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Global Crossroads re-opens with latest technology

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ Global Crossroads Laboratory can’t reduce distances to faraway places, but it makes engaging the world a lot easier.

A ceremony marking the re-opening of the facility, in Room 2132 in the Education/Social Work building, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. The ceremony will feature a light reception at 4 p.m. and remarks at 5 p.m. by Amy Warner, vice chancellor for external affairs, and others integral in the renovation of the facility. The event is free and open to the public.

Global Crossroads is a collaborative partnership funded by the IUPUI Office of International Affairs, University Information Technology Services and a $25,000 Learning Environment Grant from the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. The facility contributed to IUPUI becoming a recognized leader in comprehensive campus internationalization.

Global Crossroads re-opens with the latest high-definition video conferencing technology, using sensitive microphones suspended from the ceiling and EagleEye Director for voice and facial recognition to personalize live classes and meetings. The technology determines who is talking and switches from a camera classroom view to focus on the individual who is speaking. The classroom view returns when the individual stops speaking.

The interactive video and audio equipment for face-to-face distance communications is designed to support international learning, dialogue and partnership.

Global Crossroads is available for incorporating interactive video into courses on a semester-long or case-by-case basis. To learn more about making international connections for classes or course development ideas, contact Dawn Michele Whitehead, director of curriculum internationalization, at dmwhiteh@iupui.edu. For more information on upcoming training sessions on use of the facility or to reserve the room, email oiaevent@iupui.edu.

School of Informatics and Computing’s Davide Bolchini receives Google Faculty Research Award

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Davide Bolchini, interim chair of the Department of Human-Centered Computing and assistant professor of human-computer interaction at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, recently received the prestigious Google Faculty Research Award.

The award is accompanied by a $44,252 grant that will support the study “Augmenting Screen-Reader Navigation by Linkless Dialogues” being conducted by Bolchini and human-computer interaction Ph.D. candidate Prathik Gadde. The study investigates how the blind and visually impaired can interact with and navigate through complex websites to compensate for their lack of sight. The study will examine novel solutions that could make surfing the Web easier for visually challenged users.

“The blind user experience with the Web is still very far from enjoyable,” Bolchini said. “There is so much more that we can do to make it not just slightly better but considerably more natural and desirable. Together with our stellar graduate students, we will explore strategies to help blind users understand where they are on a complex website, where they can go next from a page, or what to do to know more about a topic. This can make a significant difference in daily Web navigation tasks.”

The work will leverage the five-year collaboration with the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The study will build upon the research on “aural informatics” in collaboration with professor Steve Mannheimer and Executive Associate Dean Mathew Palakal in the Department of Human-Centered Computing, which already has a prior Google Research Award and two NSF-funded projects on Web accessibility, non-speech sounds and aural navigation.

Google Research Awards‘ mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. As part of that vision, the Google Research Awards program aims to identify and support world-class, full-time faculty pursuing research in areas of mutual interest.

This round, Google received 550 proposals from 50 countries. After expert reviews, 105 projects were selected for funding, with an acceptance rate of 19 percent.

Imaging symposium presents opportunities to learn from IUPUI experts, build collaborative research

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The IUPUI Imaging Research Symposium takes place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Lilly Auditorium of University Library, 755 W. Michigan St.

Academic and industrial researchers and investigators are invited to learn more about the imaging technologies available at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis during a daylong event that includes 20-minute talks, poster displays, special guest lectures and opportunities to tour IUPUI imaging laboratories.

Presentations by campus researchers will highlight several IUPUI imaging capabilities as well as the applications of advanced imaging methods to address current scientific, medical and engineering questions. The goal of the symposium is to promote knowledge of the IUPUI imaging community and to foster collaborative research opportunities.

Experts from the Indiana Institute for Biomedical Imaging Sciences, the Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy, the Nanoscale Imaging Center, The 3D Imaging of the Craniofacial Complex Center and the Electron Microscopy Center, all members of the IUPUI Imaging Research Initiative, will discuss their imaging facilities and their research.

Invited guest speakers include Dr. Daniel C. Sullivan from Duke University Medical Center and Andrew J. Bowling of Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis.

Sullivan will discuss “Quantitative Imaging in Medicine” from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and Bowling will discuss “Imaging & Crop Development” from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Guided tours through several IUPUI imaging laboratories will be available from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

More information and a registration form are available on the IUPUI Imaging Research Initiative website or by emailing Mark Holland at imgres@iupui.edu.

Exhibition: 10,800 Minutes: Not Enough

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August 30 – September 19, 2013
Marsh Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, Eskenazi Hall

10,800 Minutes: Not Enough will feature works by seniors and graduate students in Herron’s printmaking program. These new works will have been created either individually or by teams of students.

Student participants include: Senior printmakers: Talia Ariens, Anna Clinch, Nick Goldy, Brittanie Mathis, Rachel Moore, Colton Pedro, Ashley Tesmer, and Ben Walter. Graduate student printmakers: Stephanie Beisel, Ellie Ingram, Eric Johnson, Katherine Johnson, and Liz Wierzbicki.

Artists Reception on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Marsh Gallery