March 28 Research Talk

“Rice and Agricultural Policies in Japan”

Faculty Research Talk presented by Professor Nicole Freiner, History and Social Sciences

Thursday March 28, 2019
UNI 267

This work chronicles Japan’s rice farmers who live in mainly rural areas in the west and south of Japan through original interviews conducted in Japanese. It argues that current agricultural policy as well as the tightening relationship between the US and Japan is a death sentence for a traditional lifestyle that is vital to Japan’s notion of national identity. The project covers recent agricultural policies, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and its potential consequences on Japan’s food sovereignty and documents the effect of these policies on rice farmers.

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RED 19 Proposal Submission

The deadline for REDay 2019 submissions has been extended to March 27.

RED is a day-long symposium that serves as a showcase for the scholarship, creativity, and innovation of the Bryant University community. Presenters include faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, as well as industry and community partners. RED attendees can choose from a multitude of presentations, panel discussions, poster sessions, and special sessions that highlight original research, creative projects, and collaborative engagement. 

For submission instructions and more information see



Virtualitics Demo

Virtualitics is an advanced data analytics platform that merges AI and immersive visualization for data exploration, insights and collaboration. Aman Lana will lead this online meeting and demonstrate some of the features of the platform, which should be of interest to any Bryant faculty and staff who work and teach with complex, high-dimensional data sets.  

Date: Friday March 22
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: UNI267  or anywhere via ZOOM (see below)

For additional information see

You can join a group viewing of the Webinar in UNI 267 or individually using ZOOM as follows:

Meeting ID: 436 426 908

This is one of a series of web and on-site presentations that we will be hosting during March and April as we prepare the Data Visualization Lab for teaching and research. Contact Ed Kairiss ( for more information.


Spring Teaching Forum


MONDAY, March 25th
1:00pm – 5:00pm


Second Reminder!

The Office of the Provost at Bryant University invites you to join your faculty and academic staff colleagues for an afternoon of presentations and discussion on new and innovative teaching techniques. 

Topics include online teaching, World Music Podcast Project, Data Science teaching projects, new classroom techniques,  and augmented and virtual reality opportunities.

Please register for this event at: Spring Teaching Forum Registration

TEA Talk March 2019

March 2019 TEA TALK

Developing Human Capital in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Presented by:

Ronald K Machtley, President of Bryant University, and
Hakan Saraoglu, Professor of Finance

This talk will feature a discussion on the takeaways from an earlier TEA TALKS presentation entitled “Models of Ideal Participants in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The discussion is intended to share ideas on the role of higher education institutions in the development of human capital in an era of massive global transformations and to explore actionable initiatives on the subject.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:00—1:00 PM
Unistructure MRC Dining Room
(DR1, Lower Level, near suites J & L)

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Voice Thread Workshops

Video Discussions and Interactive Lectures: An Introduction to VoiceThread

An interactive workshop led by Bonnie Budd, Director of Online Learning

There’s a new addition to the faculty technology toolbox:

  • Add video-based discussions to your course
  • Collect students’ questions and reflections in advance of a class session
  • Create interactive lectures for your students’ to explore and post questions in their own time
  • Post a slide deck or video for your students to watch and comment on
  • …and so much more.

Please register for one of the following sessions:

Caffeine and Conversation
Monday, March 18th 2:00PM – 3:00PM MRC3
Register Here

Brown Bag Lunch Session
Wednesday, March 27th 12:00PM – 1:00PM MRC3
Register Here

Online Professional MBA

This Week! Academic Affairs invites you to attend an interactive presentation on

“The Bryant Professional MBA: Design, Instruction, and Support Models for Bryant University’s Fully Online Degree Program”

Presenter: Bonnie Budd, Director of Online Learning

Date/Time: Wednesday March 6, 12:00 – 1:00

Location:  MRC3

Space is limited, please RSVP to:

Spring AI Reading Group

SECOND CALL –A new book edited by John Brockman presents a sweeping collection of historical, technical, and societal perspectives on the emerging impacts of AI. Topics in the book “Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI” include human-machine relationships, natural vs machine “intelligence”, and  limits to the understandability and predictability of AI. 

Those interested in reading and discussing the essays in this collection are invited to join the Spring 2019 AI Reading Group, which is scheduled to meet Wednesdays at 12:00 – 1:00, beginning on March 6. 

A limited number of books will be available to early sign-ups; Contact Ed Kairiss ( for more information. 

March 2019 Research Talk

“Microplastics – the plastics we don’t know about”

Faculty Research Talk presented by Dr. Gerald John, Science & Technology

Thursday March 7, 2019

Plastics are ubiquitously present in the environment resulting from food packages, shopping bags, household items such as toothbrushes, pens and personal care products. Global annual production of plastics is about 300 million tons. Plastic debris is exponentially increasing in the environment since the first production about 75 years ago. Microplastics (MPs) are plastics that are 5 mm or smaller in diameter, and are formed by degradation of plastic wastes. There  is growing scientific evidence that microplastics are harmful to aquatic organisms. Narragansett Bay plays a vital role in the economy of the State of Rhode Island and my research will focus on assessing the load of MPs that are discharged into the bay. The presence of MPs in the bay as well as the water bodies that drain into the bay region is not well documented. While there are many sources for introduction of MPs into the water bodies, wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are considered as one of the primary sources of MPs. The mass of MPs will be monitored in the influent and effluents of WWTPs. MPs that are collected from WWTPs will be further tested using various analytical methods. The results will be used to build a library and potentially be used for chemical fingerprinting purposes.

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