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Sanders gets Norlin Award

Lucy Sanders, who is CEO and co-founder of the National Center for Women and Information Technology and is executive-in-residence at the ATLAS Institute, has been named a recipient of the George Norlin Award, which honors outstanding University of Colorado alumni for their careers and service to society. Sanders, who has a CU master's degree in computer science, worked in research and executive positions for AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for more than 20 years.

    Liu accepts post-doc job

Sophia B. Liu, who became the second graduate of the ATLAS Ph.D. in Technology, Media and Society in May, has accepted a two-year Mendenhall post-doctoral fellowship with the U.S. Geological Survey. Liu's Ph.D. research involved examining social media use for historic crises. She will be conducting further research on integrating official and crowd-sourced geographic information during earthquakes.

Digital CUrrents students
redesign program Web site

ATLAS instructor David Schaal (standing) explains aspects of Web design to a group of Denver North High School students during a three-week Digital CUrrents workshop in ATLAS this month. The students completed a redesign and rebranding of the school's Computer Magnet Program Web site. For a video about the workshop, click here.



June 2011

Folk/rock musicians Andy Hill and Renee Safier to perform July 9
in a free concert and video recording in the ATLAS Black Box

ATLAS is presenting a very special live concert by award-winning folk/rock musicians Andy Hill and Renée Safier at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, in the ATLAS Black Box Studio.

Since meeting in Colorado more than 20 years ago, Hill and Safier have carved out a unique niche for themselves in the Los Angeles area and beyond. As a songwriter, Hill is a student of the world’s folk and rock giants – Van Morrison, The Band, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. Safier's prodigious blues and jazz vocals won the acoustic blues competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2005.

Hill and Safier have taken their distinctive sound and multi-instrumental skills to world venues large and small – while winning numerous awards along the way. (More information is available at their Web site here.)

The concert will be recorded using new equipment recently purchased by ATLAS, including high-definition cameras with live switching and audio that will be mixed and captured through state-of-the-art recording equipment.

Musicians appearing with Hill and Safier at this special event include Bruce Springsteen-sideman Marty Rifkin on pedal steel and electric guitar, eTown’s bassist Chris Engleman and Denver’s Mike Marlier on drums.

Seating for the performance is limited; to reserve seats, click here.

This performance represents the first of what is hoped to become a series of such events at ATLAS, offering quality live entertainment to the local community – and beyond.

Regents approve naming ATLAS building in honor of Rosers

The University of Colorado Board of Regents has approved naming the ATLAS building in honor of Jim and Becky Roser (pictured at right), whose contributions made construction of the building possible.

"The Roser family have been wonderful supporters of ATLAS from its earliest inception," ATLAS Director John Bennett said. "In addition to their direct philanthropy, they have contributed time, vision and support that has at all times helped guide ATLAS from its creation and throughout its expansion into the many programs that we offer today."

The regents' action on June 21 formally designates the building as the "Roser ATLAS Building."

Jim and Becky Roser co-chaired the ATLAS Advisory Board for many years. Their son, Chris Roser (of Roser Ventures), also is a member of the Advisory Board. Though Jim Roser passed away in 2008, Becky Roser continues to serve on the board.

Construction of the building was completed in 2006.

For a Boulder Daily Camera article about the naming, click here.

ATLAS graduate students having busy summer

ATLAS graduate student activity this summer has ranged from writing research papers, to attending conferences and preparing for conferences in the fall.

Ph.D. students
Edwige Simon's paper, "Preparing Future Foreign Language Faculty to Teach Online: A Case Study," is to be published in the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching this month.
Joanne White is working on a co-authored paper (with Aleksandra Sarcevic, Kate Starbird, Mossaab Bagdouri and Leysia Palen) examining how social media was used for disaster medicine coordination during the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Meg Ambrose is in Illinois working on tech law issues at a firm and studying for her preliminary exams.
Heather Underwood has had a poster entitled "LiNK: Bridging the Digital Divide" accepted for the 2011 Grace Hopper conference. Kara Behnke recently attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles to gain insights into the international gaming industry.
Master's student
Nicole Stephan has received funding from Cornell to help pay for attending the Nepali Language Intensive for 6 weeks this summer; afterwards she will be interning with One Earth Future.

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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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