Category: Student work

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The Roundup: Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, Texas announced the abolition of slavery. That decision essentially emancipated African-American slaves throughout the Confederate states. Though a day of celebration, Juneteenth is also a day to reflect on the history of slavery. The public’s understanding of slavery’s impact has been greatly improved by students who are assigned to create or … Continued

Emerson performing arts students expand Wikipedia’s coverage of playwrights

Every empty Wikipedia article tells a story. When the public turns to Wikipedia for knowledge and nothing comes back, it tells us something about knowledge, culture, and science. Who tells those stories? Who gets a starring role? At Emerson College, 50 students in Dr. Magda Romanska’s World Drama class tackled both stories. Looking at the … Continued

The Roundup: History and Psychology

Eleanor Gibson was a psychologist who contributed to the understanding of childhood perception. Most notably, she designed the “visual cliff” experiment, which gave psychology textbooks the ubiquitous and horrifying image of a baby crawling off the edge of a tabletop. Her experiment showed that newborns of many species have an instinctual understanding of depth. (It’s … Continued

The Roundup: Linguistics and Wikipedia

Wikipedia’s coverage of linguistic topics is ripe for improvement. Currently, only 12 of the 4,668 highest-quality articles on the English Wikipedia relate to language or linguistics, and many articles about languages are still stubs. As part of our Year of Science initiative, and our partnership with the Linguistic Society of America, we’ve seen some excellent … Continued

Announcing our environmental sciences guide for student editors!

The Gulf of Maine has been a major fishing area in the Northeast Atlantic region of the US since the 1700s. It’s also warming faster than almost any other ocean on Earth. That’s having significant impacts on wildlife and New England’s fishing industry. Decreasing stocks of Atlantic cod, pollock, and haddock led to the creation … Continued

The slow, necessary death of the research paper

Timothy Henningsen is an Assistant Professor of English at the College of DuPage. He’s run Wikipedia assignments in about a dozen courses, and has talked about the experience elsewhere. In this post, “The Slow, Necessary Death of the Research Paper (And How Wikipedia Can Revive Composition Instruction)” he discusses the benefit of Wikipedia writing assignments compared … Continued

The Roundup: The little things that fuel everything

The Year of Science is all about the big stuff: Thousands of students working on thousands of Wikipedia articles, bringing better information to millions of readers. Today we’re going to look at students who focused on the small stuff. A “Prokaryote” is one of a diverse group of single-cell organisms, once commonly synonymous with “bacteria.” … Continued

The Roundup: Drugs and drug policies

Wikipedia has nearly 8,000 pharmacology articles, and these are accessed 40 million times per month. In the US alone, Wikipedia’s health-related searches outnumber those leading to websites such as the NIH, WebMD, and Mayo Clinic. While information on health information can always be improved, we’re intrigued by Dr. Ye Li’s course at the University of … Continued

The Roundup: Cold War Science

The Wikipedia Year of Science is an unprecedented initiative to improve science content on Wikipedia. Students at the University of Oklahoma are participating as part of Peter Barker’s “Cold War Science” course. These students research the politics around weapon systems of the Cold War and beyond (1945 to the present), exploring their connections to nuclear … Continued