Media Arts & Science Students and Faculty Go Behind the Scenes of Pixar During Trip to San Francisco

Zeb Wood and Travis Faas, both lecturers in the media arts and science (MAS) program informatics logoin the School of Informatics and Computing, along with 11 students, recently traveled to San Francisco, California as part the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

The GDC, now in its 29th year, has grown from the informal gathering of a small group of developers to what it is today hosting over 24,000 game development professionals, and being the primary forum for those involved in the development of interactive games, to gather and exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. The conference featured over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions.

The group was able to tour the Pixar grounds and learn about production operations. They learned about work flow and volume, working on several films at once, as well as pre-production art and the life of studio artists – Everything from eating habits, workouts, yoga, to what it’s like on-the-job.

After the tour, they were able to have dinner and some one-on-one conversation with Tai. “When you watch a Pixar movie, it is normal to dream of one day working there, but to meet someone who was once a student just like me, that is actually working there, it’s like meeting a famous actor. Being able to spend time with him, getting his insight and knowing that he took the time to share his experience with us was one of the best memories of the trip,” said Shannon.

NEH Summer Stipends

NEH Logo provided by neh.govNEH Summer Stipends
Limited Submission URL: here.
IU Internal Deadline: 7/1/2015
NEH Online Application Deadline: 10/1/2015

Brief Description:
Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

The Common Good:  The Humanities in the Public Square
NEH invites projects related to its new initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. This initiative seeks to connect the study of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Many of today’s challenges require more than ever the forms of understanding and knowledge represented by the humanities. They require the broadest possible engagement of scholars and the public with the resources of the humanities, including but not limited to the study of language, literature, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and ethics. The study of the humanities can help illuminate the complexity of many contemporary challenges while enriching our understanding of the common good.

Summer Stipends may not be used for:
• projects that seek to promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
• projects that advocate a particular program of social action;
• specific policy studies;
• research for doctoral dissertations or theses by students enrolled in a degree program;
• the preparation or revision of textbooks;
• curriculum development;
• the development of pedagogical tools (including teaching methods or theories);
• educational or technical impact assessments;
• empirical social science research, unless part of a larger humanities project;
• inventories of collections;
• the writing of guide books, how-to books, or self-help books;
• the writing of autobiographies, memoirs, or works of creative nonfiction; or
• works in the creative or performing arts (for example, painting, fiction or poetry, or dance performance).

Award Amount:
Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. NEH Summer Stipends are awarded to individuals, not to institutions. They do not require cost sharing and do not include indirect costs.

Eligibility:
• Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions.
• All applicants must have completed their formal education by the application deadline. While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply.
• Individuals who have been awarded a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. (Applicants who have held such fellowships or research grants are eligible only if their award period ended at least three years before the deadline for Summer Stipends applications.) . A “major fellowship or research grant”; is a postdoctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and grants from an individual’s own institution and stipends and grants from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships. See Program details.
• Individuals who have received Summer Stipends may apply to support a new stage of their projects.
• See Program details for more specific information.
INTERNAL COMPETITION NECESSARY: TWO FACUTLY MEMBERS PER CAMPUS
Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions (campus) may nominate two faculty members. Any faculty member teaching full-time is eligible for nomination.

APPLICANTS EXEMPT FROM NOMINATION / NO INTERNAL COMPETITION NEEDED
The following individuals may apply online without a nomination or internal competition:
• independent scholars not affiliated with a college or university;
• college or university staff members who are not faculty members and will not be teaching during the academic year preceding the award tenure
• emeritus faculty; and
• adjunct faculty, part-time faculty, and applicants with academic appointments that terminate by the summer of the award tenure.

IUPUI Internal competition:
For consideration, submit the following documents electronically to Etta Ward,emward@iupui.edu by July 1, 2015 for internal competition.
Format pages with one-inch margins and with a font size no smaller than eleven point.
The narrative should not assume specialized knowledge and should be free of technical terms and jargon. The narrative limitation does not include references.

