Project Description

ATEC PhD candidate Sharath Chandra Ram recently served as the Associate Chair for the ACM CHI 2021 (Association for Computing Machinery, Computer Human Interaction 2021 ) conference track for Late Breaking Works (featuring a 38% acceptance rate of about 700 paper submissions this year).

ATEC PhD candidate Sharath Chandra Ram served as the Acoustical Society of America Special Awards Judge, for the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair 2021 (DSREF). 2 cash prize awards (from 5 finalists of 573 presenting students) were selected after a round of proctored (virtual) interviews, for their contributions to the field of sound and acoustics research.

In partnership with Central Michigan University Associate Professor Steve Leeper, ATEC Assistant Professor Christine Veras got selected to participate in the new "In The Screen" Program at the 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival. They offered the "Zoomation Workshop: Animating Connections Across Social Distances," offering a playful opportunity for participants to exercise social distancing while interacting and animating in a safe, collaborative virtual space. The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest and most prestigious experimental film festival in the United States. More information at:

ATEC Professor of Instruction Paul M. Lester's film, The Calendar, was designated as an official selection for the April Vegas Movie Awards. It has also been awarded official selection for the London International Monthly Film Festival and is a finalist for the Rome Film Festival. Inspired by Christian Marclay's The Clock, The two-hour film, The Calendar is composed of clips from movies, television programs, and YouTube videos in which characters, participants, textual overlays, or dated objects reveal each day and month for an entire year. From amateur Vlogs to professional cinematic releases, The Calendar is a unique collection of memorable, personal, and trivial moments. View the poster online and watch The Calendar on Vimeo.

ATEC Professor xtine burrough and A&H Associate Professor of Instruction of Literature Sabrina Starnaman are featured interviewees for their project, "An Archive of Unnamed Women", in W21 (Women 21st Century). W21 is a data-feminist participatory research platform focusing on post-feminism and intersectional practice in art, technology, and science.

ATEC Associate Professor Olivia Banner and colleague Nanjira Sambuli published "A proposal for equitable health futures in a digital ageopens in a new window" in the Medicus Mundi Switzerland (MMS) bulletin #I57 Digital age: challenges for health systems worldwide. MMS is part of the Medicus Mundi International (MMI) network, a growing host of organizations working in the field of international health cooperation and advocacy.

MFA in Animation Student Tuoc K. Nguyen defended and will graduate, Spring 2021. Title of Thesis: "The Voice Within."

Supervising Committee: ATEC Associate Professor Todd Fechter (Chair), ATEC Associate Professor of Instruction Casey Johnson, ATEC Associate Professor Dean Terry

Congratulations to ATEC Critical Media Studies alum Haley Ziomek on her acceptance to 4 graduate programs. She was accepted to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University, the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and Hofstra University.

ATEC Undergraduate student Chloe Chu has been working for Dallas Jackals Rugby as a Design Intern since January, creating media graphics and managing the team’s social media presence. Later this spring, she will be starting a new and exciting chapter with the Center for BrainHealth as a UX Intern.

Congratulations! Animation & Games senior Brian Mack was selected for a Creative Development Internship with Walt Disney Animation Studios Spring 2021.

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