Around Webster: Scaff Environmental Text; Library Open-Access Project; McElwee’s Latest Video; Roberts Arts Entrepreneurship

| April 3, 2014

 Recent professional news and accomplishments by Webster University community members include:

Scaff Selected as Creative Editor of Environmental Studies Text

Julian Scaff, assistant professor in the Department of Art, Design and Art History in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, has been invited to be the creative editor of a forthcoming environmental studies textbook from Blue Planet Press.

The book, titled Parting Shots: Wisdom From The Elders of Environmental Studies, features chapters authored by Lester R. Brown, Malcolm Potts, David Poindexter, Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, Robert Gillespie, Donald A. Collins, William N. Ryerson, Linn Duval Harwell, Sarah G. Epstein, Lindsey Grant, and David and Marcia Pimentel. Each chapter is written from the perspective of the authors directly addressing the leaders of the world.

As the creative editor for the book, Scaff will be responsible for designing the user experience, integrating the visual design with the content for both the print and electronic versions of the book. The book is due to be released in Fall 2014.

Van McElwee

McElwee’s Latest Video Project Opens at SLAM

Van McElwee, professor in the School of Communications Electronic and Photographic Media department and internationally renowned video artist, presented his latest video work, “Original Self,” in a world premiere event hosted by HEARding Cats Collective on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Art Museum. “We recorded a parade of marchers with ten different cameras,” McElwee says, “so that in editing I could create a procession that branches into multiple versions of itself, into clouds of variation.”

The opening was accompanied by three live interpretive musical ensembles.

University Library is Charter Member for ‘Unlatched’ Open-Access Project

The Webster University Library is one of 300 charter members for the nonprofit Knowledge Unlatched’s new open-access project. The Chronicle of Higher Education explains:

Participating libraries pick a list of scholarly books they want to make open access. They pool money to pay publishers a title fee for each of those books. The title fees are meant to cover the cost of publishing each book; publishers calculate what they think is fair and share those estimates with the Knowledge Unlatched group.

In return for the title fees, the publishers make Creative Commons-licensed, DRM-free PDFs of the selected books available for free download through the OAPEN digital platform (OAPEN stands for Open Access Publishing in European Networks), theHathiTrust digital repository, and eventually the British Library.

Roberts Named Co-Editor of ‘Artivate’

Joseph Roberts, associate professor of management and director of the entrepreneurship program in Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, has been named co-editor of “Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts.” Roberts joins a team of distinguished researchers and educators from across the nation in writing research-based articles and case studies about entrepreneurship.

Read more about Roberts and “Artivate” at the Walker School blog.

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