The Office of International Programs is pleased to offer OIP Summer Grants for Brown summer study abroad programs. This year, there are five programs eligible for this grant, including “Archaeology and History in Ancient Rome” and programs in Comillas, Hong Kong/Providence, St. Petersburg, and Greece/Turkey. More information on summer programs can be found at http://www.brown.edu/Administration/OIP/programs/summer/2012overview.php
Eligibility requirements for grants include:
- Current continuing undergraduate Brown student receiving University Scholarship
- Financial Aid application on file
- Good academic standing
- Applying to an eligible Brown sponsored summer study away program
Awarding OIP Summer Grants
OIP Summer Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis by program. Eligibility for the OIP Summer Grant is based on the financial aid award from the current academic year. OIP has established a fund, allocated across summer programs, to help make these programs accessible to students on financial aid. Once the funds have been exhausted, additional students will be put on an OIP Summer Grant waitlist.
When you submit your application for the summer study away program to OIP, you will automatically be considered for the OIP Summer Grant based on your current level of financial need.
Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) provide faculty and students with opportunities to work closely on a research or course development project during the summer or academic year.
The summer UTRA Online Application is now available. To start an application, faculty and students must each log-in at https://apps.college.brown.edu/utra/ to complete a series of faculty- and student-specific questions, respectively.
Each portion may be submitted INDEPENDENTLY (faculty need not wait for student submission to get started). Be sure to complete ALL REQUIRED QUESTIONS in order for the SUBMIT button to become available. Both portions must be submitted by the deadline. Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed.
Call for applications – Summer Research Academy – Getty Research Institute
ENCOUNTERS IN WORLD ART HISTORY
A SUMMER RESEARCH ACADEMY
Los Angeles, California
August 9-September 7, 2012
The Getty Research Institute
The International Consortium on Art History and the Chaire de Recherche du Canada en histoire de l’art de l’Université de Montréal
Call for Applications
From Art History Doctoral Students
Studying in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
Art history is rapidly being reconceptualized to meet new social, political, and aesthetic demands. Essential contributions to this efflorescence will come from junior scholars in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, whose research questions, methods, and objects of study may be informed by the intellectual, linguistic, and political context of their practice. This first Summer Research Academy seeks 8 doctoral students from those regions to research and dialogue with 8 junior and 8 senior scholars from the International Consortium on Art History.
The theme for the 2012 Summer Research Academy is Encounters. We seek submissions that address artistic and art historical encounters, such as the staging of encounters, the work of art as a product of encounters, and the reception of artworks resulting from encounters. The topic will be explored using library resources and special collections at the Getty Research Institute, as well as collections at the Getty Museum.
For more information about the Summer Research Academy and the application process, please visit: http://www.getty.edu/research/scholars/.
The Watson Institute for International Studies announces AT&T New Media fellowships of up to $3,500 for the 2012 summer break. The fellowships are intended for Brown undergrads who are pursuing innovative international projects that address global policy issues or critical needs in society – and who will document their experiences with video and other media on the globalconversation.org media platform.
Deadline to apply is 2/27/12.
The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas announces the initial release of an online CORONA imagery atlas, which is now available here:
The full version of the atlas will be launched in January 2012.
CORONA is the codename for the United States’ first photographic spy satellite mission, in operation from 1960-1972. During that time, CORONA satellites took high-resolution images of most of the earth’s surface, with particular emphasis on Soviet bloc countries and other political hotspots in order to monitor military sites and produce maps for the Department of Defense. The more than 800,000 images collected by the CORONA missions remained classified until 1995 when an executive order by President Bill Clinton made them publicly available through the US Geological Survey. Because CORONA images preserve a high-resolution picture of the world as it existed in the 1960s, they constitute a unique resource for researchers and scientists studying environmental change, agriculture, geomorphology, archaeology and other fields.
In regions like the Middle East, CORONA imagery is particularly important for archaeology because urban development, agricultural intensification, and reservoir construction over the past several decades have obscured or destroyed countless archaeological sites and other ancient features such as roads and canals. These sites are often clearly visible on CORONA imagery, enabling researchers to map sites that have been lost and to discover many that have never before been documented. However, the unique imaging geometry of the CORONA satellite cameras, which produced long, narrow film strips, makes correcting spatial distortions in the images very challenging and has therefore limited their use by researchers.
Thanks to grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, the University of Arkansas’ Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) has developed methods for efficient orthorectification of CORONA imagery and now provides free public access to our imagery database for non-commercial use. Images can be viewed online and full resolution images can be downloaded in GeoTiff or NITF formats.
This project focuses on the Middle East and surrounding regions, areas where CORONA coverage is abundant and where its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972. During this time, there were sixteen successful CORONA missions, designated 1101-1117 which recovered more than 188000 images. These satellites were equipped with two panoramic cameras, one facing forward and another aft with a 30º angle of separation, producing an approximate ground resolution of 6 feet (1.8m) at nadir as well as offering the capability for stereo-viewing and the extraction of topographic data. Images were originally recorded on black-and-white film, copies of which are curated by the USGS EROS Data Center. The USGS has scanned the images at 7 micron (3600 dpi) resolution. Additional technical details regarding the CORONA program and image characteristics can be read here.