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Loyola faculty contribute to an online discussion on the BP oil spill

July 23, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans assistant professor of English Janelle Schwartz, Ph.D., and assistant professor of chemistry Joelle Underwood, Ph.D., joined together in an online presentation on the website In Media Res providing figures and images taken from data relating to the BP oil spill.

“We have gathered existing data into a format appropriate to enhance an online, mediated discussion of the spill, and paired it with a prose piece expressing the challenges of understanding this event while in the midst of it,” said Schwartz.

Their project, “Spilling the Story,” compared U.S. oil consumption figures to oil spill volumes from the Deepwater Horizon, Exxon-Valdez and Ixtoc-I accidents and contextualized these figures by focusing on such a spill’s suggested impact on the habitat, wildlife and people of the Gulf region.

In Media Res is an online resource dedicated to promoting dialogue among scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media. Each weekday, a different scholar contributes up to a three-minute video clip or slideshow accompanied by commentary. Contributions are intended to introduce the scholar’s work to the community and encourage discussion.

For more information, visit http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/.

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