Tag Archives: technology

CEAS Korean Lectures

Michelle Han ’16 writes in:

These talks will examine technological developments as extensions of new ideas and imaginations to a reality. Speaker: Professor Young-Min Back teaches at Youngsan University and at the Federation of Korean Industries, South Korea. In the past, he served as the President of the POSCO Research Institute, the Vice-President of LG CNS, the Director of the Korea Software Technology Association and the Korea Database Agency in South Korea.

“From Imagination To Reality”

How did the past imaginations become a reality? How our present imaginations can become a reality through SMART technologies?

Lecture in Korean

Date: Wednesday, December 2
Time: 12 – 1 PM
Place: Usdan 114

“Wanna survive? Be SMART”

How can manufacturing industries survive today? : Innovations on Market Competitiveness, New Sales Channels, Brand Value Development through SMART Technologies.

Lecture in English & Korean

Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: Mansfield Freeman Center, Seminar Room

“R. Luke Dubois—In Real Time” Exhibition

Andrew Chatfield writes in from the CFA to invite you to see a gallery exhibit by R. Luke Dubois:

Genre-defying composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois utilizes data to create maps, scores, and videos that explore subjects including the Iraq War and the census; and that raise questions of artistic agency, privacy, and fair use. Organized as a database of his projects and concerns, the exhibition “R. Luke DuBois: In Real Time” is the first major gallery presentation of his work, and will include recent and commissioned pieces that take as their basis real-time data flows, topical statistics, and contemporary media footage. Co-sponsored by Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, Department of Government, Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative, Information Technology Services, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Quantitative Analysis Center.
Closed: Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30, 2015

Date: Open until December 13th (But closed November 25th and November 30th)
Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5pm
Read more about this exhibition on the Zilkha Gallery’s website.

WESU Needs An App

From Danielle Pruitt ’15:

WESU is on a mission to move into the 21st century and we need your help! We’re looking for someone who might be interested in working with us to create a mobile app that would primarily be used to stream our station. Essentially, we are hoping to put many aspects of our website wesufm.org in “app” form.

If you think you might be interested, or have any questions about the project please feel free to email dpruitt@wesleyan.edu by Friday, March 27th.

Date: March 23 – 27, 2015
Place: the interwebz
Cost: coding skillz

Africanizing Technology Conference

An invitation from Jasmine Mack ’16:

Africa has long been a space of technological innovation and adaptation despite popular Western media depictions to the contrary. In fact, Africa is at the center of global technology stories such as the history of nuclear proliferation. Recently scholars have documented novel uses of contemporary media technologies on the continent, as well as adaptations of older technologies such as studio photography or the automobile, all of which have had rich and complicated social impacts. Writers, artisans, and farmers have also created new technological cultures, while many African medical professionals have responded to technologically ‘poor’ environments by improvising basic solutions. Africanizing Technology aims to highlight and interrogate these and other technology stories on the continent from an interdisciplinary perspective.

More information after the jump:

Unofficial Orientation Series ’14: WesTech

This is an update of pyrotechnic‘s update of lesanjuan‘s update of Syed’s 2010 post.

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I’m not sure I can survive without access to the web or my phone, so the first thing that you’ll probably do after moving your stuff into your dorm is to connect your phone/tablet/computer/laptop/other gizmo to the internet. Here’s some info for you on how to do that, and other tech things on campus.

The first thing you should know: WesTech. It refers to the kindly people who provide “technical services and support to all faculty, staff and students,” you might think. No, that’s ITS and how they describe themselves. Here’s what a previous WesLingo post says about WesTech:

WesTech is a word that will pop up every once in a while (via the ACB): “WesTech refers to everyone not DKE/Beta or mostly the ‘very Wesleyan’ population. It comes from the idea that Wesleyan has unattractive girls and bad sports and thus might as well be a technical school: WesTech.” Apparently, however, this is a term used mainly by other schools to make fun of Wesleyan, and has been appropriated by the sports teams as a label of pride (sports teams doing the ironic appropriation? Only at Wesleyan). A Techie was a term generally used by athletes to describe a “typical” Wesleyan student (artsy), or a “Techie.”

Now that you know what it means, this is required viewing: WesTech State of Mind.

Of course, we’re not really going to talk about that much (or at all after this). This is a how-to about Tech(nology).

JouleBug Sustainability Contest: Save Energy and Give Back to Financial Aid

After a successful fall contest, Wesleyan is holding another campus-wide energy saving contest using the mobile app, JouleBug! If you participate, you’ll help save energy AND money for financial aid (and maybe win some additional cool prizes).  

JouleBug is easy to use and basically lets you track the number of sustainable actions you take per day; it’s kind of like the FourSquare app, but for sustainability. Each team at Wesleyan competes against each other to see who can rack up the most sustainability points throughout the contest, from April 14-27.

