Emergent Media is on the move this fall! Among the highlights:
• Assoc. Dean Ann DeMarle traveled with the Provost Robin Abramson for the opening of our new MS in Emergent Media in Shanghai, China. There they met with our new faculty Dr. Will Smith (academic PD) and Dr. Geoff Bell, our incoming Master’s degree students, and our partners.
• During the November thanksgiving holiday a team of EMC students led by MFA candidate Kelly DeCastro, EMC project manager Adam Walker, and Assoc. Dean Ann DeMarle will travel to El Salvador for the BREAKAWAY project. There the students will train local facilitators to conduct BREAKAWAY youth camps during the first week. The second week the group will conduct camps for 150 youth. Most exciting is that researchers from the University of Buffalo will conduct an evaluation of the experience that may have groundbreaking results to share with the serious game community.
• Jointly the EMC and the MFA programs were in full force at both the second annual Champlain Mini-Maker’s Faire and the Seven days Tech Jam with two booths and engaging activities at both events. Professor Ken Howell, EMC staff member Jen Adrian and MFA candidate Chris Thompson are heading up the Maker’s initiative at Champlain.
• Under the guidance of PD and Professor John Banks, a large contingent of MFA candidates participated in the first annual STORYHACK VT.
• Additionally the first year MFA candidates will also be taking to the road with adjunct instructor Stella Marrs for the International Colloquium: The Participatory Condition to be held in Montreal November 15 at McGill University.
• The EMC and the MFA programs co-sponsored with BYoBiz the visit of BINA 48, the world’s most advanced robot, for the Speaking from Experience Lecture Series. BINA 48 was later the cover story for Seven Days (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaDB4HmV8yk).