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    Emerging Media and Communications - Students learn to combine critical thinking with creative production to become engaged digital citizens.

    Applications Open for 2015-2016 ATEC/EMAC Scholarship

    January 21, 2015

    The Arts & Technology Scholarship is funded by the Metroplex Technology Business Council 2008 Tech Titan Award and the Greater Texas Foundation. The award is a total of $2000 for one year towards tuition, or $1000 per Fall and Spring semester.

    EMAC Student Designs Winning Logo for Championship T-Shirts

    November 07, 2014

    UT Dallas senior Dylan Carroll has found a way to put his interest in graphic design to good use. The emerging media and communications major is the first UT Dallas student to win a design competition for the American Southwest Conference championship T-shirts.

    Professor Kim Knight Published in Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media

    May 23, 2014

    Assistant Professor Kim Knight has been recently published in The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. This collection of works includes articles from university professors across the United States who are well-versed in the rapidly expanding field of Digital Media.

    Welcome New EMAC Faculty Members

    May 20, 2014

    We are excited to announce new faculty members, Angela M. Lee, Olivia Banner, and Rosanna Guadagno to the Emerging Media and Communication program. Since EMAC began, we have been dedicated to providing our students with areas of study that involve the most recent technologies and topics that occur within a wide range of emerging fields. […]

    Spring 2014 Capstone Celebration

    May 12, 2014

    Join us on Tuesday, May 13 for our Spring 2014 Capstone Celebration! Our students will share their semester-long projects beginning at 7:00 in the Alexander Clark Conference Center Auditorium (CN 1.112). The EMAC program has grown so large that we had to change the structure of the capstone celebration. Graduate and honors undergraduate students will […]

    Fashioning Circuits Introduced to Prospective Students at Richland’s Digital Arts Festival

    April 29, 2014

    Fashioning Circuits (EMAC 3328), an EMAC course taught by Assistant Professor Kim Knight, is gaining attention due to its unique subject matter. On Monday, April 21 Knight gave a lecture to potential UT Dallas students at Richland Community College about the course and its approach to exploring digital divides and identity. Kim discussed these issues and […]

    The Dallas Contemporary Features Student Installations

    April 24, 2014

    New Media is the topic for The Dallas Contemporary’s upcoming exhibition featuring student work from UNT, SMU, and UTD. The Contemporary is featuring two UT Dallas student pieces in its Student New Media exhibition that will be presented on Friday, April 25. Arts and Technology MFA student Spencer Brown-Pearn is one of the students whose work […]

    Director of User Experience at projekt202 to Speak at Upcoming UX Session

    April 03, 2014

    User experience expert Jeremy Johnson will speak at the upcoming UX Club meeting, discussing his experience in the UX industry and what makes a good designer. The session will be held Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 in ATC 1.305. The club meets bi-weekly and is open to all UT Dallas students. About Jeremy Jeremy is currently […]

    Mother & Daughter Making EMAC a Family Tradition

    March 26, 2014

    ‘Traditional’ isn’t something that comes to mind when thinking about the EMAC program. For Lari Tanner, the image of a traditional university setting looked something similar to her previous experience where professors cared more about lecturing at students than interacting with them. In the fall of 2013, Lari became a Masters student in the Emerging […]

    Big Design Conference Founder Brian Sullivan to Speak at UX Club

    March 18, 2014

    Usability expert and Big Design Conference founder Brian Sullivan will discuss Breaking into UX with Arts and Technology students . Sullivan will discuss how to land potential jobs and hot topics in the user experience field.  The discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 19 at 6 pm in ATC 2.101. The event is sponsored by the User Experience Club. […]

    Media Studies After Watson

    March 03, 2014

    The School of Arts and Humanities announces Olivia Banner, PhD a candidate for Assistant Professor in Emerging Media and Communication. Dr. Banner will give a lecture on Monday, March 3 Thursday, March 6 at 11 a.m. in ATC 2.811 titled Media Studies after Watson.  Medicine is undergoing rapid transformations due to networked technologies, ubiquitous computing, mobile biosensors, and the automated […]

