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ATEC Assistant Professor Christine Veras got two papers accepted at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Society for Animation Studies (SAS2021). This year's theme is Animate Energies, and the conference will take place online, June 14-18, organized by the Tulane University. Dr. Veras will present a micro-talk about 'Capturing Nature's Animated Motion' and on a panel that she helped to organize about 'Participatory Animation in Times of the Pandemic.' The panel includes the animation educator Melissa Bouwman (California), the storyteller Steve Leeper (Michigan), the independent animator, Vice-President of ASIFA International and member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Deanna Morse (Oregon).

ATEC PhD student, Fiona Haborak presented "Identity: How Curated Branding Mobilizes the Star Cosplayer to Pursue Insta-Fame" at the annual meeting of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association.

ATEC PhD student Fiona Haborak, in collaboration with Kimon Keramidas, published the article "Context, Cosplay, and (Re)configurations: Centering the Geek at the Heart of Science Fiction Pedagogy." In "Fan Studies Pedagogies," edited by Paul Booth and Regina Yung Lee, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 35. Dr. Keramidas and Fiona additionally spoke about this piece at Geek/Art CONfluence.

ATEC PhD Student Mohammed Mizanur Rashid presented a paper titled "Locating Queer Bengal: In Search of a Bengali Queer Identity through Representational Cinema" at the annual meeting of SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) conference 2021, on March 19. Rashid also chaired the session on Media/Film and Queerness.

ATEC PhD Student Mohammed Mizanur Rashid presented a webinar paper titled "The work of Tactical Media Literacy in the age of Techno-Cultural media saturation" at Rhizome (Seminar Series at the Dept. of English, East West University, Bangladesh).

Assistant Professor of Instruction Laura Imaoka presented the paper, “The Spatial Re-imagination of Disaster: Fukushima in the Disaster Capitalist Context,” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) annual conference.

Congratulations to CMS student Tiffany Carter! She has been selected as a student speaker for the 2021 Spring Commencement. Carter, who also served as the 2020-21 TI Founders Leadership Fellow, will represent ATEC at the commencement ceremony for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication.

Congratulations to Professor of Instruction Paul M. Lester! He received the award for Best Editing at the Cannes World Film Festival for his work on The Calendar. This award is in recognition of excellence in film making. The film, has won several accolades to include, Best Feature Documentary at the Rome Movie Awards and official selection at the London International Monthly Film Festival and the Vegas Movie Awards.

MFA Creative Practice student Maedeh Asgharpour has had multiple shows at UTD and the Metroplex. Her thesis show The Symphony of an Immigrant’s Life is now showing at UTD SP/N Gallery. The exhibition explores the psychological and emotional aspects of being displaced in a foreign culture. This series of works includes prints, animation, video, mixed media, handmade books, paintings and performance.

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