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Cisler Lecture provides audience for tour of new science labs

Release Date: April 8, 2013
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Dean of Arts and Sciences Hsiao-Ping Moore and President Virinder Moudgil make a presentation to this year’s Cisler lecturer, Leigh Hochberg of Brown University (center).

The annual Walker L. Cisler Lecture provided an opportunity for the College of Arts and Sciences to provide tours of three new labs.

Leigh Hochberg, an associate professor of engineering at Brown University, was this year’s Cisler lecturer. He provided fascinating insights into the developing field of brain-machine interfaces. Hochberg and his fellow researchers are developing brain-machine interfaces that allow paralyzed people to accomplish tasks such as sending email, playing computer games, and drinking coffee.

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Olympus representative Richard Heil-Chapdelaine demonstrates the University’s new confocal microscopy equipment.

People attending the reception prior to the lecture had the opportunity to see the new computer science lab in S126 next to the Marburger auditorium. Assistant Professors Lior Shamir and Yin Wang from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are recipients of an NSF grant that has provided a powerful 320-core Opteron cluster, a 24TB storage device, workstations, and network switches for interdisciplinary computer science research and education.

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Computer Science Assistant Professors Lior Shamir (R) and Yin Wang explain the capabilities of the new computational lab to LTU Chancellor Lewis Walker (L), President Virinder Moudgil, and Provost Maria Vaz.

This lab is further enhanced with three top-of-the-market scientific GPU chips from NVIDIA, a leader in computing technology.  LTU has also been selected as one of NVIDIA’s CUDA Teaching Centers.

A new multisensory lab in S211A will be used for research related to the psychology of sound and its effects on a variety of subjects. This lab was conceived by new psychology faculty member, Assistant Professor Franco Delogu, who has come to LTU from the Sapienza University of Rome.

The Confocal Microscopy Lab in S223A brings to campus a significant advance in optical microscopy. The technique enables visualization deep within both living and fixed cells and tissues and provides the ability to collect sharply defined optical sections from which three-dimensional renderings can be created.

The new equipment was demonstrated by Richard Heil-Chapdelaine, a representative of Olympus.

Several students were also on hand to explain their research projects.