ItemThe Nelson Memorandum: How two HELIOS members are responding(Association of College & Research Libraries, 2023-11) Carter, Caitlin; Cox-York, Kimberly; Haricombe, Lorraine ItemEvaluating the Influence of Geochemistry on the Interfacial Interactions Between Kerogen and Water and Its Consequences on Fluid Mobility(2023-06) Al-Mansoori, Ahmed; Ming, Li; Rodríguez, María Fernanda Item"Fractional" Vocational Working and Learning in Project Teams: "Project Assemblage" as a Unit of Analysis?(Springer Link, 2023-11-03) Spinuzzi, Clay; Guile, DavidSituated and Activity theories have exercised a significant influence in the field of vocational learning for some considerable time, both sharing a focus on bounded forms of work and forms of learning that facilitate learning in, or to changes to, bounded forms of work. Yet much learning occurs in unbounded contexts often referred to as projectification, where collaborations occur only for the life of a project thereby creating new contingent contexts for learning . Given the existence of this form of working and learning, what type of unit of analysis (UoA) is required to analyse that vocational working and learning in the context of projectification? To address this question, the paper advances the following inter-theoretical argument. Firstly, it is timely to develop a new unit of analysis (UoA) to capture the fractional (intermittent, discontinuous and concurrent) working and learning dynamics associated with the forms of projectification, where funding has to be procured in order to commence. Secondly, that unit of analysis is constituted by the concept of project assemblage, which is based on ideas from Actor Network Theory, Cultural-historical Activity Theory and Cultural Sociology. Thirdly, this new UoA enables researchers to identify the way in which project teams, where members are coming in-and-out, learn to use their different forms of specialist activity to enact objects, why team members will have different backgrounds and understandings of their work, why objects may not cohere, even though team members may treat them as unified and coherent, and how team members learn to incorporate one another’s insights and suggestions, and establish a finalized object. ItemImpact of Power Outages Depends on Who Loses It: Equity-Informed Grid Resilience Planning(2023-10-06) Hasenbein, John J.; Kutanoglu, Erhan; Toplu-Tutay, GizemThis research presents a novel approach for enhancing power grid resilience with a focus on social equity in light of increasing natural disasters. We recognize that natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods can disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities, exacerbating existing disparities. Our research aims to bridge this gap by integrating tailored equity metrics into resilience planning. Our methodology utilizes a two-stage stochastic optimization model for hurricane-induced flood mitigation, which optimizes substation hardening and power flow decisions. The goal of this model is to minimize both the expected load shed and the expected well-being loss metrics of socially vulnerable communities (affected population and duration of loss) in the aftermath of flooding. We explore the trade-off between these objectives. What sets our research apart is the integration of realistic flood scenario generation, a large-scale synthetic power grid of Texas, and multiple methodologies in resource allocation, community impact modeling, power flow modeling, and equity metric development, as well as comprehensive computational experiments. The findings highlight the importance of the composite objective function in altering power flow decisions to prioritize electricity provision and save communities in disadvantaged areas even without investing in substation hardening (i.e., just managing load shedding with more attention to such vulnerabilities). The results also quantify the equity and load shed benefits of substation hardening as a function of the investment budget with a parameterized analysis. With an attention to equity, power outages increase in nonvulnerable communities — a trade-off made to mitigate well-being loss in the most vulnerable areas. Notably, more attention to equity provides a lower or equal number of people saved per 1 MW increase in the load shed, underscoring the concept of diminishing returns. Our findings highlight the importance of strategically allocating a limited budget and consistently prioritizing the hardening of substations serving more vulnerable populations. We further explore a justice model inspired by the government’s Justice40 initiative but find it less effective than our equity-informed models at preventing well-being loss. Our findings offer valuable insights for policymakers, grid operators, and utilities striving for a more resilient and equitable power grid. We believe that our research will not only contribute to equitable power grid resilience but also provide practical solutions to address the pressing challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters. ItemGeochemical