The Data Visualization Lab Opens

Students in Ryan Marnane's Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS 121) use Google cardboard and HP VR Headsets to explore 360 degree immersive video. Concluding their unit on narrative journalism, Marnane’s LCS 121 class explore how various mediums such as print, web, podcast, and virtual reality impacts audience’s experience and understanding of information in narrative form, culminating with a series of virtual reality narratives from the New York Times.

Located in Bello 101, the Data Visualization Lab was made possible through a grant of equipment from HP as part of the Educause-HP Campus of the Future initiative. The Lab  houses Virtual Reality (VR) workstations and headsets, and a large array of wall mounted digital displays. For more information on the lab see

Faculty Research Talk: Automated Vehicles: Assessing the Risks ​

Rick Gorvett
Professor & Chair, Department of Mathematics

What are Automated Vehicles? Is the world ready for AVs? Are AVs ready for the world? When will these vehicles have been tested enough to be safely deployed? What are the risk considerations associated with this new and potentially paradigm-shifting technology? How does one even quantify this risk?

Date:                   Thursday, April 25, 2019
Location:            Unistructure 267

For more info, please see our Faculty Research Talk page at:

RED 19 Special Session on Data Science


Presentation by Dr. James G. Shanahan, incoming John ‘01H and Jeanne Rowe Professor of Data Science.
How will a Bryant Data Science degree prepare students for the “new collar” jobs of the future? Dr. Shanahan will discuss the importance of combining statistical and mathematical fluency with domain knowledge, while enabling students to develop a deep appreciation of the societal impacts of machine learning and AI. He will provide a glimpse into what a workday will look like in 2030 for graduates of Bryant. Questions such as, “Is data science literacy worth the investment for my field?”,  will also be addressed and quantified. 

By way of example, Dr. Shanahan will also look under the hood of various modern day deployments of DS&AI,  such as, autonomous vehicles (e.g., Tesla), checkout-less shopping, security systems, cancer detection, financial forensics,  e-discovery in law, leisure, gaming, high-frequency trading, chatbots (Alexa/Siri), fake news generation and detection, and more.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:15 – 2:30 in the AIC Forum


2019 Course Design Institute

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence are pleased to announce an opportunity for Bryant faculty to attend The 2019 Course Design Institute (CDI)—an intensive, multi-day, hands-on workshop—that will provide an opportunity to experience the iterative, dynamic, and scholarly process of learning-focused course design. 


In collaboration with several other RI Universities, we have invited Michael Palmer to lead a 3-day workshop from June 3 to June 5. To be held at Providence College, participants will design or substantially redesign courses so that they promote significant, long-term learning. As a participant, you’ll explore learner-centered design principles in a large group setting and then work on your individual course design in a small, discipline- or pedagogy-focused learning team.

Details of the Institute as it has been developed at UVA can be viewed here.  


Bryant University has access to a limited number of seats at the CDI. Please contact Ed Kairiss ( with questions or if you would like to participate. 

ArcGIS Workshop