1. Provide a 1-3 page narrative that includes the following:
• Project Title
• Project Director Name and Credentials
• Research and contribution: Describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Provide an overview of the project, explaining the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study. Explain how the project will complement, challenge, or expand relevant studies in the field.
• Methods and work plan: Describe your method(s) and clarify the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the Summer Stipend. Provide a work plan, describing what you will accomplish during the award period. Your work plan must be based on a full-time commitment to the project; part-time work is not allowed. If you do not anticipate finishing the entire project during the award period, discuss your plan for doing so. For book projects, explain how the final project will be organized. If possible, provide a brief chapter outline. For digital projects, describe the technologies that will be used and developed, and how the scholarship will be presented to benefit audiences in the humanities.
• Competencies, skills, and access: Explain your competence in the area of your project. If the area of inquiry is new to you, explain your reasons for working in it and your qualifications to do so. Specify your level of competence in any language or digital technology needed for the study. Describe where the study will be conducted and what research materials will be used.
• Final product and dissemination: Describe the intended audience and the intended results of the project. If relevant, explain how the results will be disseminated and why these means are appropriate to the subject matter and audience.

2. A Letter from the Chair or Dean

3. 1-2 page abbreviated CV which includes:
• Current and Past Positions
• Education: List degrees, dates awarded, and titles of theses or dissertations
• Awards and Honors: Include dates. If you have received support from NEH, indicate the dates of these grants and any resulting publications.
• Publications: Include full citations for publications and presentations
• Other Relevant Professional Activities & Accomplishments

Marwan Wafa to step down as IUPUC vice chancellor and dean

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Marwan A. Wafa will step down as vice chancellor and dean at Indiana photoUniversity-Purdue University Columbus on June 30 to become chancellor of Pennsylvania State University’s Worthington Scranton campus, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Charles R. Bantz announced.

Since Wafa arrived at IUPUC in 2009, the number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees conferred has increased over 211 percent, from 80 in 2010 to 249 in 2014; a new Office of Student Affairs was created, which substantially improved and upgraded the quality of life with a focus toward creating a more residential experience for students; and IUPUC will offer its first residence hall–a private hall scheduled to open offsite this summer with 112 beds.

Additionally, Wafa worked with administrative and faculty leaders to add and/or receive authorization to offer complete degree programs and concentrations at IUPUC including a Bachelor of Science in nursing, Master of Science in mental health counseling and Bachelor of Arts in English and communication studies, as well as minors in 15 academic areas. Wafa also created IUPUC’s first strategic plan that reflects the needs of the region and emphasizes the uniqueness of its learning environment.

“Marwan has made an indelible impact at IUPUC over the last six years. I want to thank him for his contributions, insight and commitment to higher education,” Bantz said.

Over the summer months, IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar will meet with the IUPUC community to discuss the appointing of an interim vice chancellor and dean as well as other topics of interest. IUPUC primarily serves students who live in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Ripley, Shelby and other counties in Southern Indiana.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have been of service to IUPUC and the region,” Wafa said. “I am proud of what our faculty and staff have been able to achieve during the past six years to help address higher educational needs of South Central Indiana. I wish IUPUC continued progress and growth.”

Book by IUPUI professor puts Native American mascot imagery into historical context

INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty-first-century efforts to legitimize Native American athletic team Guiliano-225x300names and mascots miscast tribal history, argues the author of a book examining the history of Native American imagery in college sports and exposing its ties to a crisis of identity among white, middle-class men.

Under pressure from the NCAA, Native Americans and others, many colleges have dropped their use of Native American team names and mascots. The NCAA has granted waivers to a few schools, including Florida State University, which has the support of the Florida Seminole Tribe for its use of the Seminole nickname.

“There were no Native American tribes involved in the creation of these identities, so why would colleges go to them for approval now?” said Jennifer Guiliano, assistant professor of history at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and author of “Indian Spectacle: College Mascots and the Anxiety of Modern America.”

Contrary to popular thought, mascots do not represent the history of particular tribes, but rather they commingle native identities across historical periods and tribal lines, the professor said.

Guiliano said “Indian Spectacle” points out that “none of the mascots were created with accurate tribal representation.”

Representations of Indians became “tied to mascotry in the 1920s when the University of Illinois — in an attempt to create a half-time spectacle for its band performance — merges with Indian representation,” said Guiliano, who teaches in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Looking at the history of the creation and spread of Native American mascots and imagery, one finds middle-class men who are facing identity issues, Guiliano said.

