2011-2012 LIFT Award Recipients

The following proposals were selected to receive funding for FY 2011-2012.

Bridging the Gap in Arts Integration Theory and Practice: A "Crowdsourcing" Approach to Digital Resource Development for Texas Educators

Drawing from strengths already present on campus, this proposal seeks to increase the level of arts integration resources available to UT students. The purpose of the project is twofold: (a) to provide K-12 pre-service and in-service teachers innovative instructional videos in drama-based instruction and (b) to capitalize on social networking capabilities to disseminate and build resources through a “crowdsourcing” approach to media development. Together, the two phases of this project will create a dynamic technology-based resource to serve the current and future teachers of our state and nation.

Participants: Katie Dawson, Brant Pope, Megan Alrutz, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Joan Lazarus, College of Fine Arts: Department of Theatre and Dance; Hunter March, Jim Kerkhoff, Michele Baylor, College of Fine Arts; Stephanie Cawthon, Erika Patall, Educational Psychology; George Veletsianos, Brent Hasty, Curriculum and Instruction; Richard Mattingly, Karl Miller, College of Education.

CLARITY- Technology for enhancing oral communication

CLARITY will develop an interactive multimedia online resource for international TAs and instructors that will use audio and video technology to enhance oral communication skills, based on research developed by UT Speech Science researchers. The online resource will feature innovative use of audio CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) technology to provide real-world feedback on speech intelligibility to users.

Participants: Bharath Chandrasekaran, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders Rajka Smiljanic, Assistant Professor, Linguistics Charles Soto, Director of Technology Services, Moody College of Communication (College of Liberal Arts).

Development of a Health Information Technology Interoperability Laboratory Field

This project seeks to enhance the technological complexity of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Learning Center by creating an innovative interoperability laboratory where students can gain experience with multiple Health Information Exchange (HIE) products – using the same model adopted by the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA). The interoperability laboratory will give UT Austin students an unprecedented opportunity to be actively engaged with the newest HIE technologies and will ensure that UT Austin remains a national leader in HIT education.

Participants: Leanne Field, Kimberly Smith, & Robert Ligon, College of Natural Sciences, School of Biological Sciences.

Reaching Undergraduates with Research: Remote Observing on a 36" Telescope

This proposal is to develop new research capabilities for undergraduate astronomy students by transforming the 36" telescope at McDonald Observatory so that it can be operated remotely by students at UT Austin. A new large-format, frame-transfer, CCD detector for time-series photometric observations is essential for this project. Time-series observations allow researchers to explore the dynamic nature of the universe and will provide undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to explore the universe’s dynamic properties.

Participants: Don Winget, Mike Montgomery, & JJ Hermes, Department of Astronomy.

Transforming UT's Award Winning DigiMorph.org into a National Repository for 3D (Voxel) Datasets

This project will renovate the Web interface and data management infrastructure of the Digital Library of Vertebrate Morphology, or DigiMorph (www.DigiMorph.org). Plans are to expand DigiMorph’s data capacity, improve its search engine and navigation design, and prototype an infrastructure that allows DigiMorph to become a community repository for revolutionary new 3D data and visualizations generated locally and elsewhere. As a community repository, the project will also design data management policies and procedures that will allow DigiMorph to be self-sustaining. The updated DigiMorph website will place the university at the center of national initiatives on 3D data management and play a strategic role in transforming education and research in science, engineering, and medicine.

Participants: Timothy Rowe, Jackson School of Geosciences