IU e-waste collections net over 500,000 pounds of equipment for recycling
Electronic waste collection programs this past spring at IU Bloomington and IU South Bend kept 521,003 pounds of electronic waste out of landfills. That total brought to 2.78 million pounds the amount of material IU has collected in five years of e-waste collection events. This was the last year for E-Waste Collection Days at IU Bloomington. Other local entities, including the District and the City of Bloomington, have started offering free collection and recycling of electronic waste.
IU extreme scale pioneers offer insights at International Supercomputing Conference
Thomas Sterling and Andrew Lumsdaine will deliver keynotes and lead workshops, tutorials, and discussions on a variety of high performance computing topics at the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference, the world's oldest global conference and exhibition for high performance computing, networking, and storage. Sterling is a professor of informatics and computing at the IU School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) and chief scientist and executive associate director of IU's Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST). Lumsdaine is a professor of computer science at SOIC and CREST director.
Kelley and CareerBuilder form strategic partnership to deliver training online
IU's Kelley School of Business has entered into a strategic partnership with CareerBuilder to create and develop comprehensive online solutions for corporate career training and development. Working with CareerBuilder, Kelley Executive Partners has developed an online application that includes many learning modules to help students develop their sales competencies. It is embedded in technology that can be accessed instantly on tablets and mobile phones as well as personal computers.
EdTech: Why digital content makes sense for students and their colleges
IU VP for IT and CIO Brad Wheeler is quoted in this EdTech story about eTexts adoption. EdTech includes an infographic that illustrates the considerations for higher ed IT professionals.
Why campus networks need Software-Defined Networking
InformationWeek interviews Steve Wallace, executive director of InCNTRE, in a report on the development and future of Software-Defined Networking, an approach to networking that provides an open software interface for controlling the forwarding behavior of networks. The Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE) advances OpenFlow and other standards-based Software-Defined Networking technologies.
Fidler: PRISM leak will affect US - China talks
The disclosure of a top secret program that gives US government officials the ability to surveil foreigners suspected of terrorism or espionage through leading US technology companies -- a program code-named PRISM -- could have serious effects on US diplomacy on cyber issues, according to David P. Fidler, a fellow at IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research.
July 9: PETools: Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Tools
Sponsored by the School of Informatics and Computing, the goal of this all-day workshop is to discuss the design of privacy tools aimed at real-world deployments. This workshop will bring together privacy practitioners and researchers to spark dialog and collaboration between these communities. Held in conjunction with PETS 2013. Early registration ends June 13.
Disclosure of NSA's secret Verizon order latest chapter in privacy vs. security debate
The disclosure of a top secret order instructing Verizon to provide the National Security Agency with phone records for communications between the US and foreign countries and those wholly within the US -- including local calls -- has profound significance for US national security, the rule of law and the future of privacy rights in the US, says an IU law and cybersecurity expert.
IU Women’s Philanthropy Council awards more than $120,000 in grants
The awards will support projects that foster community outreach, career development, public health, student philanthropy, education and diversity at IU Bloomington, IUPUC, IUPUI and IU Southeast. Awards include funding for: hiring a program consultant to advise the IT and library staff on making the Ostrom Workshop Research Library's catalog accessible via the Internet; and promoting awareness and opportunities for women IT students.
Campus Technology reports on IU's wireless upgrade
Campus Technology magazine reports on IU's deployment of 5,200 new wireless access points taking place over the summer. "Interest in the use of mobile devices to support instruction is increasing rapidly," said Stacy Morrone, IU AVP for teaching and learning and IT dean for IUPUI. "Our faculty and staff want the freedom to move about their classrooms and engage with their students using mobile devices and other learning technologies."
EDUCAUSE Review: The Role of Subsidy in Scholarly Communication
David Lewis, dean of University Library at IUPUI and assistant vice president for digital scholarly communications, writes in the latest edition of EDUCAUSE Review that digital technologies open an opportunity for all forms of scholarly communication to be disrupted. "These disruptive innovations will make the vehicles for communicating scholarship faster, easier, and cheaper."
ISU study: Tablet users learn just as well as print readers
Indiana Public Media reports on a study done by Indiana State University showing that students using eTexts perform equally well on tests as do students using print texts. IU VP for IT and CIO Brad Wheeler comments. Wheeler developed IU's groundbreaking eTexts initiative.
Research Technologies and PTI to be represented during meeting of AAS
More than 500 scientists, educators and journalists are expected for the 222nd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). IU's Research Technologies and Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) will also be represented during the conference through work by scientists in those units on the One Degree Imager's Web-based science gateway, the Pipeline, Portal and Archive. The ODI-PPA allows astronomers to work with huge data sets and images through a national grid of supercomputers and without needing to download any data to personal computers.
David Lewis named president of Academic Libraries of Indiana
David Lewis, dean of University Library at IUPUI, is now head of the statewide organization representing all academic libraries in nonprofit institutions of higher education. Lewis is also assistant vice president for digital scholarly communications.
