On Saturday night, after more than a year away, Dopapod returned to the stage at The Capitol Theatre for a celebratory headlining performance. The show marked the band’s first performance together since New Year’s Eve 2017-2018, and fans from all over converged on the historic theater to watch guitarist Rob Compa, keyboardist Eli Winderman, bassist Chuck Jones, and drummer Neal “Fro” Evans link back up after their 2018 sabbatical.Dopapod Returns From Sabbatical With Celebratory Blowout At The Capitol Theatre [Photos]On Wednesday, with no scheduled dates on their touring calendar, the band has added three upcoming festival appearances, including Disc Jam Music Festival, The Peach Music Festival, and The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival.Dopapod Releases New Single “Test Of Time”, Shares Studio Video [Watch]The quartet also recently announced their forthcoming studio effort, Emit Time, due out on Friday, May 24th. Recorded during recent sessions in Philadelphia and Denver, Emit Time marks the follow-up to the band’s 2017 Megagem release. The writing process for Emit Time differed from Dopapod’s past efforts because each member brought songs into the sessions they had individually worked on during the hiatus, creating a more collaborative writing environment. In addition, lyrics were a group effort for the first time.Head to Dopapod’s website for ticketing and more information.
A Notre Dame computer science and engineering professor has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in his field.Dr. Peter Kogge was presented the Charles Babbage Award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ 2014 International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium in Phoenix in May, in recognition of his contributions to the field.According to a press release, Kogge, a Notre Dame alumnus, is considered the father of the computer who originated the concept of a programmable computer.Kogge, who has served as the Ted. H. McCourtney professor of the department of computer science and engineering at Notre Dame since 1994, was recognized for “innovations in advanced computer architecture and systems,” as stated in a press release. His research areas include massively parallel processing architectures, advanced VLSI and nanotechnologies and their relationship to computing systems architectures, non-von Neumann models of programming and execution, and parallel algorithms and applications and their impact on computer architecture.He has been the recipient of numerous awards in the past, but the Babbage award towers over most of his illustrious accomplishments.“The Babbage award ranks with the [Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award] as my top awards,” Kogge said.According to a press release, the Babbage award has been awarded annually since 1989.Kogge is perhaps best known for his development of the space shuttle I/O processor, the world’s first multi-threaded processor to fly in space.“The purpose of the I/O processor was to manage all the communications between all the sensors and actuators on the shuttle and the guidance computers,” Kogge said. “In a sense the IOP was thus essentially the first parallel processor to fly in space.”Kogge is also well known for his invention of the Kogge-Stone adder process. According to a press release, this process is still considered the fastest means of adding numbers in a computer.While his current endeavors require a partial leave from campus as he begins a startup company, Kogge plans on continuing his Notre Dame research, which aims to change the connection between a computer’s memory and processor.“A few years ago, Jay Brockman, who is also on the Notre Dame CSE faculty, and I started to develop new computers that are designed for really big data applications,” Kogge said.Kogge said appreciated the opportunities his Notre Dame education has provided him.“My Notre Dame education was a central aspect in my ability to accomplish what I have done in my career, and this effect is not limited to me,” Kogge said.Kogge was astounded by how many Note Dame graduates held high managerial and technical roles during his time at IBM, according to a press release.“Interestingly enough, it wasn’t just the technical education at Notre Dame that was so important, but the development of the ability to communicate with others, especially in both understanding others real problems and then documenting solutions that are believably correct,” Kogge said. “This is a hallmark of why so many Notre Dame graduates have done so well.”Tags: Charles Babbage Award, Computer science, engineering
By Helena AtwaterUniversity of Georgia Television is going digital on Feb.17, 2009. People who receive analog broadcasts will need to make some changes by then to continue to receive the free programming. “It’s the biggest thing to happen to television since its invention,” said Kathy Klass, a representative for the Digital TV Converter Box Coupon Program. After Feb. 17, all full-power TV stations will broadcast only digital signals. Digital television will provide better picture and sound quality and more programming, Klass said. The old analog signals will be freed up for emergency services.The change will affect 12 percent of the population, said Michael Rupured, a consumer economics specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. “The transition will affect people using an analog television set with rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna,” he said. People watching analog TV will have to connect to a cable or satellite service, buy a television with a digital tuner or purchase a converter box to keep their televisions working. “Most people won’t be affected because they get service through cable or satellite,” Rupured said. “Some cable or satellite subscribers might need additional equipment to be ready for the switch though, so check with your service provider.” If you are not sure whether your television has a digital tuner, check the owner’s manual.Translator and low-power stations Translator and low-power stations will not be affected by the deadline, he said. Translator stations rebroadcast the programming of full-power stations to people in remote areas. Low-power stations broadcast community or specialty programming. Low-power stations have call signs consisting of four letters followed by a -CA or –LP. The call sign for translator stations and some low-powered stations starts with a K or W followed by two numbers and ends with two more letters, for example K37ZZ. If you receive service from these stations and want to continue using an analog TV with an antenna, purchase a converter box with analog capability. This box will allow analog broadcasts as well as digital broadcasts to be viewed. Converter boxesConverter boxes cost $50 to $70. Consumers who want to keep their analog TV sets can get help buying a converter box from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which has a coupon program. Coupons are worth $40 each. Every household can receive two coupons. Klass said approximately 10.9 million households have requested coupons. To use the coupon, consumers must purchase converters certified by the NTIA at participating stores. Converters can be purchased from participating online retailers, too.If you have purchased a converter box without analog pass through and find you need one with pass through capability, a splitter or antenna switch may be added to the box to get both signals.Coupon supplies are limited. The NTIA will accept applications until Mar. 31, 2009. Coupon applications and more information is available at www.dtv2009.gov or through calling the 24-hour hotline at 1-888-388-2009. (Helena Atwater is an intern with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Communications.)