ATEC Associate Professor Olivia Banner's article, "Digital Health Humanities," appears in ed. Paul Crawford, Brian Brown, and Andrea Charise (New York: Routledge, 2020). In this volume, authors explore the history, current state, and future of the health humanities, in particular how its vision of the arts and humanities promotes creative public health, opens new routes to health and well-being, informs and drives better health care, interrogates relationships between ill health and social equality, and develops humanist theory in relation to health and social care practice. Dr. Banner's article considers participatory publics' reproduction of ableist conceptions of bodyminds and then, using the example of a Wikistorming project conducted with students in Disability, Technology, and Media, theorizes methods for intervening in that reproduction.
ATEC PhD Candidate Cenk Köknar has accepted a position as Lecturer in Game Design in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at University of East London at Docklands. In the British university system, a lecturer is equivalent to a tenure-track position in the U.S. academic system. He is scheduled to defend his dissertation, Negotiating the Right Way to Play Video Games, later this semester.
ATEC Assistant Professor Juan Llamas-Rodriguez received the Premio de Investigador/a Joven (Young Scholar Award) from the Film Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). The award is given to "a scholar at the early stages of their academic career to recognize the publications, presentations, and trajectory of one individual who has and will continue to shape the field of film studies." Scholars are eligible to receive the award within the first four years of their professional career. The award would have presented in person at the LASA 2020 Congress in May in Guadalajara, Mexico, but the event has been changed to virtual presentation.
ATEC Professor xtine burrough's article, "A Decade of Working with the Working Crowd" was published in "Humans Are Underrated: Art & Labor in the Amazon Economy," a special issue of the Journal of the New Media Caucus edited by Johanna Gosse and Carrie Edinger. (Vol. 16, No. 1., 2020): 116-140.
ATEC Art Collective LabSynthE (burrough, Starnaman, Adelman, Asgharpour, Ferreira, Paiva-Homsi, Landers, O'Neill, Worcester) is published in Education as Experimentation: Possibilities Beyond Outcome-Based Learning hosted by Studio D with their protocol, #YouWillHeal. While this project was developed far in advance of the COVID-19 pandemic, it gains new meaning in the current context.
ATEC MFA Student Philip Martin's work was selected by The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as part of their MODERN BILLINGS program. In an unusual exhibition space, "artists are invited to situate imagery and text onto billboards traditionally used to present commercial advertisements rather than cultural curiosities." Three times per year, the Assistant Curators of Education Jesse Morgan Barnett and Tiffany Wolf Smith look for artists to showcase their work into under-served communities along the periphery of downtown Fort Worth. Martin is representing ATEC and UTD in the exhibition. His work is titled "You Are Here" (2020) and is on display on a billboard located at 6890 Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76112.
On March 7, Fashioning Circuits hosted 60 middle-school students from DISD and East Texas schools for the Make Your Future: GSSD Day on Campus. The event, in partnership with the UT Dallas Science and Engineering Education Center and the Womxn in STEAM LLC, focused on providing a positive experience on a college campus for 6th - 8th grade students from under-resourced schools. Each student and their chaperones rotated through four different activities - an arduino and wearables workshop; a zine-making workshop; a blackout poetry workshop; and an ATEC building and facility tour that included a stop in to say hello at the 48-hour Animation Blitz. Planning and prototyping pedagogy was carried out by ATEC faculty Dr. Kim Knight, Dr. Juan Llamas-Rodriguez, and Dr. Hong-an Wu; by ATEC graduate students Cynthia O'Neill, Catalina Alzate, Mohammed Rashid, Atanur Andic, Cameron Irby, Tuoc Kim Nguyen, Kathryn Whitlock, Diamond Beverly, and Maedeh Asgharpour; and by undergraduate students D.A. Worcester (ATEC), Jesus Javier Vela (ATEC), and Cinthya Parreno (JSOM). Additional event volunteers included ATEC undergrads Erin Bray, Michael Galloway, and Nicholas Geldert.
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