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Tech Trends Series - Event Archive

2009-2010 Events

Jessica Valenti Speaking Engagement, Book Signing, and Workshop

Date and Time:  Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Speaker:  Jessica Valenti, Author
Jessica Valenti is a feminist author, but more importantly, she is the founder of the Web Site  This online publication represents the wave of the future for journalism.  Valenti is hip, fresh and experienced in creating web sites that are fun and user friendly. is a collaboration of young, like-minded women who figured out a way to take their passion and make it their work while influencing the world around them.  Valenti is inspirational for any student wary of how their career will fit in our ever-changing, technology-dominated world.

Location:  Bowen-Thompson Student Union Ball Room

Description:  Jessica Valenti speaks and focuses on her books, most recently "The Purity Myth" and also her Web Site.  

Relevance: Valenti is someone who's taken the initiative to follow her dream and she is an outstanding example of an individual who is successful in doing what she loves.  She has a refreshing feminist perspective on politics, pop culture and the world in general. The event is open to all audiences including faculty, staff, and students. 

Contact Info:  (419) 602-7590 or

Photographing Digitally in Germany and China: Reports from Gugenheim Fellows Ardine Nelson and Fredrik Marsh.  

Date and Time: Friday, April 16, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Speakers: In 2008, Ohio photographers Ardine Nelson and Fredrik Marsh both won separate, individual Guggenheim Fellowships in Photography.  Both artists work with cutting-edge digital cameras and with large-format digital printers in their own lab.  Their work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is a part of both public and private collections around the world.
Location: Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206)

Description: Nelson and Marsh report on their ongoing Guggenheim projects in Germany and China respectively; Nelson on the zen-like culture of gardeners and Fredrik on burgeoning consumerist cultural geography.  This presentation will show reproductions of a wide selection of prints and discussion about the content of the images and the technological processes involved in their creation.  

Maury Moutain Visiting Artist

Friday, February 26, 7:00 PM  - Olscamp Room 111 - Lecture
Saturday, February 27, Noon - 6:00 PM - CAVE Lab Room 1030 Fine Arts Building - Workshop

:Maury Mountain, Senior Artist at Epic Games Studio and BG Alum has worked on popular games such as Gears of War and the Unreal Tournament Series.  The lecture consist of how his experiences at BGSU prepared him for the game industry, the Video Game industry pipeline, and what he does at Epic Games. The workshop covers how to create beautiful textures for video games as well as demonstes digital painting techniques while showing his work flow in the industry. A sign up sheet for the workshop is available in the Fine Arts Building outside room 1026 (the MAC Lab). This visit is hosted by the Computer Art Club and sponsored by the Digital Arts Department and the Tech Trend Series.

Contact: Jeffrey Simonetta - (440)-537-1570

The Future of Research in Virtual Worlds: Developing Virtual Data Collection Interfaces

March 16 & 17, 2010, BTSU 
Speaker: Mark Bell
Mark Bell's research interests are in trust in mediated environments including virtual worlds, mobile networks and augmented reality. He is highly involved in the Second LIfe research community, managing the SL Researchers mailing list and presenting at several conferences including NCA and AoIR.  He has published on trust, web 2.0, Second LIfe, graphic novels, and technical books.  Mark also developed an innovative virtual data collection interface for use in the virtual world of Second Life.  

Contact: Anthony Fontana - 

Christi Nielsen: Art, Collaboration, and Technology

Date/Time/Location: Thursday, March 18 and 19
Artist's Talk: 2:00 PM -  March 18 - Fine Arts 204
Art Making Event: 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Arts Village, Kreischer Quadrangle

Speaker: Christi Nielsen
Artist and curator Christi Nielsen is the coordinator of the Inter.sect Art Collective, a group of artists who use new media platforms to explore digital exhibition spaces outside the traditional gallery model.  Their project involving visual translations of text messages via mobile phones was shown at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Contemporary, and at Pocket Films at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.  Christi also curates a gallery in Second Life. 

Contact: Michael Arrigo - or 419.372.9320

From Copyright to Corruption and Back Again

Professor Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School 
Location:  Room 206
Bowen Thompson Student Union Theater 
Lessig has spent his career battling overly restrictive copyright regulation in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and in the U.S. Congress. He'll address his role in the copyright wars and his new role as head of Harvard's Safra Center for Ethics. There, he is focusing on questions of governance, corruption and the growing use of private money in public institutions.

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2008-2009 Events

Computing in Virtual Worlds

Date:  April 16, 2009 
Dr. Lance R. Williams, Professor, University of New Mexico
Location:  Olscamp 217
Description:  At any given moment in time, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are immersed in dozens of virtual worlds playing massive multiplayer online games (MMOG's). Second Life is unique among MMOG's because the players themselves create the content of the virtual world they inhabit. They do this (in large part) by means of computer programming and this fact makes Second Life a potentially important resource for computer science educators.Furthermore, because Second Life supports a programming model where a large number of small scripts execute in parallel and asynchronously, and communicate via message passing, it is an ideal test bed for research in many areas of computer science, including distributed computing, swarm robotics, self-assembly, distributed sensor networks, and artificial life.

