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A & S Forum focuses on combining art and technology

Bonnie Mitchell, chair of the digital arts department, will discuss contemporary performances and works of art that blur the boundary between artistic creativity and technological innovation in “Creative Convergence of Visual and Performing Arts with Technology.” Her lecture, part of the College of Arts and Sciences Forum series, will begin at 12:30 p.m. Monday (March 26) in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. A noon luncheon will precede her talk.

Mitchell chaired the art gallery of the 2006 SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) conference in Boston, Mass., and the digital art exhibition at the third international GRAPHITE Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Australasia and Southeast Asia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2005.

These shows exhibited more than 200 works from 18 countries and included algorithmic art, digital imaging, motion paintings, interactive electronic installation art, audio installations, network and screen-based art, rapid prototype and interactive sculptures, robotic art, electronic fiber art, digital animations and electronically mediated performances such as dance, theatre, music, art and hybrid forms.

A lunch of chicken pesto salad, dinner rolls and dessert is available for $7.95 (plus tax), payable by cash or check. Lunch will be served at noon. Those wishing to attend the free lecture only may come at 12:30 p.m. Students, groups and classes are welcome.

Reservations are required by Tuesday (March 20). Contact the college office at 2-2340 or email

Business 2.0 editor to discuss next generation of Web

The next generation of Web-based services will be the topic of a Thursday (March 22) talk at the University by Erick Schonfeld, editor-at-large of Business 2.0 magazine.

Speaking at 2:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater as part of BGSU's Tech Trends series, Schonfeld will give an overview of the defining characteristics of “Web 2.0.” He will also look at some of the startups leading the way and their larger impact on the business landscape.

The term Web 2.0 was coined by O'Reilly Media in 2004. Company founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly has defined it in part as “the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the Internet as platform.”

At Business 2.0, Schonfeld covers both major corporations and startups inventing new technologies. He was previously an editor-at-large for eCompany Now and a contributing editor for Fortune, where he wrote about technology and investing for seven years.

The Cornell University graduate, who often appears on CNBC and CNN, won prizes for best information-technology submission at London's Business Journalist of the Year Awards in 1999, and for best space submission at the 2001 Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in Paris.

Free and open to the public, the Tech Trends series is sponsored by the Information Technology Committee and the offices of the Executive Vice President and the Chief Information Officer.

See colleagues’ innovative approaches at teaching, learning fair

Faculty and students are invited to learn new teaching and assessment techniques, sample innovative learning strategies and find out what various campus groups and organizations are doing at the Teaching and Learning Fair Friday (March 23) in Olscamp Hall.

Noted teaching specialist Dr. L. Dee Fink will speak on "The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well" in his 9:45 a.m. keynote address in 101 Olscamp. Interactive walk-up sessions, poster presentations and forum rooms will be in progress from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. around Olscamp.

Part of a two-day “Promoting Student Success” event, the fair is preceded by the Student Achievement Assessment Committee awards reception from 4-6 p.m. Thursday (March 22) in 101 Olscamp.

March 19, 2007