In the face of challenges to their identity — immigration, urbanization and industrialization — white middle-class men in the 1920s and 1930s used Native American culture and imagery to reduce their anxiety about who they were and what mattered, according to Guiliano, who as a youth attended University of Illinois games and watched Chief Illiniwek perform. Competitive sports provided an arena in which men could legitimately act out their anxieties and celebrate their identity by cheering on misguided, narrow perceptions of Native Americans as inherently violent, she said.

“Because it was a moment when they couldn’t test their masculinity on the battlefield — America wasn’t fighting a war — the sort of battle on the football field became a replacement on how you could prove your masculinity,” Guiliano said. Men who weren’t good enough to play chose to be in the band or to be ardent fans, and they adopted the Indian identity to alleviate their anxiety over societal changes, according to the professor.

Arbor Day Foundation honors IUPUI as a Tree Campus USA

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was honored with a 2014 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The award marks the third time IUPUI has received the Tree Campus USA recog476311_w296nition.

Leading up to the award May 5, the campus participated in the 2015 Arbor Day tree planting program. Twenty Honors College students, with the support of Campus Facility Services, planted 16 trees May 1.

IUPUI also participated in an NCAA tree-planting event during the Final Four in Indianapolis last month. Four trees were planted in an area designated Celebration Plaza, between one of the NCAA’s buildings and the Herron School of Art and Design.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

According to the foundation, IUPUI achieved the title of Tree Campus USA by meeting five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

About the Arbor Day Foundation:

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

Labor movement efforts in Indianapolis are barometer of service-sector advances nationwide

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis is a good barometer of how service-sector labor movement Fran-Quigley-profileefforts could fair nationwide, some labor workers say.

A new book by Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor Fran Quigley examines the rise of service-sector workers in the U.S. labor movement. “If We Can Win Here: The New Front Lines of the Labor Movement” tells the stories of janitors, fry cooks and health care aides in Indianapolis and their struggle for better pay.

Quigley will discuss “If We Can Win Here,” published by Cornell University Press, at a book launch at 5 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Bookmamas, 9 S. Johnson Ave., Indianapolis.

“From fast-food worker ‘Fight for 15′ strikes to campaigns to increase the minimum wage to unionization of food service workers and janitors, there is a great deal of high-profile activity across the country in this area,” Quigley said. “This book is a close-up, grassroots view of those workers and those campaigns in one community — Indianapolis — where traditional union organizing has been a challenge in recent decades.”

Indianapolis service-sector workers have experienced some success, the professor said.

“Food service workers at universities across Indianapolis, as well as at the airport, have organized into unions and won better pay and more job security in their first contracts,” Quigley said. “Janitors and security guards are still fighting for better pay, but their struggles and the broader Fight for 15 efforts all contribute to an increasing awareness of the need to pay living wages, which is boosting the campaign to raise the minimum wage.”

The book launch will include a discussion of workers’ rights. Some of the workers Quigley wrote about in his book will attend the event and be available for media questions.

Quigley is a clinical professor of law and teaches in the Health and Human Rights Clinic at IU McKinney on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Clinic students advocate for rights on behalf of the poor and have a special focus on representing low-wage workers.

New accelerated degree programs at IUPUI speed students to in-demand, well-paying jobs

INDIANAPOLIS — Students will save thousands of dollars, graduate a year earlier and be informatics logopositioned for in-demand and well-paying jobs thanks to academic career paths being created by the IU School of Informatics and Computing and other schools at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Beginning with its own programs, including bioinformatics, health informatics, human-computer interaction and media arts and sciences, the informatics school developed accelerated programs that enable students to earn an undergraduate degree and a master’s in five years, instead of six. That move would save Indiana students $7,000 in tuition and fees and save out-of-state residents $18,000.

With a master’s and advanced informatics skills, students in these degree programs will be prepared for jobs paying an average of $71,000.

Similar programs are being developed that will allow students in other IUPUI schools — including health and rehabilitation science, public health, business, public affairs, science, physical education and tourism management, philanthropy and law — to complete undergraduate degrees in their respective schools in four years and then complete an informatics master’s degree in one year.

Informatics is the application of information technology to other fields.

Look/See showcases M.F.A. Exhibition and more during Herron’s biggest events of the year

Look/See 2015 Logo Courtesy of Herron StaffThis year at Herron School of Art and Design, there’s even more to May, with two Visual Communication Design events kicking off our celebration of the academic year end leading up to Look/See on Thursday, May 7, which includes a full slate of events at both Herron buildings.

