February 01, 2011

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By Molly O'Brien-Foelsch

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's admissions home page has a new look, with an interactive video "wall" as its centerpiece.

The colorful wall of videos gives prospective students an inside glimpse at the talent and passion of Bucknell's faculty and the broad opportunities for study and research. Sortable by themes, tags and most popular, this interactive video player allows viewers to leave comments, read others' and share and rate the videos.

A form also allows prospective students to contact the admissions office for more information about Bucknell and the breadth of its curriculum. 

Academic opportunities
"Our goal with these videos is to invite prospective students to think about how they might pursue their interests at Bucknell," said Dean of Admissions Rob Springall. "The videos give viewers a sampling of the many academic opportunities here. I hope they convince students and families to dig deeper and to find out more about what it means to part of the Bucknell community."

The Bucknell communications office created the content for the wall, which was conceived and designed by kor group, a design firm in Boston, and the New York-based Pixelgroove Digital Agency. Additional videos highlighting different aspects of academic life will be added each semester.

The first group of videos includes: 

River as Classroom
Together, students and faculty explore culture, social issues, history and ecology in the Susquehanna River watershed. 

The Evolution of a Mobile App
With guidance from Associate Professor of Computer Science Rick Zaccone, students build an iPhone app. (iBucknell is now available for free at iTunes.)  

Rhythm and Groove
Assistant Professor of Music Barry Long mentors the jazz ensemble and teaches them about jazz as a form of activism.

Re-envisioning Religion
Professor of Religion Carol White draws on the disciplines of science, philosophy, history, biology and theology in a course on religious naturalism. 

Modern Africa
Students in Associate Professor of Anthropology Michelle Johnson's "Modern Africa" course gain an interdisciplinary view of contemporary African issues. 

Bringing China to Bucknell
Students expand their worldview at an international conference hosted on campus by Zhiqun  Zhu, associate professor of political science and international relations. 

Memory Through Music
A neuroscience major collaborates with Professor of Psychology Andrea Halpern, using music to research the workings of memory. 

Stage and Scene
Associate Professor of Dance Kelly Knox and two students describe the broad range of opportunities in theater and dance at Bucknell. 

Mapping a Social Network
In a course taught by Assistant Professor of Management Jordi Comas, students discover intricate, living social networks on campus.  

Honeybee Bio
Elizabeth Capaldi Evans, associate professor of biology and animal behavior, works with students in the hives and the lab to understand how bees learn.

Contact: Division of Communications