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Research and creative work

With a faculty committed to pushing the thinking in their respective fields forward, CAMD is a hive of creative, research based activity. Here’s just a sample of the innovative work accomplished by the CAMD community in 2013.


DAN ADAMS and MARIE LAW ADAMS (Architecture) won a Progressive Architecture Award for Rock Chapel Marine, their transformation of a former 13 million-gallon oil tank farm on the bank of Chelsea Creek in Chelsea, Mass. into a shared-use community gathering area.

MIRA CANTOR (Art + Design) showcased her recent work in Meltwater, a solo exhibition at Kingston Gallery in Boston. The groundbreaking exhibition explored the boundaries of landscape and how juxtapositions of mountain forms, light, and air shift those boundaries.

NICHOLAS DANILOFF (Journalism) was named the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s Journalism Educator of the Year.

ANTHONY DE RITIS (Music) premiered his new work, “At the River,” on opening the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s summer season.

BROOKE FOUCAULT WELLES (Communication Studies) won a CAMD Faculty Grant for her interdisciplinary team research project, “Cultivating ‘Network Thinking’ for Physical, Emotional and Social Wellness: A Pilot Study with Boston-area Adolescents.”

JEFF HOWE (Journalism) published “Murder on the Mekong” in The Atavist, which serves as the topic of his spring 2014 talk at the Northeastern Center for the Arts, entitled “Drugs! Pirates! Murder!”

JOSHUA JACOBSON (Music) marked 40 years as a choral director at Northeastern with a celebration concert at Jordan Hall in Boston.

DAN KENNEDY (Journalism) explores the future of journalism in his new book, The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post Newspaper Age, which has been praised as “a brisk, efficient primer” by The Boston Globe and “a thorough and sober chronicling of one ‘post-newspaper’ news startup and its relationship to the city it covers” by the Columbia Journalism Review.

LAUREL LEFF (Journalism) was interviewed in the documentary Reporting on the Times, the New York Times and the Holocaust, which was inspired by Leff’s book Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper.

ISABEL MEIRELLES (Art + Design) outlined the data visualization process through a series of case studies in her recently-published book Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information.

DENNIS MILLER (Music) had his mixed-media composition, “Echoing Spaces,” presented at the Understanding Visual Music 2013 conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

THOMAS NAKAYAMA (Communication Studies) edited QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, which is published three times a year and brings together scholars, activists, public intellectuals, artists, and policy- and culture-makers to discuss, debate, and mobilize issues and initiatives that matter to the diverse lived experiences, struggles, and transformations of GLBTQ peoples and communities.

ANTONIO OCAMPO-GUZMAN (Theatre) made his operatic directorial debut with the rarely-performed New England premiere of The Merry Wives of Windsor for Boston Midsummer Opera.

DIETMAR OFFENHUBER (Art + Design), graduate coordinator for CAMD’s new Information Design and Visualization MFA program, recently co-edited Accountability Technologies: Tools for Asking Hard Questions, which explores innovative approaches to bottom-up governance and the coordination of citizen-led data collection, visualization, and analysis in order to achieve social change.

HILARY PORISS (Music) won a fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies to complete her book, Writing a Musical Life: Pauline Viardot.

JOSEPH REAGLE (Communication Studies) joined the Ada Initiative Advisory Board. The Ada Initiative works to increase the participation of women in open technology and culture through education and training.

AMANDA REESER LAWRENCE (Architecture) published James Stirling: Revisionary Modernist, a detailed historical perspective on modernism and postmodernism through the lens of influential architect James Stirling.

ALESSANDRA RENZI (Media and Screen Studies) co-authored “Property Must Be Defended: Investing in the Bio-political City-Sacrifice” in the journal Theory, Culture & Society. Using the case study of the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto, Renzi and Greg Elmer investigate how Canadian media and surveillance infrastructure indirectly contributed to the criminalization of social movements.

WALTER ROBINSON (Journalism) joined a team of nationally-known journalists and journalism educators to judge the 2013 Pulitzer Prize awards for Investigative Reporting.

IVAN RUPNIK, DAN ADAMS, MARIE LAW ADAMS, and JANE AMIDON (Architecture) took part in a symposium on Resilient Coastal Leisure Environments.

MAGY SEIF EL-NASR and ALESSANDRO CANOSSA (Game Design), in collaboration with Psychology Professor Randy Colvin, won a National Science Foundation Grant for “V-Pal,” or Virtual Personality Assessment Laboratory, to explore whether participants through their behavioral data in virtual environments exhibit unique personality traits.

MAGY SEIF EL-NASR, ANDERS DRACHEN, and ALESSANDRO CANOSSA (Game Design) edited Game Analytics: Maximizing the Value of Player Data, a foundational first-of-its-kind book on the topic of game analytics.

RONALD BRUCE SMITH (Music) received an Artist Fellowship in Music Composition from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

THOMAS STARR (Art + Design) curated We the Designers: Reframing Political Issues in the Obama Era, an exhibition of works by 23 graphic designers and design educators, for the National Design Center of the AIGA.

JANOS STONE (Art + Design) aided the launch of Northeastern’s first 3-D printing studio, located in the Digital Media Commons in Snell Library.

JUDITH TICK (Music) received a lifetime achievement award and a new scholarship fund named in her honor from the Society for American Music.