Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ATLAS Speaker Series: Digital Media Design, Gender and Games

Yasmin Kafai, a professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in research on electronic gaming, learning and gender, will talk about her research into digital design, gender and gaming during an ATLAS Speaker Series program at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the ATLAS Cofrin auditorium. She was an early developer and researcher of Scratch, an educational programming language that helps students program virtual worlds. She is the author of the book "Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming" and several other gender and technology-related studies. She received her doctorate from Harvard University while working with Seymour Papert at the MIT Media Laboratory and examines technology designs and cultures through the lens of constructionist theory. The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ATLAS Speaker Series: Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Nicholas Carr, a Boulder-based author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated bestseller, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” and the Atlantic Magazine piece, “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” will examine how digital media influence the ways people think, read and interact, during an ATLAS Speaker Series event at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the ATLAS Cofrin auditorium.
“...what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” -- Nicholas Carr, from “Is Google making us stupid?” The Atlantic, July-August 2008 The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The ATLAS Speaker Series: Nicole Glaros of TechStars will talk about the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Nicole Glaros, an entrepreneur and managing director of TechStars Boulder, will talk about The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem during an ATLAS Speaker Series event at 4 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 15, in the ATLAS Cofrin auditorium. Glaros works with seed-stage Web software companies. He talk will focus on the importance of innovation, fearlessness and leadership in entrepreneurship. She will cover Colorado’s evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem and the hows and whys of entrepreneurship for students. The ATLAS Speaker Series, which is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

ATLAS Speaker Series: Help! My avatar was robbed!

Lastowka As billions of dollars are exchanged in virtual worlds like Second Life and World of Warcraft, criminals are defrauding online communities. And as avatars lose virtual property to wrongdoers, people feel cheated and increasingly seek legal remedies. But what law assists people when their avatars are robbed?

Greg Lastowka, author of “Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds” and professor at Rutgers University Law School will discuss how real-world laws are being adapted to virtual worlds and how governments respond to cyberspace chaos. He will explore laws of property, crime, jurisdiction and copyright as they relate to virtual worlds.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, ATLAS 100, Cofrin Auditorium