    Meet Ellen Curtis – Graduate Advisor for EMAC & ATEC

    February 21, 2014

    Ellen Curtis joined EMAC and ATEC as the graduate advisor for students studying in the masters program.  Though new to ATEC and EMAC, Ellen is no stranger to working with students from UT Dallas. For nearly eight years she worked in the School of Engineering and Computer Science department advising for the undergraduate program. Ellen […]

    Audience Research in the New Media Landscape: Current Assessment and Future Directions

    February 05, 2014

    The School of Arts and Humanities announces Angela M. Lee, MA Candidate for Assistant Professor in ATEC (EMAC) Ms. Lee will give a talk entitled Audience Research in the New Media Landscape: Current Assessment and Future Directions  This presentation will introduce a number of theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of audiences in today’s high-choice media environment, addressing the […]

    Not Seeing Is Believing: Critical Practice as Ideological Ophthalmology

    January 31, 2014

    The School of Arts and Humanities announces Jack Stenner, PhD Candidate for Associate Professor in ATEC (EMAC) Dr. Stenner will give a talk entitled “Not seeing is believing: critical practice as ideological ophthalmology” Monday, February 3 at 11 in ATC 2.811.  Biography Jack Stenner utilizes techniques from ubiquitous and physical computing, game technologies, and experimental software to create conceptual work often […]

    Dr. Johnson Goes to Washington: Tweeting the State of the Union

    January 22, 2014

    Dr. Janet Johnson’s research has centered on the relationship between social media and politics. Now, Johnson will have a first-hand opportunity to see her research brought to life. The White House has selected the clinical assistant professor to attend and “live-tweet” the State of the Union, which will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday. “I am very excited […]

    EMAC Professor Discusses Sports Fans’ Use of Social Media

    December 04, 2013

    If anybody knows what it is like to be in the shoes of Alabama kicker and Southlake Carroll graduate Cade Foster, it is Dusty Mangum. The former University of Texas kicker from 2001-2005, whose fondest memory is his game-winning kick in the 2005 Rose Bowl, also had a game he would rather forget. In 2002 […]

    EMAC to Celebrate Fall 2013 Capstones

    December 04, 2013

    Join us as we celebrate the Fall 2013 graduate and undergraduate students present their final capstone projects on December 7, 2013. The capstone celebration will be held in the Jonsson Performance Hall room JO 2.604 starting promptly at 6 pm on Saturday, December 7. We will hold an intermission with refreshments after the first group […]

    EMAC Students, Faculty Share Voices at THAT Camp

    November 21, 2013

    In September 2013 Dr. Kim Knight was invited to speak at the Digital Frontiers Conference at The University of North Texas. She invited two of her former students and one PhD student to attend the conference and speak on a panel with her about Fashioning Circuits. Among the students were graduate student Rasundra Harvey, undergraduate […]

    EMAC Faculty Candidate to Present Why We Click

    November 20, 2013

    Dr. Rosanna Guadagno, Candidate for Associate Professor in Emerging Media and Communication will give a presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 am 4 pm in ATEC 3.205 entitled Why We Click: An Examination of Social Influence Processes Online. Dr. Guadagno received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University. Her masters and dissertation examined communication […]

    EMAC Courses Focus on Crowds, Media and Culture

    November 05, 2013

    If you’re having trouble choosing among the three topics courses available this spring, the following course descriptions may help you weigh your options:   In COMM 3342.001 (TR 1:00-2:15), Janet Johnson will teach Crowdsourcing Information Gathering. This course explores crowdsourcing as an information-gathering and problem-solving tool in journalistic, business, and creative contexts. After grounding the course in a theoretical understanding […]

    EMAC Professor to Present During Diversity Lecture Series

    October 22, 2013

    At noon Friday, October 4th, in the Kusch Auditorium (FN 2.102), Dr. Bobby C. Alexander, associate professor of sociology, will present the first of four lectures in the Diversity Lecture Series. The series will close with a presentation from Emerging Media and Communications Professor Dr. Kimberly Knight on Friday, October 25. Registration is free for the lectures. “These lectures […]

