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INF 128 Cited by NKU President Geoffrey Mearns

January 10, 2014 — Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns cites the Principles of Informatics course developed as part of the Informatics at Multiple Scales project as a premier example of transdisciplinarity, citing in particular the work of Informaticist in Residence Dr. Rudy Garns from the Department of Sociology, Anthroplogy and Philosophy. President Mearns' remarks were made at his Spring Convocation, in which he formally unveiled NKU's new Strategic Plan, Fuel the Flame, which has transdisciplinarity as one of its key academic foci. The INF 128 course has now grown to four sections a semester for Fall 2014, with instructors from four different departments (Business Informatics, Communication, Computer Science, and English). One of the section is an Honors section, and two are in Learning Communities.

INF 128 approved for General Education Credit

December 13, 2013 — The Faculty Senate of Northern Kentucky University approves the INF 128 Principles of Informatics course for credit in the "Foundations of Knowledge" general education program, after a yearlong pilot. All NKU students can now count the course in the "Individual and Society" category for graduation.

INF 128 in Griffin Hall with Biologist on the Team

June 1, 2011Christine Curran, NKU Assistant Professor of Biological sciences, joins the I @MS team for the fall semester to help develop modules on information in living systems for the Principles of Informatics course. Christine works in neurobiology, but her contributions to the course will be in modules dealing on information in the genome. This will be part of the Griffin Hall premiere of the course. For the first time all three College of Informatics chairs (Kevin Kirby, Computer Science; Ben Martz, Business Informatics; Zach Hart, Communication) will be involved in the teaching of the course. Zach Hart will be the lead teacher.

Renaissance Historian Joins the I @MS Team

December 1, 2010William Landon, NKU Assistant Professor of History, joins the I @MS team this semester to help develop modules on geospatial narration for the Principles of Informatics course, and to prepare for the Fall 2011 debut of the course in the Digitorium in Griffin Hall. Bill works in the digital humanities, and his most recent project involves the geo-tagging of spatially aware historical texts, exemplified by Lorenzo di Filippo Strozzi's Pistola fatta per la peste, a 1522 walking tour of Renaissance Florence during a plague outbreak.

Informaticist in Residence Anthony Moore Arrives

July 8, 2010 — Professor Anthony Moore has arrived at NKU from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, where he is a composer and theorist and former rector. He will be working with the project team on modules related to art and computing, including the sonification of data, for use in the transdisciplinary Principles of Informatics course (INF 128) and the resulting book. A brief biography is here. This is Anthony's second visit to the U.S. this year; in April he performed some of his early work at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan. Anthony will be at NKU through August 18 as the first in a series of "Informaticists in Residence" supported by this NSF grant. This is part of the project's effort to bring in artists, scientists, and humanities scholars from around the world whose work touches on themes of information and computation. Faculty are invited to meet Anthony at a reception on Thursday August 5, 3:30-5:00 pm in room 108 of the Student Union.

FIS 2010 Paper: The Great Chains of Computing

May 30, 2010 — Read our paper, "The Great Chains of Computing: Informatics at Multiple Scales", just accepted for the Foundations of Information Science conference to be held in Beijing in August 2010. This is a ten-page overview that is currently the best description of our unique "scale" approach to informatics as a transdiscipline.

NKU CS 0 Course To Count as General Education

April 15, 2010 — INF 120 Elementary Programming, developed at NKU beginning in 2007 by PI Kevin Kirby on the Georgia Tech Media Computing model (using the Python language), has now been approved as the first computing class that Northern Kentucky University students can count toward their General Education requirements. This happened as part of the "Foundations of Knowledge" program, a redesign of the general education curriculum initiated last year. This helps pave the way for the deeper INF 128 Principles of Informatics class, developed as part of this CPATH project and scheduled to be piloted in Fall 2010, to eventually also count as a "Gen Ed" course.

National CPATH project meeting

March 24, 2010 — The core I @ MS team of Kevin Kirby, James Walden and Maureen Doyle are heading off to Washington DC for a national meeting on the "CPATH" project. This two-day workshop brings together project leaders from across the country who have National Science Foundation support for revitalizing undergraduate computing education, focusing on novel ways to encourage computational thinking across the curriculum.

New I @ MS team member

January 15, 2010Rudy Garns, NKU Associate Professor of Philosophy, joins the I @MS team this semester to help develop the Information modules for the new Principles course, and to work with the team on the elaboration of the multiple scales model.

Informatics at Multiple Scales

October 7, 2009 — NKU receives National Science Foundation Grant for "everything computes" project. Read more...