2018 Conference for High Impact Research
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The second annual Conference for High Impact Research will be held on May 14, 2018, specifically to help faculty prepare for the summer research break and will offer distinct sessions and a plenary luncheon. Share knowledge with external experts, information professionals from AU Library, and colleagues at this day-long event. Connect with your Library subject specialist and enjoy learning about furthering your impact with your peers. Sign up to attend the conference and create your custom schedule HERE!

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Concurrent Session 3 [clear filter]
Monday, May 14


Striking Gold: How to Dazzle Funders with Your Grant Proposal
Limited Capacity seats available

All grant making organizations have their own ways of working, but almost all of them approach the grant making decision process in a relatively similar way. All foundations want to know certain pieces of information such as how does the applicant’s values align with theirs, the applicant’s track record and the impact that the proposed project will make on the community. This session will provide insight from a foundation’s perspective on how grant makers reach decisions and how applicants can position the next proposal for success.

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Ashley Alexander

Director of Office of Sponsored Programs, American University
Ashley J. Alexander, PhD, joined OSP in July 2015 and has over ten years of sponsored research experience. As Director, Ashley is responsible for providing leadership, support and continuous process improvement for pre-award and post-award services for grants and contracts for all academic units and multiple research centers at American University. Additionally, Ashley communicates current information to faculty and academic units regarding sponsor requirements, federal policies, and national best practices. Ashley also works to enhance relationships with federal and non-federal funding agencies. Ashley's unit constituencies are the School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS) and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS). Before joining AU’s OSP, Ashley worked in sponsored research administration positions at Loyola Marymount University and Southern University and... Read More →
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Tobi Printz-Platnick

Associate Director , The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Tobi Printz-Platnick is an Associate Director with The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, which funds nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan DC area. Her portfolio focuses on education and workforce development. She served as the founding Co-Chair of the Early Care and... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 2:15pm - 3:30pm


The Power of Online Exhibits in High Impact Research: Omeka and Preserve the Baltimore Uprising 2015
Limited Capacity seats available

Preserve the Baltimore Uprising is a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible original content that was captured and created by individual community members, grassroots organizations, and witnesses to the protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015. This digital archive, built on the Omeka platform, represents a powerful collaboration between university scholars, the Maryland Historical Society, and the public. This session will explore the capabilities of Omeka and the experience of researchers in creating this innovative and consequential project.

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Gwendolyn Reece

American University
Chair WRLC Steering Committee 2012-2017, Chair WRLC Shared Collections Vision Task Force

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Megan Brett

Digital History Associate at the Roy Rosenszweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Megan R. Brett is a doctoral candidate in the department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Her scholarship examines family strategies and the formation of national identity of Americans abroad in the post-revolutionary period. Ms. Brett is the Digital History... Read More →
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Denise Meringolo

Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Denise Meringolo is a scholar-practitioner in the field of public history. She teaches courses in community-based public history practice, material culture, and visual culture. Her book Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History (University of Massachusetts, 2012) won the 2013 National Council on Public History prize for the best book in the field. She is currently working on several projects. She is leading a collaborative study, Radical Roots: Civic Engagement, Public History, and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism, designed to broaden the accepted genealogy of public history. The project aims to identify new historical precedents for core values and practices that define the field, particularly those associated with civic engagement. The project is also designed to advance new critical perspectives on the ways in which those values and practices have been put to the task of advancing social justice, in the past and today. In addition, Dr. Meringolo established a digital collection project... Read More →
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Joe Tropea

Curator of Films and Photographs and Digital Projects Coordinator, Maryland Historical Society
Joe Tropea earned a Master’s in Historical Studies with a concentration in Public History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is currently the Curator of Films & Photographs at the Maryland Historical Society, where he creates exhibits, writes and edits the blogs underbelly and Aspect Ratio, and runs the Imaging Services department. He co-founded and serves as the project manager for Preserve the Baltimore Uprising Archive, a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible materials related to the killing of Freddie Gray and related subsequent events in Baltimore City. Tropea is the co-director of the award-winning 2013 documentary, Hit... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 2:15pm - 3:30pm


To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Find Your Community of Influence on Social Media for Greater Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

In a world where everyone seems to have their own megaphone, it’s important to know how to target the right audience with the right content to create engagement. Attendees will leave this session with actions they can take immediately to help them find and engage their communities of influence on social media. They will also learn which social channels are best for presenting their work, as well as best practices for each.

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Derrick Jefferson

Communication Librarian, AU Library, American University

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Rebecca Vander Linde

Manager of Digital Communications, University Marketing and Communications, American University
Rebecca began working for American University in June 2010. In her current role as manager of digital communications, she leads the university's main social media accounts and website. She also co-chairs the Content Publishers Committee and leads the Social Media Group.
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Rachel Weatherly

Director, Digital Communication Strategy, University Marketing, American University
A self-proclaimed math nerd who went to art school, Rachel didn't take the most direct route to her current role as Director of Digital Communications Strategy. She spent almost a decade at Gannett/USA TODAY during the tumultuous digital transformation of media. Her sense of adve... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 2:15pm - 3:30pm