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The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, an initiative of Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, was developed by School of Media Arts and Studies faculty and staff to provide the Appalachian Ohio region with training, education, and an opportunity to develop technical and creative skills with digital game technology. The GRID Lab serves as an innovative and creative center for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff research and project development. The GRID Lab’s research laboratory opened in September 2005 made possible through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and other university and community partners. Since 2005, the GRID Lab has been awarded numerous grants and contracts from state and federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, Central Ohio Urban Area Security Initiative, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the National Institutes of Health. Please see our Research section of the website for details on past, current, and future projects. The focus of the Lab is the research and development of serious and educational games, simulations, computer animation, and virtual reality. The GRID Lab provides Ohio University with the personnel, facilities, and tools to create such interactive digital media and technologies. The GRID Lab is proud to collaborate with the following regional partners: Ohio University’s Innovation Center, TechGROWTH Ohio, and Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Need access to the GRID Lab? Fill out this access request form: https://goo.gl/forms/g5zEtf8jhplss8mK2

The GRID Lab provided Nina Adanin, Ph.D. Student at the OU Patton College of Education, with virtual reality gear for he...
05/20/2020

The GRID Lab provided Nina Adanin, Ph.D. Student at the OU Patton College of Education, with virtual reality gear for her immersive film, "“The Last Tropical Glacier 360". Check out immersive editor Terrance Reimer's excellent work, and experience the tropical glaciers of Columbia, and the affects of climate change in 360.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1XkZVet-Ww

Oculus: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/media/116894670013913/669540600494611/?fbclid=IwAR362_xUXA0kaZ6rgA_HAcxaT-musVhxgDzW0N0-1aCFquAIyYHvEYVjyro

We are missing all of our students and associates, but the GRID Lab will be here when it is time to open our doors again...
05/19/2020

We are missing all of our students and associates, but the GRID Lab will be here when it is time to open our doors again. #ohiouniversity #ohiointhistogether

The GRID Lab was invited to join OU professor Nancy Stevens at Crane’s Hollow, a privately owned state park in Ohio, to ...
04/30/2020
Crane Hollow gift brings one-of-a-kind collection to Ohio University - ohiotoday news

The GRID Lab was invited to join OU professor Nancy Stevens at Crane’s Hollow, a privately owned state park in Ohio, to capture some of the location’s beauty and rare specimens. One of the photos was chosen to lead Ohio Today's article on Crane's Hollow Inc.'s donation of a biological specimen collection featuring more than 120,000 natural specimens and approximately 11,000 different species and valued, conservatively at $2 million, to the Ohio University Museum Complex. Thanks, Matt and Carrie for the beautiful images!

Check out the Ohio Today article here:
https://ohiotoday.org/news/2020/04/23/crane-hollow-gift-brings-one-of-a-kind-collection-to-ohio-university/

Crane Hollow Inc. is donating a collection, featuring over 120,000 natural specimens and approximately 11,000 different species, to the OHIO Museum Complex.

04/28/2020
Convention Magic 2

The GRID Lab's very own, Daniel Warmke, placed 3rd in the Expo Pitch Competition! Check out his original pitch to see how he is making games more like real life, and real life more like games here. Congrats, Daniel! https://youtu.be/nu8MxDJXoes

You can see more of Warmke's work on his website: http://www.smokeandmirrorsgames.com

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Research Expo Pitch for Convention Magic.

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04/27/2020
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Congratulations, Julio Arauz!

Ohio University
04/24/2020

Ohio University

Happiness is College Green on a sunny, spring day 🥰

OU temporarily changes undergraduate admission procedures due to COVID-19
04/24/2020
OU temporarily changes undergraduate admission procedures due to COVID-19

OU temporarily changes undergraduate admission procedures due to COVID-19

Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions will offer virtual admissions events, a test-optional application, extended acceptance deadlines and more support to both prospective and admitted students during the pandemic. 

Did you know the first VR headset was made in 1995? Take this time to brush up on your VR knowledge and check out some f...
04/23/2020
15 Virtual Reality Facts You Probably Didn't Know

Did you know the first VR headset was made in 1995? Take this time to brush up on your VR knowledge and check out some fun facts here! https://bit.ly/2Kvy5FL

Think you know VR? We’ve pulled together some of the most fascinating virtual reality facts out there. From marketing to the technology itself, you’ll certainly find something interesting.

Time for another GRID Lab throwback! Who else misses GDEX as much as we do?! 🙋‍♀️ ECT at OHIO
04/21/2020

Time for another GRID Lab throwback! Who else misses GDEX as much as we do?! 🙋‍♀️ ECT at OHIO

Be sure to check out some of these awesome virtual events going on today for some great insights and valuable info!
04/16/2020

Be sure to check out some of these awesome virtual events going on today for some great insights and valuable info!

