In the News
- Interactive TV News RoundUp (IV): HSN, Intel, Intrasonics, Ball State University (InteractiveTV Today)
In related news: Ball State University’s Center for Media Design (CMD) contacted [ITVT] last week to let us know that Intrasonics is making its new SDK available to it for testing and application development. “The first students at Ball State to use the kit are members of CMD’s ITV design and development team, a group of students and faculty developing interactive news, entertainment and advertising for a variety of platforms,” Ball State states in its press materials.
“Team members are developing second-screen apps for iPhones and iPads as well as other multimedia devices. Insight and Research is assisting with usability testing of television and mobile device interfaces created from this project, as part of its Viewing+ research exploring consumer attitudes and behaviors in ITV and other emerging media.” Said Michael Holmes, director of the CMD’s Insight and Research unit: “Applications on mobile devices are an important new form of interactive television, so it’s crucial Ball State students have an opportunity to master the development tools for such apps. Interactive TV is in its early growth stages in the US. We need to prepare media students for the ITV future now, and we need to provide meaningful research to the TV industry to help professionals understand the impact of ITV on the viewer experience. Our Viewing+ initiative addresses both of these goals.”
- Playing nice pays off for Heartland Film Festival (IndyStar)
There’s a market, it seems, for uplifting movies that inspire. Nancy Carlson, a Ball State University faculty member who’s made three documentary films for public television, said Heartland boasts broad appeal because the human spirit can be celebrated within any style of film.
“Just on the sidewalk, people say, ‘Did you see the one about Nairobi, Kenya?’ ‘No, but did you see the one about the 90-year-old who roller-skates?’ Word of mouth spreads at Heartland so that you’ll just about kill for a ticket to go see the one everybody is talking about,” Carlson said.
- Innovative Ball State, Crane Program Expands (Inside INdiana Business)
There is no doubt that Ball State’s Military 2 Market program has been immensely successful,” [John Dement, Naval Service and Warfare Center Crane technology transfer program manager] said. “Not only did we have several impressive commercial applications and businesses created, but it provided students with an incredible learning opportunity. It also highlighted how universities and the military can work together to create business opportunities in a variety of high-tech fields.”
Ball State and NSWC began working together in 2010, allowing students to evaluate and develop additional commercialization applications for the Navy’s patented inventions while working side by side with Navy researchers, engineers and other personnel.
“Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Center will provide a direct outlet to the community and help license Crane patents,” added Dement. “At the same time, the center’s emerging network of venture capital partners represents opportunities to move early stage technology into the market.”
- Universities Nationwide Utilize NV3 Technologies’ Cell-Phone and Tablet Charging Kiosks (Market Watch)
NV3′s innovative charging kiosks provide a very specific answer to the problem that many people in need of battery power face while outside of their home, dorm or office. In fact, according to a research study conducted by Ball State University, cellphones are almost ubiquitous on college campuses, with 99.8 percent of students owning at least one. Results from a national survey of approximately 500 students–which has been conducted twice a year since 2005–49 percent now have smartphones, compared with 38 percent from October 2010, and 27 percent in February 2009.
- October 5: Integrated Learning Faculty Workshop – “Promoting Cognitive Dialog in Online Courses,” led by Jim Flowers (Integrated Learning Faculty Fellow, Technology).
- October 20: Integrated Learning Faculty Workshop – “Exploring the Use of Social Media in Online Courses,” led by Susan Tancock (Integrated Learning Faculty Fellow, Elementary Education).
- October 23-24: A special performance in the College of Architecture and Planning featured visiting artists Robert and Rebecca Bluestone and students in Mahesh Daas’ Design Thinking course. The interactive performance involved music, weaving and digital technology.
- October 28: Emerging Media Digital Feed featuring presentations by Steven Radil (EM Faculty Fellow, Geography) and Chris Flook (Telecommunications), Schwartz Complex. Sponsored by the Emerging Media Initiative.
On the Road
- October – January 2012: Victoria Bradbury’s (Art) interactive installation “Blue Boar” is on display in the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT.
- October 3: Mahesh Daas (former EM Faculty Fellow, Architecture) delivered an invited lecture at the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design. His lecture, entitled “Memos from An Inconvenient Studio,” brought together digital fabrication, interactive environments and entrepreneurship with social justice.
