member of the Norwich University School of Architecture + Art. Stonorov, the recipient of this year’s Vermont Women in Higher Education Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award, will introduce the publication and the guest lecturers, who will discuss the importance of engaging in design/build, stressing how architecture can serve communities.

McLeod Kredell Architects is a studio built around the practice, teaching, and community engagement of architecture. John McLeod and Steve Kredell are both licensed architects and LEED accredited. McLeod is a visiting professor of architecture at Middlebury College and Kredell teaches in Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.


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