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Tuesday, October 10 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Canoeing Into the Community: A Summer Field Experience for Students and Citizen Scientists (45 mins)

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The Wisconsin Rivers Project (WRP) is a faculty led summer field experience for students interested in engaging in environmental science fieldwork while making media about Wisconsin’s freshwater resources. The WRP is a new (2017) summer experience at Marquette University. The WRP produces and maintains an interactive web platform that combines science reporting, geo-located storytelling, short form documentary film, photography, and data visualization. The WRP impacts the community by: 1.) raising awareness about environmental issues affecting WI rivers, 2.) supporting the work of local non-profit groups such as MKE Riverkeeper, and 3.) visualizing data related to environmental monitoring projects in WI rivers. Students engaged in the WRP interact with the community by assisting in the collection of water quality data, learning about the issues affecting residents living close to Wisconsin’s urban and rural rivers, and by producing media about their findings. A significant aspect of the WRP involves hiking, canoeing, and camping along WI rivers while exploring the literature of WI conservationists such as Aldo Leopold. This CUMU Lighting Session presentation introduces the scope of the Wisconsin Rivers Project, showcases some of the resulting media from the 2017 class, and offers resources to other universities interested in creating similar programs.


Joe Brown

Assistant Professor, Digital Media, Marquette University

Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Colorado B

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