Research Applications and Support

What does religion in the United States sound like?

This question animates the American Religious Sounds Project (ARSP), a collaborative research initiative co-directed by Amy DeRogatis (Michigan State University) and Isaac Weiner (Ohio State University), which aims to offer new resources for documenting and interpreting the diversity of American religious life by attending to its varied sonic cultures.

To date, the Project has centered on:

  1. The construction of a unique sonic archive, documenting the diversity of everyday religious life through newly produced field recordings, interviews, oral histories, and related materials
  2. The development of a digital platform and website, which draws on materials in our archive to engage users in telling new stories about religious diversity in the U.S.

The ARSP website is intended for multiple audiences:

  • For scholars, we hope it will serve as a suggestive tool for research and as a platform for presenting your own interpretive work
  • For educators and students, we hope to offer valuable pedagogical resources that can be integrated directly into the classroom
  • For the media, we hope our materials will inform the stories you tell about religion in the United States
  • And for all audiences, we hope our site will educate you, engage you, and inspire you to think in new ways about religion and its place in American life

As you spend time exploring our site, we invite you to consider: how does our understanding of religion change when we begin by listening for it?

Principal Investigator: Dave Somers

ABRC and NASC are the two major Arabidopsis stock centers in the world, with a combined stock number exceeding a million.

Since the early 90’s, ABRC and NASC have played major roles in the preservation, collection and dissemination of biological materials important for Arabidopsis research, with over 200,000 stocks distributed yearly.

As part of this application, ABRC and NASC will develop anew collaborative system that will integrate current and future data resources with information on biological materials available, ultimately directing researchers to the appropriate location to procure desired stocks.

This system will have three novel software/informatics components:

  1. A portable search module plugin (Interactive Search Module)
  2. A Collaborative Stock Database
  3. An E-commerce Ordering System

Once the collaborative system is in place, it will stand as a model to be adopted by a variety of other resource providers, a process that will be facilitated through the development of workshops with other holders of large collections.

The sky is very big: even in the present day, only human eyes fully survey the sky for the transient, variable and violent events that are crucial probes of the nature and physics of our Universe.

We are changing that with our "All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae" (ASAS-SN) project, which is now automatically surveying the entire visible sky every night down to about 18th magnitude, more than 50,000 times deeper than human eye.

Such a project is guaranteed to result in many important discoveries, some of them potentially transformative to the field of astrophysics---think about ASAS-SN as the "SSST" (Small Synoptic Survey Telescope) complementing LSST and other time-domain projects by frequently observing the entire bright sky.

Bright transients, galactic and extragalactic, discovered early by our high-cadence survey, are especially valuable, as they are easy to study using relatively modest size telescopes.

The millions of specimens in the Museum of Biological Diversity help us understand the history and future of biodiversity. Come explore with us!