    Advanced Topics in Communication (COMM 3342) Topic Changes

    August 20, 2013

    EMAC 4372 isn’t the only place you’ll find schedule changes this fall. We also had to switch up our plans for the COMM 3342 courses. In COMM 3342.001, Carie Lambert will focus on Communication Ethics as the class covers topics such as intercultural communication, professional codes of ethics, whistleblowing, alternative online identities, fanfiction, hacking, and […]

    A Tale of Two 4372s in Fall 2013

    August 14, 2013

    Back in the Spring we posted information about the two sections of EMAC 4372 that are being offered in Fall 2013. There have been some schedule changes and those courses are now being taught by different faculty.   EMAC 4372.001 is now being taught by Barbara Vance and will address the topic “The YouTube: The History, […]

    EMAC Course Explores the Driving Force Behind the Social Web

    July 23, 2013

    In a revised version of EMAC 3328, Professor Cuihua (Cindy) Shen will lead students in an exploration of the implications of digital media on the ways in which people engage in community life. This course is designed for students interested in understanding and designing online communities using a variety of social media. Students will survey […]

    EMAC Lab Presents: Git Syllabus

    June 06, 2013

    Lately, the code-sharing site Github has been getting attention as a possible tool for academic collaboration. Github’s ability to track the revisions made to a work over time, as well as to allow others to “fork” their own versions of a work and then suggest that changes made in the forked version be “pulled” back […]

    EMAC Professor to Receive 2013 Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Teaching Award

    April 26, 2013

    Dr. Kim Knight has been selected for the Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Teaching Award to be presented at the 4th Annual UT Dallas Diversity Awards Gala hosted by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE). The Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Teaching Award honors the contributions of an individual who has supported diversity and inclusion […]

    ATEC, EMAC Professors Promoted to Tenured Associate Professors

    April 23, 2013

    As of September 1, 2013 the ATEC and EMAC programs at The University of Texas at Dallas will have three new tenured associate professors: Monica Evans, Todd Fechter and David Parry. Monica Evans As a faculty member in the Arts and Technology program, Monica Evans‘ focus is to expand the game studies curriculum, particularly at […]

    Capstone Celebration

    April 19, 2013

    The time has come for our graduating seniors in the Emerging Media and Communications program to showcase their capstone projects that they have been working hard on for the past semester. Many of these students have been thinking about this project for their entire Undergraduate or Graduate career here at UT Dallas. This year the […]

    EMAC Lab Readies New Release

    April 18, 2013

    The EMAC Lab, formerly the Mobile Lab, which has previously created projects such as Undetweetable and Enemygraphis working on a new software project, which should be ready for release next month. The project, called Github Syllabus, is designed to allow college instructors to quickly and easily share copies of their syllabi on the Github platform. Github, was originally designed […]

    MIT Press Journals Director to Discuss The Evolution of Scholarly Publishing

    April 16, 2013

    Nick Lindsay, Journals Director for The MIT Press will speak on “The Evolution of Scholarly Publishing” as part of the Art Rendevous Science (ARS) Research Colloquia series on Wed., April 17 at noon in the ATEC Conference Room, ATEC 1.606. Abstract “Publishing is about to go through 25 years of evolution in a five year span.” Said in […]

    Leonardo Abstracts Service Seeks Art, Science, Technology Graduate Theses

    April 16, 2013

    Students who will be getting an M.A., M.F.A. or Ph.D. on a subject related to the intersection of art, science and technology are encouraged to submit an abstract of their thesis to LABS (Leonardo Abstract Services). This peer-reviewed database has been in existence for over 10 years and functions as a way for international artists […]

    International Call for Examples of Inter-Disciplinary Art-Science-Engineering-Humanities Curricula

    April 03, 2013

    The Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF), The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (UNSW) announce a: 2013 CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR EXAMPLES OF INTER-DISCIPLINARY ART-SCIENCE-ENGINEERING-HUMANITIES CURRICULA Leonardo Executive Editor Roger Malina and UT Dallas doctoral student Kathryn Evans are interested in examples […]

    Which EMAC 4372 class is right for you?