IU eTexts initiative receives Learning Impact Award
Courseload, Inc. and IU were recently recognized as gold recipients in the IMS Global Learning Consortium's Learning Impact Awards. The Courseload-IU eTexts and digital course materials initiative received the Learning Impact Award for its use of technology in addressing the challenges faced by the global learning community. Courseload is an innovator in the aggregation, delivery and use of eTexts and digital course materials.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IUPUI library bring racing history to life online
A new digital collection made possible by the collaboration of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the University Library at IUPUI captures the rich history that has shaped the culture of Indiana as well as the worlds of sports and racing through more than 14,000 images.
IDS: Classroom of the future
The Indiana Daily Student reports on a new teaching space in the IU Bloomington Student Building called the Collaborative Learning Studio. Provost Lauren Robel introduced the new space as one she hopes "propels instructors into new vistas of teaching." Vice Provost Sonya Stephens called it a "classroom for learners of the 21st century." Sixteen workstations that each seat six students are connected to a video wall. See also Herald-Times (subscription).
Hofstadter nano-butterflies confirmed
Nearly 40 years ago, IU Pulitzer Prize-winning cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter predicted an endlessly repeating energy spectrum of electrons in crystal lattices forming butterfly patterns. This was confirmed experimentally for the first time by a team of physicists from the US and Japan.
Keyes and Sterling to headline IEEE Cluster 2013 Conference
IEEE Cluster 2013 conference organizers have announced the featured speakers at this year's event. David E. Keyes, professor of applied mathematics and computational science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, will be the keynote speaker. Thomas Sterling, professor of informatics and computing at Indiana University and executive associate director of IU's Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies, will deliver the closing address.
Groth named interim vice provost at IU Bloomington
Dennis Groth has been named interim vice provost for undergraduate education at Indiana University Bloomington. He is an associate professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and has served as associate vice provost for undergraduate education since 2009.
Results of IU South Bend's electronic recycling
The fifth annual electronic recycling at IU South Bend took place Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. Electronics such as computer systems, computer accessories and televisions, were recycled free of charge. More than 375,000 pounds were collected, surpassing the goal of 250,000 pounds. In the last five years, more than 1 million pounds of electronic waste has been collected and diverted from landfills.
IDS: Adobe's change to subscription model will affect IU
The Indiana Daily Student reached out to Bob Flynn of IU's IT Community Partnerships to ask about how Adobe's change to its Creative Cloud subscription platform will affect IU's students, faculty, and staff. IU AVP for Client Services and Support Sue Workman is working with Adobe to create a path forward for IU. Adobe is abandoning its Creative Suite in favor of the subscription-based model. CS6 will still be available at IU bookstores and supported by Adobe.
edCetera: How IU is saving students money with digital textbooks
edCetera, an education technology blog, interviewed IU VP for IT and CIO Brad Wheeler in a post about eTexts adoption at IU. Wheeler has suggestions for other institutions considering adoption of electronic textbooks.
IU innovations continue to help NASA manage big data
NASA's Operation IceBridge mission wraps up its spring flight season this week, gathering radar data about Earth's polar ice sheets to help scientists better understand global climate change. Experts from IU have once again played a key role in the mission's success. As the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice, the twice-yearly IceBridge missions generate massive amounts of data - all stored and archived by IU's research cyberinfrastructure. See also HPCwire. See also: InformationWeek: IU researchers use data feedback in flight to guide NASA's ambitious airborne survey of Earth's polar ice.
Two IU student teams share $200K start-up investment as BEST contest winners
Teams of IU students who created a real-time interactive platform for sports fans and an Internet-based tuxedo rental business that provides online fittings have won IU Bloomington's BEST Competition. Each start-up company, founded by students from Kelley School of Business and the School of Informatics and Computing, will receive a $100,000 investment.
IU recognized as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate
IDG's Computerworld Honors Program recently named Indiana University as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary information technology applications that promote positive social, economic and educational change. IU earned the distinction for its pioneering eTexts initiative and recent wireless network upgrade to ensure reliable and secure access to digital materials. See also Indiana Daily Student.
Kinsey, School of Informatics re-release app for anonymous reporting of sexual behaviors
IU has re-released the free Kinsey Reporter app, a global mobile survey platform for collecting and reporting anonymous data about sexual and other intimate behaviors. Kinsey Reporter allows citizen observers around the world to use free applications now available for Apple and Android mobile platforms to not only report on sexual behavior and experiences but to share, explore and visualize the accumulated data.
16 research teams splitting $1M in grants from OVPR
The IU Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has awarded IU Collaborative Research Grants to 16 teams of faculty researchers. Now in its third year, the program will provide just over $1 million in seed funding to researchers from different departments, schools and campuses for transformative research projects that have a substantial chance of attracting future external funding.