DRAGEN Lab’s “Environments of Change” Annual Report Released
The work of the Digital Research in Arts and Graphical Environmental Networks Laboratory (DRAGEN Lab), located on St Jerome’s University’s (SJU) campus, continues to bring the mission and vision of the university to a global audience. The DRAGEN Lab has become a growing regional, national, and international research network, through the efforts of Project Director, and Co-Director of the SJU Medieval Studies program, Steven Bednarski, PhD, and his team. The success of the Lab’s work on “Environments of Change: Digitizing Nature, History and Human Experience in Late Medieval Sussex” is highlighted in the project’s recently released 2020-2021 Annual Report.
“The Environments of Change project has connected both the SJU and University of Waterloo campuses with a wider audience,” stated Bednarski. “The Annual Report celebrates the many achievements we have had with our work and partnerships in the past year.”
The “Environments of Change” (EoC) project was awarded a $2.5 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2019), building on a previous SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (2014 – 2017). Additional cash and in-kind resources provided by partnered agencies, contributed to a total project start-up value of nearly $10-million. EoC’s base in the DRAGEN Lab, a 3,600 square foot multi-purpose space located within proximity of the SJU library, is focused on providing unique and creative ways for school-aged through to post-secondary students to discover the impact of historical climate change. Working with external partners (schools, universities, not-for-profit and for-profit corporations) the Lab conducts an array of digital and environmental projects.
Within the glass walls of the DRAGEN Lab, visitors discover state-of-the art 3D printers and scanners, Lidar cameras and drones, and high-powered graphical processors. New technology is paired with an impressive collection of original medieval manuscript leaves, bound codices, a dedicated library collection, and precious archaeological artefacts.
“Through our new pedagogical video game on medieval climate change, 3D maps and models, digital archaeology, and various other works, DRAGEN Lab students and scholars share the intellectual values and traditions of SJU with a wide audience,” added Bednarski. “That audience includes, among others, school teachers and their students, policy makers, museums, tourist monuments, technology distributors, and scholars.”
To find out more about the “Environments of Change” project and the DRAGEN Lab, read the 2020-2021 Annual Report.
Photos from the DRAGEN Lab 2020 archives, featuring students at work on the "Environments of Change" project and Project Director, Steven Bednarksi, PhD.