    April 01, 2013

    Class registration opened this morning and for Fall 2013 we are offering two sections of the special topics course EMAC 4372. You may be asking yourself what course is the better fit for you? Below are the course descriptions for Dave Parry’s course as well as Andrew Famiglietti’s course to help you decide which one […]

    Two Faculty Openings in EMAC Program

    March 30, 2013

    The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas invites scholars to apply for two positions in the Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) Program beginning as early as August 2013: one at the Assistant Professor level and the other at the tenured level. The latter appointment seeks an individual to serve […]

    Capstones in the Fall

    March 26, 2013

    Looking for capstone registration? Are you worried because it doesn’t appear in Coursebook? Don’t worry, there will be capstones in the Fall. The course just does not appear in Coursebook. To register for capstone you should download the Undergraduate capstone form or the Graduate capstone form, and talk to the professor you want to supervise your […]

    Fall & Spring Course Book

    March 25, 2013

    The Summer and Fall 2013 schedule is now live in Course Book and Galaxy. Please refer to Course Book ( to find updated information on days and times. As a reminder, the schedule is subject to change, and official course information should always be found via Galaxy or Course Book. NOTE: Room locations will be […]

    How EMAC Got Me Through SXSW Music Week Without a Badge or Wristband

    March 21, 2013

    FEATURE is written by Chachi Flores who is an EMAC Junior, he comes from a history of English, journalism, and film studies. He loves to connect with people over social media; honing his skills at EMAC in social, SEO, and content creation. If you didn’t stay connected during South by Southwest (SXSW) to your network of sources through social media […]

    EMAC Grad Mentioned in KERA’s Art+Seek

    March 15, 2013

    As South by Southwest (SXSW) is taking over Austin, TX in Dallas the team at KERA was busy working on a story about how high-tech is meeting high-fashion. The Art+Seek article written by Lauren Silverman covers the role of technology and it’s history in fashion starting with MIT’s “wearable computer.”  Silverman spoke with Designer Jennifer […]

    Advocating For Open Access

    March 08, 2013

    Open Access has been receiving more attention lately, with many scholars advocating for increasing for removing limitations on access and distribution of their work. In response to a petition, the White House even issued a directive guaranteeing that all publicly funded scientific research will be publicly available 12 months after publication. Associate Professor in EMAC, David Parry has […]

    Scholarship Opportunity for ATEC/EMAC Students

    March 07, 2013

    The Arts & Technology Scholarship is funded by the Metroplex Technology Business Council 2008 Tech Titan Award and the Greater Texas Foundation. The award is a total of $2000 for one year towards tuition, or $1000 per Fall and Spring semester. REQUIREMENTS: Students must be Arts & Technology or Emerging Media & Communication majors Scholarships […]

    ATEC/EMAC Showcase

    February 26, 2013

    The time has come once again for students in the EMAC and ATEC program to have the opportunity to present projects they have been working on to their peers and professors at the ATEC/EMAC Showcase. The showcase will be held in the Clark Conference Center on April 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm Submissions are due […]

    ATEC Faculty Member to Perform at 2nd Annual Network Music Festival

    February 11, 2013

    ATEC faculty member Scot Gresham-Lancaster has been invited to headline the 2nd Annual Network Music Festival in Birmingham, UK on Feb. 22nd as a member of the computer music network ensemble The Hub. From the festival’s press release: The Hub considered by many to be the inventors of network music – making a rare visit […]

    Sculpting a Nano “World”

    January 24, 2013

    How many earths can fit on the end of a pin?  If your using IBM Zurich’s newest nano-fabrication tool apparently about a hundred. Or close to a thousand if you prefer your scale comparisons to a grain of rice. Using a heated atomic scale silicon probe, scientists at IBM have created a precise method for etching […]

