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ATLAS Speaker Series: Lee Sheldon, Designing Coursework as a Game -- Lee Sheldon, author of The Multiplayer Classroom, looks at the synergy between video game design and education occurring when students come to class to play and learn during an ATLAS Speaker Series presentation on April 9. The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.
For a video of his presentation, click here. (NOTE: All videos now have improved audio.)

ATLAS Speaker Series: Eric Rasmussen, The Challenges of our Growing Population -- Eric Rasmussen looks into the impact of increasing populations on cities and the challenges that result when people migrate into cities from the villages and farms of the world, including poverty, malnutrition and disaster vulnerability in this ATLAS Speaker Series event on March 19, 2012. Rasmussen is a clinical physician and research professor for environmental security and global medicine at San Diego State University. For a video of his presentation, click here.

April 2012

BDW moves from downtown to creative spaces in east Boulder

BDW (formerly Boulder Digital Works) this month moved into raw, industrial-styled spaces east of Boulder after spending its first two years in downtown Boulder. BDW is a post-digital studio within the ATLAS Institute. It offers a multi-disciplinary, project-based graduate certificate program designed to provide skills needed by employees and entrepreneurs in the digital communication fields. It also offers intensive immersion programs in digital fluency for working professionals and other programs and workshops.
Above, ATLAS associate director Jill Van Matre and BDW executive director David Slayden tour the building shortly before move-in day earlier this month. The concrete and brick structure, which features exposed pipes and bright, sunlit spaces, is located in the former Sutherland Lumber Co., a five-acre property at 3390 Valmont Road. More information about BDW and its programs is at

Revi Sterling featured in online publication CU Connections

Revi Sterling, the director of the ATLAS graduate program in Information and Communication Technology for Development who is receiving the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Social Impact Award next month, was featured in a "Five Questions for Revi Sterling" article in the online publication CU Connections, which is sent to faculty and staff throughout the CU system.
The article recounts her work at Microsoft, her research as an ATLAS Ph.D. student who graduated in 2008, her development of the master's program and the award. For the full article, click here.

"There Can Be Only One" lets audience make a choice

Lauren Beale and Brooke Gessay, both MFA candidates in Dance at CU, used dialogue, dance, film and improvisation to express the highs and lows of wanting to be chosen in an interactive installation in the Black Box and theater lobby on March 16 and 17. At the end of the evening, audiences voted to select which character got to stay and which one had to go.

Master's students to give presentations on practicum field work

Four students who will be the first to graduate from the ATLAS master's degree program in Information and Communication Technology for Development (MS-ICTD) will give presentations about their practicum field work from 3-5 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Cofrin Auditorium, ATLAS 100.
The students and their projects are:
• Kevin McElhinney, who created a free and open source Web-based solar photovoltaic monitoring platform to track solar input and usage, as well as system health, for computer labs. His pilot site was in Laschobas, Haiti, an area that received a large donation of One Laptop Per Child laptops after the earthquake. His sponsor was GreenWifi, Haiti.
• Alexandra Morgan, who has contributed her knowledge of educational technology and assessment to the Haiti Connected Schools project, which involved several large development agencies. Her practicum sponsor is World Vision Haiti.
• Matt Crum, who worked with Inveneo, a leading technology integrator in the ICTD field. One of his trips this spring took him to the world's largest refugee camp, Dadaab (Kenya). His sponsor was Inveneo.
• Nicole Stephan, who worked in and around Kathmandu with one of the largest production houses in Nepal, where free trade native artisan crafts and art are sourced and created. She studied the supply chain, the partnerships with ACP and buyers around the world and attempted to streamline processes. Her sponsor was Association for Craft Producers, Nepal.
People who want to attend the presentations, which are open to the public, should arrive early to ensure parking because of other activities occurring on campus April 20.

Growth of ATLAS programs means holding two graduations

Students in the undergraduate Technology, Arts and Media (TAM) program, the first graduating class of the Information and Communication Technology for Development master's degree program, and in the ATLAS interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Technology, Media and Society will graduate in ceremonies Thursday, May 10, in the Cofrin Auditorium, ATLAS 100. Because of the growth in all programs, there will be two ceremonies in the 150-seat auditorium. They are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Save the dates

Double Feature of Multimedia Dance
Two MFA dance candidates share the evening with their original productions, each incorporating contemporary movement, improvisation, projected images, digital technology and live music. S is for. . . , directed by Cristina Goletti, is a duo for a man and woman who push their emotional boundaries while exploring the politics of gender. cLementines & cHocolate, directed by Chrissy Nelson, inquires into the many layers of technology we wrap ourselves in versus the unadorned human form. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended; email: with your name, choice of night and number of tickets requested.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 19-20, Black Box

ATLAS Speaker Series: Game-Changing Innovation
Phil McKinney, former vice president and CTO of the personal systems group at Hewlett Packard and the author of "Beyond The Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation," will talk about his Focus, Ideation, Rank and Execution (FIRE) method for business innovation as part of the ATLAS Speaker Series. For more information, go to or
The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.
5 p.m. Monday, April 23, Cofrin Auditorium

ATLAS Speaker Series: The Past, Present & Future of Electronic Music
Morton Subotnick, an international performer, composer and an iconic figure in the field of electronic music, will discuss the history and future of music and technology. He is also performing as part of Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts. Subotnick was the first music director of the Lincoln Center Rep Company in the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York. The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.
5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Black Box

Communikey Festival events: Visit for all festival events and workshops.
-- Science of Mastering: Stefan Betke, aka renown dub-techno artist POLE, will share his expertise in engineering and mastering in a workshop starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in ATLAS 100. Cost is $35; enroll via
-- Cultures of Resistance: The film highlights the work of artists, musicians, and dancers throughout the world who are working for peace and justice, and are re-conceiving resistance as a fundamentally creative act. 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26, ATLAS 100.
-- Morton Subotnick concert: He will perform Silver Apples of the Moon, commemorating the 45th anniversary of his groundbreaking work, which was been inducted into the Library of Congress. Limited capacity; ticketing to be announced.
7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Black Box.
-- Arduino for beginners: Intro to DIY electronics presented by Sparkfun Electronics, Solid State Depot & Hackerspace Club @ CU. Free to students / $10 public. 10 a.m. Friday, April 27, ATLAS 100.
-- Gold Along the Banks: Gold Along the Banks is an independently-produced documentary film about a new generation of creative people from the streets of Belgrade. 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, ATLAS 100.
-- Esperando El Tsunami: This film is a quest for the sounds and people of present-day Colombia, in a continuous improvisation by Vincent Moon and Lulacruza. 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, ATLAS 100. -- Spectrums performance: A live a/v performances exploring the dark and light spectrums of sight and sound presented in multi-channel audio and video. Free to faculty, staff and students with ID; $33.33 for the public. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Black Box.

ATLAS information available on several social networks

Several ATLAS social networking sites are accessible through links at the ATLAS Web site, which is located here, or by clicking on the icons below:
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The ATLAS Institute (The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society), established in 1997 at CU-Boulder, is a campus-wide entrepreneurial catalyst and incubator for innovative interdisciplinary research and creative, educational outreach programs, made possible by information and communications technology.

ATLAS programs:
- Technology, Media and Society Ph.D.
- Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development
- Technology, Arts and Media (TAM) minor and certificate programs
- Boulder Digital Works
- Center for Media, Arts and Performance
- K-12 outreach programs

The ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance explores:
- How artists, scholars, technologists and content creators fully engage
with the richest, broadest set of present-day possibilities.
- How to discover the artistic and creative practices of the future.

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