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2008.04.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Second Life Topic of April 25 Discussion at PKI

Omaha - The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a roundtable discussion later this month on the potential of Second Life in teaching, research and practice. Second Life is a 3D virtual world with capabilities that can be used by "residents" to socialize, connect, communicate and create objects and artifacts.

The free event begins 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25 at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), Room 164.

“Moving First Life into Second Life: Opportunities and Challenges for Research and Teaching” will be presented by a team of students and faculty working in this domain: Jay Austin, Alanah Davis, Deepak Khazanchi, John Murphy, Dawn Owens, Chi Zhang and Ilze Zigurs.

The discussion will include what the participants experienced using Second Life, including an overview of the IS&T island and its facilities and tools; a discussion of the research being conducted and lessons learned as they apply to teaching, research and practice. Audience interaction and Q&A are encouraged.

Austin is graduating from the College of IS&T this May with a major in Computer Science and starts a graduate program in Game Design and Development at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Davis is a doctoral candidate in IT, completing her dissertation on adaptive interventions in virtual teams.

Khazanchi is associate dean of the College of IS&T and professor of ISQA.

Murphy is a doctoral student working on his dissertation proposal to examine how metaverse technologies can better support the socio-emotional aspects of team dynamics in collaborative environments.

Owens is a doctoral student in IT working toward completing her required course work with specific interests in project management and quality assurance.

Zhang is a doctoral candidate in IT and lecturer in Computer Science.

Zigurs is department chair of ISQA and Mutual of Omaha Distinguished Chair in Information Science & Technology.

To attend, RSVP to Cheryl Christiansen by Wednesday, April 23 at (402) 554-2380 or cchristiansen@unomaha.edu

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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