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UW-Eau Claire student presents research at biblical archaeology conference

December 4, 2012
Nick Jaeger

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student was the sole student presenter at the 2012 Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Nov. 8-10.

Senior computer science major Nick Jaeger, Oconomowoc, presented a lecture titled "Digital Literacy in Biblical Archaeology."

"My presentation focused on how researchers put their findings on the Internet while in the field," Jaeger said. "I discussed Web development software, responsive design for mobile devices and the levels of technical aptitude required to implement them."

The Batchelder Conference allows scholars to reveal their latest discoveries. Presenters included professors from throughout the world. Jaeger said he didn't realize he was the only student presenter until opening night.

"It was an honor having the attention of such highly esteemed scholars," he said.

During the event, Jaeger learned not only about culture in ancient Israel, but also about presenting at conferences and networking.

"Probably my favorite part was just being part of the general camaraderie among scholars in the same area of research, and the mutual passion, appreciation and respect for each other's work," he said.

Dr. Harry Jol, professor of geography, also presented at the conference. He said Jaeger provided a new topic that has not been approached in this field before: the idea that those involved in biblical archaeology should share their results to the world in a more effective digital manner.

"Jaeger brings with him a phenomenal skill set in digital literacy that he has gained from his time at UW-Eau Claire and through internships and jobs," he said. "He made his mark on the conference, particularly with the younger crowd who knew exactly what he was talking about."

Jol said that Jaeger is just one example of how an education at UW-Eau Claire helps students to succeed.

"UW-Eau Claire continues to be in a position to aid its students to get to the next level successfully — be it in the workforce or graduate school — and Jaeger is another example of how we do this."

Jaeger plans to attend graduate school after graduating from UW-Eau Claire in spring 2014.

Support for this project and presentation came from student differential tuition through the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Program's Student Travel for the Presentation of Research Results program.



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