Lucy Sanders receives STEM Leadership Hall of Fame award
Lucy Sanders, who is CEO of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), has received a U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame award. Sanders co-founded NCWIT in 2004 to significantly increase women’s participation in technology and computing. NCWIT, which is headquartered in ATLAS, helps companies, academic institutions, and K-12 organizations recruit and retain girls and women to technology and computing fields. The award was presented at the U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013 National Conference June 19 in Austin, Texas.
Founders of NCWIT win A. Nico Habermann Award
The founders of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), including CEO Lucy Sanders (right) and former ATLAS director Bobby Schnabel, have received the Computing Research Association's 2012 A. Nico Habermann Award during the organization's biennial conference at Snowbird, Utah, on July 23. NCWIT, which is based in the Roser ATLAS building, is a non-profit coalition of corporations, universities and non-profits working to increase women's participation in computing and technology fields. The award also was given to NCWIT founder Telle Whitney, CEO and president of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. The Habermann Award is one of the academic computing community's highest honors, bestowed on individuals whose work has had a positive impact on diversity in computing and technology. It recognizes the success of NCWIT's founders in creating a sustainable, national resource for improving the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the field. The award honors the late A. Nico Habermann, a champion for women and minorities in computing who headed the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. NCWIT was founded in 2004 to unite programs, people and organizations "both across the country and across the education and workforce pipeline "focused on increasing the participation of girls and women in computing and technology. Schnabel, who was vice provost/associate vice chancellor for Academic and Campus Technology at CU when NCWIT was founded, currently is dean of the Indiana University School of Informatics and also serves on the ATLAS Board of Directors.
Video by Joel Swanson wins Digital Graffiti Festival award
Joel Swanson, director of the ATLAS Technology, Arts and Media program, has received a $1,000 award for a video he created in the internationally renowned Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach, Fla. Digital Graffiti is the world's first projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project their original works onto the town's iconic white walls. There were 25 finalists and six awards in the competition. Swanson won in the category of Most Experimental.
Ph.D. student Meg Ambrose named Berkman Center fellow
Meg Leta Ambrose, an ATLAS Ph.D. student, will explore the legal, social and technical issues surrounding the proposed digital right to be forgotten as a fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Berkman Center is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study and help pioneer its development. Ambrose has a law degree from the University of Illinois, where she focused on digital copyright issues. Her Ph.D. research explores issues of privacy, data-governance, data-lifecycles and cybersociology. Her dissertation analyzes U.S. issues related to the European right to be forgotten, an issue related to information on the Internet about individuals. Founded in 1997, the Berkman program aims to encourage and support fellows in an inviting and rigorous intellectual environment, with community activities designed to foster inquiry and collaboration. Fellows participate in exchanges through a weekly fellows hour, various online media, fellows-run working groups and a wide range of events and interactions. With Berkman faculty, students, staff and other affiliates, fellows help develop and advance Berkman Center projects, and learn and teach through courses, curricula and diverse gatherings.
John Bennett receives UW CSE Alumni Achievement Award
John Bennett, director of the ATLAS Institute, received the University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Alumni Achievement Award during graduation ceremonies in June 2012. The award recognized Bennett for his outstanding achievements, including his expertise in the design, implementation, and evaluation of distributed systems; his endowed professorship in computer science and in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Colorado; and as director of ATLAS. The Computer Science & Engineering newsletter described Bennett as an engineering educator and mentor, a designer and builder, and an interdisciplinary catalyst. For the full article, click here.
Student-developed iPad app a finalist in World Bank competition
An iPad application developed by a group of CU students, including ATLAS master's student Joellen Raderstorf, recently won an honorable mention award and $2,000 in prize money in a global Apps for Climate competition in the World Bank's Climate Challenge. The app, called Eco Explorer, is a virtual global field trip designed to positively engage 8-14 year olds in the climate change challenges. The application uses an interactive virtual globe to travel around the planet and combines videos, games and World Bank data in relationship to the location on the planet visited. Students who also worked on the app were Scott Raderstorf, Devon Tivona, Vickie Everts, Greg O'Brien and Peter Klipfel. They were assisted by ATLAS instructor Aileen Pierce. The app is available for free through the Apple iTunes Store.
To download the app, click here.