- October 4: Brandon Waite (former EM Faculty Fellow, Political Science) met with Ball State student bloggers from Notes from the Digital Frontier to discuss strategies to increase viewership and using their blogging experience as a springboard for their career search.
- October 6: Brian McNely (English) is presented a half-day workshop titled “Free web-based applications for teaching and learning in general and liberal education” at the 2011 AGLS National Conference, Miami, FL.
- October 11: Kathy Shafer (Math) was a featured panelist in the webinar, “Common Core with TinkerPlots: Basic Formulas and Proportional Relationships” offered by Key Curriculum Press.
- October 13-15: Staff from the Center for Media Design (CMD) and Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) attended the International Digital Media and Art Association conference in Savannah, Georgia. Dave Ferguson served as association president in 2010-2011, and will continue as a member of the board of directors. Ray Steele and Kirsten Smith oversaw conference proceedings as Senior Executive Director and Executive Director respectively, and Suzanne Plesha served as a member of the advisory board and presidential appointee to the board of directors.
- October 13: Brandon Waite’s (former EM Faculty Fellow, Political Science) article, “Facebook and Social Capital: An Exploratory Study” was published in the Journal of the International Digital Media and Art Association, Vol. 8, Num. 1, 2011.
- October 13-16: Junfeng Jiao (EM Faculty Fellow, Urban Planning) presented two papers at the 52nd Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah: “The relationship between socioeconomic status, attitudes toward food, built environments, and travel frequency to grocery store” and “Using hierarchical linear models to predict commuting mode choice (Transit vs. SOV) in the Seattle Metropolitan Area.”
- October 15-16: Four Ball State art students and two dance students accompanied Victoria Bradbury (Art) to the Triskelion Arts Dance Festival in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn for a performance of Metabellum: A Collaboration between Dance and Electronic Art.
- October 18-22: “Two Life,” a short 3D animation film produced by Andy Beane (Art) and his summer studio students, was featured as an official selection in the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. It was screened at the AMC Showplace 17 on South Meridian at four different times.
- October 19: Jennifer George-Palilonis (Journalism) co-presented “Design Interactive: A Nonlinear, Multimedia Approach for Teaching Introduction to Visual Communication and Principles of Design” at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.
- October 19: Brian McNely (English) gave the presentation, “Informal communication, sustainability, and the public writing work of organizations” at the 2011 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference: Communicating Sustainability in Cincinnati, OH.
- October 28: An Insight and Research student team won the grand prize at the Cable Mavericks Masters Forum: Student Technology Challenge at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. Telecommunication graduate students Josh Schweigert, Junliang Wu and Jeffery Hendrix presented their ideas to an elite panel of industry executives live during the event. The team’s winning entry can by viewed online.
- November 2: Integrated Learning Faculty Workshop: “Adding Online Education to your Research Agenda,” led by Jim Flowers (Integrated Learning Fellow, Technology). 11am – 12pm, BC 129. Register here.
- November 4: Matt Mullins (former EM Faculty Fellow, English) will present the short film version of his lit-digital interface “Highway Coda” at the Visible Verse Festival in Vancouver, Canada.
- November 8: Ball State will showcase four emerging media projects representing the College of Architecture and Planning, the College of Communication, Information and Media, the College of Sciences and Humanities and Insight and Research at the TechPoint Innovation Summit at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
- November 14-16: John Fillwalk (IDIA/HDT) will present “Virtual Interpretations: The Use of High Fidelity 3D Virtual Worlds in Cultural Heritage Simulations” at the 16th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2011, Vienna, Austria. His paper has also been accepted.
- November 18: John Fillwalk (IDIA/HDT) will travel to Dortmund, Germany for the signing ceremony of an International Exchange agreement in Intermedia Art and Design between TU Dortmund University and Ball State University.
- November 18-19: Marilyn Chalupa (Information Systems and Operations Management) and student team members will present results from the BBC Emerging Media Student Fellows project, Dining 9 to 5 to teachers at the Indiana Business, Marketing, & Information Technology Conference, Indianapolis.
- November 19: Emerging Media Digital Feed. Location TBA, 12:15-1:30 pm. Sponsored by the Emerging Media Initiative; registration to [email protected] required.
- January 6-8: IDIA/HDT has been invited by the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India to showcase innovations in hybrid design and technology projects as part of its 14th annual TechFest. The international festival is the largest of its kind in Asia with over 70,000 attendees and past emerging technology showcases by CERN, Oxford, Nissan, Airbus and Google.