President's Award for

President's Award for

Technology Innovation




In 2005, administration of these awards was transferred to the Academic Technologies Advisory Committee (ATAC).




Eric Dean

Digital Image Library
The Digital Image Library is a web-based instructional support application reaching thousands of University of Iowa students each year by providing review images for studio art, art history and humanities courses.  The Digital Image Library went online in October 2002 and has already received 2.2 million requests for images from UI students.

School of Art & Art History

Geb Thomas,
Gregory Gerling,
Alicia Weissman,
Edwin Dove

Dynamic Simulator for Clinical Breast Examination Training
This dynamically-controlled, silicone breast model is designed to train doctor's clinical breast examination skills by simulation of up to fifteen cancerous tumors in independent locations at controllable hardness levels. Feedback and dynamic re-configuration features allow trainees a variety of scenarios to fine-tune their palpation and tactile discrimination skills in distinguishing between the presence and absence of tumors.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Family Medicine, Biomedical Engineering

Jeff Porter

Multimedia Writing: Radio Essays Project
Radio Essays teaches students to write nonfiction for web broadcast. Using audio production tools, students produce their own voiceovers, record interviews, capture nonverbal sounds and music, and integrate these various audio-based media with spoken texts. The project showcases stories about Iowa for a national audience.


2001 Runner-up
Jerald Moon, Marilyn Dispensa, Jim Duncan

The Bones of the Skull: A 3-D Learning Tool
This multimedia educational software is designed to help beginning anatomy students learn the bones and important features of the human skull. Interactive 3-D models allow the student to rotate and view the skull and its bones from various perspectives. An interactive textbook contains embedded activities to encourage mastery of the content.

Speech Pathology & Audiology, ITS Academic Technologies, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

2001 Runner-up
Michael Peterson, Scott Elliot

Multimedia Computer Applications to Teach and Assess Skills in Clinical Medicine
To address the challenges of adequate clinical material and assuring clinical competence among clinical trainees, we have developed two computer-based instructional and testing tools. The first incorporates, relevant multimedia into clinical problem-solving formats, and the second is used with simulated patients to expand training in clinical reasoning and patient management.

Internal Medicine

Joyce Berg &
Forest Nelson

The Iowa Electronic Market: Using Computerized Markets to Teach Social Science and Business
The Iowa Electronic Market (IEM) allows students to trade on a real-time, real world futures market and to see how their actions and larger societal events have an impact on market outcomes. In placing the IEM on the internet, Professors Berg and Nelson's efforts were able to greatly enhance the data gathering capabilities of the IEM and to broad public access to this tool for educational purposes. The variety of subject matter on which the IEM can focus, including election outcomes and movie revues, can appeal to the interests of a broad range of students.

Accounting &


Diane Davis

The Electracy Initiative
Rather than simply translating a previously offered course into an electronic or web-based version of the same, Professor Davis has her students both learning the means to communicate in various virtual environments and questioning the effects of the increased role of cyberspace in society. These issues are then filtered directly into student projects revolving around an on-line publication and a "virtual university." The project demonstrates the creative use of existing technologies and an impressive integration of a collection of electronic activities.


Robert Mutel

Iowa Robotic Observatory
"The Iowa Observatory consists of an Automated Telescope Facility (located on campus in Iowa City) and a fully robotic telescope in Southern Arizona operated over the Web. The facility is used by more than 700 University of Iowa students each year and by over 650 additional users world-wide." The facility makes it possible for non-majors in a GER course to do original research in teams of two or three.

Physics & Astronomy