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Professionalization of emerging occupations speeded by social media

Professionalization, the process of achieving widespread recognition and higher socioeconomic status for emerging occupations, used to take decades. But widespread availability and usage of social media is changing that equation in ways we don’t fully understand, according to Yubo Kou, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology.

Grad student’s aluminum grain refinement research inspired by “beauty” of its microstructures

As an undergraduate research volunteer at Central South University in Changsha, China, Xingtao Liu discovered that there is beauty in the microscopic world of metals. Liu’s research focuses on aluminum’s grain refinement mechanism for the aluminum casting industry.

New 3-D digital imaging system enhances research for fatigue crack growth model unification

A new hydraulic machine with an integrated 3-D Microscopic Digital Image Correlation (3D-DIC) system is facilitating faster and more accurately measured experiments for Ayhun Ince's research in the unification of computational models with various scale lengths to predict the growth of fatigue cracks in metals.

NSF funds research into “dark patterns” of user experience design

The National Science Foundation has awarded a research grant to Colin Gray, assistant professor of computer graphics technology, to study the ethical implications of user experience design. The specific focus of Gray’s research will be “dark patterns,” the name given to user experience (UX) design practices in which the designer uses knowledge of human behavior and the desires of end users to intentionally manipulate them into actions not in their best interest.

Purdue, Accenture study describes smart way to embrace open innovation

Companies use a concept called open innovation to expand beyond in-house research and development and to use external sources to find new technologies, develop new products and services, or to launch new platforms. "The Smart Way to Open Your Innovation Process," a recent joint study by Purdue University's Research Center for Open Digital Innovation and global professional services company Accenture, noted that large companies embrace open innovation but do not always utilize it strategically.

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