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Interview with Andy and Renée -- The Boulder Box Set music series, which features performances captured live in high definition in the ATLAS Institute's Black Box theater, premiered in July 2012 on Rocky Mountain PBS. It featured award-winning folk/rock musicians Andy Hill and Renée Safier backed by some of the best musicians in the business, including Bruce Springsteen-sideman Marty Rifkin, eTown bassist Chris Engleman and Denver's own Mike Marlier on drums. In this video, Ira Liss of the ATLAS Institute interviews Hill and Safier.

August 2012


Kate Starbird defends Ph.D. dissertation examining social media

Kate Starbird's ATLAS Ph.D. dissertation defense on Aug. 17, 2012, was on the topic "Crowdwork, Crisis and Convergence: How the Connected Crowd Organizes Information during Mass Disruption Events."

Her research examines the uses of social media in the wake of crisis events and the emerging role of digital volunteers and remote participation.

She used mixture of research methods across several different studies, including qualitative and quantitative analysis of large volumes of Twitter data, interviews with digital volunteers and participant observation within a virtual volunteer organization.

Starbird has been hired as an assistant professor in the Human Centered Design and Engineering department at the University of Washington.
To view a video of her presentation, click here

ATLAS Ph.D. student's work featured in Kenyan TV report

ATLAS Ph.D. student Heather Underwood was featured in a recent Kenyan television report about her work related to improving birth outcomes.

The report said the maternal mortality rates in Kenya are 480 deaths per 100,000 births and that the deaths are higher in rural areas. Underwood is working with Kenyatta National Hospital, which is employing her PartoPen and Partograph techniques that help monitor the progress of a delivery.

The article said the hospital "has embraced the use of the paper-based system for monitoring maternal labor that has been able to reduce life-threatening complications in pregnancy in low-resource environments."

To read the report, click here.

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema featured Aug. 31, Sept. 1

The Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema presents a two-evening program of short films and live multimedia performance starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1, in the ATLAS Black Box.

The niche film festival is dedicated to works that merge dance and cinematic art forms and features a wide variety of films from around the world. Click here for more information and to view a demo reel.

Each of the festival's two evenings will have a different film program. The Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema is supported by the Department of Theatre & Dance, the Film Studies Program and the ATLAS Institute's Center for Media, Arts and Performance.

Seating is first-come, first-served. The ATLAS Black Box theater is located downstairs, lowest basement level, B2.

TAM program hosting welcome back buffet Aug. 29

The Technology, Arts and Media (TAM) program is hosting a TAM Welcome Back Fiesta starting at 4:30 p.m. Weds., Aug. 29, in the second floor lounge area of the Roser ATLAS Building.

TAM students can meet with classmates and instructors. The students also are welcome to bring a friend who is interested in the TAM program. The event will feature a taco and burrito buffet. TAM T-shirts also will be on sale for $20 cash only.

Fall classes at CU begin Monday, Aug. 27.

Fall ATLAS Speaker Series schedule

The ATLAS Speaker Series, which is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel, hosts distinguished visitors from academia, industry and the arts as part of the ATLAS Institute's mission to explore information and communication technologies and their effect on society. The series is an educational and experiential resource for students, faculty and the larger community to discuss the challenges, opportunities and innovative applications of technology.
Talks run from 4-5 p.m. in the Cofrin Auditorium, ground floor, ATLAS 100 (enter from lobby), unless otherwise noted.
Below is the schedule of speakers for the fall semester.

The Earth Imagery Industry

scott Walter S. Scott is founder, chief technology officer (CTO) and executive vice president of DigitalGlobe, a geospatial information service provider with commercial access to a rapidly expanding supply of high-quality Earth imagery and geospatial information products.
He will discuss the origins of DigitalGlobe, its operation of a three-satellite imaging constellation, plus the birth, growth and future of the industry.
4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17

How has technology changed writing and literature?

kirschenbaum Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, a professor of English at the University of Maryland and director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, will draw from his book, "Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing."
How has the word processor changed the history and culture of authorship? How has technology changed the relationship of writers to their craft? The talk will explore questions of technology, research, content and writing at the intersection of literary and technological history.
This event is a collaboration between the ATLAS Institute, CU's Department of English, The ICJMT (Information, Communication, Journalism, Media and Technology) Initiative, University Libraries ScriptaLab and Friends of the Libraries.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1

Help! My avatar was robbed!

Lastowka Greg Lastowka, a professor at Rutgers University Law School and author of “Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds,” will discuss how real-world laws are being adapted to virtual worlds.
As billions of dollars are exchanged in virtual worlds like Second Life and World of Warcraft, criminals are defrauding online communities. And as avatars lose virtual property to wrongdoers, people feel cheated and increasingly seek legal remedies. But what law assists people when their avatars are robbed?
Lastowka will discuss how governments respond to cyberspace chaos and explore the laws of property, crime and copyright in virtual worlds.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

glaros Nicole Glaros is an entrepreneur and managing director of TechStars Boulder, a tech accelerator program, where she works with seed-stage Web software companies.
Glaros will talk about the importance of innovation, fearlessness and leadership in entrepreneurship. She will cover Colorado's evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem and the hows and whys of entrepreneurship for students.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15

Is Google making us stupid?

Carr Nicholas Carr, a Boulder-based author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated bestseller, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” and the Atlantic Magazine piece, “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” will examine how digital media influence the ways people think, read and interact.
Referencing media theorist Marshall McLuhan, Carr points out, “media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought.” If the Web is shaping thought processes, what are people gaining? What are they losing? As people and society become increasingly dependent on the Web, how are they changing? Carr will discuss these issues.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22

Digital Media Design, Gender and Games

kafai Yasmin Kafai is a professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been instrumental in launching youth digital media design activities and communities for learning. It has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Her collaborations with MIT researchers have resulted in the development of Scratch, the largest and most popular youth programming community for creating and sharing games, animations and stories. Current projects examine creativity in the design of computational textiles with urban youth that will be showcased in the upcoming book "Textile Messages: Dispatches from the World of Electronic Textiles and Education" (Peter Lang Publishers). Other recent publications include "Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspective on Gender and Gaming" (MIT Press) and "The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities" (Teachers College Press).
Kafai earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working at the MIT Media Lab. She works, lives and plays in Philadelphia.
4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5

Entrepreneurship, Lessons and Challenges

lea Wendy Lea, an entrepreneur and CEO of Get Satisfaction, a leading customer engagement platform, will discuss her experience and lessons as a successful entrepreneur. An investor, strategic adviser and mentor to TechStars Boulder, she is recognized as a Top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley.
The talk is part of the Entrepreneurs Unplugged series and is co-sponsored by the ATLAS Speaker Series, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3

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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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