GE Conversation: "Aswang" Transmedia

submitted by: UP Los Baños
A special General Education Conversation lecture at the University of the Philippines Los Banos by Bliss Cua Lim, Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies at the School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine. Lim is an expert on Philippine cinema; temporality; archival loss; postcolonial and feminist film theory; transnational Asian horror and the fantastic; and taste cultures. Lim's profile can be viewed at http://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=4929

Science Nation - Saving Tribal Languages

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Tribal language educator Mary Hermes at the University of Minnesota, Duluth documents endangered languages. With support from the National Science Foundation, her team is working with elders to record, translate, transcribe, and annotate conversations. At the same time she is helping train new scholars, young and old, who want to speak the Ojibwe language. Her team is going beyond just translating text; they're creating videos of conversations among the elders. The videos, which will be a...

Science Nation - Decoding Disasters

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The Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware aims to help communities become as prepared as possible for unplanned, sometimes unthinkable events. The Center's work and guidelines have been adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross, medical reserve groups, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Center's associate director, sociologist Tricia Wachtendorf, looked at specific events in lower...

Science Nation - Babies and Learning

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Are we pre-wired to know right from wrong or are we blank slates who learn solely by our exposure to the environment? The question isn't new, but by studying the behavior of newborns, psychologist Karen Wynn of Yale University believes she can get us closer to the answer. With support from the National Science Foundation, she is investigating the role an infant's social preferences play in how they learn from other people. Wynn and her team put on puppet shows for infants, with characters...

Science Nation - Indian Hand Talk

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Historical films, field work reveal more about endangered Native American language James Woodenlegs first learned to communicate using Plains Indians Sign Language from his family, when he was growing up on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. Known as "hand talk" or "sign talk," the language has been used by both deaf and hearing Indians from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico for at least 200 years, possibly much longer. For this and more Science Nation, go to...

Science Nation - Trading Textbooks for Twitter

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These college students are supposed to use their phones in class! "So (class), let's turn to Twitter." Think of it as Twitter 101, a class in, of all things, social media. Not just tweeting, but Facebook, blogging, wikis and the like. Gerald Kane, assistant professor of information systems at the Carroll School of Management, created and teaches the course at Boston College. For this and more Science Nation, please go to:http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp