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Dr. Kumaran and lab staff participated in an engaging discussion following a presentation of existing lab projects by METL Director, Dr. Sri Kalyanaraman. Of the many ongoing research initiatives currently underway at METL, there were specific ones that stood out to Dr. Kumaran during last week’s visit. Specifically, projects exploring…

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Posted: April 30, 2019

  Sea turtles, among the oldest creatures on the planet, are part and parcel of Florida’s history. Of the seven (7) species of sea turtles found throughout the world, five (5) can be found swimming in the state’s waters and nesting along its shores. Indeed, for many sea turtle species,…

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Posted: April 25, 2019

The Graduate Student Mentoring Award is presented each year to six UF graduate students. According to the University Graduate School, the award, which is accompanied with a $500 stipend, is intended to recognize and celebrate students who take time to help others succeed as graduate students, undergraduate students, or students…

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Posted: April 16, 2019

DUD is set to be unveiled at the Fifth World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC), scheduled to take place from July 9th – July 11th, 2019 in Paris, France. The WJEC brings together journalists and scholars to discuss the advancement of journalism education around the globe. Through creation and implementation of…

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Posted: April 8, 2019

IEEE VR, which took place at the end of March, is one of the premier international venues for the presentation of research in the broad area of immersive media. The conference highlights various applications of VR technology across a variety of contexts, including mental health, physical well-being, and environmental conservation,…

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Posted: April 4, 2019

Dr. Kalyanaraman visited the Phoenix Youth Centre in Whetstone, Phoenix, Durban, South Africa this week to deliver a keynote address at the 71st Anniversary of the Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. His lecture, titled “The Language of Commonality, or the Commonality of Language?” addressed the role of language, culture, communication, and…

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Posted: February 15, 2019

Jamie Westfall, Ricardo Amaya, and Daniel Pimentel spent much of the Spring semester in the Media Effects & Technology Lab (METL) building virtual reality (VR) simulations for use in a variety of research projects. Over the summer, the three students secured internships that allowed them to apply their development, research,…

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Posted: August 30, 2018

Dr. Sri Kalyanaraman, Director of the Media Effects & Technology Lab (METL), is part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers at UF led by Dr. Sherry Ahrentzen, College of Design, Construction and Planning. The team will be developing and testing a haptic-based VR simulation tool called CODY (“co-design for you”). CODY…

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Posted: August 28, 2018

  METL hosted Charlie Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Operation Officer at the University of Florida, and Dan Hoffman, Assistant City Manager of Gainesville, for a lab demo on Tuesday, July 31st. The meeting addressed the combined vision of University and City leadership, which seeks to make Gainesville “The…

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Posted: August 1, 2018

Humans are thought to favor conservation of large rather than small animals. However, this “size matters” bias has yet to be empirically validated. If this bias exists, traditional experimental methods cannot examine how human-animal interactions may offset this bias because public access to threatened species is limited. To address these…

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Posted: July 23, 2018