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Kaltura media platform now includes automatic captioning

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has recently implemented a process in the Kaltura media platform that automatically captions any new video uploaded using automatic speech recognition (ASR). These captions do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation requirements, but documentation has been created on how to improve the automatic captions to become ADA compliant.


SciSpark 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A fast-paced evening of mini-lectures by women in the life sciences at the University of Minnesota. Hear highly succinct takes on topics ranging from ecology to enzymes on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the St. Paul Student Center.

5:30 p.m. Doors open. Food and hands-on activities with Market Science and the Wangensteen Library.
6:15 p.m. Program starts with a panel discussion on women in science in the St. Paul Student Center Northstar Ballroom.


A conversation with Lisa Vecoli, retiring curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

By Mark Engebretson

As a child, Lisa Vecoli played “hide-and-seek” with her brother in the library stacks at the University of Minnesota, while waiting for her father to finish his work day at the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC). Rudi Vecoli had moved his family to Minnesota in 1967 to become the first director of the IHRC — a position he held for 38 years.

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Presidents Back Free Speech

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

new poll of college presidents finds strong support for free expression on campus, and strong opposition to the tactic -- seen on a number of campuses in the last year -- of shouting down controversial speakers.

The poll of 471 college presidents was released today by the American Council on Education. Seventy-eight percent of those responding were at four-year colleges and universities.


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