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Why Improve is for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) struggle with reading emotional cues, communicating with verbal (eg. repetitive language that seem to be irrelevant to a conversation) and non-verbal languages (eg. making eye contact). This poster presents four ways in which improv classes can effectively help children with ASD learn these communication skills through exercises that involve understanding others’ emotions, engaging in the scene’s context and others’ responses, and encountering failures on stage.

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

This poster demonstrates mastery of information design principles through its explanation of the four ways that parents can help educate their children during their first five years: singing, talking, reading, and playing.

Bronx River Trash Collection and Fecal Bacteria Analysis

Six students in Professor Sula’s Information Visualization class analyzed two datasets concerning the environmental quality of the Bronx River provided by the Bronx River Alliance (BxRA). A large-scale poster was created for the BxRA to display in their new headquarters.

Street art documentation

By nature street art resists documentation. It is always ephemeral and often illicit and anonymous. Nevertheless street art is a highly skilled form of expression that reflects its place of creation. This projects summarizes the challenges to scholarly documentation of street art, as well potential solutions.

Learning Experience and the Social Crafting of Self

This project examines the emotional climate and self-perceived job-readiness of students enrolled in Pratt SI Information Experience Design courses. Through mixed-method research and analysis, an initial workshop model to improve student experience based on these findings is proposed for testing.

A Brief History Of Hot News

This website examines the history of attempts to copyright the news in the U.S. The Timeline shows notable technological innovations and court cases that have helped shape the current news landscape and copyright arguments. The Overview provides context, pulling together research of scholars over time to show how the history of copyrighitng the news continues to repeat itself, and asks: Is this the best solution for saving the news industry?

Public Posts, Personal Privacy, & Preserving Past and Present: How the Right to be Forgotten Could Comprise Our Digital Heritage

This paper examines the right to be forgotten (RTBF) in the context of archival practice, specifically the ways in which it may impact digital archives that collect social media content.

Thinking Outside the Textbook: Historical Event Modeling with the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire as Case Study

This presentation will introduce the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 in relation to modeling historic events and underrepresented stories as linked data. The creation of Wikidata URIs for the 146 victims of the fire will also be described.

“Alexa, Tell Me a Joke”: An Analysis of Humor-Based User Interactions with Intelligent Personal Assistants

This study examines humorous interactions with intelligent personal assistants (IPA/IPAs). The respective IPAs include Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, and Apple Siri. Many discussions of a wide-ranging review helped to define the goal to classify user utterances, IPA responses, and user ratings of IPA responses.

Comics for Classrooms: A Teaching Resource for Graphic Novels

Comics, graphic novels, and manga are great resources for teaching to a wide variety of learning styles and provide access to more diverse voices than ever before. This LibGuide brings together teaching resources, lesson plans, and diverse recommendations to facilitate bringing comics into the classroom.

Human-Computer Interaction for Visually Impaired Users

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) deals with methodologies for building design solutions. HCI focuses on developing a deep understanding of users and their needs. It is important to design products for everyone that includes people with disabilities. The purpose of this paper is to examine major methodologies available to make design accessible for visually impaired users. The paper will explain well-established guidelines and mechanisms available for designers, such as increased visual, auditory, and sometimes haptic feedback. We will also analyze recently proposed approaches to assist visually impaired people to navigate through the computer screen.

Mapping Popular Topics of Climate Change

This project explores the topic of climate change in order to better understand the many subtopics within it. My goal for these visualizations is that they offer an introductory analysis on the popular topics of climate change, to be used by fellow students, researchers, and anyone interested in learning more about the subject. The visualizations will hopefully serve as a springboard to further research.

Funding for State Arts Agencies over Time

Americans value the arts now as much as ever, citing that arts empower our communities and enrich our lives. This project examines state arts agency funding in terms of state-level impact over fifty years (1970—2017).

Documents as Data: Harvesting Knowledge from Textual Resources with DADAlytics

Our presentation will be about the development of DADAlytics, a semantic tool recently created by the Semantic Lab at Pratt ( to help librarians, archivists and humanities scholars generate linked data from textual resources and descriptive records. We will discuss opportunities and challenges of adopting linked open data technologies and discuss the development of  DADAlytics. The use of DADAlytics will be contextualized within a real-world scenario provided by the collection of personal diaries of Mary Berenson, part of the Bernard and Mary Berenson Papers (1880-2002) held at the Berenson Library at the Villa I Tatti in Florence ( – see The Mary Berenson Project for additional context).

Issues in Cataloging Rare Books

Rare book cataloging backlogs create an uneven level of access. I argue it causes problems for physical and digitized collections. Past literature and methods developed to reduce the backlog are discussed.

Bibliographic Research: History & Books

Bibliographic research of “A second voyage round the world, in the years 1772, 1773, 1774, 1775. By James Cook, esq., commander of His Majesty’s bark the Resolution… Drawn up from authentic papers …” The project demonstrates description, analysis and in-depth research required of rare book bibliographers.

Reconnecting: Digital Technology and Modern Genealogy

Survey of technology’s influence on genealogy, describing a selection of important digital tools relevant to genealogical research, and analyzing their implications in access, preservation, and ethics.

Gender Portrayal in Film

This data visualization project explores the Bechdel Test, a pass-fail condition under which two female characters must hold a conversation about any subject other than a man, as applied to American films. This visualization combines data from and IMDb to explore the representation of women and reception by audiences.

Librarians of Tomorrow: SI Students Connecting with Teen Interns at the Brooklyn Public Library.

This presentation will describe the two workshops (on data literacy and zines) that were facilitated as part of Brooklyn Public Library’s Librarians of Tomorrow teen internship program. Content will include information on the program, the workshop planning and implementation process, and evaluation material we received from project participants.

The Glove That Did or Didn’t Fit: O.J. Simpson’s 1994 Trial & Domestic Violence Coverage in the Mass Media

Taking the O.J. Simpson trial as an example again, it is important to consider that “public issues grow up around private troubles when the experiences of individuals are understood as exemplifying a larger social problem, and the news media, in particular, are positioned to play a vital role in the construction of such problems” (Gillespie et al., 2013, p. 223). O.J. Simpson was the perfect conduit of a private issue becoming a public issue because he was already in the public eye as a famed spokesperson and in Americans’ homes as a popular football star.