Seminars 2010-2011

Theme for 2010-2011 Seminars
For Spring 2010, the University Seminar in New Media Teaching and Learning will engage in a dialogue with Columbia stakeholders and external experts working on the intersections of global health and technology in an effort to develop a strategy for bringing Columbia's digital educational resources and energies to this emerging and important area.

Healthcare, according to the prognostications such as The Fourth Paradigm, is headed to a point of "singularity," wherein "the translation from medical knowledge discovery to widespread medical practice becomes nearly instantaneous." This new immediacy in healthcare will happen through an advanced harnessing of the power of digital communications technologies that we can glimpse and anticipate but not fully execute. An old logic would assume that it will happen in more developed countries first. Yet, since this transformation is not a matter of new bricks and mortar, but rather an outgrowth of the global power of networked communities, it becomes possible that its impact in the underdeveloped world will keep pace with the industrialized countries. Early indicators suggest that less developed regions of the globe, out of need and necessity, will emerge as unique corridors of innovation.

The innovation in treatment and basic research underlying these advances has been highly funded and flourishes worldwide, but bridging the gap between successful innovations and their universal dissemination remains a challenge as does developing the necessary skill sets and judgments to operate seamlessly between the constantly changing fields of health and technology. Organizations do not know where to look, whom to hire, and how to evaluate emerging opportunities for adopting new technologies now being deployed in often disparate and siloed areas.

Over the next several months, we will explore the intersections of global health and technology in an effort to find opportunities for strategic initiatives and partnerships and to develop the internal learning and professional development necessary to become leaders in this emerging field of practice.

June 3, 2011

Project Vietnam: Three Years of Multimedia Analysis

In this University Seminar, CCNMTL's Mark Phillipson and Maria Janelli will present Project Vietnam, a three year collaboration with Boston's public television station, WGBH. Funded by the IMLS, Project Vietnam provides Columbia University students unique access to heretofore inaccessible material...

April 5, 2011

Simulating Post-Conflict Environmental Remediation Strategies at SIPA

In this University Seminar, Marc Levy, Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), will share how he is implementing a CCNMTL-developed simulation known as Ground|Work into his graduate course that focuses on...

February 3, 2011

Triangle Initiative Interventions in HIV Prevention and Treatment: A Progress Report

In the University Seminar, "Triangle Initiative Interventions in HIV Prevention and Treatment: A Progress Report," Robert Remien of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies and Dr. Louisa Gilbert of the Columbia School of Social Work's Social Intervention Group...

December 2, 2010

Transforming Dental Practice with New Media

In this University Seminar, two professors from the College of Dental Medicine will share how they are implementing custom-developed, educational multimedia tools to enhance dental practices in the classroom and in the field. Dr. Burton Edelstein DDS MPH, professor of...

November 15, 2010

Project Rebirth: Using Documentary Film to Study Trauma, Grief, and Recovery

Randall Bass, associate professor of English, executive director of the Center for New Designs in Learning Scholarship, and vice provost at Georgetown University, will present an overview of the process and results of an experimental undergraduate course taught last fall...

May 13, 2010

Crisis Mapping with Crowdsourcing: Ushahidi and SwiftRiver

In this seminar, Patrick Meier, director of crisis mapping and strategic partnerships at Ushahidi and SIPA graduate, will demonstrate and discuss crisis mapping using the the free and opensource crowdsourcing tools Ushahidi and SwiftRiver. Using cases from recent events in...

March 26, 2010

Achieving International Health Objectives with New Media and Technology at Columbia's Earth Institute

In this seminar, Dr. Prabhjot Singh Dhadialla and Dr. Patricia Mechael of the Columbia University Earth Institute will discuss the historical progression of health systems and the role that new media and technology plays in helping to achieve international health objectives particularly as they relate to developing countries.