Conquering Finals: Lynda.com

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It’s finals season and that means college students everywhere are preparing for exams, presentations, or writing papers!

If you’re one of the students working on a presentation or portfolio for finals you’re in luck. LMU offers access to a website called Lynda.com for all students, faculty and staff! You may have heard about Lynda.com through our Tech Training Tuesday or maybe you’ve used it in the past. If you’re unfamiliar, Lynda.com is a website with free tutorial videos.

So, for this finals season why not refresh your brain on how to make the most of the software you use for your final projects. You can get training on how to most efficiently use programs such as Prezi, powerpoint, or even video editing software like AVID, or the whole Adobe creative suite.

To all the LMU students, from ITS we wish you the best during finals. Study hard, work hard, then enjoy the summer!

Women in Technology: Roberta Williams

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Roberta Williams is one of the most influential PC game designers of the 80’s & 90’s and has been credited with creating the graphic adventure genre. Sierra On-Line, later known as Sierra Entertainment was the name of the company Roberta & her husband Ken WIlliams  founded.

Williams’ games taught logic and problem-solving skills, but made it seem like an adventure the entire time, in much the same way that gamification transforms ordinary things like, location check-ins, into an exciting quest to collect digital badges.

You can see  Roberta’s ideas and concepts in other gaming genres, like fighting games that almost always include a “quest” mode where the fighter must battle his way through to seal his victory.

Women in Technology: Susan Kare

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Susan Kare was the designer who helped bring the Apple computer to life with her typography and iconic graphic design skills. She shaped many of the now-common interface elements of the Mac, like the command icon. She also created the Happy Mac icon, which greeted Apple users when they booted their machines, and the trash can icon. Susan’s efforts to make the computer feel more like a friend, and less like a machine.Kare’s design work didn’t stop with Apple, her designs can be seen in many of Facebook’s “digital gifts,” including the friendly rubber ducky.

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.