Chalking for Children’s Cancer

EMAC students Thi Le and Cintia Guerrero have organized a charity event to help benefit children’s cancer research. The UT Dallas students and CureSearch for Children’s Cancer are hosting a Chalking for Children’s Cancer fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, at Les Lacks Park, 3901 Beltway Dr. in Addison.

Draw in chalk and enter a chalk art contest. The winner will receive two tickets to the June 23 Coldplay concert at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. It is $5 to draw and $20 to enter the contest. All funds will benefit CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, please contact Alicia Peoples at or 972-386-4102. You can also visit the event Facebook page.

ATEC Nurse Training Simulations Singled Out for Awards

Two nursing education research projects developed by the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering (IIAE) at UT Dallas in collaboration with the UT Arlington College of Nursing have received national and state recognition this spring.

One project — “Can Game Play Teach Student Nurses How to Save Lives?” — has been named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate. This game-based simulation uses 3D infant patients in a synthetic environment to give undergraduate nursing students virtual clinical

One project — “Can Game Play Teach Student Nurses How to Save Lives?” — has been named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate.  This game-based simulation uses 3D infant patients in a synthetic environment to give undergraduate nursing students virtual clinical practice opportunities.  The project was funded through a UT System Transforming Undergraduate Education grant. It will be recognized for its applications of information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change at the Computerworld Laureate Medal Ceremony and Gala Evening on June 4 in Washington, D.C.

A second research project,, tied for first place as Best Demonstration Project at the “Innovations in Health Science Education” conference sponsored by the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education. The recognition is voted on by attendees at the conference, which is sponsored by the six health science campuses within the UT System.

A project called “Can Game Play Teach Student Nurses How to Save Lives?" uses 3D infant patients in a synthetic environment. is a blended-learning website that incorporates interactive technology and virtual environments to assist graduate students seeking nurse practitioner degrees and certifications. The project started with neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) curriculum.   The project is funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. affords students opportunities to practice the knowledge acquired through lecture material through the use of interactive modules and a 3D virtual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The components of the NNP curriculum are presented through lecture notes with embedded media, and a variety of other multimedia forms, including videos, interactive games, simulations and virtual equipment demonstrations.  Students can practice clinical skills in the virtual NICU, an immersive environment where 3D patients present medical conditions covered in lecture content.

The project gives undergraduate nursing students virtual clinical practice opportunities.

Both projects are research collaborations between Dr. Marjorie A. Zielke, in Arts and Technology assistant professor and the associate director of IIAE, and Dr. Judy LeFlore, professor at the UT Arlington College of Nursing.  “These continual awards reinforce the deep talent of our student developers,” Dr. Zielke said.  “I also think we need to give a great deal of credit to our strong collaboration with the UT Arlington College of Nursing.”

“I am particularly proud of the scope of the recognition we are receiving from international conferences to internal recognition by the UT System Health Science campuses,” Dr. Zielke continued.

At the Computerworld awards dinner, the UT System project will be presented with a medallion inscribed with the program’s mission statement, “A Search for New Heroes.”

“The Computerworld Honors program was especially competitive this year, as more than 500 IT initiatives were nominated for their innovation and benefit to society,” said Julia King, executive editor of events for Computerworld.

These new honors are just two of the several awards received by IIAE projects over the past two years.  The UT System project also received a first place award for Emerging and Innovative Technology and Methods at the 2011 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH). The simulation was used in a randomized, controlled study designed to compare the clinical application of undergraduate nursing students using a virtual clinical experience compared to students receiving the same pediatric respiratory content in traditional lecture format. Results of the study were published this spring in Simulation in Healthcare, the journal of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare.  Another project, The First Person Cultural Trainer (FPCT) won first place in the government category of the Serious Games Showcase at the Interservice/Interindustry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December 2011.  Earlier in 2011, FPCT earned first-place in the Innovations in DoD Gaming Competition at the 2011 Defense GameTech Users’ Conference also in Orlando.

Nominations for Animation Guild Officers Extended to Sunday, April 22

Nominations for officers for the Student Animation Guild are now being accepted. Available positions include the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Students may nominate themselves or someone else, but must confirm that they are willing and agree to participate.

Nominations will be accepted online through Sunday, April 22.

The elected president’s first task will be to lead the ATEC Guild in becoming an official UT Dallas student organization by this fall.

