Published 04/13/17

RED17 poster presentation in the AIC

The annual event included 83 sessions celebrating "the scholarly and creative efforts" of more than 700 students and more than 90 faculty and staff who are "following their passions to explore the environment and advance knowledge." Check the Bryant Facebook page for a RED17 photo album.

RED17 puts research and creativity on center stage

Scholarship in Action through Collaborative Innovation was showcased at Bryant’s sixth annual Research and Engagement Day, part of an entire week devoted to scholarship and innovative thinking. Dubbed RED17, the day highlighted the collaboration of faculty and students, as well as individual research and creative endeavors, in 83 sessions featuring more than 700 students and more than 90 faculty and staff.

"These scholarly and creative efforts are the product of active learners following their passions."

“This is a celebration of the uniquely inclusive Bryant learning community and showcases the collaborative scholarship that is a hallmark of Bryant University,” says Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy, J.D., LL.M. “These scholarly and creative efforts are the product of active learners following their passions to explore their environment and advance knowledge."

The keynote speaker was Robert Schlesinger,  journalist, author and Managing Editor for Opinion at U.S. News & World Report. Schlesinger spoke about the proliferation of “fake news” on social media.

“There is an increase in centrality in social media and how we consume and access news,” he said. “ Social media is self-selecting and self-enhancing. Everything is customized. What we're not aware of regarding social media is the algorithm that is used to create your timeline or news you're reading."

Other highlights:

  • A presentation of work to find a practical, scalable, and sustainable solution to the fresh-water crisis by coordinating a social enterprise ideation program;
  • The annual App-A-Thon, sponsored by the Bryant Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, won by Tim Levene ’17 and Matt Barnett ’19 for their idea of Safe Place, an application that ties in with the Department of Public Safety and for use in an emergency;
  • Head football coach James Perry’s plans to use analytics in his decision-making during the game. Perry said football “lags behind other sports” when it comes to analytics;
  • The annual Economic Undergraduate Symposium;
  • Presentations by students in the Honors Program;
  • A percussion workshop with demonstrations by Literary and Cultural Studies students.