Faculty and Students from English and Computer Science Co-Author Peer-Reviewed Article


The winter issue of Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly focuses on the theme of Undergraduate Research in a Mobile, Web 3.0 World and features the peer-reviewed publication, “Introducing Blake Browser: William Blake and Computational Analysis,” an essay authored by Union’s Andrew Burkett, Assistant Professor of English, Nick Webb, Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Valerie Barr, Professor of Computer Science, currently on assignment as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF), along with undergraduate Benjamin Berger (Computer Science, Union ’15) and recent graduate Samuel Garson (English, Union ’13).

Union College has received over $600,000 in NSF grant funding since 2007 to launch the “Campus Wide Computation Initiative–A New Model for Computing Education” led by Principal Investigator Valerie Barr.  The grant supported faculty-student teams in developing computational components in various courses.  To date, 24 Union faculty members from 15 disciplines have designed and incorporated computational components in more than two dozen courses.  The Blake Browser project is distinct, including an interdisciplinary faculty and student team from Computer Science and English.

The article explains how the works of William Blake, a Romantic-era author and artist, provided an opportunity for computational analysis, as well as the nature of the team’s cross-disciplinary collaboration and the important role undergraduate researchers played in developing the Blake Browser tool.  The full article is available here.*

*Burkett, Andrew, Nick Webb, Valerie Barr, Benjamin Berger, and Samuel Garson.  “Introducing Blake Browser:  William Blake and Computational Analysis.”  Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly.  Vol. 34, No. 2 (Winter 2013):  33-37.