    Student Motivated by Leadershape Experience

    January 08, 2013

    This summer EMAC senior Joe Posada-Triana was selected to attend a national session of the LeaderShape Institute. A seven day immersive leadership training for students, LeaderShape focuses on empowering leaders “to create a just, caring, thriving world”. Joe’s attendance at LeaderShape was the culmination of his year long experience as a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow, a […]

    Students Explore Hacker Methods

    January 07, 2013

    Move over engineers, you’re not the only ones who can build robots. That’s what students in Professor Andrew Famiglietti’s EMAC special topics class, which focused on hacker culture and practice, learned this semester. “People often use the word ‘hacker’ to refer to a sort of digital thief, someone who breaks security with malicious intent” Famiglietti […]

    Professor Reflects on Copyright in the Digital World

    January 06, 2013

    International copyright is a thorny issue that creative digital projects are often choosing to “route around,” rather than directly engage with. That was the impression Visiting Assisstant Professor Andrew Famiglietti took away from his recent participation in the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) workshop on “Authorship Dynamics and the Dynamic Work.” Dr. Famiglietti […]

    Capstone Spotlight: Roach Coach Reviews by Jamie Field

    January 06, 2013

    If you live in Dallas, and you want to taste the best the food truck business has to offer, graduating senior Jamie Field has a website for you: Roach Coach Reviews Roach Coach Reviews was part of Jamie’s senior capstone, a project all seniors must complete as part of their last semester in the program. For […]

    Capstone Spotlight: The Quiet Struggle by Desiree Jacob, EMAC MA

    January 06, 2013

    In Fall 2012, Desiree Jacob completed her capstone project, The Quiet Struggle (, as part of the degree requirements for the Masters of Arts in Emerging Media and Communication. When Desiree began thinking about her capstone, she wanted to explore the impact of social media on adoption processes. She began by looking at scholarly research […]

    EMAC Professor and Undergraduate Student Design Study to Find Effect of Meetups.

    January 06, 2013

    Have you ever met up “in real life” with friends from an online community? Despite the fact that 75% of adults between 18 and 24 participate in online social networks and offline gatherings have become increasingly common in groups ranging from couch surfers to MMORPG gamers, there’s been surprisingly little research into the effect of these “meetups” on the […]

    EMAC Faculty Member Presents at Media Places 2012

    January 05, 2013

    In December 2012, EMAC faculty member Kim Knight attended and presented at the Media Places: Infrastructure | Space | Media conference at Umeå University in Sweden. The invitation-only conference was sponsored by The Peter Wallenberg Foundation and the universities of Umeå, Stanford, and Lund. The two-and-a-half day event featured distinguished commentary by David Theo Goldberg […]

    Students to Present Emerging Media and Communications Projects

    December 04, 2012

    Students from the Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) program will present projects that examine how new media and network technologies are transforming the ways we connect with each other. The presentations are Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in CB3 1.306. Desiree Jacob, a master’s candidate, created a website and blog that details her […]

    Professor Evaluates Importance, Strategy of Twitter in Elections

    October 16, 2012

    Running for president in the digital age has brought a new requirement to the job: knowing how to work the Twittersphere. That is the analysis of Dr. Janet Johnson, who teaches in the Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) program at UT Dallas. Johnson has recently published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric about the role of social media in […]

    A New Way to Make Friends Enemies: EnemyGraph

    March 07, 2012

    A new Facebook application developed by a team in the UT Dallas Emerging Media and Communications program allows users to now list enemies as opposed to just friends. While Facebook runs queries to find affinities, EnemyGraph runs dissonance queries to point out a difference you have with a friend and offer it up for conversation. […]

    Internet Creates Digital Portal into Private Lives

    November 10, 2011

    At the dawning of the Internet age, some believed the vast digital network would put unlimited freedom at everyone’s fingertips. But connecting the world has brought watchful eyes, as the Internet also created digital portals into the private lives of the masses. This unintended consequence is discussed in Ubiquitous Surveillance, a new digital publication edited by […]

    Dallas/Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association Scholarship

    October 12, 2011

    The EMAC program once again received monies from the Dallas Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association for a $2000 scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate student who plans to pursue a career in marketing. The application requires students to write two short essays, one discussing how the EMAC program has made an impact on their […]

    2011 ATEC/EMAC Showcase

    April 28, 2011

    On April 20, 2011, the UT Dallas Conference center filled with students and community members eager to see what our fellow Art & Technology (ATEC) and EMAC students have been cooking up. The front of the Center was lined with computers featuring interactive, ready-to-play games created in ATEC’s Game Lab (led by Dr. Monica Evans) […]

    The Family That Plays Together Stays Together?