The awesome thing about the contest is that Michael Roth has pledged that any residential energy savings will be directly donated to financial aid, so there are actually tangible rewards!

Here are the steps for participating in the JouleBug contest:

1) Create your team. All you have to do is click on this link, pick a team name, and put in your contact information.  Leaders have until April 11th, 4 pm to register their team.

100% Renewable Energy Worldwide in 17 Years or Sooner: A Presentation


A presentation over at Middlesex Community College on how technological barriers are not what is standing in the way of a just, sustainable planet. Here how we can get there with a presentation by Stanford Professor Mark Jacobsen and Jeremy Brecher. Dan Fischer ’12 writes in with the details:

As the strongest typhoon on record kills thousands in the Philippines fossil fuel use continues to alter earth’s climate, producing ever more extreme weather.  The extraction of fuel itself is wreaking ever greater havoc, and the ongoing disaster at Fukushima warns the world about the dangers of nuclear power.  However, new studies show that there is no technical barrier to transitioning the entire planet to 100% renewable energy within a very short time frame.  (meaning energy produced by wind, sun, water, and geothermal sources) Furthermore, this transition would create more jobs than expanding the fossil-fuel system, and it would save money, too.

These facts overturn central myths that are used to undercut and derail the climate justice movement.  If we are to succeed in transitioning from a fossil-fuel dependent society these realities must become common knowledge, beginning with the movement itself.

Help Choose Wesleyan’s Next CIO

From Syed Ali ’13 (yeah brah, I know that’s me):

Printers in ST Lab got you down?  Wondering if and how Wesleyan should make a foray into online education?  Want to know the realm of possibilities new technology can introduce to Wesleyan?

If so, you might be interested in helping select Wesleyan’s next Chief Information Officer.  The Chief Information Officer, who may go by the title of Vice President for Information Technology, heads Information Technology Services (ITS) and reports directly to President Roth as a member of his cabinet.  Remember that ITS is not just the Helpdesk, but affects nearly all aspects of the University, from Moodle and ePortfolio to LaundryView and the Internet.  This person, as a high-level executive, will help develop Wesleyan’s strategic direction and oversee a multimillion dollar budget.  This is one of highest level hires, if not the most, that has been made since any of us have been at Wesleyan.

We want all students to have the opportunity to have a say in the final selection, not just WSA members.  The CIO Search Committee (comprised of administrators, faculty, and a student), with the aid of a private firm, narrowed down from over a hundred applicants to three finalists.  Now, these three finalists will each be spending one day on campus to meet with various constituencies, including students.  The meetings will be next week:
  • Tuesday, March 27, 12-1PM
  • Wednesday, March 28, 12-1PM
  • Thursday, March 29, 12-1PM
Please email sali[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you would like to be involved by Saturday, March 24 at 4PM.  There is limited space and it will be allotted on a first come, first served basis, so please let me know as soon as possible.  To be fair to the candidates, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

Wesleyan Comes to LaundryView

When we posted the brand new WesPoints app a few weeks ago, commenters were quick to posit other potential apps to make life on campus easier. As one Weeeeeeewobwobwob smartly commented: an app for laundry machine availability, ESPECIALLY for hi/lowrise would be great since its like, 5 washers for maybe 500 people or something and its a painnnn.Our own Sneakergaze compared it to the ITS toolbar that shows how many computers are free in each lab.

I was skeptical that the laundry machine availability service could soon be implemented at Wesleyan. I was wrong.

I also didn’t know about LaundryView, an internet application that allows you to monitor the status of washers and dryers in connected laundry rooms through a Web browser.

Join the Information Technology Committee!

From this really cool kid Syed Ali ’13:

Do you wish your professors knew how to use Moodle better?  Is the Wesleyan Mobile app just not good enough?  Does the Cisco sign-in system bother you?  The committee that helped get you faster Internet, upgraded computer kiosks in Usdan, and much more could use your help.  If you’re interested in innovation in everything from laundry to communications to academics, you should apply to join the WSA Information Technology Committee!

The Information Technology Committee (ITC) is a committee of students serving on the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA), but also meets frequently with Information Technology Services (ITS) administrators.  The committee works on several of its own projects in addition to advising ITS on various items affecting daily campus life.  We deal with issues like technology “in the classroom,” technology for student groups, and even the Internet connection you’re probably using to read this email.  To learn more, go to wsa.wesleyan.edu/tech.

There is no required level of technological prowess or knowledge for this position; all you need is an interest in improving the state of Wesleyan through these means.  Also, by serving as an ex-officio member, you will not serve on the WSA General Assembly, so you can keep your Sunday nights free!

To apply, send a one to two paragraph statement expressing your interest to sali[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by Saturday, February 18th at 5PM.  After submitting your statement, you will be contacted about interview times.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions as well.  Hope to hear from you soon!