Interdisciplinary Professor Embodies Blend of Arts, Science

For years, UT Dallas has sought to fuse its long-held strengths in technology with the creativity of the arts and humanities. That philosophical blend is embodied by a new professor who is a champion for interdisciplinary academics.

Dr. Roger F. Malina
Dr. Roger F. Malina

Dr. Roger F. Malina is a physicist, astronomer and executive editor of Leonardo publications at MIT Press. He serves in two of the University’s schools, as a distinguished professor of arts and technology in the School of Arts and Humanities, and as a professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

“We face hard problems in society today where we have no choice but for the sciences and the arts and humanities to work together. UT Dallas is taking the lead in creating innovative connections,” Malina said.

In partnership with Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology in San Francisco, Malina and UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology program are starting a project on campus entitled “Leonardo Initiatives.” Leonardo publishes journals, books, websites and projects on evolving digital platforms that aim to document and disseminate information about interdisciplinary work.

Leonardo Journal
Malina is executive editor of Leonardo publications at MIT Press.

The first Leonardo Initiative at UT Dallas is currently under way with the publication of the e-book Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks. This project documents the work of 25 researchers whose work explores the meaning and application of the science of complex networks as it relates to art history, archeology, visual arts, the art market and other areas of cultural importance.

The texts in the publication come from researchers, information designers and artists whose work has been presented at the Leonardo Days at the Network Science conferences, the High Throughput Humanities conference and in the Leonardo Journal.

The e-book is augmented by an ATEC web companion, which hosts papers, presentations, and reader commentary and discussion.

Malina is a former director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence (OAMP) in Marseille, and a member of its observational cosmology group, which performs investigations on the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

He is also a member of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Study (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées, IMERA), an institute he helped to organize. IMERA seeks to contribute to trans-disciplinarity between the sciences and the arts, placing emphasis on the human dimensions of the sciences.

Malina was also a member of the jury for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2011, which awards a prize to those who create strategies with potential to “solve humanity’s most pressing problems.”

Malina’s specialty is space instrumentation. He was the principal investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer satellite at the University of California, Berkeley. The satellite was the first orbiting observatory to map the sky in the extreme ultraviolet band. The team at UC Berkeley had to invent new cameras, telescopes and data analysis techniques to accomplish the task. The team was one of the first university groups to take over operation of a NASA satellite and operate it from a university with teams of students.

For 25 years, Malina has been involved with the Leonardo organizations, which his father founded in 1967. Malina earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972 and his doctorate in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979.

An anonymous gift in February 2010 created the Arts and Technology Distinguished Chair he holds at UT Dallas.

New Graduate Courses for 2012-2014 Catalog

New graduate courses in Arts and Technology and Emerging Media and Communication will be introduced in the 2012-2014 catalog. Some of these courses will be offered beginning fall 2012.

See your academic advisor for more detailed information on how these changes relate to your degree plan.

New Courses

  • ATEC 6344 History and Culture of Games
  • ATEC 6346 Game Pipeline Methodologies
  • ATEC 6347 Serious Games
  • ATEC 6348 Educational Games
  • ATEC 6356 Interactive Narrative
  • ATEC 6365 Interaction, Communication, and Exchanges in Virtual Societies
  • ATEC 6381 Special Topics in Emergent Communication
  • ATEC 6389 Topics in Arts and Technology
  • ATEC 6391 Computer Processing for Arts and Technology
  • ATEC 6v90 Internship in Arts and Technology
  • ATEC 7330 Advanced Topics in Complex Digital Interactive Systems
  • ATEC 7335 Advanced Topics in Digital Mutisensory Representations and Simulations
  • ATEC 7340 Advanced Studies in Arts and Technology
  • ATEC 7620 Advanced Projects in Simulation and Game Design
  • EMAC 6342 Digital Culture
  • EMAC 6365 Journalism and the Digital Network
  • EMAC 6375 Research Methodologies in Emerging Media and Communication

Title Changes

  • ATEC 6354 Virtual Environments (was Immersive Environments)
  • ATEC 6375 Topics in Emerging and Cognitive Design (was Cyberpsychology)
  • ATEC 7390 Advanced Special Topics in Arts and Technology (was Special Topics in Arts and Technology)
  • EMAC (ATEC) 6361 Creating Interactive Media (was Writing for Interactive Media)

Game Design Program Earns Honorable Mention

The UT Dallas Arts and Technology program has earned an Honorable Mention on The Princeton Review’s third annual list saluting the best graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada to study video game design.

