Provost Technology Innovation Award Will Help Create Innovation Studio

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The desire to foster creativity while furthering academic excellence is behind the Provost Technology Innovation Awards, which fund projects that allow for the development of original ideas to be turned into a reality for faculty and students. “It is wonderful to see people of different departments and expertise come together to modernize the student experience,” says Beverly Davenport, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost. “I am excited to see how these progressive ideas will turn into real hands-on experiences for students, improving their academic journey here at UC.”

The Office of the Provost provided $1 million in funding across UC, aimed at keeping the university’s educational experience on the leading-edge. UC Libraries was one of eight Technology Innovation Award recipients recently announced. From virtual worlds to robot-aided architecture to Langsam Library’s Innovation Studio, the Provost Technology Innovation Awards invest in progress at UC.

About the Langsam Library Innovation Studio

The Walter C. Langsam Library will establish a dynamic studio environment to host a range of the latest video and digital media creation technology ranging from 3-D printing, video production hardware and software, to gaming. Through collaboration with the UC Libraries, the Digital Media Cluster and the UC Student Government, the creation of the studio will give members of the UC community easy access to a space where they can gather, share resources, invent, innovate and learn. These additions allow UC Libraries to maintain its role as the university’s true intellectual commons. “We are thrilled to have received support from the Provost to create the Innovation Studio,” said Xuemao Wang, dean and university librarian. “Today’s students, faculty and researchers are using technology in rapidly increasing and diverse ways. This space and collaboration will create new possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning, while supporting research and the creation of new knowledge and better position students to compete for jobs in this field.”