The University of Texas at Austin

2014-2015 LIFT Awards Announced

August 8, 2014

The Research and Educational Technology Committee (R&E) of IT governance has selected the 2014-2015 Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) award recipients. The following proposals were selected out of a highly competitive field:

  • Thrive@UT: Using Technology to Promote UT Students’ Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Participants: Dr. Chris Brownson, Counseling and Mental Health Center; Dr. Ricardo Ainslie Department of Educational Psychology; Elana Bizer, Counseling and Mental Health Center; Katy Redd, Counseling and Mental Health Center
  • CARL: The Cloud-based Advanced Robotics Laboratory - Participants: Luis Sentis, Mechanical Engineering; Aloysius Mok, Computer Science; Matt Mangum, Faculty Innovation Center
  • Dynamic Virtual Earth Science Collections - Participants: Ann Molineux, Jackson School of Geosciences & Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab; Tomislav Urban, Texas Advanced Computing Center & Data Management and Collections; Faye Geigerman, Jackson School of Geosciences & Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab
  • Bringing the Tools of Research Direct to the UT Classroom: Systemic, a Virtual Lab for Students - Participants: Dr. Stefano Meschiari, Department of Astronomy; Dr. Joel Green, Department of Astronomy; Dr. Randi Ludwig, UTeach Primary
  • Environ - Participants: Peter Elam, Center for Teaching and Learning – Digital Media Institute; Matt O’Hair, Center for Teaching and Learning – Digital Media Institute, Digital Median Institute Student Staff; Faculty and Graduate Student Subject Matter Experts.

More information about these projects is available on the LIFT website.

The LIFT program, which is now in its fifth year, continues to support innovative academic technology projects at the University that leverage information technology to improve the quality of instruction, attract and retain high caliber students, and strengthen competitive advantages in sponsored research. The committee allocates close to $500,000 annually in LIFT funds. LIFT is intended primarily as one-time seed money and preference is given to proposals that address significant campus needs in innovative ways, that have a clear likelihood of success, and that have a breadth of impact and of value to the University.

Congratulations to all of the 2014-2015 LIFT award recipients!

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