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News about items of interest to Studio for New Media members.

Open House: Monday, August 24th

The first Studio for New Media Open House will be held on Monday, August 24th, from 2pm until 3:30pm.

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Final Cut Pro Studio 2 Installed

The Studio has just installed Final Cut Studio 2, the complete collection of Apple software for multimedia production.

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Adobe CS4 Master Collection Installed

The Studio has just installed Adobe's CS4 Master Collection, the complete collection of Adobe software for multimedia production.

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Python Users of Iowa Meeting

The Python Users of Iowa Group will have their next meeting on Thursday, June 4th, 2009 from 7-8:45 p.m., in the Ames Public Library. They are a general Python group that with members that use python in system administration, web design, database manipulation, plugins, GUI design and more.

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New Audio/Video Connections Arrive

Last week, we announced that new equipment has begun to arrive for this summer's rewiring season. On Friday, we installed a few additional items.

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New Equipment Arriving

New computer hardware and software will be arriving over the new two weeks, to be installed and configured rather quickly in the days directly following. This article will describe some of the new equipment, and the plans for the rewiring that will be needed to take full advantage of the tools.

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Video from Roundtable Posted to YouTube

Richard Gutjahr, one of the German visitors from earlier this week, has posted a short video from the roundtable with student and faculty members of the Studio for New Media on May 5th.

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Visitors from Germany to Tour the Studio for New Media

Three visitors, invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, are coming to visit the Studio for New Media to learn about how we research, teach, and develop new media, as part of a tour new media use across the country.

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Videotaping Student Presentations

Rachel Johnson and Katy Jaekel, two student members of the Studio, have posted a short video they created this spring for instructors at Iowa State interested in videotaping student presentations.

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Edirol R-1 Arrives

A new digital audio recorder, an Edirol R-1, was purchased by one of the research teams working in the Studio, and will now be available for Studio members who need to record meetings, lectures or other events.

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New File Server Arrives

A new, 1-terabyte rack-mounted file server has arrived and is being installed in the air-conditioned server rack.

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N6 Added to the Studio

N6, the qualitative data coding and analysis software (formerly known as NUD*IST), has arrived and been installed in the Studio.

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New Equipment

LASCAC funding supports new equipment to be installed in the next few weeks in the Studio.

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New Wiring Diagram Unveiled

Sometimes the equipment in the Studio can be confusing. So here's the 2006-07 wiring diagram, which can help advanced users understand how all the equipment is interconnected.

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High-Definition Projector Installed

The Studio has just installed an Hitachi PJTX100 projector, which can project 720p HDTV video and 1280x800 computer video (almost twice the resolution of our old projector).

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Using English Department Course Websites

Course websites sound as if they might be useful. No more photocopying handouts. Turning in papers online. But we all know people who’ve had trouble with them in the past. Is it always true that course websites mean frustration? Or could the new English Department system resolve many issues people had in the past—perhaps actually help us collaborate? On Wednesday, November 8th, Geoff Sauer, Quinn Warnick and Rebecca Burnett will host a noon presentation in which they will show examples of this semester’s English course websites. They will offer tips about how to make the system work for you and your spring term courses. The event is open to all.

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Studio Members Featured on IPTV

Several members of the Studio were interviewed recently for an Assignment Iowa documentary on Iowa Public Television.

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Studio Members Featured on IPTV

Several members of the English Department were interviewed recently for an Assignment Iowa documentary broadcast on Iowa Public Television.

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Moodle Brown Bag Lunch

We will be holding the first Moodle Brown Bag Lunch next Friday (January 19) at noon in the Studio for New Media (Ross 316). Bring your lunch and meet up with other faculty members, lecturers, and TAs who have been using Moodle in their classes. We have no set agenda for this event, and there will be no formal presentation to interrupt, so feel free to come and go as your schedule allows. In short, the Studio will be full of a bunch of us eating lunch and sharing tips for using Moodle in a range of English department courses, from first-year composition to graduate-level seminars. If this message, with its overuse of the term Moodle (which my spell-checker has now flagged nine times), has left you slightly bewildered, you can find out more at the English Department's Courses site: http://courses.engl.iastate.edu We hope to see you at the Brown Bag next Friday and on the new email list!

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Applied Linguistics Colloquium: Erik Voss

Studio member Erik Voss will present about a multimedia-based language learning software technology.

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Marantz A/V Switcher, Amplifier, Upconverter Installed

The Studio has recently installed a Marantz SR5001 receiver, which controls A/V inputs from all sources in the room, then routes them to all needed devices.

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SNM Website Updated

The Studio for New Media website has been upgraded from Plone 2.0.0 to Plone 2.5.2, the current version. This will enable many new features, some of which will be useful to the entire community.

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The 2007 Web Design Survey

The online journal _A List Apart_ is conducting a survey of web designers. If you work in web design, you should probably take it.

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Multimedia Equipment Use, 2005-06

We now have the statistics for the 2005-06 academic year use of multimedia equipment available to Studio members.

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Archived News

A location for older news items.

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New: Issue Tracker and 'Wish List' Facilities

The Studio for New Media now has an 'issue tracker' and 'wish list' on its website, so that members may post when they encounter problems with the hardware or software in the room, and may post lists of software or hardware desired for their future projects.

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Studio for New Media Open House

If you haven't visited the Studio for New Media lately, stop by on Friday morning to tour of the facilities. If you aren't yet a member, you can become one!

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New Seagate 'Projects' Drive Fails

The new 1TB Seagate Barracuda 'Projects' hard drive on the SNM2 Mac Pro died last week, with an 'S.M.A.R.T.' alert that indicated physical problems with the drive.

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Get to Know XML

The XML format was developed in the 1990s in a hope to develop a universal format for documents, replacing proprietary binary formats that couldn’t integrate with one another. And we’re beginning to see the results. In this talk, Dr. Geoffrey Sauer will present an introduction to XML, with an overview that will explain to people who’re not familiar with it why this is a good thing, and how we can begin to use XML formats to our advantage as technical communicators.

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Evaluating and Assessing Digital Scholarship for Teaching and Research

This interactive workshop, open to all, invites participants to discuss
"what is scholarly" about digital pieces published in journals and/or produced for classes.
We will talk about guidelines that are available for evaluating this kind of work as well as underscore what relationship digital scholarship has to traditional print scholarship.

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New RAID Arrays in Workstations

New RAID Arrays in Workstations

The two Mac Pro workstations in the Studio, SNM1 and SNM2, now have upgraded hard drives and RAID arrays, to improve video capture and editing.

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