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WKYU-PBS honored by Computerworld for LED studio lighting project

The Studio One LED lighting project at WKYU-PBS has been named a 2012 Laureate by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program.

The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

“Western Kentucky University’s selection as a Computerworld Honors Laureate is a reflection of the ingenuity and creativity of our staff, and provides yet another example of how WKU has become a leading American university with international reach,” Dr. Robert Owen, WKU’s Vice President for Information Technology, said. “We are honored to receive this very prestigious award.”

This project was designed to reduce the university’s carbon footprint; to utilize modern, green technologies; to reduce operational costs; to increase operational safety; and to provide learning opportunities for students. Rather than replace the existing lighting system, installed in 1969, with traditional technology solutions, WKU investigated and pioneered the use of LED lighting and iPad control systems.

Dr. Owen said the new LED lighting system has yielded a 97 percent reduction in electricity consumption and, LED bulbs last for 30-35 years, compared to the old bulbs, which lasted about 18 months. And because the LED bulbs do not give off as much heat, cooling requirements in the studio have been reduced by 75 percent, he said.

David Brinkley, Senior Producer/Director for WKYU PBS, said: “We are leading the charge for energy efficiency in television production. Our studio is the only one of its kind at any university campus in the world. It serves as a model for the future generation of media professionals who are educated here.”

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 4 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

About Computerworld: Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning web site (www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, September 2011). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

About The Computerworld Honors Program: Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website http://events.computerworld.com/Honors2012.

Contact: Bob Owen, (270) 745-2243.

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