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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Virtual Reality. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15271.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Virtual Reality. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15271

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Title Houstonian 1996
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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Title Virtual Reality
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Take a Trip with ID C O -O O o SZ a. President Goerke takes a look into the latest in virtual reality in UH's VETL lab. I took a virtual roller coaster ride recently over the Johnson Space Center. I was strapped to a specially designed chair that contours the body into the position it assumes in zero gravity. An $8,000 helmet was strapped to my head, complete with earphones and flaps to block light from entering at the corners of a heavy eyepiece. The lights were turned off, and there I was, in a virtual roller coaster high above the virtual ground. I could hare the sound of my coaster creaking its way up steep inclines, and I could feel the press of inertia around corners and as I descended, maxing out around a modest 10 to 15 miles per hour during the two-minute ride. When it was over, I was still in Bowen Loftin's Virtual Environment Training Laboratory at the University of Houston Business Park complex a few miles southeast of the main campus. The ride I took was a demonstration of just one of the many technologies Loftin, a researcher and professor in the Department of Computer Science, uses to train astronauts, develop new research methods and revolutionize education. If experience is the best teacher, then virtual research is learning at the highest level. According to Loftin, virtual learning is useful not only to astronauts and scientists, but to students as well. Students who have trouble conceptualizing complex scientific worlds will be helped immensely by being able to interact with virtual environments, he said. Virtual reality is an effective teaching tool, Loftin said, adding that total immersion places individuals inside the information they are learning, and that the multisensory experience increases perception because the information can be heard and felt as well as seen. Interaction makes it possible to observe information dynamically rather than passively. Loftin puts it plainly: "Would you rather read CO