Vickie Stubbs wins 2013 ATLAS Award
Vickie Stubbs, who is the ATLAS Ph.D. program adviser, assistant to the director and assistant building proctor, is the recipient of the 2013 ATLAS award. This annual recognition is given “to the person who shoulders a heavy burden for ATLAS.” Stubbs was nominated for the award for working “tirelessly to keep things running smoothly at ATLAS. She is always cheerful and willing to help. She has done an excellent job of managing our Ph.D.students – whether that means arranging airfare in conflict-ridden international contexts, or helping them navigate the strange university bureaucracy. Vickie is a friend to every- one, and an invaluable member of the ATLAS team.” A native of Georgia and mother of three, Stubbs came to Colorado to study Japanese, German and political science at CU. She has a love for languages and triathlons. She previously worked at CU as events coordinator in the BOLD Center, which is a K-12 math and science outreach program that also supports under-represented populations in the CU College of Engineering.
Student gets mobile app approved for Mac app store
Devon Tivona, a student in Aileen Pierce's Mobile Applications Development class last semester, created an application that was accepted into the Mac App Store. It's called Wordy: The Logophile's Primer, and it aggregates information from several dictionaries to provide definitions, synonyms and more. It also has a fun word of the day to help build vocabulary. Tivona created the app in Pierce's ATLAS class, kept working on it and got it into the app store. Other applications built in the class included a CU parking locator, an app that records the speed of a skier, a dictionary of acronyms in the ICTD space and an Africa conflict tracker. In addition, Tivona and another student, Eric Horacek, partnered on creating a student planner application called Erudio that won the CU Mobile Application Challenge competition, sponsored by the student group called CSUAC (Computer Science Undergraduate Advising Committee).
Kim Kalahar is ATLAS May 2013 Titan of the Quarter
Kim Kalahar, who is the program manager for the Academic Alliance (AA) and Extension Services (ES) for the National Center for Women and Information Technology, has been named the ATLAS Titan of the Quarter. The award is given in recognition of outstanding efforts on behalf of ATLAS. Kalahar was nominated for the award because of her “efforts working with events and vendors has saved us significant funds this past quarter.” In addition, “she has been managing a heard of cats with her ES and AA programs and has kept them on track.” Kalahar has been with NCWIT and ATLAS since 2007.
Jenny Slade wins 2012 ATLAS Award
Jenny Slade, who is the Communications Director for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), is the recipient of the 2012 ATLAS Award. This annual recognition is given "to the person who shoulders a heavy burden for ATLAS." Slade exhibits an irreplaceable ability to share a vast knowledge of technology, gender and diversity-related issues that inspires innovative thinking in others. As NCWIT's first employee, Slade continues to work with the growing team to create and manage external communications, including the NCWIT website, resources, campaigns, outreach, public relations and social media strategy. Prior to NCWIT, Slade held project management positions at Wall Street On Demand and CableLabs. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied technical editing at the University of California at Berkeley.
Stephanie Wanek is ATLAS May 2012 Titan of the Quarter
Stephanie Wanek, whose position as ATLAS program manager includes support of ATLAS Technology, Arts and Media (TAM) programs and events, is the recipient of the ATLAS Titan of the Quarter award. The award is given quarterly in recognition of efforts on behalf of ATLAS. Wanek was nominated for the award for her outstanding work with the TAM program. Wanek is a former CU Foundation development officer who worked at ATLAS as the new building opened. More recently, she was a research analyst at the CU Foundation.
Diane Sieber named associate dean of Engineering
Diane Sieber, who was the inaugural director of the ATLAS Technology, Arts and Media program and co-director of ATLAS from 2000 to 2007, began her appointment as associate dean for Education in the College of Engineering and Applied Science in July 2012. She currently is director and associate professor in the Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering and also serves on the ATLAS Advisory Board. She was an assistant professor and associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese prior to joining the engineering faculty.
Revi Sterling wins Anita Borg Women of Vision Social Impact Award
Revi Sterling, the Director of the ATLAS graduate program in Information and Communication Technology for Development, has been named the winner of the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Social Impact Award. ABI stated that Sterling is recognized for conceiving, implementing and leading programs that have had a direct, positive and lasting impact on the lives of women. She pioneered the development of a new participatory community radio technology that enables women to create content for broadcasting, even if they are far from the station. Variants of this have been deployed worldwide. Today, she is creating a new generation of 'academic practitioners' who can create innovative technologies while solving difficult community development problems that continue to stymie the international development field. Revi realized the need for these practitioners based on her own research and fieldwork in Africa, India and South and Central America, where she has created and deployed appropriate and sustainable education, health and livelihood programs based upon a variety of innovative networking technologies."