    April 21, 2011

    EMAC Professor’s Research Finds Online Games Can Promote Socialization “Get off the computer and go play outside.” So go the words heard in homes around the country as parents and children clash over the social benefits of video games. But parents needn’t worry so much, according to Dr. Cuihua (Cindy) Shen, an assistant professor of […]

    Prof Draws Social Media Lessons from Egypt’s Revolt

    February 17, 2011

    Social media didn’t lead to the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, but this new system of communication certainly played a role in the process of the revolt. Dr. David Parry, assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas, argues that anInternet-equipped public is substantially different from a non-Internet-enabled one, […]

    EMAC Prof Challenges Old School News Approaches

    September 29, 2010

    Go digital or go home. That was the message Dr. Dave Parry, assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC) at UT Dallas, told an audience of journalists at the National Conference of Editorial Writers (NCEW), held Sept. 22–25 in Dallas. UT Dallas was a sponsor of the event, which included an appearance by Gov. Rick Perry […]

    Prof Explores Dynamics of Online Networking

    August 25, 2010

    Birds of a feather flock together in cyberspace. At least that’s what Dr. Cuihua (Cindy) Shen, assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communication at UT Dallas, has shown in a research article published in the journal First Monday. Examining an online community using social network analysis, Shen tested the social drivers that shaped the collaboration dynamics among a group […]

    UT Dallas Mobile Creation Piques Curiosity at SXSW

    March 15, 2010

    A social media platform for mobile devices created by Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC) students is creating buzz at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin. Placethings is one of 32 finalists in the second annual Accelerator Competition at SXSW Interactive, which has become the world’s premier emerging technology event. Placethings beat out hundreds […]

    Recognition Technology to Transform Mobile Devices

    March 11, 2010

    Research Aims to Further Expand Connections Between Real and Virtual Worlds UT Dallas researchers are working with Texas Instruments Inc. and GetFugu Inc. to enable next-generation human-device interaction (HDI) technologies that merge a physical, real-world environment with virtual, computer-generated imagery on mobile devices. The $100,000 project brings together TI’s OMAP processor and WiLink connectivity technology […]

    Prof Believes New Media Are Changing Academia

    September 08, 2009

    Lecture by Digital Culture Expert to Discuss Ramifications for Universities Are academic libraries as we know them relics of the past? The rapidly changing structure of information flow has brought into question the relevancy of certain academic institutions, says Dr. David Parry, an assistant professor at UT Dallas. Parry, who specializes in emerging media, digital […]

    Lab Generating New Ideas for a Wireless Future

    July 20, 2009

    At the MobileLabat UT Dallas, cell phones do more than allow people to communicate with one another. In the hands of MobileLab researchers, these ubiquitous hand-held devices are like Alice’s rabbit hole: a portal to experience a different reality. “Mobile technology, because it is also a social tool, is radically changing the way we think […]

    ATEC Student’s Twitter Video Makes Waves

    June 11, 2009

    Project Documents History Prof’s Use of Popular Service as a Teaching Tool An Arts and Technology student’s video account of a professor’s classroom experiment with Twitter is making waves on the World Wide Web, capturing thousands of viewers on YouTube and prompting an article in U.S. News & World Report. UT Dallas graduate student Kim Smith’s […]

    Students Develop a Virtual World for Art Lovers

    March 02, 2008

    High culture comes to gamers with the help of a group of graduate students from UT Dallas Arts & Technology program. Twelve graduate students have created a virtual art education environment in which art lovers can learn about museum practices and the visual arts.  Among the activities to do in this virtual world gallery are […]