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Ten MFA students from Texas A&M-College Station’s Department of Visualization--the very viz kids who get nabbed by the likes of Pixar and Disney upon graduation--will be mounting a pop-up exhibition exploring the relationship between art and technology called eMERGE in the big barn at Land Heritage Institute this Saturday, November 5, from 12-5pm. There will also be artist talks and presentations about climate change.

Director of Texas A&M’s Institute for Applied Creativity in College Station, artist and professor Carol LaFayette, has spearheaded reGEN—conceived as an annual collaboration between Land Heritage Institute (LHI), Texas A&M-College Station and Texas A&M-San Antonio devoted to regeneration and sustainability in a time of climate change. eMERGE is this part of this year’s iteration of reGEN.  Lafayette’s own art practice involves collaborations with scientists and engineers to invent ways of experiencing interconnectedness between flora, fauna and phenomena in rural areas.

Philadelphia based visiting artist Lynn Palewicz--whose own work is self-divided into skin drawings, living room photos, torso photos and girl photos--has mentored this Visualization class’ preparation for Saturday’s pop-up show and will help guide the artist talks.  

A portion of the Saturday afternoon’s talks will be dedicated to discussions around what this annual collaboration between Texas A&M’s Institute of Applied Creativity, Texas A&M-San Antonio, Palo Alto College and Land Heritage Institute might look like over time. The San Antonio contemporary artist community is encouraged to contribute to this conversation.

At 7pm, Leonardo di Caprio’s new climate change documentary, Before the Flood, will have its south side screening followed by speakers and a Q&A session at Texas A&M University’s main auditorium. This event has been organized as part of reGEN by TAMU-SA’s Dr. Joseph Simpson, H. Drew Galloway at MOVE San Antonio and Mario Bravo of the Environmental Defense Fund.

reGEN represents an unprecedented cultural collaboration between departments of Texas A&M campuses in College Station and San Antonio--plus Palo Alto College—working in partnership with Land Heritage Institute’s Art-Sci Projects directed by Dr. Penelope Boyer. 

If you are interested in attending this event please email Carol LaFayette: lurleen@viz.tamu.edu or Penelope Boyer: penelope@penelopeboyer.com

For more information, visit the College of Architecture facebook page.




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IAC Partners with Texas Target Communities to Engage Youth in Initiatives

Two teenage residents of Liberty County, Texas are posting ideas about improving their home county in a multimedia blog, “Trinity Time Hop,” one of a set of ongoing Texas Target Communities initiatives aimed at helping residents of the rural area northeast of Houston shape their futures.

Blog contributors Sam Addington, a home school student, and Emily Connelly, a freshman at Liberty High School, chosen for the project after winning an essay contest, are posting text, photos and videos to "Trinity Time Hop," which was launched in fall 2015. Continue Reading




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SEAD network joins National Academies workshop to launch a formal study on integrating the arts and sciences

On December 2, the National Academies hosted a workshop entitled, “Integrating Education in the Arts and Humanities with Education in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Medicine.” Plans are now in progress to launch a formal study on this topic by the National Academies, a process with a two-year timeline. With state support, the NAS report can lead to significant changes in undergraduate and graduate education.

Workshop participants represented college and university faculty and administrators, scientists and engineers, health professionals, humanists, artists, federal agency officials, business leaders, Congressional staff, and other stakeholders interested in exploring the benefits of more integrated educational experiences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Member of the Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design contributed with enthusiasm.

Topics included assessing the value of incorporating curricula and experiences in the arts and humanities--including history, literature, language, philosophy, and the arts--into college and university STEM education and workforce training programs. A focus was understanding how these experiences prepare STEM students and workers to be more effective communicators, critical thinkers, problem-solvers and leaders; and prepare STEM graduates to be more creative and effective scientists, engineers, technologists and health care providers. Concurrently, the group discussed the value of integrating more STEM curricula and experiences into the academic programs of students who are majoring in the humanities, arts and related disciplines. 

Relative to both approaches, intersections of arts and sciences in education were examined as to how this might better prepare students for success as both citizens and workers, and help prepare them to responsibly address the most compelling grand challenges facing our society, such as global stewardship, health care for our youngest and oldest citizens, and gene editing.  

The workshop was hosted by the Board on Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 






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Visualization faculty awarded Microsoft HoloLens research grant

Professors Carol LaFayette and Frederic Parke are among 10 academic research teams  awarded support for HoloLens development by Microsoft. They will explore how the Microsoft HoloLens might be augmented to extend human perception into the near ultraviolet light spectrum and into the ultrasound sonic spectrum. Inspiration comes from their work with immersive simulations of how one might experience movement through environments while perceiving augmented ranges of sight and sound. The goal is a wearable, free-ranging augmentation system that allows humans to explore and experience environments with extended senses comparable to those of a variety of birds, insects and animals.

A press release stated, “We were blown away to observe such creative, compelling and promising academic applications for HoloLens across art, medicine, visualization, education and more. From leveraging HoloLens to correct for visual impairment to mobilizing mixed reality in the classroom for trade-based education, the submissions truly capture the spirit of the program and point to the scope of what’s possible with Microsoft HoloLens.”




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