When Madison “Madi” Hess crosses the stage at UT Dallas commencement ceremonies this week, she will be participating with magna cum laude honors in theemerging media and communication (EMAC) program. But she also leaves a legacy as a standout student-athlete. At an institution more known for academics than athletics, Hess has excelled in both — and she has the championship ring to prove it.
A professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication is researching the development of a virtual teacher that will facilitate the most demanding portions of learning curricula for children with dyslexia. Dr. Marjorie Zielke, who is also director of UT Dallas’ Center for Modeling and Simulation, and her team are collaborating with the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) to create the simulation.
The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History recently debuted a new research center at the Dallas Museum of Art that will serve as a counterpart to the main offices at UT Dallas. Designed by Buchanan Architecture, the 1,882–square-foot satellite campus is equipped with state-of-the-art digital art history research tools and provides unique access to the art museum’s collections and the research resources held at the Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library.
A new study from the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas investigates the willingness of consumer’s to pay for news. In research published in Electronic News, Dr. Angela Lee — along with Dr. Hsiang Iris Chyi from UT Austin and Dr. Avery Holton from the University of Utah — discovered that paying for news online could be regarded as socially undesirable.
Please join us on Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 pm in the ATC Lobby for our Fall 2015 Capstone Celebration! We are always excited about this event, but it carries particular significance this semester. These are the first EMAC graduates from the new School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, and this is the first time that we have been able to host the event in our ATC home.
ATEC’s first summer Animation Studios class completed and screened two short films created under the guidance of Dallas-area animation company, Reel FX. The students showed the shorts, entitled “Snatch” and “Terminal B,” first to representatives from Reel FX and later at a premiere at the Angelika Film Center in mid-September. Peter Dang, an ATEC senior who came up with the original idea for “Terminal B,” directed and worked on the animation for the film. He said collaborating on the projects with experts from Reel FX was an excellent chance for students to get a taste of the real film industry.
To explore both the current and future landscape of cybercrime, one of the leading experts on 21st-century security issues will give a talk at UT Dallas. P.W. Singer will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, as the second presenter in this season’s ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series. Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank, and author of multiple award-winning books. He was named one of the 100 leading innovators in the nation by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery, one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues by Defense News, and made Foreign Policymagazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers List.
We hope you’ve cleared any holds you may have in Galaxy because it’s time to register for Spring 2016 courses. As always, you can find course listings in Coursebook (coursebook.utdallas.edu), and you can access your registration appointment time in Galaxy. The following course descriptions may help you choose among courses emphasizing specific topics this spring:
Graphic designer and computer scientist John Maeda kicked off the third season of the Arts and Technology Distinguished Lecture Series on Oct. 15 with a discussion about the role of design in science, technology, engineering and math. Maeda, who is a design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, made a case for how STEM subjects can benefit from taking design into consideration — a movement known as STEAM, and the “A” representing art.
Dr. Kim Knight, assistant professor in the emerging media and communication program, will start the series today with a talk titled “Viral Anxieties in Art and Antiviral Technology.” She’ll explore the connections between the viral in human bodies and computers. “If we abstract their characteristics, biological and computer viruses share many traits,” she said. “They are largely invisible to the average person, they circulate despite attempts to control them, and they self-replicate. They are also connected in the kinds of anxieties they evoke among people.”