Read more about this award (and Sterling) at http://anitaborg.org/initiatives/women-of-vision/.
Ruscha Cohen named ATLAS Titan of the Quarter in January 2012
Ruscha Cohen, the graduate academic adviser for the ATLAS master's degree in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD), is the recipient of the ATLAS Titan of the Quarter award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding efforts on behalf of ATLAS. Cohen has done an outstanding job of helping master's students navigate enrolling in the program and counseling them about course selection, practicum placements and professional development. Her work as academic adviser, which was a new position inaugurated last year, has had an immediate and lasting impact on the program. Cohen has a master's degree from CU in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education.
Michelle Ellsworth awarded USA Knight fellowship
Michelle Ellsworth, associate director of the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance and a professor and co-director of CU's Theater and Dance department, has received a $50,000 United States Artists (USA) Knight Fellowship Award for her work in the field of dance. The unrestricted funds are awarded to artists at all career stages who demonstrate artistic excellence, unique artistic vision and significant contributions to their fields. "Michelle Ellsworth is a dancer, choreographer, video maker, writer, cartoonist, and Web designer," USA stated. "In her performances, Ellsworth combines dance with technology, humorously confronting issues such as biodiversity or problems with the shrinkage of the Y chromosome." USA is a non-profit grant-making and advocacy organization dedicated to artists working in the United States. It is funded by a variety of foundations, individuals and other organizations. Panels of experts in each artistic discipline selected the 52 winning artists from among 311 nominated applicants living in 45 states, according to USA. Ellsworth has performed at On the Boards, Seattle, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York, USA noted. She has received commissions from DTW, DiverseWorks, Houston, National Performance Network, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department.
Adriane Bradberry named ATLAS Titan of the Quarter in September 2011
Adriane Bradberry, who is the design coordinator for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), is the recipient of the ATLAS Titan of the Quarter award.
The award is given in recognition of outstanding efforts on behalf of ATLAS. Bradberry was nominated for the award for a "sustained track record of efficiency, team support, taking every project to the next level and then some, and basically raising the bar of what is expected of an NCWIT professional."
Bradberry generates graphic designs and layout concepts for NCWIT marketing materials and print publications. She also assists with Web site maintenance. Bradberry received her master's degree in Journalism at the Newhouse School of Syracuse University in New York and her bachelor's in Communications at Elon University in North Carolina.
Joel Swanson awarded grant for artwork
Joel Swanson, director of the Technology, Arts and Media program, has been awarded a nearly $3,000 grant through the University of Colorado Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities for an artwork that will illustrate Sol Lewitt's essay, "Statements on Conceptual Art."
"This essay holds particular value for those artists who work within the digital arts, where the ideas and concepts behind art-making take precedence over tangible, physical art-objects," Swanson wrote in the grant proposal.
Swanson plans to build physical representations of the essays by building wooden structures that mimic diagramming the sentences in the essay.
The project will be displayed, along with the larger body of work, at an upcoming solo exhibition entitled "Formalisms" at RedLine Art Space in Denver (http://redlineart.org), where Swanson is an artist in residence.
Sara Preston is 2011 ATLAS Award recipient
Sara Preston, an ATLAS accountant, is the recipient of the 2011 ATLAS Award, an annual ATLAS recognition given "to the person who shoulders a heavy burden for ATLAS."
Preston, who joined ATLAS in July 2010, has been overwhelmingly helpful with new expense reporting requirements and has taken on large new responsibilities as the Boulder Digital Works moved into ATLAS.
Preston, who has a communications degree from CU, also worked at Sun Microsystems for nine years and has experience in several entrepreneurial ventures.
Vickie Stubbs named ATLAS Titan of the Quarter in May 2011
Vickie Stubbs, who is ATLAS assistant to the director, assistant building proctor and assistant event coordinator and whose duties have expanded with the addition of Boulder Digital Works into ATLAS, was named the recipient of the ATLAS Titan of the Quarter award in May 2011.
The award is given in recognition of outstanding efforts on behalf of ATLAS. A native of Georgia and mother of three, Stubbs came to Colorado to study Japanese, German and political science at CU. She has a love for languages and triathlons.