Faculty, Staff, Student Projects Selected for CCI Arts/Academics Funding

December 7, 2017

Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Tech Office of the Arts and the Georgia Tech Arts Council announce funding for 16 faculty, staff, and student projects designed to discover and share the connections between art and academics in the Creative Curricular Initiatives program for Spring semester. 

The projects were selected from among 35 proposals and include:

  • STEMcomm VIP Team - Leader: Jennifer Leavey, Integrated Science Curriculum Coordinator, College of Sciences - Students design and disseminate a print edition of Charged magazine combining creative science writing and illustrations.
  • LMC 3306: Science, Race, and Technology: Exploring the Lyrics of Outkast and Trap Music to Engage Politics of Social Justice - Leader: Joycelyn Wilson, Assistant Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication - Project includes guest speakers for the classroom and campus-wide conversations and lectures.
  • ME 4214: Mechanical Behavior of Materials - Leader: Antonia Antoniou, Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering - Students analyze dinosaur skeletons at Fernbank Museum and construct sculptures in the style of Jansen’s Strandbeests inspired by biological and engineering structures, with a culminating public exhibition on campus.
  • LMC 3253: Animation - Leader: Krystina Madej, Professor of the Practice, School of Literature, Media, and Communication - Students learn about the relationship between the visual and musical in narrative storytelling and develop visual narratives through extended interaction with musicians.
  • CEE 8813: Visual Arts and Differential Geometry: An Introduction for Engineers - Leaders: Francesco Fedele, Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Through a semester-long collaboration with an Atlanta-based visual artist, students learn the geometry of high dimensional manifolds and how these concepts influenced modern arts and sciences.
  • LMC 3258: Documentary Film - Leader: John Thornton, Video Production Coordinator, School of Literature, Media, and Communication - Students write and produce documentary films related to local social justice issues and screen them at a film festival at the Plaza Theater.
  • ENGL 1102: Media Archeology - Leader: Patrick Ellis, Brittain Fellow, Writing and Communication Program - Students will learn how to produce zoetropes, some of which will be featured in a retroTECH pop-up exhibit.
  • Schlieren Imaging Photography Exhibition - Leader: Kenji Bomar, Undergraduate, School of Physics - A photo series using Schlieren imaging, a process that makes heat and other gases visible, will be created and exhibited on campus.
  • Research Impact on Everyday Georgians - Leader: Alyson Powell, Communications Officer, Institute for People and Technology - A workshop and subsequent exhibition use photographic portraits and narratives to showcase the actual or potential impact of research on the challenges facing “everyday” Georgians.
  • Invisible Sculpture Garden - Leader: Joshua Fisher, Doctoral Student, Digital Media -An augmented reality application enables students to build and share virtual abstract sculptures across campus.
  • Arts and Leadership Masterclass - Leader: Stacey Doremus, Assistant Director for Leadership Education and Development Programs and Systems, Division of Student Life - A series of events and workshops that incorporate learning processes of arts-based methods to leadership development.
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences and Music - Leader: Zhigang Peng, Professor, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences - Visiting speaker series, student seminar, and education / outreach activities focused on the sonification of earth and planetary sciences data.
  • ArtHacks - Leader: Caroline Ware, Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering; Executive Board, Art Matters - A 12-hour creative hackathon in which student teams will create an art piece of any medium in order to answer a greater theme.
  • Environmental and Social Sustainability Through the Arts - Leader: Jennifer Lux, The Ray Anderson Center for Sustainable Business - A series of projects including a timeline of sustainable business, a new sculpture thematically focused on sustainability, and a campus workshop and exhibit for GT artists interested in sustainability.
  • MImE (Movement Improv Environment) - Leader: Mikhail Jacob, Doctoral Student, Computer Science - The development of an artificially intelligent theatrical improviser and its deployment in high-traffic locations on campus in collaboration with student drama groups.
  • Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers - Leader: Jennifer Leavey, Integrated Science Curriculum Coordinator, College of Sciences - Recordings and performances of this science-based rock band created by GT faculty, along with integration of the band’s music videos into multiple science courses on campus.

The Strategic Plan Advisory Group has provided the initial support for Creative Curricular Intitiatives. For more information on the program please contact Es Famojure in the Office of the Arts at esther.famojure@arts.gatech.edu.

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