During her leave, Dr. Aimee Vieira conducted site visits to rural amenity communities in Quebec, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, for data collection on: property ownership; demographic change; commercial business operations and signage; and economic development activities. These site visits augmented data secured from the Census Bureau, Statistics Canada, various public records, as well as digital and print media. With the wealth of data amassed, she was able to conduct analyses of qualitative visual data and quantitative data, as well as explore mapping techniques to interrogate the information collected, for a subset of the U.S.-based study sites. As a result of her work while on leave, Dr. Vieira has chapters forthcoming in two edited volumes. She also completed a book review for Rural Sociology, presented multiple research-in-progress papers at professional meetings, has several articles under development for various journals, and has been approached by a publisher for a possible monograph.
Dr. Reina Pennington made substantial progress on her manuscript, a nonfiction work of history that examines the surprising lessons in military history that the Russian and Soviet experience has to offer. In it, she argues that from the emergence of Muscovy through the Soviet era to the present day, Russian and Soviet military history offers perspective and insight into major issues in the study of warfare. The book examines a variety of key aspects of war by using case studies from Russian and Soviet military history. Offense versus defense; treatment of civilians; motivation of soldiers; racial integration in the armed forces; the unpredictability of war -- all are examined through the Russian lens.
In the late summer and early fall of 2015, Dr. Richard Dunn conducted a geological mapping and drilling campaign at the site of ancient Jaffa, in Tel Aviv, Israel. This activity involved work with international colleagues, including researchers from UCLA, Texas A&M, Haifa University, and independent consultants from Israel and Germany. In late September he returned to Haifa, Israel, to work in the Recanati Institute for Marine Studies, University of Haifa, on the description, photography, and sampling of all cores recovered during drilling. Samples were shipped to Norwich where Dr. Dunn undertook a number of analyses. As a result of his work, he co-authored a paper, currently under revision, on the archaeological geology of Jaffa and its paleo-environmental setting. He also wrote the first draft of monograph chapters on the geology and land use records for the ancient quarry site on Easter Island. The monograph is a large compilation of all the work by the Easter Island Statue Project that has been conducted over the last two decades. This draft resulted in the compilation of information that was then used as the basis for three professional talks
Dr. Carole Bandy’s research covers the areas of threat perception and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as hardiness and resilience, which is the ability to either remain unaffected by trauma or to recover from it quickly. She is especially interested in learning more about the correlation of related emotions and underlying brain activity revealed by EEG and eye-tracking. To that end, her leave focused on the research literature associated with the neurobiology of PTSD and frontal lobe asymmetry and emotion. She attended two EEG workshops and wrote two papers, including one on the efficacy of Transcendental Meditation in the relief of PTSD among South African college students.
Ryan Whitell, Electrical and Computer Engineering
(Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ronald Lessard)
This research aimed to improve the function of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in one key area: formation-flying. Using a team of three Raspberry Pis, a formation and location algorithm will be simulated. The results of this study can be implemented by teams of quadcopters.