|Tuesday, April 19th|
10:45 AM - 12:00 AM
Walla Walla is abundant with outdoor recreational opportunities. Yet, they are rarely taken advantage of; most Walla Walla residents seem unaware of the vast opportunities to play outside. In part this stems from the fact that there are no systems that adequately combine all information in one place in a user-friendly way. Over the course of a semester, our Human-Computer Interaction team tackled this problem in order to promote outdoor opportunities in Walla Walla. Our challenge was to consolidate the information into a mobile application that was aesthetically pleasing, fun and easy to use. We discuss our process for the design cycle, from observation and brainstorming to creating prototypes and testing them before arriving at a demo of our final prototype.
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Last summer I worked at the Survey Research Center at Oregon State University, where I used the statistical techniques of linear modeling and time series to analyze the response rates of DMV surveys from 1994 to 2015. Findings indicate that response rates have dropped significantly and thus the results of the surveys may be affected by non-response bias. I present the methods for determining the linear model, graphical examinations of the data, conclusions of the study and their implications affecting the DMV and all surveyors.
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Since the end of the Cold War and the subsequent integration of global markets and cultures, soccer has changed dramatically to catch up with a more interconnected world. In many ways global soccer is taking cues from global politics: The structure of soccer mirrors that of international relations, and the movement of players between teams mirrors the movement of commodities between nations. The similarities between soccer and politics make recent indictments of FIFA officials especially interesting; they show that these arrests are about much more than soccer. The reactions from fans and FBI agents alike demonstrate that the future of soccer may well be the future of the world.
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
While socially sanctioned methods of “getting high” exist, namely through the consumption of alcohol, marijuana continues to carry a stigma which bars its social acceptability and legalization across most of the United States. I explore this conflict by analyzing marijuana in relation to certain aspects of U.S. political and racial debates that have placed restraints on altered states of consciousness. I pursue a deeper exploration of the lived experience of the cannabis-altered state of consciousness. Under the guise of medicine, cannabis becomes more accepted, but recreational uses cause U.S. populations to respond with fear and rage. I ask two questions: Why is “getting high,” specifically through the consumption of cannabis, so problematic and terrifying for much of the U.S. population? And, what is it about the specific nature of the marijuana high that is so forbidden to certain U.S. societal factions?
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
I critique the widely circulated photo of music icons, Jay Z and Beyonce, standing directly in front of the iconic Mona Lisa at the Louvre. I allow that, at first, it is a natural response to analyze the photo through a superficial, popular cultural lens. I then argue that analyzing the photo through this frame distracts viewers from the racial component and the tension of high/low culture that are equally important in the photo. Interestingly, after the photo was transformed into memes on the Internet, the frame was altered drastically, bringing new meaning to the photo. I argue that it is the memes and not the original pop culture frame that draw attention to the issues of race and he convoluted nature of high/low culture in the photo.