Grad Student Research

Fellowship Calls and Grad Student Professional Development

I want to share several developments from the grad programs side of the Lab this semester. It’s been a busy fall, and I’m pleased with all the work the team has put into our programs! For one, the CFPs for two of our fellowship programs are now live. The Praxis Program, which will welcome its…. Continue reading “Fellowship Calls and Grad Student Professional Development”.

Learning to Augment Reality

The Praxis team is in the midst of defining its project, and for the past few weeks, we’ve been playing around with augmented reality (AR), specifically by using Vuforia and Unity. Learning about AR has been fascinating and, admittedly, a bit frustrating. I won’t go through the process of getting Vuforia and Unity to work…. Continue reading “Learning to Augment Reality”.

Measured Unrest in the Poetry of the Black Arts Movement

As one of the graduate fellows at the Scholars’ Lab this year, I am working on a year-long digital project (that’s also a chapter of my dissertation) in collaboration with the folks at the SLab. To sum it up in a sentence, the project hopes to offer a proof-of-concept for performing sentiment analysis on some…. Continue reading “Measured Unrest in the Poetry of the Black Arts Movement”.

3D Printed Enclosures with OpenSCAD

This is a tutorial on how to use OpenSCAD to design a 3D object via code instead of using a WYSIWYG editor like Tinkercad, Fusion360, etc. We are currently creating a customized media player to allow people to interact with MP3 artifacts. We’ve been working in Python to prepare the audio and wanted to generate…. Continue reading “3D Printed Enclosures with OpenSCAD”.

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Hello again, my fine digital-humanist friends! It’s a delight to be back in the Scholars’ Lab this year! For those who don’t know me, my name is Christian Howard, and I am a PhD Candidate at UVA in English literature and one of the 2017-2018 Praxis Fellows. If you do happen to know me, you…. Continue reading “/etc/rc.local”.

Digital Humanities Fellows Applications – 2018-2019

[Read closely: our menu options have changed. Note especially the changes to the application timeline, eligibility, and funding structure of the fellowship. Questions should be directed to Brandon Walsh, Head of Graduate Programs for the Scholars’ Lab.] We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 DH Fellows Cohort! Applications are due Wednesday, November 1st. The Digital Humanities…. Continue reading “Digital Humanities Fellows Applications – 2018-2019”.

What can digital humanities tell us about Character?

My part of the collaboration with James has been thinking through what this text has to tell us about “Character” as a literary category and to consider how digital tools can help modern users interact with eighteenth-century characters. There’s been a learning curve for me as I find out more and more about what digital…. Continue reading “What can digital humanities tell us about Character?”.

Transcribing Typography with Markdown

Digital technologies are not new solutions to our old problems, but are new problems asking for us to return to old solutions. People have been transcribing texts for as long as there have been texts. So it is no surprise that some of the earliest applications for computers were concerned with transcribing texts. These applications…. Continue reading “Transcribing Typography with Markdown”.

Why To Teach Students to Not-Read Novels

Scholars’ Lab Fellow James Ascher went to Washington and Lee University to give a workshop in Prof. Taylor Walle’s ENGL 335 course through a Mellon-funded collaboration with the Scholars’ Lab in the UVA Library. More information about this initiative can be found here. His post is cross-listed on the W&L blog. This post has a simple argument: if…. Continue reading “Why To Teach Students to Not-Read Novels”.

Visualizing Paper Evidence Using Digital Reproductions

Digital images both lie to us and tell us truths that exist outside of our normal perception. The lie comes about through both deliberate distortions and distortions produced by limitations in digital and in other reproduction methods. The limitations of reproductions are easy to see for anyone who considers the situation carefully, but understanding the…. Continue reading “Visualizing Paper Evidence Using Digital Reproductions”.

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