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2014 Award Recipients

Name:  Sarah Malmquist
Dept: NeuroBiology
Proposed Project:  “Development of Interactive Video Quizzing for a Neurobiology Laboratory Course”

This project will produce four videos with embedded quizzing to more effectively communicate and assess student understanding of these concepts.  In addition to standard question types, these pre-lab video quizzes will include tasks that assess students' spatial knowledge of processes and techniques.

Name:  James Shin  
Dept:  Radiology
Proposed Project: “Interactive Instructional Imaging Coursework for Non-specialist Clinicians”

Proposed is an interactive, online imaging coursework aimed at providing non-specialist clinicians with a practicable set of tools for imaging evaluation, targeted to answer specific clinical questions with simple yes/no answers rather than lilsts of possible differential etiologies of imaging findings in a particular clinical scenario. Especially in evaluation of cross-sectional imaging studies, interactive and context-aware browsing through image data can provide useful and user-minded feedback, helping to tailor the coursework on-the-fly to user skill. 

Name:  Tatiana Tchoubar
Dept:  Technology and Society
Proposed Project:  “Development of virtual commons application, interfaced with Library resources and services, to facilitate faculty and student access to online multimedia materials and collaboration tools.”

The purpose of this proposal is to facilitate faculty and student access to the leading-edge educational technologies by developing a subject-area oriented virtual educational space in Blackboard LMS and on the Library website, comprising online learning materials (videos, self-quizzes, simulations, games), and collaboration tools. This virtual commons will engage students of SPD Human Resources program in knowledge exchange, review, and in-depth study. We will also investigate how the mode of presentation of the learning materials appeals to the students, depending on their major/content area, demographics, learning styles, and digital fluency. 


Name:  Elizabeth Bojsza  
Dept: Theatre Arts
Proposed Project:  “Introduction to Theater (THR 101) Course Revamp Including 'Flipped' Classroom”

“...we are dedicated to 'flipping' the classroom so that students will read and watch videos, interviews, and lectures outside of class for their homework, and in class will participate in guided practice applying the knowledge learned.”


Name:  William Dawes & Thomas Muench
Dept: Economics
Proposed Project: “Developing Maplets for Core Undergraduate Economics Courses”

This project will develop a number of Maplets that will give students the ability to generate many of the most important graphs in those courses using Maplets that only require them to enter a set of initial numerical values without going into the mathematics and graphical tools behind those graphs.  After testing the Maplets in the core undergraduate economics courses in Fall ’14, we will make them available at no cost to other SUNY schools.  We will also include some suggested curriculum based on those Maplets.


Name:  Jonathan Sanders & Phil Altiere
Dept:  Journalism
Proposed Project:  “Padcasters for Newscasters & Meteorologists”

The School of Journalism has pioneered the use of iPads for remote newscasting for our advanced broadcast students last year at Wolfstock Live ( Now we will introduce beginning students in our new Multi Media Course JRN 215 to doing remote “stand-ups” without all the confusion of needing to operate sophisticated cameras; we will develop ways of teaching three freshman at three different locations on campus to stand and deliver messages without requiring the satellite trucks to cover events that major stations and networks use.


Name:  Raja Jaber, Gerardo Mackenzie, Lynette Dias & Margaret McNurlan
Dept:  Preventative Medicine
Proposed Project:  “Interactive website for SBU Teaching Families Program”

The Tallock “teaching family” (one of five composing the Stony Brook Teaching Families Program) is a virtual patient family with several common medical conditions (e.g., obesity, diabetes, cancer) that the medical student learners would encounter in actual clinical practice. This family will “come to life” in Fall 2014 when the new curriculum starts.  The objective is to make this virtual family as “real” as possible.  For this purpose, we plan to create a secure and interactive “Tallock family” website with likenesses of each family member and descriptions of their medical history, clinical conditions, genogram, interactive molecular signaling pathways and results from laboratory tests as their diseases develop/progress and/or complications arise.


Name:  Hechang Huang
Dept:  Dental Medicine  
Proposed Project:  “Multi-touch software for biomechanics of orthodontic tooth movement”

The current teaching method relies on static 2D figures, which is unable to show the dynamic processes and the 3D tooth movement in response to biomechanical appliances.  The purpose of this project is to develop multi-touch, interactive software application which will not only demonstrate tooth movement by the existing biomechanical appliances, but also enable the students to design new biomechanical appliances by themselves to improve the control of tooth movement.