Today's the day! Stay tuned for updates on when events start! Our first event will be with with Connie Matthews Reynolds about training, mentoring and learning success in your career! Tune in here: twitch.tv/profkruse

04/16/2020
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Next up after Fern is Kim Rometo's "Preparing a Stadium for the Big Game - Technology" at 1PM! Stop on by if you can! twitch.tv/profkruse

Happy Monday Bobcats! Who else is making the most out of cozying up indoors during this time like GRIDa? ECT at OHIO #St...
04/13/2020

Happy Monday Bobcats! Who else is making the most out of cozying up indoors during this time like GRIDa? ECT at OHIO #StayCozy #ECTDuck

Ohio University
04/12/2020

Ohio University

It's always nice to catch up with your #MACtion pals, even if it has to be done virtually 💚🙌

OHIO Russ College donates PPE to southeast Ohio healthcare workers
04/12/2020
OHIO Russ College donates PPE to southeast Ohio healthcare workers

OHIO Russ College donates PPE to southeast Ohio healthcare workers

Faculty and staff at OHIO's Russ College looked through department and research center laboratories, and classrooms, for personal protective equipment to donate to southeast Ohio healthcare workers.

Today is the OHIO Virtual Expo! We know our students have been working on some amazing projects, so be sure to head to T...
04/09/2020
Student Expo | Ohio University

Today is the OHIO Virtual Expo! We know our students have been working on some amazing projects, so be sure to head to Twitter and/or Instagram to share it! Use the hashtag #OUVirtualExpo to be entered for a chance to win some cool prizes! Learn more about the expo here: https://www.ohio.edu/studentexpo ECT at OHIO Ohio University Scripps College of Communication

On April 9, students will post about their research & creative works to their Twitter and/or Instagram account. They should tag @bobcatsdiscover & others and include #OUVirtualExpo in the post.

Ohio University Women's Center
04/08/2020

Ohio University Women's Center

Megan (she/her), graphic designer.
This is Megan, our awesome graphic designer here at the Women's Center! She has been working on various designs. This one is about our lactation rooms on campus!
A tip from Megan about working from home: "Make time for activities you like to avoid getting burnt out."

Speaking of home workspaces, tomorrow (4/9) we are holding a virtual workshop, Having #WIN while you #WFH from 12pm-1pm.

Join Aubrei Krummert, Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Specialist as we explore What You Need while you Work From Home. Aubrei will cover many different living and working scenarios and will explore everything from functionality to aesthetics in order to make you as productive as possible through the current pandemic and even after. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a Virtual 1-hour Strategy Session with Aubrei.Co-Sponsored by Women in Networking of SE Ohio.

Find out how to participate at https://www.ohio.edu/womens-center

OHIO Housing & Residence Life Ohio University Division of Student Affairs WellWorks Alden Library Ohio University LGBT Center Ohio University Multicultural Center Women in Networking of SEO

Still missing the GRID Lab? Continue to stay up to date with our team by checking out our new Youtube series, where our ...
04/06/2020
GRID Lab

Still missing the GRID Lab? Continue to stay up to date with our team by checking out our new Youtube series, where our team is sharing 360-videos of what they are doing at home! You can check it out here! https://bit.ly/2JnduD6 ECT at OHIO

The GRID Lab located at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

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04/03/2020

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#ectduckoftheweek! Miss watching movies/TV shows with your friends? Try out options like Netflix Party watch or streaming in a group chat application like Discord! Just have to each bring your own popcorn 🍿

Happy Wednesday! Today's #GRIDLabfromHome spotlight is on Carrie Love! When asked about her experience working from home...
04/01/2020

Happy Wednesday! Today's #GRIDLabfromHome spotlight is on Carrie Love! When asked about her experience working from home, she said "Working from home has given me a chance to take breaks to work on my garden. In a few months I hope to have veggies, berries and herbs growing."

How are you all staying busy? Let us know with the hashtag #GRIDLabfromHome! ECT at OHIO

If you're looking to stay more connected with us virtually, check out our GRID Lab Youtube page! We are sharing content ...
03/30/2020
GRID Lab

If you're looking to stay more connected with us virtually, check out our GRID Lab Youtube page! We are sharing content from our students about how they are spending this time, info about the GRID lab and more fun content for you! https://bit.ly/2JnduD6 ECT at OHIO

The GRID Lab located at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Professor Williams is experimenting with worm holes to bend the space-time continuum so he can return to OHIO right befo...
03/28/2020

Professor Williams is experimenting with worm holes to bend the space-time continuum so he can return to OHIO right before spring break to better prepare his students for five weeks of surprise online education.

He is also participating in an experimental form of documentary storytelling and invites you to watch their team post daily about coping with the OU quarantine. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi08Qb2NpUw&list=PLH49tRZVxNMG4Lyfd6ISnKTWen79yDEZH

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In an effort to stay connected with you all from home, we want to hear how you are passing the time! Share any cool proj...
03/26/2020

In an effort to stay connected with you all from home, we want to hear how you are passing the time! Share any cool projects, work or fun activities you are doing with the hashtag #GRIDLabFromHome!

