Professors from A&S, the iSchool and Falk work to bring Internet to remote areas in Costa Rica with a $416,000 grant from the Internet Society Foundation. Over the next year, the team will deploy six Internet Backpacks in six remote areas of Costa Rica. The self-powered and self-contained Internet Backpacks are equipped with a high-powered lithium-ion battery, a 50-watt foldable solar panel that allows the battery to recharge when standard AC recharging is unavailable, power adapters, USB cables, international converters, two smart devices such as a cell phone or tablet, and a satellite terminal. The backpack utilizes a specialized router that supports cellular based broadband, satellite, Wi-Fi and GPS signals. Read more.
Beth Ferri, professor of inclusive education and disability studies, has been named associate dean for research in the School of Education. Ferri has coordinated the Ph.D. program in special education since 2006. She has published widely on the intersections of race, gender and disability, including her collaborative work (with David J. Connor and Subini Annamma) to establish a new area of inquiry, Disability Studies Critical Race Theory. She is currently co-principal investigator of Project INCLUDE, a $7.5 million, three-institution consortium (with Florida International University and Arizona State University) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education to train and support doctoral scholars. In addition to over 60 journal articles and chapters, she has published five co-authored and co-edited books, including her two most recent volumes, “Stories from our Classrooms: How Working in Education Shapes Thinking about Dis/Ability” (with Connor; Peter Lang Press, 2021) and the forthcoming (with Annamma & Connor) “DisCrit Expanded: Inquiries, Reverberations & Ruptures” (Teachers College Press). Read more.
The Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) announced a new partnership with the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), a Department of Defense program office that connects academia and startups to solve national security problems. NSIN has appointed Roger Misso as university program director for Syracuse University. Misso will be based at the University’s CASE offices, where he will strengthen relationships between defense, academia and venture communities. This partnership gives students real-world opportunities to develop innovative solutions to national security challenges. Additionally, the partnership will strengthen the talent pipeline for government and industry. Read more.
The iSchool has recently earned three grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS), which will fund Library and Information Science projects. Two of these grants are Early Career Research Development grants, which are very prestigious. IMLS only awards a handful of these grants, and it is rare for an institution to receive two in the same grant cycle. Read more.
The proliferation of politically powerful languages like English and Hausa in African countries like Nigeria has come to threaten many of the over 500 languages spoken throughout the country. Christopher Green, assistant professor of linguistics, seeks to describe and document some of those languages that appear on their way to endangerment. Green is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Dynamic Language Infrastructure Documenting Endangered Languages fellowship for his project, “Documentation and description of Jarawan languages.” Read more.