Frank Dufour joins the ArtSciLab as a Researcher

Dr. Frank Dufour will be pursuing research at the intersection of transdisciplinarity, learning, and emerging technologies through the ArtSciLab’s existing projects, such as HERMES and Experimental Publishing.

Frank is a researcher and artist exploring in both scientific and artistic practices the poietic aspects of perception. In a recent publication, “Musical composition as a lived experience”, he proposes a description of the particular perception of time arising during the process of composing music.

http://links-series.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/La-composition-musicale-comme-exp%C3%A9rience.pdf

Frank is currently developing a phenomenological method to study the relationships and exchanges between Arts, Technology, and Sciences. As part of this project, he is interested in imagining a radically new approach to interdisciplinary education.

Frank is the co-founder with xtine burrough of the Laboratory for Synthetic and Experimental poetry, LabSynthe.

Portfolio: http://agence5970.com/frank-dufour-portfolio

ArtSciLab Promotes Three Researchers to Leadership Positions

The ArtSciLab has named Dr. Kathryn Evans, Associate Professor of Instruction in the School of Arts & Humanities of UT Dallas, as Co-Director of Education Initiatives, while also promoting Dr. Yvan Tina and Alex Garcia Topete, two of its longest serving ATEC researchers, to the positions of Deputy Co-Directors of the lab. The leadership promotions come as part of a major re-design of the systems and processes of the ArtSciLab as it adapts to the challenges of managing research, strategy, organizational culture, and operations among a growing group of student lab members and external collaborators. 

Dr. Evans, as Co-Director of Education Initiatives of the lab, will oversee the ArtSciLab’s projects that merge diverse disciplines in learning and teaching settings, particularly those involving the growing trend of turning education from “STEM” to “STEAM” education through the arts. Dr. Evans brings to the position not only her years of experience as an educator, but also her many talents as an academic researcher, singer, conductor, director, and producer. The ArtSciLab’s current education initiatives include CDASH (Curriculum Development in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities), ToTTS (Tale of Two Thinking Systems), and Arts-Based Learning for Business (ABLB)–all which were originated by Dr. Evans as a lab researcher. 

Dr. Tina will now serve as Deputy Co-Director of Performative Research of the lab. Dr. Tina’s expertise is in performance studies and he will oversee the research projects related to new forms of representation and curation of the arts, with an emphasis on scenic practices involving artificial intelligence and biotechnologies. His role will be to stimulate and strengthen the artistic output of the ArtSciLab. As a performative researcher, he is a founding member and manager of the multilingual and international podcast platform Creative Disturbance, which requires the coordination of a team composed of UX/UI designers, sound designers, and web developers.  Dr. Tina is also a member of the Laboratoire d’Études en Sciences des Arts (LESA) of Aix-Marseille University and the artistic director of the Virtual Africa initiative of Leonardo/Olats. He lectures in a number of different venues and conferences and will participate this year to the Next Einstein Forum. 

Mr. Garcia Topete will function as Deputy Co-Director of Transdisciplinary Strategy and Collaboration. His main duties will include overseeing the Experimental Publishing and Curation (ExPuCu) efforts of the lab, implementing systems and workflows with the aim of fostering creativity, innovation, and collaboration, and designing transdisciplinary strategies for teamwork and successful knowledge management. His almost two decades of experience in the creative industries as an international filmmaker and film festival organizer, as well as more than a decade in the entrepreneurial and non-profit world, make Mr. Garcia Topete particularly equipped with a multifaceted understanding and transnational perspective of knowledge exchange and social impact to deal with the current and future challenges of the ArtSciLab.  

“As the African proverb says: if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together; and we’re definitely trying to go far in our lab,” said Founding Executive Co-Director Dr. Roger Malina about the reasoning for the lab reorganization. With these new leadership positions and overall redesign, the ArtSciLab seeks to improve not only its operations and management, but also provide a better learning environment and culture in which its members and collaborators share knowledge more effectively, mentor each other in their areas of expertise with more ease, and develop further both professionally and personally through their lab participation. Ultimately, the ArtSciLab continues to pioneer in transdisciplinary issues—this time looking to boost the careers and development of everyone involved. 

Esports Cyberathlete Development (ECD): An Annotated Bibliography

The Initiative to Enhance the Esports Player Cognitive Performance & Wellbeing.

This Esports Cyberathlete Development (ECD) project launched by the University of Texas at Dallas’ ArtSciLab aims to contribute to design one of the first new sports of the 21st century.

Our efforts aim to:
(1) Promote positive values obtained from participating on an Esports team;
a. Investigate the enhanced cognitive abilities through the strategically-complex gameplay of Esports
b. Investigate the positive social developments that occur in and out of the Esports environment
(2) Focus on relieving the stigmatized universe of Esports concerning gender stereotypes and effects on intellectual performance;
a. Our research aims to increase overall inclusivity among various demographics and how its benefits are not discriminatory towards any gender
(3) Help to integrate the skills learned by the Esports players into their lives during and after their Esports careers;
a. Analysis of cognitive skills acquired by gamers during their gameplay, how such skills can generally transfer to real-world application, and to increase their executive longevity.

My Clark Research Reflections

by Joel Ewing

In 2016, the summer before my freshman year at UT Dallas, I participated in UT Dallas’ Clark Summer Research Program. The Clark Summer Research Program is a unique opportunity that pairs incoming freshmen at UT Dallas with research groups to gain hands-on experience for nine weeks while they work alongside talented students and faculty. For many students, myself included, it is the first exposure to academic research.
When I arrived on campus at the beginning of that summer, I was not sure what to expect.  Making the jump from my home in Kentucky to UT Dallas had unique challenges. I did not know anyone in the area, and the campus and city were unfamiliar to me.  Fortunately, I befriended several of my fellow “Clarkies” who helped me to adjust and remain some of my closest friends. Continue reading “My Clark Research Reflections”