University of Nebraska
Digital Pulse
iEXCEL's Newsletter 
Volume 3 Issue 1
January 2017
Global leadership in transforming human performance & effectiveness in health care
Welcome to Digital Pulse
To ring in the New Year, iEXCEL will soon be breaking ground to start construction on the 
Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning

Early 2017 finds the iEXCEL team working closely with the architects and UNMC Facilities Management & Planning on the final layout and design of the Global Center. On January 10th, the iEXCEL Design Groups and Strategic Advisory Group reviewed the final floor plans and received an update on the status of technology selection and integration.

A formal Groundbreaking Ceremony is being planned for April and the exact date will be announced shortly. You will start to notice construction activity on the corner of Emile and 42nd Streets!

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iEXCEL Program Updates
iEXCEL held the first iEXCEL Retreat inviting partners from SIM-NE and the Sorrell Clinical Simulation Lab to attend. In preparation for the opening of the Global Center, this Retreat created a forum in which to discuss the organization and management of the expansion of simulation and the integration of visualization. In addition, leadership and staff participated in goal setting activities for the upcoming year.
i EXCEL Growth

Supported by the College of Medicine and State of Nebraska for the Global Center operations, some staff positions have been filled. The goal is to create a knowledgeable and highly functional simulation team to support the faculty and students with the adoption of interprofessional, experiential learning. Therefore, starting in January, please welcome:

Visualization Hub
Paul Dye - Graphic Arts Visualization Specialist 

Brian Curtis - 2D/3D Rendering Visualization Specialist

Sorrell Clinical Simulation Lab
Samantha Rogers - Advanced Simulation Specialist II
for the Colleges of Medicine & Pharmacy    

Jered Kotschwar -  Advanced Simulation Program Coordinator
(Standardized Patients) 

Amber Mekush-Harter - iEXCEL Program Associate
for Advanced Simulation Operations
  i EXCEL Advisory Board
UNMC Chancellor Gold has convened a formal iEXCEL Advisory Board to support the development of the iEXCEL program and the creation of the Global Center. Beginning November 2016, this board meets quarterly.

Board Members: 
Jeffrey Gold, MD, Chancellor, UNMC
Mogens Bay, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Valmont Industries, Inc. (not shown in photo)
James Linder, MD,  Chief Strategist, University of Nebraska
Sue Morris,  President, Heritage Services
Walter Scott, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc.
Beverly Seay, Director, NARI at University of Nebraska Omaha
Mike Yanney, Chairman Emeritus, The Burlington Capital Group LLC

Participating UNMC & iEXCEL Leadership:
Deb Thomas,  Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance
Pamela Boyers, PhD Associate Vice Chancellor, Clinical Simulation, iEXCEL
Ron Schaefer,  Director, Facilities Planning & Construction
Craig Ellis,  Architect & Manager, Capital Projects
Ben Stobbe,  Executive Director for Clinical Simulation, iEXCEL
Suzanne Torroni-Roberts,  Executive Director for Business Development, iEXCEL 

Deadline Extended for Papers!
IEEE Conference 2017
IEEE Conference 2017: Advances in M&S in the Health Sciences
The deadline for submission of full papers for the Advances in Modeling & Simulation in the Health Sciences  track for the 16th Annual IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology (eit2017) has been extended to January 29, 2017 . This conference will be held May 14-17, 2017 in Lincoln, NE and is sponsored by IEEE Region 4 with UNL and UNMC.

The track covers modeling, simulation and data analysis related to the health sciences. This includes theory, methodology, tools, application and security.

For information regarding the topics and instructions for submitting papers, please see  Call for Papers - Advances in M&S in the Health Sciences.

iEXCEL Visualization Hub
Software Presentations:

Barco's X2O Media
December provided an opportunity for iEXCEL to view a presentation by Barco's X2O Media which covered the X2O platform including such areas as the Digital Workplace; Wayfinding; Digital Signage; and more.  

Please  click here  to read Barco X2O Media's "The Engaged Digital Workplace" white paper.  

Prysm Collaborative Software
Collaboration software is being evaluated for the MultiTaction wall, and as a result, Prysm was invited to demonstrate their collaborative software solution entitled Prysm Visual Workplace. If you would like to learn more about Prysm please click here .

MultiTaction Canvus Software
The collaborative software from MultiTaction entitled Canvus will soon be evaluated . MultiTaction Canvus allows the visualization of big data, the "socialization" of ideas, education clients and to work collaboratively across iWalls. Demonstration details will be provided shortly. 

In Closing...

As always, thank you for your continued interest, support and engagement with iEXCEL. 

Sincere Regards – Pam Boyers, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor, iEXCEL

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