In this talk, Williams first provided an overview of Second Life and its programming model. He then described and demonstrated a series of evaluators for the Scheme programming language which he constructed inside the world, including one evaluator where the heap and virtual machine are represented in a completely distributed fashion as a school of swimming fish. In this way, he hoped to illustrate Second Life's value to computer science pedagogy and as a testbed for research in distributed computation.
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An Animator’s Journey from Feature Films to Games

Date:  February 19, 2009 
Aaron Halifax, Valve Software 
Olscamp 115 
The lecture covered Aaron Halifax's work experience at both Blue Sky animation studio and Valve Gaming studio as a 3‐D computer animator and cinematic artist. 
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Television Transition in Ohio: Challenges to Consumers and the TV Industry

Date:  February 4, 2009
Speakers:  Christine Merritt, Executive Director, Ohio Association of Broadcasters,Pat Deville, President and General Manager of Erie County Cablevision, and Bob Chirdon, General Manager, WTOL-TV
Location:  BTSU Theatre Room 206 
The event was a panel/roundtable of academic experts and media industry leaders in Ohio on the important digital television transition that affects every consumer in the U.S. By Feb 17, all full-power TV stations in the U.S. are required to broadcast in digital, but not much has been discussed on the impact of such transition to the industry and the consumers. 
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2007-2008 Events

Microsoft Vista and Office 2007
February 26, 2008, 2:30 pm, Bowen Thompson Student Union Theatre
Speaker: DeVaris Brown, Academic Relations Manager for the Heartland Region of Microsoft Corporation
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Copyright Issues in the Digital Age
November 28, 2007, 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Bowen Thompson Student Union Theatre
Speaker: Dru Zuretti, Manager of Copyright Education at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)

MUVEs and Web 2.0:  Using Second Life to Create Real World Learning
October 23, 2007, 3:00 pm, Bowen Thompson Student Union Theatre
Speaker: Sarah "Intellagirl" Robbins, Director of Emerging Technologies at Media Sauce in Carmel, Indiana
Note: This presentation includes a short introduction of Second Life and the BGSU Second Life Virtual Campus presented by Bonnie Mitchell and Anthony Fontana.

2006-2007 Events

Google and the Search Economy
April 3, 2007, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Bowen Thompson Student Union Theatre
Speaker: Grady Burnett, Head of Online Sales and Operation, Google, Ann Arbor
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Technology Trends and Web 2.0
March 22, 2007, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Bowen Thompson Student Union Theatre
Speaker: Erick Schonfeld, Business 2.0 Editor-at-large
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Why Should We Care About Net Neutrality?
February 28, 2007, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Bowen Thompson Student Union Theatre
Speaker: Alexander Curtis , Director of Policy and New Media for Public Knowledge
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Copyright Issues in YouTube, Second Life and the metaverse: How Technology is Changing Music, Law, Politics and Higher Education
January 26, 2007, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Bowen Thompson Student Union Theatre
Speaker: Dr. E. Michael Harrington, Professor of of Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Music Business, Belmont University
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Best Practices in the Use of Digital Video Streaming Service in Classes and Training - a Panel Presentation
September 21, 2006
Moderator: Tony Short, director, Television Learning Services, WBGU-TV
Demonstrator: Cheryl Joyce, assistant director, Television Learning Services, WBGU-TV
Panelists: Melissa Spirek, associate professor, Journalism
     Betsy Burner, project director, AIDS education, Health and Human Services
     Rachel Vanatta, interim school director, Leadership & Policy Studies and associate professor, EDFI
     Margaret Weinberger, instructor, Sociology
Discussion Leader: Bonnie Fink, interim director, Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology

2005-2006 Events

Third Frontier Projects and Funding Processes
April 6, 2006, 11-12:30 p.m.Room 314, Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Speaker: Carol Wedding, President of Imaging Systems Technology
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Podcasting - an Apple Computer Presentation 
March 16, 2006, 11-12:30 p.m.Room 201B, Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Speaker: Jeff Feeman of Apple Computer
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Distance Learning: Trends, Opportunities and Current Statistics

February 9, 2006, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Panel Discussion : Bonnie Fink, Lecturer, VCT, BGSU College of Technology,
Sheryl Hansen, Director, Professional Development Programs, Ohio Learning Network,
     Connie Molnar
Director, Distance Learning BGSU
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  Laptops for Everyone? Possibilities and Challenges
November 17, 2005, 1:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Speaker: Dr. Alfred Joyal , Provost and VP Academic Affairs, Northern Michigan University
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Copyright and the Use of Multimedia in Courses
October 20, 2005, 11-12:30 p.m.Room 201B, Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Speakers: Dr. Bonna Boettcher, University Libraries and Dr. Paul Cesarini , College of Technology
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