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Live opera in Black Box

CU College of Music opera singers performed excerpts from Kirke Mechem's Pride and Prejudice and Herschel Garfein's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern during performances June 22-24 in the ATLAS Black Box. The performances, which featured video projections of scenery, were part of the CU New Opera Workshop.

July 2011


New high-definition cameras capture folk/rock musicians Andy Hill and Renée Safier in ATLAS Black Box performances July 9

Andy Hill and Renée Safier, who are California folk/rock musicians with Colorado roots, were recorded using new ATLAS high-definition digital video cameras and a three-way live switcher during two public performances July 9 in the Black Box.

The performance also featured Bruce Springsteen-sideman Marty Rifkin on pedal steel and electric guitar, eTown’s bassist Chris Engleman and Denver’s Mike Marlier on drums.

Hill and Safier, who met in Colorado and started performing together about 20 years ago, are perhaps best known in Colorado for their Telluride Bluegrass Festival appearances, where Safier won the acoustic blues competition in 2005.

This performance represented what is hoped to become a series of ATLAS live events offering quality entertainment to the local community and beyond.

Wireless Networking in an Unwired World presentation Aug. 1

Enjoy a complimentary lunch and roundtable discussion on the future of long distance wireless links and sensor networks for community development from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, in ATLAS Room 229.

The discussion is led by Marco Zennaro who received his MSc Degree in electronic engineering from the University of Trieste in Italy. He defended his Ph.D. thesis on “Wireless Sensor Networks for Development: Potentials and Open Issues” at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden under the supervision of Professor Bjorn Pehrson.

His research focus is on the use of information communication technology for development. In particular, he is interested in using wireless sensor networks in developing countries.

Zennaro is one of the authors of “Wireless Networking in the Developing World,” which has been translated into six languages and “Science Dissemination using Open Access,” which is available in English and Spanish.

Note: Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Reserve your seat at: http://wirelessnetworking.eventbrite.com/.

To confirm your reservation, please call Vickie Stubbs at 303-735-6153 by this Thursday, July 28.

The presentation is part of the ATLAS Speaker Series, made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.

Telecommunications training institute draws global participants




About 20 people from Ghana, Nepal, Zambia, Iraq, Thailand, the Philippines, Nigeria, Rwanda and Pakistan participated in the United States Telecommunications Training Institute course July 11-15 in ATLAS.

The course was targeted toward telecommunications regulators, executives, and managers responsible for general management in developing international organizations.

ATLAS co-sponsored the course with the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship. The course, which featured presentations by telecommunications experts from CU and beyond, focused on management techniques, the telecommunications climate and operational decisions. Presenters included Dale Hatfield of the Silicon Flatirons Center; ATLAS associate director Jill Van Matre; ATLAS master’s degree program director Revi Sterling; and ATLAS Advisory Board member Richard Green, who is the former CEO of CableLabs.

(In photo above, Chris Cadwell, who has over 20 years of experience in both engineering and marketing in the telecommunications industry and is on the faculty of the CU Telecommunications Program, talks about telecommunications markets, marketing and strategies. In the photo at right, ATLAS master’s degree program director Revi Sterling poses with course participant Abdullateef Aliyu.)

Ira Liss performs "Tyrannosaurus Sex" in ATLAS Black Box


Ira Liss (at left above), a singer, songwriter, pianist, and improvisational artist who also is ATLAS assistant communications director, created and performed an original multimedia dance and musical production entitled "Tyrannosaurus Sex (and other truths)" June 4 in the ATLAS Black Box.

The production was a collaboration with a team of actors, dancers, musicians and designer/technicians, most of whom were from CU’s College of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance.

The performance followed a lead character from a time of reptiles through various stages of growth, all on a path marked by chaos, passion and growing consciousness.

Updates on ATLAS graduate student activities, research

Ph.D. students
Sarah Viewig authored a paper entitled "Natural Language Processing to the Rescue?: Extracting Situational Awareness Tweets During Mass Emergency," which was presented and published at the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media 2011.
She also attended the 2011 Human Computer Interaction Conference.

Kara Behnke recently co-authored a paper with ATLAS Ph.D. student Leslie Dodson and ATLAS director John Bennett entitled "Games for Development: A Framework for Assessing Serious Games and ICTD." The paper has been submitted to ICTD Conference in Atlanta.
She also is working on two proposals to conduct research in the game called World of Warcraft. One study explores a women's community within the game. The second examines cultural differences and play experience between the Chinese and American versions of World of Warcraft.
Behnke also is working with Bennett in the development of a new game development course, and on building a virtual island on ATLAS servers running the open source version of Second Life virtual world software.

Master's student
Alex Viggio has been working on the CU implementation of the open source software VIVO (see http://vivo.colorado.edu), which allows faculty to post information about themselves and research, allowing people from various disciplines to discover common research interests.
Viggio also will be on a panel discussing the VIVO open source community during the VIVO Conference in August in Washington, D.C.


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