DPSI Mid-Year Workshop

On Feb. 13, the DPSI community gathered together for the DPSI pilot’s Mid-Year Workshop, co-hosted by the Berkman Center and the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard. Special guests from outside the program, including Willow BrughMalavika JayaramRey JuncoLaura NeuhausLeah PlunkettGosia Stergios,Hugo Van VuurenSara Watson,  joined us to take stock of the first semester’s work, discuss open questions each team is grappling with, and look ahead to outputs and final activities in the remaining months of the pilot. Sara gave a lightning talk about data and metaphor; Hugo spoke about the power of presence, physical space, and (missed) connections. Each team presented for six minutes on their work to date, followed by open conversation. Our awesome outside guests and the teams got together over lunch to dig into the nitty gritty and cook up new plans to advance their work. Some photo highlights are below; more media—including videos, a full photo album, and perhaps even an example of Willow’s vizthink—will follow soon.

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HLS Dean Martha Minow spoke to mentors and pioneers

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Pioneers on Team Innovation Spaces—Dan Koff, Tara Tan, and Courtnay Saunders, from left to right—discussed their visit to Harvard’s i-Lab and similar ventures

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Mentors for team Social Media—Mike Petroff, Sandra Cortesi, and Perry Hewitt, from left to right—spoke about surveying students on how universities should interact with others online

 

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After presentations, teams broke up into respective groups to discuss their findings with experts. Willow has her back turned to the camera in the center of the table; going left are Gosia, Dan Koff, Courtnay Saunders, Chris Bavitz, Sam Peinado, and Tara Tan.

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Museums mentor Matthew battles listened to Laura Neuhaus talk about her experiences within the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

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Elise Young (right), a pioneer on team Big Data and a 3L at Harvard Law School, exchanged ideas with special guest Sara Watson and DPSI team member S.J. Klein

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Vanessa Pham, a pioneer on team Social Medial, listened to Hugo Van Vuuren and Rey Junco

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Team Museums thinks about the final weeks of the project with Berkman’s Executive Director Urs Gasser (bottom-right)