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I am a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and I have been editing Wikipedia for a couple years, trying to teach with it in various configurations. I also have gotten a series of small grants from several different professional societies, and things evolved from classroom exercises and one-off edit-a-thons to a series of regular meetings focused on particular pages or projects, and then creation of a student club.

One of our current grants included outreach to other universities as one of the goals. We have done long distance video editing sessions with Appalachian State, U of Miami, and Yeshiva University; we would like to try doing events where we physically visit other universities.

Thus, the “ask” would be for NCSU to provide space for an event, either in the library or a room in psychology, large enough for a couple dozen people (none of our events has had more than 30 physically attending yet). We would provide food, an introduction and overview, and experienced editors to facilitate.

The goal would be to provide exposure, and to explore interest in continuing to work together. We have resources to support either a local group of editors (i.e., we could pay for pizza for a series of meetings to move a project along), help start a sister chapter of the club, or attach students or local contact experts to other existing teams.

If we get together once, do a show & tell, and eat some pizza together, we will have achieved the deliverable for the grant, and we will also have done our part to balance out any competitiveness about basketball for the semester. 

My personal cell phone is 216-410-7975. I am happy to talk more, and enthusiastic about the opportunity to meet and have some fun together while doing some good. I was over on NCSU campus for the first time last August, doing a Data Matters seminar with Odum/NCSU, and I was impressed with the people and the facilities and eager to build on that.

Looking forward to next steps,

Eric Youngstrom, PhD