Sociology, anthropology and social work student projects displayed in RBD library

Published: January 13, 2023

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The Social Inequalities class taught by Makeela J. Wells will display the work of sociology, anthropology and social work, or SASW, students on the Ralph Brown Draughon Library’s Digital Wall from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. The project title is "Understanding Inequality through Infographics" and is based on research the students conducted on social issue topics during the fall semester.In the fall 2022 semester, Wells’ students created infographics in groups using Adobe Creative Cloud Express via collaboration with Chelsy Hooper and Jonah Lasley of the AU Libraries’ Innovation & Research Commons.Students, faculty and staff are invited to view the display which will run exclusively noon-1 p.m. on Jan. 20. Before and after the scheduled program, the display is available on-demand through an iPad control panel for the Digital Wall that can be accessed under presentations/student work/Makeela Wells. The Digital Wall is located on the first floor of the RBD Library as part of the Innovation & Research CommonsAdditional projects from fall 2022 are available for viewing. Emory Serviss’ Digital Marketing class collaborated with Hooper and Jennilyn Wiley to learn how to use Adobe Rush to make a marketing video and market it.

Students visited the Adobe Creative Space in the RBD Library, practiced hands-on editing techniques and used Adobe Creative Cloud Express to design graphics and social media posts for their group content marketing project. The top “viewed” class videos are now on display.

Additionally, Djibo Zanzot’s biology students and John Beckmann’s scientific illustration students collaborated to create new scientific imagery. As many of the species being researched by Zanzot's biology students are critically endangered and those remaining can number in the single digits, it can be hard to source images that are high enough quality and that are open to use. Zanzot wanted his class to highlight different cell types found within these species as it has proven hard to source high-resolution images of cells in past semesters of this project.

The students in Beckmann’s Scientific Illustration class were assigned a group from the biology class as a "client" and worked with those students to create original artwork of the endangered species, as well as some of the unique cell types found within, using Adobe Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

The scientific artwork is on display on-demand on the Digital Wall via the iPad control panel under Presentations. These projects were made possible through library personnel collaborations including Patricia Hartman, Jonah Lasley and Chris Mixon.

All Auburn students have access to Adobe Creative Cloud and the Adobe Creative Space personnel can assist faculty and instructors in integrating Adobe Creative Cloud applications into courses. Contact Hooper at for more information, or visit

For questions regarding the Digital Wall, contact Mixon at or visit

Submitted by: Jayson Hill