Professor Wins Paluse Faculty Research Grant
Dr. Paul Miller, Assistant Professor of Musicianship, has received a Paluse Faculty Research Grant from the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture in the amount of $6,000 for a project entitled Metanoic Echos.
According to Miller, "Metanoic Echos is an interactive, interspecies multimedia eco-installation that draws attention to the current climate crisis facing Earth. Human interventions distort and fragment a layer of natural sounds, which are ordinarily in balance thanks to the natural electrical activity of living plants. The installation is meant to provoke reflection on how our actions today have serious ramifications for our shared gift of Creation.
The installation has been a long-term collaborative effort between Miller, Christopher Cox (B.M. Performance, class of 2024), and Brian Riordan (Adjunct Professor of Musicianship). Cox designed and fabricated several interface modules to allow the gathering of electrical signals from plants, while Riordan helped by harvesting a vast amount of preliminary data on biosignaling. Miller figured out how to get electrical biosignals into the computer, and then designed the live interactive audio and video software.
The installation will run from April 22 through May 2 (9 a.m.–4 p.m.) in the Popular Reading Room of the Gumberg Library. There will also be a public roundtable discussion on April 22 from 12 noon until 1:15 p.m. in the library's fifth floor flex space. The discussion will bring together some of Duquesne's top thinkers, who will discuss the implications of the current climate crisis from an unusual variety of perspectives. The roundtable features Miller, along with Professors John Stolz (biology), Pinar Geylani (economics), and Fr. James Okoye, C.S.Sp. Dr. Jeffrey McCurry (philosophy) will moderate the discussion. The public is warmly encouraged to participate and ask questions. Refreshments will be served afterward.
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