The list, “Top Schools To Study Video Game Design For 2012,” salutes 50 institutions — 32 undergraduate and 18 graduates — for their outstanding game design education programs.

Compiled by The Princeton Review, the 2012 list names 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate schools in ranked order (1 to 10) and 22 undergraduate and 8 graduate schools as Honorable Mentions.

The list is published on The Princeton Review’s website.

Synthesizers, iPads, and Words: The Making of nebulotinklstab

Dean Terry

High pitched wails and moans came out of the Motion Capture Lab on April 5 as nebulotinklstab team Dean Terry and Patrick Murphy walked a large, attentive audience through the making of their recently released debut EP.

Terry and Murphy demonstrated the tools used to create their collaborative effort. Both revealed some of the internal production methods used for the music and the video, showing how they combined a multitude of sounds and musical rifts to create a pleasant yet challenging musical endeavor.

Director of Emerging Media and Communications, Dean Terry demonstrated his analog modular synthesizer and Moog guitar, while Patrick Murphy discussed his favorite iPhone and iPad apps to create and modify sounds: Beatwave, Beatmaker 2, SoundPrism, Mod-Axis, and Animoog.

Copies of the EP are still available for free on their Bandcamp site. For updates and more information, visit their Facebook page or Twitter.

Images by EMAC Senior and Radio UTD Station Manager Laura Carroll.

Upcoming Changes to ATEC Animation Curriculum

Creature creation by Desmond Blair

Fall 2012 will debut a new structure to the animation part of the Arts and Technology curriculum.

Several prerequisites will change, and the ability to explore the various areas within animation will be easier. However, change does not often occur without confusion and adjustment.

A new introductory course will be offered, ATEC 2326 Computer Animation Processes. This class is geared towards students who have not taken ATEC 2320 Introduction to Arts and Technology and are interested in animation.

Current students who have taken ATEC 2320 will need to have taken ATEC 2382 Computer Imaging to move into the following courses:

Although not stated in Coursebook, having ATEC 2382 Computer Imaging will ensure that students have the preparation needed for ATEC 3317, ATEC 3327, ATEC 3328, and ATEC 4337 without having to take an extra course.

Advanced courses in animation such as ATEC 4348 Modeling and Texturing II and ATEC 4351 Animation Studio I will require an application and portfolio submission in order to be considered for entry into the course.

These changes affect students who are on catalog years prior to 2012-2014. See your advisor for more information.

*Unfortunately, the system will not recognize this and your academic advisor will need to register you for ATEC 3317, ATEC 3327, ATEC 3328, or ATEC 4337.


Seductive Interactions – Workshop with Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson's Mental Notes

Noted speaker and design consultant Stephen Anderson will host an interactive workshop about how to enhance a website or web application using principles of psychology.

The workshop will make use of Mental Notes, a tool designed by Anderson which brings together 50 insights from psychology into an easy reference and brainstorming tool.

Each card describes one insight into human behavior and suggests ways to apply this to the design of web sites, web apps, and software applications.

The workshop will also include information from Anderson’s recently published book, Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences.

The workshop is open to all ATEC and EMAC students and will be held on Friday, April 13 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the ATEC Conference Room, ATEC 1.606.

About Stephen Anderson

Stephen AndersonStephen Anderson is a product strategy and design consultant who helps large companies create valuable customer experiences.

He is a keynote speaker at the 2012 Big Design Conference in Dallas, May 31-June 2.

Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Stephen spent more than a decade growing and leading teams of information architects, interaction designers and UI developers in the creation of all types of interactive experiences, bringing value to clients such as Nokia, Frito-Lay, Sabre Travel Network, and Chesapeake Energy as well as smaller technology startups.

Stephen is passionate about elegant design, remarkable customer experiences and managing maverick teams– topics he loves to write and speak about. In addition to consulting, he is in the process of doing research for a book that will teach businesses how to attract and manage rockstars, superheroes, and other misfits. As time permits, Stephen enjoys sharing his thoughts at

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Animation Guild Officers

Nominations for officers for the Student Animation Guild are now being accepted. Available positions include the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Students may nominate themselves or someone else, but must confirm that they are willing and agree to participate.

Make a Nomination

Nominations will be accepted online between April 4-18.

The elected president’s first task will be to lead the ATEC Guild in becoming an official UT Dallas student organization by this fall.