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NovART with a Purpose

On May 26, Quintus Jett, visiting associate professor of engineering and lecturer at Thayer School of Engineering, and Xun Shi, assistant professor of geography, hosted visitors from New Orleans for the opening of their project's NovART summer display in Baker-Berry library. The display highlights the Gentilly Project, which Jett and Shi initiated to create a model of recovery in the flood-ravaged Gentilly neighborhood in New Orleans. The interdisciplinary project combines "open-source" management models with emerging Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications designed for community decisions and input.

Quintus Jett
Quintus Jett (Photo by Kawakahi Amina '09)

Visitors at the event included Wynecta Fisher, deputy director of environmental affairs of the City of New Orleans, and three visitors from Dillard University: Carlen McLin, professor of public health; Lynn Strong, director of undergraduate research; and undergraduate student Erica Williams. Dillard's campus is located in Gentilly, where hurricane damage forced the university to relocate classes and dorms for the 2005-2006 academic year. The visitors met with Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students throughout the day and took part in a panel that addressed the combination of research and service as part of the educational missions of both Dillard and Dartmouth.

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08