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.”
The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications is beginning its first year with three new tenure-track faculty members who will help build new areas of study in the school.
Kim Knight, an assistant professor of emerging media and communication and Charissa Terranova, an associate professor of aesthetic studies discuss ‘media art’ with The Dallas Morning News as Dallas prepares for Aurora 2015. The expansive outdoor new media art event will return to the Dallas Arts District this fall on Friday, October 16, 2015 covering 19 blocks of downtown Dallas.
Last year, a team of faculty, students and alumni launched “Polycraft World,” one of the most comprehensive modifications, or mods, available for the popular video game “Minecraft.” Earlier this year,access to servers hosting the beta version of the mod was free for the first 10,000 users. The team, led by assistant professor Dr. Walter Voit BS’05, MS’06, who teaches in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, is calling on students to showcase their skills. Each week, new competitions are unveiled on the game’s YouTube channel. Whoever completes the challenge best is named “Polycrafter of the Week” and receives a $5,000 scholarship
The work of ATEC professor Andrew Scott is featured alongside the work of nearly 100 of the boldest artists working today in a New York exhibition connecting visual arts with political, cultural and social movements. “Reliquary” is on display from Sept. 25 to Nov. 8 as a part of the “Power, Protest, and Resistance: The Art of Revolution” exhibition in the Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn, New York .
Designer and computer scientist John Maeda will discuss the role of art in STEM education on Oct. 15 as part of the ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series. The talk, “Turning STEM into STEAM,” will make a case for why the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — could benefit from adding an art component.