UWM Film Studies Archive Preservation Project

As President of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema, I am leading a variety of collaborative research projects on archival preservation and digital humanities. Locally, I have been supervising the effort to revive the Film Studies Archive, a collection of over 250 films and 12,000 still slides, along with posters, journals, and other primary documents. The films, which have been held in inappropriate and potentially damaging conditions are currently in the process of being indexed and migrated to proper archival storage, a long-term project undertaken by my previous SURF fellows. Some of these materials include rare orphaned institutional and educational films, which we hope to digitize and make available for research.

Linking Sustainable Urban Water Systems in the Great Lakes Basin: Background Inventory of Urban Waterfront Conditions

This background research lays the groundwork for a NSF Sustainable Urban Systems Research Network proposal. This project includes faculty from SARUP, SFS, Engineering, and Humanities as well as co-PI's at several other institutions. Ten waterfront case study cities profiled, identifying spatial patterns relating to the linking of aquatic habitat restoration with green infrastructure on urban waterfront sites. Additional case study cities profiled as time allows.

Basic spatial features mapped: Metropolitan boundary, combined sewer system boundaries, watershed boundaries. Federal Area of Concern (AOC) listings.

Basic City profiles assembled through web-research and phone interviews: Stormwater management plans. Potential case study projects. Institutional contacts- City Government, local water related NGOs, academic researchers, area practitioners in landscape architecture and civil engineering, and related consultants.

Map based graphics illustrating above systems boundaries.

Testing Acceptability of “My Baby’s Sleep”: A Tailored Safe Sleep Coaching Intervention for Infant Caregivers

This study aims to evaluate acceptability of and refine the "My Baby's Sleep " program (MBS) We will pilot MBS with 8 families (a primary caregiver and a co-caregiver from the immediate social network) who will complete baseline and post-intervention assessments, provide feedback on MBS program activities, and participate in a semi-structured interview at the conclusion of the program to discuss their experience. Baseline data will be collected via survey from expectant mothers and co-caregivers during the 7th-8th month of pregnancy. All study sessions are video or audio recorded. Families will then receive 4 in-home sessions of the MBS intervention from pregnancy through baby's 2-3 month of age. After MBS concludes, families will participate in a post-intervention assessment and an in-depth interview to provide feedback. Data will be used to refine the MBS.