🧵🧶✂️🪡 Craft, Create, Collaborate: Fiber Arts at the IQ Center!🪡✂️🧶🧵

Attention craft enthusiasts and fabric aficionados! The IQ Center is thrilled to announce its recent expansion into the wonderful world of fiber arts.

Singer Heavy Duty 4452 Sewing Machine

Unleash your creativity with our newly installed sewing station, complete with a state-of-the-art Singer 4452 Heavy Duty electronic sewing machine and a curated starter kit of assorted fabrics and threads.

Got some spare sewing supplies? We’d be thrilled to incorporate them into our space. From fabrics and buttons to threads and trims, your generous donations will make all the difference. 

If you can contribute — especially clean fabrics of at least 1/4 yard — please connect with Julie Knudson at jmknudson@wlu.edu. Your support sew matters to us! 

PLEASE share with your students! Introducing the IQ Center Mini-Grants for BIG Ideas!

IQ Center Mini Grants for BIG Ideas flyer. Have a project idea and need funding to bring your idea to life? Apply for anIQ Center Mini Grant for Big Ideas! Each term, two grants of up to $500 will be awarded to support a project using IQ Center equipment and resources. For more information, visit go.wlu.edu/iqcenterminigrants

The IQ Center awards funds for novel and innovative student projects that utilize IQ Center equipment and resources.

There are no limits on the subject – History, Art, Architecture, whatever! Recipients will be chosen by an IQ Center panel of students and staff. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Utilization of the IQ Center: The project should take advantage of the resources in the IQ Center.
  • Innovation: The project should not simply re-create someone else’s design.
  • Difficulty: The project should be challenging, but possible to complete by the end of the semester.

All undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

Grant Funds
Two grants of up to $500 will be awarded per term. Funds are purely for prototyping and experimenting, not for buying materials to create products for sale. No funds will be released directly to award recipients; all necessary supplies will be purchased by the IQ Center.

Project Requirements
The project must be completed within the term in which funding is granted.

Grant Requirements
Award recipients must share their experience and discuss their project, process, and the ways in which the IQ Center was used with the W&L community.

Questions? Contact Dave Pfaff, IQ Center Academic Technologist, at dpfaff@wlu.edu, 540.458.8044.


Technology and Tacos is BACK this Fall!

Technology & Tacos - A Lunchtime Workshop Series focusing on the IQ Center

Who doesn’t love tacos? And what could be better than tacos prepared by Dining Services for lunch with ITS Academic Technologies while learning about how you can partner with the IQ Center?

Please join us in Science Addition 202A (IQ Center) on: 

  • Tuesday, September 20 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM for  “Spatial Reconstruction – LiDAR and Photogrammetry” with George Bent, The Sidney Gause Childress Professor of Art History; Owen Collins, Professor of Theater; and Chris Connors, William E. Pritchard III ’80 Professor of Geology
  • Tuesday, October 25 from  12:00 PM – 1:30 PM for “Imaging – Panoramas, Drones and Video!” with David Harbor, Professor of Geology, and Isra El-Beshir, Associate Director of Museums
  • Thursday, November 10 from  12:00 PM – 1:30 PM for “Virtually Amazing” with Sandy de Lissovoy, Assistant Professor of Art, and Gregg Whitworth, Associate Professor of Biology

Registration is now open for all THREE Technology and Tacos/Thai/Turkey session at go.wlu.edu/tech. Sign up now! Space is limited.

Dance in the IQ Center

This past Fall, the The Integrative and Quantitative (IQ) Center collaborated with the Dance department on two interesting projects.

Since the fall recital, W&L Dancers Create, was going virtual, DANC 110 (University Dance) wanted to create a video to be used in the program. The class created an original music score and choreographed a dance that utilized outdoor spaces around campus.

They worked with the IQ Center to shoot and edit the dance using equipment from the Center, including video cameras and a drone. The entire piece was shot and edited in 4K resolution and the 5 minute final version was included as part of the Fall program:

Another dance class, DANC 223 (Intermediate Contemporary Dance), experimented with the IQ Center’s motion capture system.

This system allows dancers wearing a special suit covered with reflective markers to capture the full range of their motion to a computer system. This is the same technique used in movies and video games to capture realistic movements that can be transferred to computer generated characters.

The IQ Center motion capture system was set up in the dance studio and projected on the wall, so the dancers could see the capture data in real time. The recorded output was then applied to computer generated characters and rendered as video clips.

Here the four dancers in the class were inserted on a computer generated stage together performing a similar dance routine: 

We then did some experiments in the IQ Center applying some more abstract shapes to the motion capture data. We hope these experiments will inform future motion capture projects.

Interested in learning more? Contact David Pfaff, IQ Center Academic Technologist at 540.458.8044.