(from left) Dr. Joel Brant, Kara Black, Dr. T. J. Boyle, Mitchell Crittenden

(from left) Dr. Joel Brant, Kara Black, Dr. T. J. Boyle, Mitchell Crittenden

This weekend, Dr. Boyle and Dr. Brant accompanied Kara Black and Mitchell Crittenden to the 6th Texas Tech Annual Biological Sciences Symposium (TTABSS). Both Kara and Mitchell presented their senior research projects as oral presentations, competing against 6 other undergraduates from Texas Tech and Wayland Baptist universities.

Kara’s presentation was entitled, “Antibacterial activity and Chemistry of Five Texas Plant Species.”  Mitchell’s presentation was entitled, “Clarification of the Distribution of the Eastern Mole (Scalopus aquaticus, Talpidae) on the Southern Rolling Plains Region of Texas.”

Both students represented McMurry well and Kara Black was awarded 1st place in the Undergraduate category.  Please congratulate both students when you see them around!

(Story provided by Dr. Joel Brant)

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Smart watch programming on the agenda for fall!

LG 's G Watch RDr. Robert Watson will be introducing McMurry students to smart watch programming this fall.  Smart watches are in the news, and students will use a simulator to develop applications for the device.

Joseph DeLong, McMurry alum, is already programming his smart watch and has offered to guest lecture and provide some support for the class.  He has also donated a watch for students to use to test their apps.

The course, Mobile and Wearable Applications, is a project based course that introduces
students to applications programming on mobile devices. The course focuses on Android applications for tablets, smart phones, and smart watches.

The watch face is an OLED touch screen that can display any kind of watch face that a program can draw.  More importantly, the watch includes a variety of input devices such as accelerometers, thermometers, speech recognition and includes a Bluetooth connection to an Android phone. Bluetooth allows an application on the phone to place notifications on the watch. Applications can also be written for the watch that interact directly with the wearer and with the phone to perform many tasks more conveniently than they could by the phone alone.

Smart watches can do many things.  One of the most interesting is to allow information to come to you without having to access your cell phone.  Smart watches can accept voice commands via google, give tactile notifications (haptic) instead of beeps and buzzes, and give you a watch that you can customize.  The LG G-watch-r can have many different watch faces (even old-fashioned analog with Roman numerals); allows you to ask for the weather, sports scores, or send a text; and has good battery life.

Students will be having a lot of fun with this class!

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