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Film and math? New grant will fund unique integration

May 2, 2011 2:15 PM

The University Libraries' Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC), in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences' Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute (IMI), has won a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The three-year Preservation and Access Research and Development Grant will produce an open-source software tool to aid in the conversion of optical sound films into synched-sound digital files.

The project is a unique integration of film and math.

When complete, this groundbreaking tool will reduce the time and cost necessary to provide complete online access to MIRC’s Fox Movietone News Collection. It will also allow other archives across the nation to increase the accessibility of their film collections to students, researchers, and film lovers.

Greg Wilsbacher, MIRC Newsfilm curator, is the principle investigator on the grant. He will work closely with the IMI's Borislav Karalvanov; Pencho Petrushev, IMI director; and Mark Cooper, MIRC interim director.

"The College is delighted to promote collaboration with the University Libraries on a project that will strengthen both the interdisciplinary mathematics and the humanities research areas," said Mary Ann Fitzpatrick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more about the project, go to