Monday, March 31, 2014

Dr. Lee awarded Marriner S. Eccles Grant

Dr. Victor Lee has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Marriner S. Eccles foundation in support of his efforts to bring new technologies into the classroom to help students engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education through study of their own physical activities. Specifically, this grant has been awarded in support of Dr. Lee’s newer research and development work with high speed cameras that can help students obtain high resolution slow-motion video of their bodies in motion, much like what professional bio-mechanics and exercise scientists use to research and analyze movement. He and doctoral students Min Yuan, Nam Ju Kim, Joel Drake, and Scott Smith will be presenting on some of this research at the upcoming International Conference of the Learning Sciences in Boulder, Colorado.

Some of Dr. Lee’s earlier funded work with youth and physical activity technologies has involved wearable activity trackers and heart rate monitors. He has previously been awarded a NSF CAREER award and the Jan Hawkins Award for early career achievement.

The Marriner S. Eccles foundation is named after the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Eccles was born in Logan, Utah and was a successful businessman involved in banking. Eccles was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Federal Reserve, where he served as Chairman from 1934-1948 and as a board member until 1951. The Marriner S. Eccles foundation awards grants to support a number of educational, artistic, humanitarian, and scientific activities. The foundation is based in Salt Lake City.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dr. Fields' Book to be Presented at USU Faculty Author Exhibition

Faculty Author Exhibition, hosted by USU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies, is an exhibition and reception held to recognize those who have published books in the past year, one of whom is ITLS faculty, Dr. Deborah Fields. 

All faculty-authored books from 2013 will be on display, and a few selected authors will give short presentations of their books. Please join us as we support Debbie for this year’s Author Exibition. 

This exhibition will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in the New Books Lounge of the Merrill-Cazier Library as part of Research Week 2014. 

Please RSVP by following this link by Monday, March 31 at 5 p.m.

For more information, check out the following webpages: 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ITLS student, Greg Cox, wins video awards with his fifth grade students

ITLS student, Greg Cox, who was also named Ellis Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2014, wins video awards with his fifth grade students. 

"The Ellis vocabulary videos have won a few of the contests at, providing a bit of funding for the small club, money that has gone toward video equipment, cameras and microphones," says  The Herald Journal.
To read the full story in the Herald Journal, go to:

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dr. Brasiel Gave a Presentation at the Utah State Capitol

Dr. Sarah Brasiel, ITLS faculty and Active Learning Lab investigator, gave a presentation at the Utah State capitol to the Utah House Caucus on the STEM Action Center findings on March 4th. She was also lucky to meet Big Blue, in addition to several Utah senators. Sarah was also interviewed by KSL.