Name:  Rong Chen
Dept:  Chemistry
Proposed Project:  “Exploring Electronic Lab Notebooks”

Electronic lab notebook (ELN), as web-based software, makes it easier to manage and organize the lab notes and experimental collected data.  It is also more environmentally friendly than the physical lab notebook. If applied in the organic chemistry lab courses, the teaching staff could be relieved from the time consuming bookkeeping and focus more on helping the students. Therefore, it is proposed that we explore the feasibility of the using ELN in CHE 327, CHE 383-384.


Name:  Angela Kelly
Dept:  Physics & Astronomy; Center for Science & Mathematics Education
Proposed Project: "Technology Innovations for Workshop Physics"

The proposed initiative will strengthen Stony Brook’s commitment to first-rate STEM education.  The guiding principle is to merge lecture, recitation, collaborative problem solving, and hands-on laboratory work into a single common experience and workspace.  Rather than relying on traditional lab equipment, new Vernier LabQuests and probeware have been purchased to provide a more versatile, engaging laboratory experience. The laboratory exercises will need to be designed and written in a standardized manual, along with new conceptual and quantitative clicker questions for formative assessment.


Name:  Gary Mar
Dept:  Philosophy
Proposed Project:  “Archiving and Streaming Asian American History @ SBU”

Stony Brook University is unique in having the Charles B. Wang Asian American Center, which, up to that time, was the largest donation to the public education system in New York State. This donation led to the establishment of the first regularly offered course in Asian American History at Stony Brook, which began through the Academy of Teacher Schools. The goal of this project would be to archive and make these educational resources available through a streaming website.


Name:  Jonathan Mintzer & Jennifer Pynn
Dept:  Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Proposed Project:  “An Online, Interactive, Modular Educational System for the Mastery of Mathematic Concepts in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”

In the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), multiple mathematic equations are utilized to describe pathophysiologic processes and/or their treatment.  We therefore propose the creation of an online, interactive, modular educational system to promote self-learning and mastery of these individual concepts.  We envision this approach as simple, informative, user-friendly and likely beneficial to Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellows, in addition to Pediatrics residents and medical students rotating through the NICU.


Name:  Keith Sheppard, Ross Nehm & Minsu Ha
Dept:  Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME)
Proposed Project:  “The Nature and Practice of Science”

The PhD program in Science Education has 2 cohorts, one at Stony Brook and the other at Stony Brook Manhattan.  This proposal is to redesign one of our core course offerings (CSM 610: Nature and Practice of Science) so that it will have an online version that can be taken simultaneously by both groups of students. The redesigned online course will incorporate several new components and learning outcomes.


Name:  Pamela Block & Lori Scarlatos
Dept:  Health and Rehab Sciences & Technology and Society
Proposed Project:  “The STEM of Wheelchair Use”

Wheelchair users are life-long consumers of STEM technologies.  We propose to create a 3-credit undergraduate course for wheelchair STEM education, cross-listed in EST and HAX. This SBU-based 2-week program provides recreation, rehabilitation and independent living skills training, involving multiple types of wheelchairs and other mobility devices.  For the new course, we would create online course materials, including high-quality video modules focusing on the science and technology of wheelchairs.


Name:  Peter DeScioli
Dept: Political Science
Proposed Project:  “Building an interactive online game to help students understand alliances”

Behavioral economics teaches students key concepts by using hands-on interactive computer games that give students direct experience of phenomena such as markets, market bubbles, bargaining, auctions, and public goods provision. My project will build a game that helps students understand alliances. This creates opportunities for trust and betrayal, giving students direct experience of the complexities of side-taking and alliances.  A rough draft of the player interface is at this website:  The game will be set up so that students can play against other people as well as against programmed robots.


Name:  Raiford Guins & Kristen J. Nyitray
Dept:  Cultural Analysis and Theory & Special Collections and University Archives
Proposed Project:  “Digitization of documents for the William A. Higinbotham Game Studies Collection”

The William A. Higinbotham Game Studies Collection (WHGSC) at Stony Brook University is dedicated to documenting the material culture of screen-based game media in general and in specific, collecting and preserving the texts, ephemera, and artifacts that document the history of a 1958 computer simulation designed by Higinbotham that, over the years, has become known as Tennis for Two.  We would like to take our print collection (consisting of nearly 3,000 periodicals, rare books, and documents related to Higinbotham) to the next level of preservation and access via the digitization of select materials.

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