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Did you know Ohio has the largest single state collaborative of eTutoring across the continent? That’s because there is a great deal of support for a program that began as a grass roots collaborative effort and has blossomed across the state.

Understanding how a collaborative offers a cost-efficient and effective model for an eTutoring program was the focal point of a presentation eStudent Services delivered at the recent Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning (ACTLA) Conference. The presentation was titled, “Chronicles of Ohio’s eTutoring Collaborative and Steps to Start Your State’s Collective.”  

The 27th Summer Institute is less than a week away, meaning 16 high school students from across Ohio are about to descend on the Ohio Supercomputer Center. As we enter the final countdown to the camp, it's the perfect time to let the incoming students know what to expect from the two-week camp. And while we can share with you what to pack and the daily schedule, there are some other things incoming students should definitely know to make the experience smoother and better. 

Recently, AweSim Director Alan Chalker had the opportunity to sit in on Desktop Engineering's roundtable discussion, "Supercomputing for the Rest of Us." The goal of the roundtable was to discuss the democratization of high performance computing modeling and simulation. It turned out to be an excellent platform to continue to spread the word about how the AweSim program is working to lower the perception and reality of exclusivity to this powerful tool, from which all manufacturers can benefit. 

In order to contribute to our never-ending quest for a great user experience, I recently attended and presented at Designing for Digital, a conference specifically for those working on user experience issues in libraries. For me, this conference was not only an opportunity to present the work we’re doing at OhioLINK, but also a chance to learn from others engaged in similar efforts.

Conferences are wonderful experiences for a number of different reasons: Growing skillsets, networking with prominent though-leaders and experiencing new ways of conducting business. All of these are summed up by one thought, improvement. Recently, members of eStudent Services attended the annual ACTLA conference and the takeaways were more than anticipated. Take a look at Mitch Wilson's recent blog post on the conference and the benefits with which the eStudent Services team came away. 

I recently spent an afternoon tinkering around in the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s Interface Lab. What felt to me like a mind-opening trip to a video game playground is actually a hub of innovation and groundbreaking discovery for computer and medical scientists. This second of three installments details the Virtual Temporal Bone project.

Mitch Wilson, the eStudent Services’ program coordinator, joined the staff in 2013 and assists in managing the tutors of eTutoring and the students’ questions, the daily operations of eTutoring, webinar hosting design and editing, data analysis and school communications. But there's a lot more to him than just those eSS work duties. Check out Mitch's Meet the Staff profile to learn a little bit about his background and what he does away from the OH-TECH building. 


April kicks off the electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) submission season. Submitting an ETD is one of the last requirements for many Ohio students before their Masters or Ph.D. graduation. It is at this point that the students begin to log on to the OhioLINK ETD Center, some sign up for a research ORCID identifier, and submit their ETD to be reviewed and published. While this sounds simple, there is a lot of work that goes into the submission and review process.

Recently, we visited the LRITA Tech Conference in Lima, Ohio to share what high performance computing modeling and simulation can offer manufacturers and engineers. As usual, the response was, "why aren't we using this program already?" Introducing people to our M&S and opening eyes is a pretty cool experience. Check out more about our trip to LRITA and what we were able to share with IT professionals from northwest Ohio. 


Job-hunting is daunting for everyone, but it can be especially burdensome for veterans transitioning to civilian life. Fortunately, Ohio’s academic libraries and institutions have made significant strides to make this process an easier one for military service members. This includes access to job-searching resources, continuing education materials and professional consulting services. Many university and local libraries have programs specifically tailored to veterans.


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