Today we are kicking this off with our Director, John Bowditch! Check out his work-from-home desk to see how he gets into work-mode!

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Join us for a virtual game night tomorrow night!
03/26/2020

Join us for a virtual game night tomorrow night!

This Thursday ECT plans to have a game night starting at 6PM! Feel free to hop into any of our three game servers and play games with others. A Teams voice/video/chat will be set up with Doug and Brandon. Talk with other players about the games and also learn about how these game servers were made. Stop on by if you can!

Check out this article to see how virtual reality is continuing to support medical professionals in their research! http...
03/24/2020
A new perspective: Virtual reality shows exactly how COVID-19 can damage the lungs

Check out this article to see how virtual reality is continuing to support medical professionals in their research! https://bit.ly/2UjtiNH ECT at OHIO

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – High-tech imaging is now providing a first-of-its-kind look at the damage COVID-19 can inflict on a patient's lungs. Dr. Keith Mortman, the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at George Washington University Hospital, used a CAT scan from an actual coronavirus patient to create the v...

03/19/2020

Happy #ThrowbackThursday Bobcats! Let's celebrate by sharing one of your favorite GRID Lab memories from the year with the hashtag #GoodDaysAtTheGridLab!

We'll start: How about when we finally opened the mixed reality course this year?! Comment yours in the comments below! ECT at OHIO

With all of these hard times recently, we wanted to drop some happiness on your feed. Please enjoy these pictures of Gri...
03/17/2020

With all of these hard times recently, we wanted to drop some happiness on your feed. Please enjoy these pictures of Grida the duck enjoying her trip to the Smithsonian. 🐤💓

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03/13/2020

Due to recent changes being made across the University, the GRID Lab will be closed through at least March 30. We will keep you updated if this is extended.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact John Bowditch at [email protected] or Anthony Zoccola at [email protected].

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Happy #TeamTuesday! This week's spotlight is Yiana Tjotjos! Yiana is a junior from Cleveland, OH. At Ohio University, sh...
03/10/2020

Happy #TeamTuesday! This week's spotlight is Yiana Tjotjos! Yiana is a junior from Cleveland, OH. At Ohio University, she is majoring in recording industry with a minor in business and communications. At the GRID Lab, she works on several video editing projects, primarily focused on creating virtual tour experiences. One of her biggest projects most recently was for the Women's Exhibit, creating a virtual tour for the Through the Survivors' Lens exhibit. Her favorite thing about OHIO is that you can walk anywhere. Thanks for all of your hard work, Yiana! ECT at OHIO

Happy Spring Break Bobcats!
03/08/2020

Happy Spring Break Bobcats!

Ratha Con
03/08/2020

Ratha Con

Please welcome these awesome groups and organizations to Ratha Con 2020! We'll be announcing our FEATURED special guests very very soon!!!!
Cos-Ohana Southeast Ohio Ghostbusters Final Form Fusion Airship Athena - Southeastern OH Steampunk Extra Life GRID Lab The Henna Faerie The Canned Air Podcast Lantern Light Studios, LLC

#GRIDa is really enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having lately! ECT at OHIO
03/05/2020

#GRIDa is really enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having lately! ECT at OHIO

Happy #TeamTuesday Bobcats! Today our spotlight is on Katie Kobsauk! Katie is a sophomore from Cincinnati, OH with a maj...
03/03/2020

Happy #TeamTuesday Bobcats! Today our spotlight is on Katie Kobsauk! Katie is a sophomore from Cincinnati, OH with a major in ITS. She also has minors in Business and MIS. At the GRID Lab, Katie is a screening assistant. When asked her favorite thing about Athens, she said all of the awesome local shops and fun things to do on Court Street! Thanks for all of your awesome work, Katie! ECT at OHIO

We are always having fun with our VR screenings as we share our projects with students and community health workers! ECT...
03/02/2020

We are always having fun with our VR screenings as we share our projects with students and community health workers! ECT at OHIO E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

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The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, an initiative of Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, was developed by School of Media Arts and Studies faculty and staff to provide the Appalachian Ohio region with training, education, and an opportunity to develop technical and creative skills with digital game technology. The GRID Lab serves as an innovative and creative center for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff research and project development. The GRID Lab’s research laboratory opened in September 2005 made possible through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and other university and community partners. Since 2005, the GRID Lab has been awarded numerous grants and contracts from state and federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, Central Ohio Urban Area Security Initiative, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the National Institutes of Health. Please see our Research section of the website for details on past, current, and future projects. The focus of the Lab is the research and development of serious and educational games, simulations, computer animation, and virtual reality. The GRID Lab provides Ohio University with the personnel, facilities, and tools to create such interactive digital media and technologies. The GRID Lab is proud to collaborate with the following regional partners: Ohio University’s Innovation Center, TechGROWTH Ohio, and Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.