Women in Technology: Barbara Askins

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Barbara Askins was a NASA chemist at the famed Marshall Space Flight Center. There she was challeneged with the task of inventing a way to improve astronomical and geological photos taken from space. The current photos  were often fuzzy and lacked definition.

Barbara’s invention involved the use of radioactive materials to enhance negatives. It turned out that these radioactive materials could also be used to enhance images even after the pictures had been developed. Barbara received a patent for her invention in 1978 and her method was used by NASA with great success.

Her invention was also adopted outside of NASA for a variety of other uses, including improving the clarity of x-rays and restoring old photographs. Barbara was honored as the National Inventor of the Year in 1978.

Women in Technology Website Spotlight: BlackGirlsCode.com

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Black Girls CODE is an organization that is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow.

By promoting classes and programs they hope to grow the number of women of color working in technology and give underprivileged girls a chance to become the masters of their technological worlds.  The skills they acquire through the programs give these young women a chance at well-paying professions with prestigious companies, as well as the ability to enter into the field as an entrepreneurs and leaders of technology.

Their motto is “Imagine. Build. Create.”

Learn more about Black Girls CODE here.

Meet Your Instructional Technologist: Elaine Coates

LMU ITS has a great Instructional Technology department ready to help faculty use technology in teaching. An Instructional Technologist is embedded in each college and school on campus, and you can also find them in the Faculty Innovation Center on Level 3 of the Library. In order to help you get to know this department, we created our new video series, Meet Your Instructional Technologist. For the next few weeks, you’ll meet the helpful people in this department and get to know them a bit better.

This week meet Elaine Coates, Instructional Technologist for the School of Education!

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Tech Training Tuesday: LastPass Password Management Fundamentals

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LastPass Password Management Fundamentals shows how best to use this popular password-management and -retrieval platform. Author Suzanna Kaye helps viewers save time, increase security, and reduce stress by learning how to store and retrieve password and identity information securely with LastPass.

First, learn how to set up and use LastPass on desktops, phones, and tablets; upload existing passwords and generate new ones; organize data; and work with identities and Secure Notes. Then discover how to share logins and folders with others, sync data, use the LastPass Tab and LastPass Wallet apps, and understand best practices for adjusting LastPass security settings and alerts.

Topics include:

  • Creating a complex master password
  • Creating a LastPass account
  • Installing LastPass
  • Uploading logins
  • Using form fill profiles and secure notes
  • Sharing logins
  • Adjusting security settings
  • Auditing your security with LastPass
  • Backing up and syncing LastPass data

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the LastPass Password Management Fundamentals course!

Women in Technology: Hedy Lamarr

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Hedy Lamarr played a key role in the invention of spread-spectrum technology. She conceptualizing the idea of frequency hopping, which is sending radio signals from different frequency channels.

Lamarr and her co-inventor, George Antheil, developed the technology to help the Navy remotely control torpedoes. The randomized channel switching made of frequency hopping made it difficult for outside agents to understand what was being communicated.

Her work on spread-spectrum has played a part in many modern wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and led to her being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

Women in Technology Website Spotlight: WITI.com

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WITI started in 1989 as The International Network of Women in Technology and evolved into The WITI Professional Association in 2001, the world’s leading trade association for tech-savvy women. WITI’s mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. The org has a network for professionals, corporate, global executives, and students.

The WITI Goals are:
1. Provide a platform of connections, resources and opportunities
2. Transform corporate and media perceptions of women
3. Create a pipeline of women to fill leadership positions in corporate America
4. Demonstrate that advancing women directly contributes to the prosperity of all
5. Influence top leaders in government, academia and industry to recognize the purchasing power of women
6. Encourage girls and young women to choose business and technology careers

To Learn more, visit their website www.witi.com

Meet Your Instructional Designer: Erica Tartt

LMU ITS has a great Instructional Technology department ready to help faculty use technology in teaching. An Instructional Technologist is embedded in each college and school on campus, and you can also find them in the Faculty Innovation Center on Level 3 of the Library. In order to help you get to know this department, we created our new video series, Meet Your Instructional Technologist. For the next few weeks, you’ll meet the helpful people in this department and get to know them a bit better.

This week meet Erica Tartt, Senior Instructional Designer.

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Tech Training Tuesday: iPhone and iPad Photography w/iOS 8

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Shoot and edit photography with your iPhone or iPad? See how to get the most out of the enhanced camera, photo-management, and photo-editing features in iOS 8. In these tutorials, Seán Duggan introduces the much improved Camera app, which allows you to adjust exposure, shoot panoramas and time-lapse video, and, with the iPhone 6 or 6+, create super slow-motion video. Then he shows how to adapt the photo organization and management features in iOS 8 to your own workflow. Last but not least, learn how to apply smart adjustments and other non-destructive edits in Photos to make your photos and videos look their best, and share and sync the results via Photos and iCloud.

Topics include:

  • Adjusting exposure and focus in the Camera app
  • Using the self-timer and burst modes
  • Shooting slow-motion and time-lapse videos
  • Flagging favorites
  • Creating photo albums
  • Adjusting images with the enhanced editing controls in iOS 8
  • Trimming video
  • Sharing from Photos
  • Sharing with iCloud
  • Syncing photos with iTunes

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Mentoring Others course!