Two Quinnipiac University professors have been awarded a $10,000 grant that will help them to bring together creative thinkers to find innovative solutions to everyday challenges.
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven awarded Charmaine Banach, assistant professor of interactive digital design in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Karen Bliss, assistant professor of mathematics, the grant as part of its Reintegrate program.
The grant is intended to help find ways that artistically- and scientifically-minded people can best collaborate on projects. Banach and Bliss said they hope to find where communication breaks down and find solutions for these challenges.
In the first part of the project, the professors will work with juniors and seniors to create cross-discipline learning kits that intersect mathematics with interactive digital design. They will create a learning kit for students and professionals who need to make a website but do not have programming experience.
The math and design students will then create and code a website to make these learning kits available to the general public. The professors anticipate that the tools will include a listing of established research, PDFs, project ideas and videos to describe complicated processes in simplified terms.
The second part of the project involves working with an engineer on beer-making equipment at MakeHaven, a local non-profit that is a workshop for tinkerers, creators and makers of projects.
“This experience gives our students the chance to work with professionals in the New Haven area, fostering yet another connection that spans academic and professional arenas,” said Banach.
“Because Quinnipiac is interested in furthering cross-disciplinary scholarship and teaching, our projects help foster one more avenue for both faculty and students to work together to solve problems,” Bliss said. “Plus, we are excited to motivate students with examples of real-world applications.”