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Students Present Work in VR Eco-Journalism

dss2Three students working in the School of Communication + Journalism’s Mobile Virtual Reality Lab presented and demonstrated their work in virtual reality eco-journalism to crowds at the at the Oct. 28, 2016 opening of FIU’s Digital Scholar Studio at MMC.

The Studio, in the Green Library Room 540, is part of a large technology fee through the FIU Library that provides technology and support for faculty and students examining the humanities and the arts through digital media. Several CARTA faculty members are part of the Studio’s Advisory Board, including Professor Jacek Kolasinski (Art + Art History), Professor Moses Shumow (Journalism + Media), and Professor Robert Gutsche, Jr. (Journalism + Media).

dss3Undergraduate students who demonstrated their work in virtual reality, such as in exploring a mangroves forest on the Biscayne Bay Campus, and beginning work to augment video of a nearby neighborhood to show the potential impacts of sea level rise, included Samiyyah Black, Jose Acosta, and Jose Gomez.

Each is working in the School of Communication + Journalism’s Mobile Virtual Reality Lab and showcased the innovative, digital means of communication happening within CARTA. Black and Gomez are part of Dr. Robert Gutsche, Jr.’s Digital Theories course focused on the cultural meanings of digital proxemics and power. Acosta is a student in Business and is a Webmaster and Producer at the MVR Lab.

To see more on the students’ work, visit eyesontherise.org/virtualEYES.

Cover Image: CARTA’s eyesontherise.org project through its virtual reality program, VirtualEYES, was in attendance at the Oct. 28, 2016 opening of FIU’s Digital Scholar Studio at MMC. VirtualEYES is a main component of the Mobile Virtual Reality Lab in the School of Communication + Journalism.

First Image: Samiyyah Black (right), a student in the Department of Journalism + Media, fits a pair of VR goggles to participants at the Oct. 28, 2016 opening of FIU’s Digital Scholar Studio (dss.fiu.edu) at MMC. Attendees represented those participating in the Studio’s use of digital media to explore the humanities and arts, which includes several CARTA faculty members.

Second Image: Jose Gomez (left), a student in Dr. Robert Gutsche’s Digital Theories class in the Department of Journalism + Media and Jose Acosta (second from left), a Business student who works with VirtualEYES (eyesontherise.org/virtualEYES), describe the role of virtual reality to communicate environmental change due to sea level rise at the Oct. 28, 2016 opening of FIU’s Digital Scholar Studio at MMC.

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