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Brenda Frieden

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Donna Jacobs

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Sabbatical Showcase

Each semester the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, in collaboration with the PSU Faculty Senate and PSU KNEA, host a series of "Sabbatical Showcase" presentations. These events offer an excellent opportunity to learn more about the research and enrichment outcomes sabbaticals provide.

Use the menu at the right to view showcase information from previous semesters.

Sabbatical Showcase Fall 2016

In April of 2017, the following faculty shared insights into their sabbaticals taken during the fall of 2016.

Presenter Presentation Title  Presentation Description
Erik Mayer Implementing Spiking Neural Networks in Field Programmable Gate Arrays Neural networks are computer simulations of the neurons and synapses in a biological brain.  However, computers can generally only do a few operations simultaneously while many neurons may fire simultaneously in a brain.  A field programmable gate array (FPGA) contains millions of simple computer circuits that have programmable interconnections and can work independently.  This makes FPGAs a good candidate for the implementation of neural networks.  During the sabbatical, FPGAs were configured as spiking neural networks which exhibit spiking behavior similar to biological neurons.  Specialized circuits were designed that served as input and output devices for the neural networks.  The FPGA neural networks were used in an application in power electronics.
Rhona Shand The Story It Tells Us This sabbatical presentation focuses on two projects that connect to my development of two studio courses – Drawing and Photography.  In developing Drawing, I researched and furthered my knowledge base in artists' works that show the maker's thought processes. This would be studies or final works that highlight the incorrect marks, sketches, or even full studies housed on the same page as the final drawings or art. Naturally, many of these works fall into the categories of works of art that are literally unfinished and studies where the artists have granted permission for the marks to remain. This also involved any Scottish armor showing decoration (linework/markmaking) and tattoo work. In developing Photography, the opportunity arose to photograph the Ayrshire coal mines. These echoed the Bouquet: Tar Creek Community Project, Picher, Oklahoma. Both projects are bereft vegetation.  Linework became very important to both my research and artwork. How could I close the gap between the photographic and the drawn artwork? How were other artists resolving their work without completely covering their canvases? How would that translate photographically? Did it need to translate? How did they deal with linework?
Chris Anderson "Poetry: A History of Broken Things" I'll be reading original poetry from a manuscript completed during my sabbatical, while also discussing the creative process involved in writing individual poems and assembling a manuscript.
Shannon Nicklaus Mechanical Systems, Fabrication and Operations Bringing the field of construction to the classroom through video's, live projects and new integrated Building Information Modeling Technology.