The latest issue of Athenaeum has arrived, and I’m really counting on everyone loving our cover model—RIT’s own “magic man,” Andrew Phelps.
MAGIC—the Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity—is the brainchild of Phelps, and will focus on supporting students, faculty and staff in turning their ideas into marketable products. The irony, of course, is that this endeavor is anything but illusion or slight of hand. Truthfully, what makes these ideas become products is the remarkable knowledge base of brilliant faculty members who have a solid grasp on the exploding digital media universe and how the way we all think, learn and communicate is changing as a result. Construction on the MAGIC Center, housed in Student Innovation Hall, is nearing completion and projects are already in development. BTW: I’d like to give a shout-out to Andy for humoring us as we created the cover photo and just “going with it.”
Also inside the issue is a behind-the-scenes look at Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall, an $8 million, two-story, 23,000-square-foot building, and the new hub for innovation and research at NTID. So many things make this building unique, including a plethora of artwork— photos, sculptures and a panel of light-emitting diodes that change color, for example—that has been installed inside the building. It also incorporates a deaf-friendly design utilizing natural light, open line-of-sight paths and numerous safety features. But what’s even more impressive is how the building will be used. According to Gerry Buckley, NTID president, “It [Rosica Hall] will be the hub for important work that will benefit generations of deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Rosica Hall is basically a sandbox where center-based research can take place.”
And I hope you enjoy our feature on College of Liberal Arts psychology professor Roger Harnish, who is also known as the “Dream Professor.” Okay, I’m not certain others call him that, but I do. Harnish recently developed an app that allows users—dreamers—to analyze their thoughts, images and sensations based on decades of dream interpretation research. I paid the $1.99 charge and downloaded the app to my iPhone to test it out, and it’s a lot of fun. Harnish believes the app can help users “connect the dots, make some necessary changes or work on resolving issues that may be troublesome.” Seems worth it for a mere $1.99.
Enjoy these and many other stories in Athenaeum, and as always, send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.