Factors and Their Role in Shaping Organic-rich Mudrocks(2022-11) Fiona, MacKenzie ItemAudiAnnotate Audiovisual Extensible Workflow (AWE) Survey Results(2021-07-09) Clement, TanyaThis survey was produced as part of the Andrew W. Mellon-funded AudiAnnotate Audiovisual Extensible Workflow (AWE)1 project in order to better understand how and why students, teachers, information professionals, and others annotate audiovisual content. It is clear from the participant responses that there is an active community annotating audiovisual content for a variety of reasons, using a variety of tools. The survey confirms and further informs the project team’s understanding of the current audiovisual annotation landscape and supports the grant’s premise that there is a broad need for a workflow that supports collaborative editing, flexible modes of presentation, and permissions control. To support these needs, the AudiAnnotate project is developing AWE, a documented workflow using the recently adopted IIIF standard for audiovisual materials that will help libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs), scholars, and the public find, access and use audiovisual cultural heritage items. ItemEconomic development in rural Texas: A study of heritage, assets, barriers and stakeholders in six rural communities(2022) Spinuzzi, ClayIn summer 2021, I led a team of six graduate research assistants in a project to better understand economic development in small-town Texas. We asked these research questions: ● How do community leaders understand their community heritage as constraining or enabling development? ● Where do community leaders and members see potential for change and growth in community development? Where do they see barriers, threats, and hard choices? ● How do community leaders describe the relations among community development stakeholders? How do they describe expectations and trust among them on interpersonal, inter-group, and inter-organizational levels? To conduct the research, we selected six communities, which were paired to help us generate comparisons. For most communities, we had “grids,” or brief summaries of interviews that undergraduate students had conducted in summer 2020; these grids gave us a starting point for our more formal interviews as well as an idea of what concerns community leaders had expressed. Based on grids and a review of basic statistics for these communities, we selected three paired sets of communities. ItemStephen F. Austin Unviersity: An Anchor Institution in Deep East Texas(2022) Pedigo, StevenThe Deep East Texas (DET) region is experiencing the same challenges that many rural regions face today: a high poverty rate, low labor participation rates,lackluster job creation, insufficient industry diversification, brain drain (talent leaving the region for urban cities), and a lack of social inclusion.Deep East Texas looks to SFA, the regional public university, to be an active participant in addressing these trends and moving the economy toward resilience. In 2021, the Center for Applied Research and Rural Innovation(CARRI) was established to act as a bridge between the university and the community to address region-wide problems and further encourage collaboration.To fulfill its mission of supporting academic programs and boosting regionaleconomic development, SFA partnered with the LBJ School of Public Affairs tobuild a plan that incorporates the strengths of the region and the potential of CARRI. ItemPathways to Energizing the Basin: A Policy Research Project(2022) Pedigo, StevenThe Permian Basin is a diverse region full of potential forgrowth and development in the cities of Midland and Odessa.The University of Texas Permian Basin can help facilitate this necessary change, providing an opportunity to unite the region.Quantitative and qualitative analyses were done over the past year, which allowed for informed strategy recommendations. A vision statement will help the university navigate the strategy recommendations:The University of Texas Permian Basin will be a hub and connector for the region’s engagement, enrichment, and innovation. ItemA Roadmap to the Innovation Hub of the Hill Country(2020) Pedigo, StevenTo further its pursuit of economic resiliency, Boerne/KendallCounty requires a deliberate, collaborative strategy for business expansion, startup and enterprise development, talent attraction/retention, and destination development. Guided by Steven Pedigo, faculty director of the LBJ Urban Labat the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin, and with the financial support of the IC2 Institute, the BoerneKendall County Economic Development Corporation (BKCEDC)has spent the past year engaging with residents, business executives, community leaders, and elected officials on how to build Kendall County into a creative and innovation hub for theTexas Hill Country. The result is this five-year strategy.An environmentally responsible community with an appreciation for its singular quality of life, Boerne/Kendall County is the creative and innovation hub for the Texas Hill Country.