Design Day at Herron—May 4
2015 marks the first-ever Design Day at Herron: Design Thinking for People Centered Innovation from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 143 of Eskenazi Hall. This introductory Design Thinking workshop will bring together visual communication design practitioners and community members to explore a particular challenge affecting Indianapolis. This workshop is open to anybody who is curious about Design Thinking. For more information, contact Youngbok Hong, coordinator, Design Thinking and Design Leadership Graduate Program, at youhong@iupui.edu. To register on a first-come, first-served basis,
RSVP to herron4u@iupui.edu. Use subject line “Herron Design Day” and include your name and phone number.

Momentum: Design in Action—May 6
Momentum is an exhibit of senior Visual Communication Design portfolios and capstone projects that will demonstrate the 37 students’ various interests, creative problem-solving processes and plans for the future, revealing the connections that they have made through the course of their time at Herron.

The May 6 opening is by invitation only for members of the local design community. The public opening will be on May 7 from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. in room 122 of Eskenazi Hall. Visit vcd.iupui.edu for more information.

Look/See—May 7

Honors and Awards
To start the party, join us for the Honors and Awards ceremony in the IUPUI Campus Center, room CE450, at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer the accomplishments of students and faculty alike.

M.F.A. Exhibition
Then it’s on to the 2015 M.F.A. Exhibition beginning at 5:00 p.m., which showcases pinnacle works by master’s degree candidates Brent Aldrich, Stephanie J. Beisel, Carly Connelly, Di Sun, Matthew Eickhoff, Jonathan Love, Andrés Marcial, Kristen Jane Morsches, Katie R. Smith, Stephen Smolinski, Shelley Spicuzza and Jac Tardie.

This culminating exhibition takes up all the available gallery space in both Eskenazi Hall and Eskenazi Fine Arts Center. Colin Nesbit, Herron’s gallery director, describes Look/See as “the crescendo of the academic year at Herron. For the students whose works comprise the 2015 MFA Exhibition, the last two years have build up to this single event. These students’ works represent the array of fine arts programs available at Herron performing at their highest level.”

Art Therapy
Nesbit continued, “and this year for the first time, Herron master’s degree candidates in Art Therapy Bonnie Burke, Chelsea Leeds, Elisa Pamelia, Meghan Sullivan, Mu-Chien Tsai, and Kaycee Wilson are going to have a display that explains their discipline and includes versions of their theses for people to look at.

Visual Communication Design
Master’s degree candidates in Visual Communication Design Kaelyn Donnelly, Jennifer Smerdel and Nicholas Walters also will have an interactive exhibition including panels describing their research processes, outcomes and contexts.”

Think It Make It Lab
The public will also get its first chance to see Herron’s new Think It Make It Lab in Eskenazi Hall, which is chock-full of the latest in 3-D and other digital technologies. Live demonstrations of 3-D printing and laser cutting will be included, with a memento for visitors to take home.

The festivities include tours, open studios and a print and ceramics sale, along with refreshments.

Complimentary parking courtesy of The Great Frame Up Indianapolis will be available. Shuttle service between buildings will be available throughout the evening.

IUPUI library collaborates to create digital collection honoring Allison Transmission’s centennial

INDIANAPOLIS — As part of ongoing efforts to preserve and share the history of Allison thTransmission in honor of the manufacturer’s centennial in 2015, Allison and University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have collaborated in the creation of a new digital collection.

The project, executed by the University Library Center for Digital Scholarship, enables unprecedented access to Allison Transmission’s heritage in a searchable database. The online collection includes newsletters, brochures, advertisements, press releases and selected photographs.

Following current preservation standards for scanning and metadata creation, the Center for Digital Scholarship has created the most comprehensive digital collection of Allison materials available to the public. The project, which began in December 2013 with a pilot collection of 137 digital objects, now includes more than 2,600 items. The selections are from a larger archival collection held by Allison.

Creating digital files allows rare and fragile original items to be preserved and protected. Preservation of the digitized copies is also secure in that high-resolution master files are backed up on multiple servers and protected by University Library for future generations.

The Center for Digital Scholarship works to provide open access to IUPUI scholarship, research data and the cultural heritage of Indiana communities. The center disseminates unique scholarship, data and artifacts created by IUPUI faculty, students, staff and community partners; advocates for both the rights of authors, and the public’s fair use and open access to information and publications; implements best practices for the creation, description, preservation, sharing and reuse of digital collections; and provides digital scholarship consultations and literacy services.

