HIGHLIGHTS


CURRENT PROJECT(S)

 

Homestake CORE Development - The Homestake 'CORE' is what we call the 3D Immersive Environment being developed for both single user and multi-user experiences (online and stand-alone).  It provides a stylized environment of the Homestake site.  From this CORE, more detailed environments can be developed for specific applications.  The CORE is what allows for RAPID development of Virtual Experiments, Simulations, Games, and Explorations. The development of the CORE is ongoing and a major component of the vSURF project. Learn more about the CORE project and view videos < HERE..>

 

Educational Demonstration Project under Development - As part of the continued and important planning for the integration of the vSURF into the full mission of the Sanford Center for Science Education (SCSE), a Virtual Cosmic Ray Detector project is being developed by the vSURF team in partnership with Peggy Norris, Deputy Director of the SCSE.  Read more about this project < HERE.. >

 

           Take a look at all the vSURF projects < HERE.. >


SUMMER 2011 HIGHLIGHTS

This summer has seen several important highlights for the vSURF project and members of the vSURF team.  To begin with the changing of the projects name from vDUSEL to vSURF.  We have also finally unveiled the vSURF website site while concurrently developing educational projects and continuing the planning for integration into the larger Sanford Center for Science Education's (SCSE) education and research mission. 

vDUSEL changing name to vSURF -  As the NSF design team works to integrate their extensive work with the new DOE mission they have decided to rename their effort from the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL), a name which was used to capture the fullness of the now-discontinued NSF proposal, to the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF).  The name change distinguishes the new proposed mission from the earlier NSF proposal.  To keep in step with the name change, the vDUSEL team decided to also change their name to vSURF.  vSURF is still positioned as a component of the Sanford Center for Science Education with only the name being changed.  The project team recognizes that this may not be the last name change as the transition from the NSF to the DOE moves forward.  We will make necessary changes in line with what ever the future holds.  Note: this name change was made just a couple of weeks before the release of our website.  Thanks to all the development team for the work required to to rebrand our site al vSURF.

 

Educational Demonstration Project under Development - As part of the continued and important planning for the integration of the vSURF into the full mission of the Sanford Center for Science Education (SCSE), a Virtual Cosmic Ray Detector project is being developed by the vSURF team in partnership with Peggy Norris, Deputy Director of the SCSE.  Read more about this project

 

vSURF attends GLS 7.0 - Members of the vSURF project leadership team, for a second year, attended the Games, Learning, and Society (GLS) conference held in Madison, WI.   Judy Vondruska, Steve Graham, and Stephen Krebsbach also participated in the Educators Symposium held in conjunction with GLS.

GLS website:  http://www.glsconference.org/2011/

 

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