Archive for February 12th, 2010

Instructional Video

Reposted from Jane’s E-Learning for February 9, 2010:

Recently I have received a number of emails asking about places that offer free instructional videos (on all subjects), so I thought I would put together a posting of the main ones that I know about:

  1. 5min Life Videopedia – instructional and how-to videos
  2. Academic Earth – Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars
  3. – next generation TV network
  4. Google Video – videos on all topics
  5. Graspr – The instructional video network
  6. Howcast – How-to videos
  7. iCue – A fun, innovative, learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives
  8. Instructables – Make, HowTo and DIY 
  9. iTunes U – Faculty are using iTunes U to distribute digital lessons to their students, e.g Stangord, Trinity College Dublin, etc.
  10. John Locker – Documentaries and educational videos
  11. MindBites – Video instructional marketplace and publishing platform (Some free)
  12. MonkeySee – HowTo videos
  13. neoK12 – free educational videos and lessons for K-12 school kids
  14. Research Channel – 3,500 video titles available
  15. SchoolTube – provides students and educators with a safe, world class, video sharing webiste
  16. Sparkeo – a flexible video platform
  17. SuTree – learn virtually everything by watching how to videos from all over the web.
  18. TeacherTube – educational videos
  19. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) – a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
  20. TV Lesson – How to videos
  21. Ustream – watch live broadcasts, explore networks ranging from music, talk shows, sports and politics and/or review our past broadcasts.
  22. Video Jug – Life explained. On film.
  23. Vimeo – a thriving community of people who love to make and share videos
  24. YouTube – videos on everything under the sun
  25. YouTube EDU – aggregates all the videos from more than 100 institutions of higher education around the US.

Note: This video list has been extracted from my page 101+ Free Websites to find out about Anything and Everything

Research 2.0 Symposium

Research 2.0 Symposium
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
In the Brown Science and Engineering Library

Be sure to add this date to your calendar, as you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual “Research 2.0 Symposium” at the Brown Science and Engineering Library.  We will have numerous vendors from both the information resources and software package sides.  Expect to see a full list of workshops, presentations, and table sessions, along with prizes

You can find a complete outline of the day’s activities, seminar descriptions, locations and times, and other information at 

This event is provided by the Research Computing Lab and Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library

Advanced LaTeX Seminar

Advanced LaTeX

Aubry Verret
Research Computing Support Specialist
Monday, February 15, 2010, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the Brown Science and Engineering Library Electronic Classroom

This class is intended for those who are well acquainted with LaTeX and are comfortable writing documents that include basic LaTeX commands, external packages, mathematics, bibliographies, and graphics. It will focus on customizing the layout of a LaTeX document and the document creation process. Topics will include creating macros, creating custom environments, customizing counters, using minipages, and various other tips and tricks for customizing your LaTeX document.

This event is part of the Spring 2010 Research Computing Lab Short Course Series.  You can register for this course by submitting a help ticket at 

High Tech Bug Zapper

Reposted from the February 12, 2010 ASEE First Bell:

Laser System Designed To Track, Kill Mosquitoes.

The Wired (2/11, Zetter) “Epicenter” blog reports on “a ‘Death Star’ laser gun” featured at this year’s Technology, Entertainment and Design conference that is “designed to track and kill mosquitoes in flight.” Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, which developed the device, is “currently examining how cost effective it would be to deploy the device in places like Africa.”

Editor’s Note:  Sounds like overkill — but it’s a nifty idea!

Ultraviolet Light and Sterilization: a History

Department of Science, Technology and Society Spring 2010 Colloquium Series
  Gerard J. Fitzgerald, NYU/UVA
       Title:   Turn on the Light:  The Technological Challenge of Airborne Disease Control in the United States, 1930-1947.
  Thursday, February 18th, 2010
       Time:  3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Rodman Room, A207 Thornton Hall
During the 1930s, questions about the nature of airborne disease led American physicians, engineers, scientists, architects, and public health officials to analyze the airborne spread of bacteria and viruses. Interdisciplinary research programs were established by academic, industrial and military researchers to probe not only possible causal relationships between airborne microorganisms and the onset of infection in humans, but to also simultaneously investigate the feasibility of creating airborne disease containment technologies. One such technology, a potential key to a future free from airborne infection, was unveiled in the Westinghouse Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair. The Westinghouse Sterilamp, an ultraviolet lamp with germicidal properties, was developed by Dr. Harvey Rentschler who was the research director at the Westinghouse Lamp Division from 1917-1947. Unable to test the full experimental potential and commercial viability of the Sterilamp through in-house testing before the war, Westinghouse researchers willingly participated in Research Project No. X-231, a joint United States Navy, National Institutes of Health, and General Electric field trial between 1943 and 1945 carried out with large number of barracks bound navy recruits. Postwar debate over the interpretation of the epidemiological data from wartime studies such as X-231, which was codified in a 1947 American Public Health Association committee report, not only doomed the commercial viability of UV based containment technologies but also provides a useful historical case study on the nature of interdisciplinary research at a critical juncture in American history.
Brief Bio:
Gerard J. Fitzgerald is a visiting scholar in the University of Virginia Department of Science, Technology and Society and at New York University where his is finishing his first book on the history of airborne disease. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT and a Sitterson Fellow to UNC, Chapel Hill. He has published in the Journal of American History and the American Journal of Public Health. His new work is a sensorial and architectural history of southern textile mills and villages.

Entrepreneurship Resources

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010. 

Entrepreneurship Corner [iTunes]

Started by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the Entrepreneurship Corner is a “free online archive of entrepreneurship resources for teaching and learning.” It’s a tremendous resource for anyone broadly interested in the field of entrepreneurship, and the site contains over 1200 archived videos, podcasts, and external links. First-time visitors should start with the “Popular Videos” area. Here they will find videos like “Tips from the Entrepreneur” (featuring the founders of Google) and a talk on leadership and capability from Carla Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett- Packard. In the “Speakers” area, visitors can check out the “Most Viewed Speakers”, which include Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Guy Kawasaki of Garage Technology Ventures. Also, visitors will want to use the “Subscribe” feature to sign up to receive their newsletter and their RSS feed. [KMG]

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February 2010