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leading manufacturer of hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915 by James A. Allison, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis with additional manufacturing facilities in Hungary and India.

About IUPUI University Library

Serving nearly 1 million visitors a year, 10 percent of them community users, the University Library at IUPUI supports students and faculty across all of IUPUI’s more than 200 degree programs with research expertise and a wide array of resources. Resources include signature collections like the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections & Archives and the Herron Art Library, plus over 60 digital collections.

Informatics students help create app to enhance Dream Cars exhibit experience at IMA

Dream Cars Image from IMAmuseum.orgThousands of people are expected to visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art to see a unique type of motor spectacle when it opens Sunday. When they do, their experience will be enhanced by the Dream Cars Design Studio app created in cooperation with two Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, May 3 – Aug. 23, will feature rare concept cars from the early 1930s to the 21st century, showcasing some of the most unique vehicles ever created by top names in the automotive field, including General Motors, Porsche, Bugatti and BMW.

Visitors to the exhibition will be also able to learn about the car design process in the Damon C. and Kay D. Davis Lab — on the second floor of the museum—through videos, images and a number of participatory activities, such as designing their own dream car using the Dream Cars Design Studio iPad app.

The app will guide children (6 and older) and adults through a number of steps, such as selecting fuel and engine types, the car silhouette, various accessories and colors. At each step, visitors will be able to see how their design and engineering choices affect a number of variables including cost, fuel efficiency and speed. The completed cars can be shared with family and friends by email, and will also be projected on the wall in the Davis Lab. The app will also be available for download, free of charge, in the App Store.

The app was developed by graduate student Vance Vaden, project manager and animator, and freshman Michael Auer, interaction developer.

Vaden and Auer began working on the app in September 2014, and collaborated with the IMA’s interpretation and technology team on the project. The app was completed in December.

“It’s fairly experimental for all of us right now,” said Zeb Wood, media arts and science lecturer at IUPUI. “The museum wanted to try using technology to enhance the exhibit, and we wanted to give students the chance to work on a real-world project for real clients.”

Among the app requirements: It had to be entertaining and easy to use for all ages, yet more informative for adults.

“It was a difficult challenge,” Wood said. “But these two wanted the opportunity, we briefed them, and they have been dealing with an entire committee at the IMA ever since.

“We have students who sometimes graduate without creating something like this. Now we have a freshman and a first-semester graduate student creating fully functional apps. This is a huge jump for us,” Wood continued.

“The success of the project will open the eyes of other students. “They are going to say, ‘I don’t have to wait four years to try to create something for a community partner. I can get started right away.’”

The experience is one Auer won’t forget.

“This project has given me the chance to learn about working with a professional development team,” Auer said. “My previous projects were mostly solo ventures, and so making the transition to a team-based one was incredibly enlightening. Since most projects in the real world are centered on group work and deadlines, experiencing these things really improved my skills.”

Auer, who volunteered for the project, said his ability to write algorithms and solve problems increased ten-fold. “There is a big difference between working for yourself and working for a large art museum, and I believe that it really pushed me to become better at what I do.”

Vaden also found the project to be an interesting experience.

“Having an actual client definitely changed the way I approached each task, since everything I did was for them, rather than for a grade and myself,” said Vaden. “I found myself communicating more and paying close attention to wording and detail a lot more than I usually would. “The internship was probably the best experience I had this semester since I got more professional experience and worked in a different environment than I had ever worked in previously.”

“What makes this particular project unique is the fact that the museum was so willing to work in tandem with the school’s students, treating this as a learning experience for both student and the professionals on the IMA side of things,” said Travis Faas, media arts and science lecturer at IUPUI.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this project is the skill levels involved, Faas said.

“The primary developer, Michael, was a first-semester freshman going into this project,” he said. “Working along with this team, he has had more opportunity to learn ‘how it is done’ in the real world compared to many of his peers. It is a real eye-opener to learn just how much work goes into the production of an even relatively simple app.”

Interpretation materials and content for the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s presentation of Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas were created with the support of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The exhibition will open at the IMA on May 3, 2015. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 17. Admission is free for children under five years, college students from non-profit and public colleges and universities in Marion County, and IMA members.