We have officially finished the first year of our two-year research collaborative and we celebrated with an end of the year reception on April 26, 2017. Thank you to all who presented, attended, and engaged in Q&A.

Lindsay started off with an introduction to the Research Collaborative and a review of our meetings and events this year.

Lindsay’s presentation: Intro to Reception and Overview of RC

Following Lindsay’s presentation we had two presentations from members of the research collaborative.

Leah Loscutoff, Head of Archives and Special Collections at Stevens Institute of Technology, introduced us to her new oral history project. Women’s Voices: A Stevens Oral History Project records the stories of women at Stevens and women in STEM fields which have not been well documented in the archives. The goal of her project is to document women in STEM by recording and archiving the stories from Stevens’ alumnae. 

Leah’s Presentation: Women at Stevens

Nicole Callihan, Pedagogical Coordinator for the Expository Writing Program at NYU Tandon, followed up on her November presentation in which she presented an idea to use a series of patents from the Poly Archives in Expository Writing Program classes. Now that the school year has come to an end, Nicole asked her students to provide feedback in order to assess the ways in which the archives and the Poly Archivist have contributed to their learning in first-year writing. Despite this being the first time many of the students had used archival material, there were a host of positive reflections.

 

 

Chris Leslie presented the preliminary results from our Archival Sources in the Classroom survey, which investigated the uses and opinions of primary sources in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

Chris’ presentation: Archival Sources in the Classroom

Zakiya finished our reception by previewing our call for papers for our April 2018 Culminating Symposium.This research symposium is open to faculty and graduate students who are working on case studies, historiographies, pedagogical proposals, and other approaches relevant to the theme of STEM and archival research.

Our abstract submission is September 15, 2017 so be on the lookout for our call for papers, coming soon!

We will resume activities in the Fall. Until then, have a great summer!