Monday, March 28, 2011

The BDPA Insider - March 27, 2011

The BDPA Insider - March 27, 2011

The BDPA Insider - March 27, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

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by Wayne Hicks
BDPA Columbus chapter member Philena Rush is using her knowledge of virtual reality to create a new venue for computer science training for middle school and high school students in Ohio. We decided that it made sense to create a virtual reality landing place for BDPA inside of Second Life -- the major virtual reality platform on the Internet.

I asked Philena to share some insights on how BDPA supporters who have never been in a virtual reality platform could go to their computer and see what is taking place within BDPA Columbus chapter.

This is what she had to say:

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BDPA member Earl Wilkerson has been named 2010 Outstanding Volunteer for Media General's Richmond headquarters. The award was established to reward the employee who contributed the most time to company-sponsored events in 2010. Earl is shown in this photo accepting his award from Media General's CEO Marshall Morton.

Earl consistently and enthusiastically participated in the volunteer projects conducted last year and his dedication to volunteering led him to be nominated for the Richmond headquarters Employee Involvement Team.

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by Kai Dupe
The other day I became aware of a wonderful piece of children's television programming, a show called Sid the Science Kid.  The show also has a wonderful web site.  My children are 5 and 3 respectively.  We do not allow them to watch too much television but when we do we try focus on educational programming.  They spend a lot of time watching shows such as Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer on NickJr.

My friend who mentioned the show to me is a principal at an urban elementary school in San Antonio.  He was so excited about using this show as part of the curriculum he immediately ran out on his lunch hour to purchase a DVD of the show.  To his surprise, when he arrived at the local Best Buy store in his neighborhood he learned that they did not carry the DVD. 

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from BDPA Detroit TAC by Cliff Samuels Jr

The Navy has proposed a project to build a swarm of micro-robots with 3D printing capabilities and other high-tech features. The robots could create programmable materials, large structures and even replicas of themselves.

The Navy has proposed a project to build a swarm of micro-robots with 3D printing capabilities and other high-tech features. The robots could create programmable materials, large structures and even replicas of themselves. We've been buzzing about robots a lot in the past year: robots performing emergency triagecleaning up oil spills and even taking over the universe. Now, the U.S. Navy is planning on building a huge fleet of semi-autonomous robots that, among other capabilities, will be able to 3D print.
 
In a proposal released earlier this month, the Department of Defense (DoD) described the development of a "swarm of micro-robotic fabrication machines" that will be able to manufacture "new materials and components."

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from BDPA Detroit TAC by Cliff Samuels Jr
An IBM initiative provides no-charge boot camps to businesses, universities and other organizations for training IT staff on Big Data and other new technologies.

IBM's supercomputer Watson has been making many headlines lately by competing on "Jeopardy!" and helping to make complicated medical decisions. Now the underlying technologies of the Watson computing system are being used to create boot camps for IT and management training.

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Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of the Big Shoulders by registering for the 33rd Annual National BDPA Conference, August 3-6, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.

Early bird registration for $350 now open!

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