Illinois Valley news. (Cave City, Oregon) 1937-current, April 30, 2003, Page 14, Image 14

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

    Page 14
Illinois Valley News, Cave Junction, OR Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Failure to pay
premiums stop
health benefits
As a result of failure to
pay premiums for March, Feb-
ruary or both, approximately
10,400 low-income Oregon
Health Plan clients will be
without health-care coverage
beginning Thursday, May 1,
said Oregon Dept. of Human
The affected adults are
covered by the Health Plan's
Standard benefit package,
which, was instituted Feb. 1
with required premiums and
OSU computer
graphics trains
Imagine climbing in
through the screen of a com-
puter running a 3-D animated
football game.
You stand up on the other
side to find yourself sur-
rounded by an animated field
with players that look so real
you drop and curl into the fe-
tal position when the defen-
sive line swarms you, and the
crowd noise goes deafening.
If Ron Metoyer, Oregon
State University (OSU) at
Corvallis assistant professor
of computer science has his
way, future college quarter-
backs will use the technology
he's developing to train in just
this way.
But Metoyer's research
using computer graphics tech-
nology to create large,
"immersive environments" the
size of two-car garages goes
well beyond the gridiron.
Metoyer, a second-year
faculty member in the OSU
College of Engineering, hopes
his research also will result in
realistic-looking training envi-
In these environments,
firefighters, security person-
nel, soldiers and others can
train -- by moving, spinning,
reacting, climbing, running
and rolling -- in large rooms
where computer animations
are projected on walls and
ceilings to simulate real-world
fires, building evacuations,
battlefields, and more.
In March, the National
Science Foundation took no-
tice of Metoyer's research,
awarding him a prestigious
Faculty Early Career Develop-
ment (CAREER) award worth
$493,672 over five years. The
funding will support Metoyer
and several graduate students
in the OSU School of Electri-
cal Engineering and Computer
"I'm very excited about
the CAREER award," Me-
toyer said. "I worked hard to
put together an exciting pro-
posal, and I'm glad the NSF
reviewers felt it was worthy of
support. The OSU Computer
Science Dept. has been com-
pletely supportive and has
created an environment for
new faculty to succeed. And
the students have been out-
standing -- at both the gradu-
ate and undergraduate levels."
Metoyer received his doc-
torate from the College of
Computing at the Georgia In-
stitute of Technology in 2001
where he was a member of the
Graphics, Visualization and
Usability Center.
(pronounced with a hard ‘c’)
An endocrine secretion
that depresses or
inhibits physiological
(Random House Webster’s
College Dictionary)
Please don’t
drink and drive.