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April 21, 2009 — The Center for Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology (CIDAT) and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah will present research from the Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship Awards on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the New Media Wing. The event is free and open to the public.

Three interdisciplinary research teams will present the results of their CIDAT-funded research. The teams will demonstrate a wide range of research projects ranging from the treatment of vocal fold dehydration, nano-sculptures and the combination of dance and interactive animation.

“CIDAT is thrilled by the preliminary results of the research carried out by our fellowships,” said Roger Altizer, Director of CIDAT. “These research projects illustrate the incredible work that can be accomplished when scientists and artists work together to create new knowledge and creatively explore both expression and real world problems. We are excited to present true interdisciplinary research in action.”

The first fellowship program of its kind at the U, CIDAT fellowships were designed to support creative research between diverse disciplines. The award recipients had approximately one year to complete their research and to present it to the public.

Utah Memnagerie: Kinetic Micro Sculpture

Ian R. Harvey, engineering and Paul Stout, art and art History

Harvey and Stout worked with engineering and art students using the Utah Nanofab facilities to construct microelectromechanical (MEMS) kinetic sculptures. This Utah Memnagerie of a variety of microscopic artwork will explore tiny scale aesthetics and science.

Ghost Interruptions

Lien Fan Shen, film studies, Satu Hummasti, modern dance and H. James de St. Germain, computer science

“Ghost Interruptions” is an interactive dance media work that combines animation, contemporary dance choreography and computer engineering to create an installation in which the real-time interaction between animation and dancers becomes a central part of the progression of the piece. The performance space will consist of screens that surround the performers and the audience, functioning as an animated environment.

The effects of nebulized isotonic saline versus water on vocal effort in the dry larynx: A new solution for singers?

Kristine Tanner, PhD, communication sciences and disorders, Julie Wright Costa, School of Music, Nelson Roy, communication sciences and disorders.

This study examined the effects of vocal fold dehydration and two hydration treatments on the singing voice with the goal of increasing surface hydration of the throat to avoid injury and stave off career-attenuating vocal damage.

For more information about the event contact Roger Altizer, at 801-585-5339, or Sara Pickett at 801-585-5339,

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