In Spring 2016, undergraduates in Ted Gutsche’s Visual Storytelling course contributed to FIU’s Digital Commons by curating research, storytelling, art, and communication related to work on sea level rise conducted by FIU faculty, students, and staff. Their project is titled, “Submerging the Sunshine: Explore Sea Level Rise in South Florida.”
Some of the media captured, digitized, and archived includes what’s been published on eyesontherise.org and work conducted in other units. Students archived material, using software from Omeka to create online narratives.
Students in this course were introduced to cultural themes of visual communication, museums, and libraries. Through practical application and collaboration, they created digital narratives, using the content that is already in – and that was added to – the collections to make the archives approachable and sharable for wider audiences.
A $3,800 seed grant from the College of Architecture + the Arts, of which FIU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication is joining, has been awarded to an 11-person faculty team to create a proposal for large, national external funding.
The team members across five departments will use the seed grant to amplify and sustain current projects, including the interactive Sea Level Rise Toolkit.
Faculty from the participating Departments of Journalism and Broadcasting, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Environmental + Urban Design, Theatre, and Advertising and Public Relations continue to receive international recognition for their work related to rising seas.
Through collaborative, interdisciplinary work on sea level rise in South Florida, this project develops fundable communication models, engagement projects, scholarship, and pedagogy that interconnect sea level rise and changes to quality of life.
This seed grant supports such innovative and expressive projects that engage South Florida students and communities and strengthen the team’s applications for additional external funding to communicate insights and solutions through robust research in science, art, journalism, and design.
Juliet Pinto presents eyesontherise.org work on sea level rise on Feb. 3.
SJMC faculty members Susan Jacobson, Juliet Pinto, Kate MacMillin, and Ted Gutsche presented the work of their students, FIU faculty, and local community members to a group of the university’s leading sea level rise researchers and communicators. The “All Hands” meeting was hosted by FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center.
Juliet Pinto, Kate MacMillin, and Susan Jacobson present a poster on crowdsourcing Miami flooding.
Pinto (at top) presented on the overall work of eyesontherise.org, highlighting the ways in which the project has collaborated with fellow university scientists and local experts to measure and communicate issues of South Florida’s rising seas.
A poster presented at the meeting by Jacobson, Pinto, and MacMillin (at left) discussed the specifics of how their students work to improve the Sea Level Rise Toolkit and how communication can create awareness and change related to our environments. More specifically, their work examines the practice of crowd hydrology, which eyesontherise.org has employed.
Three SJMC undergraduates, a graduate research assistant and Jamie Rogers from FIU’s Digital Collection joined Gutsche (below) to present a poster on how their Visual Storytelling class in Spring semester is collaborating with the university’s GIS Center and Library to visualize FIU’s digital collections related to sea level rise work.
From right, Ted Gutsche, Jamie Rogers, Samantha Smith, Jeffrey Pierre, and Emily Devine recruit other sea level rise researchers to join their project. Missing in photo: Daniela Hernandez