New Lab Member Introduction

Anthony Inga

Anthony Inga is an undergraduate design researcher at the UT Dallas School of Arts Technology and Emerging Communication with a background in engineering and computer science. He brings his unique eye to design through participation in the AIGA association for design, the Public Interactives Research Lab, and now as a research assistant at the ARTSCI Lab. Anthony has volunteered as a keynote speaker for non-profit organizations such as Big Thought and IxDA Dallas. Apart from school, as an employee of Wolfgang Puck Catering, he’s served as a local bartender in the Dallas area for several years, though he finds himself most at his element when mixing his minimal visual style in concert with unique interactive solutions.

As a collaborator of the lab, Anthony will be developing his capstone project in which he will be investigating restaurant menu designs, particularly cocktail menus, on how they might be reimagined using psychology, art, and technology to better inform the customer of the selections in hopes to raise satisfaction rates. Through the lab, Anthony hopes to gain experiences as a project manager and creative researcher. Apart from this, he will assist the lab in extending its international network to Peru through his own connections as he is also a native to the country’s capital city, Lima.

Anthony has served as an informal collaborator in the past, but is now excited to hit the ground running as one of the newest official lab members!

Updates from CDASH

A National Convening on the Integration the Arts, Humanities, and STEMM

We are pleased to inform you – as collaborators and cloud curriculum members – of the progress of our CDASH website! On the Home page, our “SPOTLIGHT: What’s New!” section introduces The University of Texas at Dallas’ umbrella project, ToTTS: Tale of Two Thinking Systems. The umbrella consists of six promising initiatives within the ArtSciLab that will be presented in Washington, D.C. at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Convention in April 2019.

In the Spring of 2018, Dr. Kathryn Evans conducted a study, Moving the Needle, measuring the change in her Music, Science and Technology students’ attitudes on science-music integration. This investigation and its findings will also be presented by Dr. Evans at the NASEM Convention. The demo session will be recorded and will be included in the NASEM online toolkit as a resource for practitioners interested in implementing integrative approaches in their teaching.

We welcome our newest Research Assistant in UTD’s ArtSciLab, Lauren Bernal. Lauren is a senior Psychology major who brings a background of research and behavioral and brain sciences perspective to our interest in transdisciplinary curriculum.

Our Brazilian collaborator, Joao Silveira at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, recently completed his ArtSci for Education: Activity Report, February 2019. Soon, the original Portuguese report along with the English translated version will be posted on the CDASH site. We are delighted to share his findings over transdisciplinary.

Much more to come! We are excited about the response and look forward to many more courses, syllabi and resources for you. Help us spread the word by sending the link to your friends in the art-science community.

Kathryn Evans and the CDASH team

Chanting the Change

Listening to Bioluminescent Bacteria

by Ritwik Kaikini

Ritwik Kaikini (MA’ 18) and Brian Merlo (BE’ 19) presented one of the iterations of the project, which is now leading its research pathway into diagnosing a bacteria’s life cycle phase just by listening, instead of seeing. During the presentation, Ritwik explained that Woody Hastings—who was one of the founding fathers of the field of circadian biology—during his experiments with bacteria Aliivibrio Fischeri and Vibrio Harveyi, concluded that these bioluminescent bacteria “made light only when they had high cell density, they made no light when there was low cell density.” Pursuing research to determine why this happens, Dr. Bonnie Bassler, a molecular biologist, discovered that the time of light generation and the phenomenon of bioluminescence is closely related to genes. She explained the concept of quorum sensing, where each bacterium votes based on their nutrient availability and depending on the votes, these bacteria decide to manifest genes into certain forms of behaviors like bioluminescence, virulence or bio-film formation. Continue reading “Chanting the Change”

Classroom Mapping

Tron World

by Kuo-Wei Lee


We are in this 21st century, and we take advantage of advanced technology to make daily lives more and more convenient. I consider 21st century as the “Digital Century”. Everything is binary in the digital world with 0 & 1 combinations which is extremely simple but ordered. The shapes are based on circles, triangles and squares. Continue reading “Classroom Mapping”

Graduating Students – The Road Ahead

With graduation just around the corner, the future becomes clear for graduating students. They have a goal set in their mind; they want to work their dream job where they can apply their skill-set and what they have learned through their degree. Four masters-level students of the ArtSciLab, graduating in Spring 2018, share their interests and future plans after they graduate. Continue reading “Graduating Students – The Road Ahead”

Students Make Invaluable Connections During Sabre’s Visit

Sabre- An Innovative Technology Company is a travel technology company based in Southlake, TX. It is the largest Global Distribution Systems provider for air bookings in North America. Sabre is a global technology company whose “innovative technology is used by more than a billion people around the world to plan, book and get to their destination at a time and price that’s right for them.” Continue reading “Students Make Invaluable Connections During Sabre’s Visit”

From Software Developer to User Experience Researcher

It is common to change career paths to find job satisfaction, personal interest, or just to add another feather in one’s hat. Few people change their career paths because of their passion to learn and understand the semantics. Shruthy Sreepathy chose to become a User Experience (UX) researcher/designer to understand the implications of design and to answer one important question: How can we make experiences better? Continue reading “From Software Developer to User Experience Researcher”

Standing Out: Creating a CV Gaming Platform

by Anvit Srivastav

Anvit, a Computer Science Masters student at UTD (Class of 2015), was primarily focused on studying network security. He already had web development skills and thought that a concentration in network security would be beneficial for his future plans. Surprisingly, the way Anvit ended up working in the lab and meeting Roger wasn’t directly related to his studies at all. Continue reading “Standing Out: Creating a CV Gaming Platform”