Ball State EMI Update: September 2012

By Erin Moore, Emerging Technology Initiative

Dear friends of Ball State’s Emerging Media Initiative:
We are pleased to bring you the September 2012 issue of Ball State’s EMI Update.  Questions?  Feel free to contact us at

> Students develop video games to introduce kids to landscape architecture

Video games and landscape architecture – these two seemingly unrelated topics have found common ground in assistant professor Chris Marlow’s interdisciplinary course, “Games & Play for Designers: Revealing Landscape Architecture.” Originally taught in Spring 2010 and again in Spring 2012, the studio workshop challenged students to design a functional, educational, and fun video game prototype… Read on and view video »

> SUSI program teaches international students emerging media and journalism

This summer, students from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines participated in a five-week study program at Ball State University, where they learned about new media and journalism and experienced American culture. Mary Spillman, associate professor in Journalism and Suzy Smith, assistant professor in Telecommunications co-directed the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on New Media… Read on and view video »

> Fashion program goes high tech

Over the past few years, Ball State’s Fashion program, housed in the department of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been exploring innovative ways to enhance students’ learning experiences using new technologies. In apparel design, for instance, students have access to computer-assisted drawing (CAD) tools such as the Go-Rio Fabric Plotter, the Lectra Plotter and 3-D… Read on and view video »

> Emerging Media Initiative welcomes two new faculty fellows

This fall, Ball State is pleased to welcome two Emerging Media New Faculty Fellows into the departments of History (College of Science and Humanities) and Telecommunications (College of Communication, Information and Media.) The Emerging Media New Faculty Fellows program provides incentives for hiring faculty across the curriculum with strength and expertise in the use and… Read on »


When someone mentions high-tech facilities at Ball State, thoughts often go to the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, one of the newest academic buildings on campus which houses state-of-the-art media production studios. But just north of the Letterman Building hides a facility with some of the best high-end motion capture and three-dimensional imaging technologies… Read on and view video »

> Help send Ball State doc student’s panel presentation to South by Southwest Conference

Ball State doctoral education student Christina Blanch is looking for voters to join Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and show their support for her panel presentation at the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference, the famed annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival in Austin, Texas. Lee, who helped create such superhero icons as… Read on and view video »

> Changing Gears documentary released through the National Educational Telecommunications Association

Ball State University’s Center for Media Design and the Center for Middletown Studies announced the release of Changing Gears, a feature-length documentary film that places the rise of the American Rust Belt in a rich historical context. The film will be distributed to public television stations through the National Educational Telecommunications Association. In 2009, the…Read on and view video »

> Centerville resident and Ball State professor wins prestigious preservation award

Indiana Landmarks presented its annual Servaas Memorial Awards for outstanding achievement in historic preservation on Sept. 8 in Indianapolis. Winning the individual Servaas award and $1,000 is Ron Morris, a Ball State University professor who teaches educators how to use local landmarks to make history come alive for their students. “I use the built environment-it’s… Read on »

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