“The idea of Twitter is there are very strict limits, so you naturally have to converse instead of monologue.”
In 2009, Dr. David Parry was named one of the nation’s top 10 Twitter experts by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Twitter is a social networking service that lets users send updates, known as tweets, in short posts of 140 characters or less.
Parry’s research addresses how language as technology shapes the act of reading.
Widely considered an expert on new media, Parry has been interviewed by CNN, Dow Jones MarketWatch, NPR and many other news outlets.
“The living-world construct uses visual, auditory, behavioral and cultural models for virtual training. Student nurses can perfect their patient relations skills in a safe, no-fault environment.”
Dr. Marjorie Zielke, assistant professor of ATEC, is the principal investigator for the research in cultural training, and collaborates with the UT Dallas Mobile and Virtual Worlds laboratories.
She partnered with UT Arlington faculty to build a virtual patient interaction environment in which student nurses learn the finer skills of patient care, such as working with children of different ages, reas- suring an anxious parent and responding to changing symptoms. The project was one of two collaborative, inter-university Transforming Undergraduate Education (TUE) grant proposals funded by the UT System.
“I firmly believe that all games are educational by nature, and that there is no subject that cannot be approached through the medium.”
Dr. Monica Evans, assistant professor of ATEC, has written and designed experimental and educational games for the Dallas Museum of Art and the U.S. Department of Defense.
She is a major contributor to three of the Transforming Undergraduate Education grants, including “Digital Calculus Coach,” “Organic Chemistry Computer game” and “Development of a game-Based Experimental learning Program to Help Students Adapt to University of Texas Culture.”
“Some of the best ATEC graduate students come from other technology fields like engineering and computer science, where they develop a base layer of technical knowledge. We equip them with creative strategic skills and specialized experience.”
In addition to developing the talents of his students through teaching, Todd Fechter, assistant professor of 3-D computer animation, continues to work in the animation industry, completing animation of robots to support marketing of the Terminator: Salvation release.
“Mobile technology is radically changing the way we think about our world and interact with it. We explore the difference between the mobile experience and the desktop, as well as the collaboration on new kinds of meaningful interactions with people and places via mobile devices.”
For Dean Terry, associate professor of ATEC and director of EMAC and the Mobilelab, cell phones do more than allow people to communicate with one another.
In the hands of his research team, these ubiquitous hand-held devices are a portal to experience a different reality.
Mobilelab has conducted research for some of the world’s biggest technology and wireless companies, including Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Research in Motion, Samsung and Apple.
“The viewer is enveloped in a multisensory, reactive system that actually ‘listens’ for changes in the environment generated by your presence and movement.”
Using the ancient myth of Orpheus, video projection and three-dimensional sound, Frank Dufour examines the relationship of sound to perception of movement.
His exhibit, Acoustic Shadows, is an audio-visual immersive and interactive installation that depicts Orpheus surrounded by shadows of the underworld consumed by the shadow of his wife, Eurydice.