Research hailing from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is as diverse and wide-ranging as the disciplines contained within the school itself. Projects seek to explain complex subjects through interactive learning, the study of colors sourced from nature, and a residency at a Zen monastery that informed a novel.

Back to the Roots: Ancient Dyes and Textiles

Back to the Roots: Ancient Dyes and Textiles

Eleonora Del Federico

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mathematics and Science

This research shows our comparison studies of natural dyed textiles and modern synthetic textiles, which include color stability and durability, as well as how the color hue can be manipulated using natural additives.

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Color Blind

Color Blind

Mark Rosin

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Math and Science

How would colors appear if you had animal eyes or super-human vision? Color Blind explores the mind-blowing world of metamerisms, in which scientifically designed mixtures of light and color expose the limitations and potential of human vision.

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Emancipatory Urban Futures

Emancipatory Urban Futures

STEAMPLANT INITIATIVE

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Math and Science

Emancipatory Urban Futures is a STEAMPlant Initiative project at the intersection of art, technology, and research aimed at envisioning a more inclusive and just city for the next generation.

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I Was Not Sexual in the Zendo: A Novel

I Was Not Sexual in the Zendo: A Novel

Claire Donato

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Writing

Seed Grantee 2019-2020

I Was Not Sexual in the Zendo: A Novel is a meditation on Zen renunciation told through the perspective of a 33-year old adjunct professor living in a Buddhist monastery.

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Interactive Learning Stations

Interactive Learning Stations

Helio Takai and Mary Lempres

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Math and Science

We deviate from the traditional museum setting of informal learning, instead bringing interactive art to teach science where there is a public and communicate it in a multisensory fashion that could easily be replicated in virtually any space.

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Slow Fashion

Slow Fashion

Melissa Eidson

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities and Media Studies

Slow Fashion is a feature length documentary in three parts. Issues of cultural appropriation, the commodifying of culture, and relationships between weavers/block printers and designers are examined, as well as solutions provided by new business practices.

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The Global South Center Oceans Project

The Global South Center Oceans Project

Francis Bradley

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Science and Cultural Studies

Seed Grantee 2019-2020

The Global South Center Oceans Project activates a working group comprised of Pratt faculty, bridging the Global South Center with the Center for Materials and Science to bring interdisciplinary perspectives to one of the most vital problems facing the world today: the degradation of the world's oceans.

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Transcending Tradition: The Role of Performance Art in Elementary Education

Transcending Tradition: The Role of Performance Art in Elementary Education

Martha Wilson

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Seed Grantee 2019-2020

Transcending Tradition: The Role of Performance Art in Elementary Education aims to study how time-based performance art is uniquely effective in the elementary school classroom and makes available various methods we observe to promoting equity in educational settings.

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