"Playing Against the Phantom," a photo by Tech. Sgt. (USAF) Scott Wagers, won first place in the sports photography category in the 1998 Military Photographer of the Year competition. Wagers took the photo while participating in the Department of Defense's Military Photojournalism Program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Shot at Thornden Park in Syracuse, the photo depicts a young football player who had a rough first-half. His team, the Thornden Park Bulldogs (Mighty Mite division), went on to win the game.

Remember the crumbling strip of barricaded asphalt that sliced between the Newhouse complex and Schine Student Center? Well, the eyesore is no more.
      This summer, work began to remove the pavement and replace it with a garden plaza. "Our goal is to create spaces that bring about a sense of the campus as a unique place where a special kind of energy is created," says Virginia Denton, director of the Office of Design and Construction. "The redesign of the space between Newhouse and Schine restores the historical sense of the pedestrian entrance to campus by continuing the esplanade that runs from the Hall of Languages to the Place of Remembrance."
      Building the plaza required extensive regrading to create a more level area. Essentially, the University Place end of the space was lowered and steps built that lead to the plaza. The Waverly Avenue end was raised, with steps leading down to the street.
      The esplanade effect has been carried out via two paved walkways lined with trees. The view from Waverly Avenue of the Hall of Languages—the traditional hallmark of Syracuse University—has been greatly enhanced through these efforts, Denton says.


The Center for Really Neat Research (CRNR) at SU has been awarded a $1.6 million contract from the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to build safer land-mine detectors using CRNR's flagship technologies.
      "The technology currently being used for land-mine detectors is vintage World War II," says David J. Warner, CRNR founder and Nason Fellow at SU's Northeast Parallel Architectures Center (NPAC). "It's the same technology people use to comb the beaches of Florida."
robot       Warner and his CRNR associates— Edward Lipson, professor of physics and CRNR principal collaborator; and NPAC director Geoffrey Fox—will develop the new mine-detection system in cooperation with DARPA's Distribution Robotics Program. The idea is for tiny robots, 2 to 5 centimeters long, to search for buried land mines, allowing people to remain at a safe distance. The problem lies in developing a lightweight, portable computer system to control the robots and process the information they collect.
      CRNR researchers are charged with developing human interface systems that allow soldiers in the field to interact with the robots and a distant command center. "The best way to do that," Warner says, "is by using the human body as the interface device" by building a variety of sensors that can be worn on the body and connected to a wearable computer. The resulting system will increase a person's ability to perceive danger when clearing minefields, he says.

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