Colombian Artist Rafael Gomezbarros Visits Prototype of the AntU Interactive Exhibit

On June 7th, DMD welcomed Colombian artist Rafael Gomezbarros to view the prototype of the AntU interactive exhibit that DMD students helped develop this year in Anna Lindemann and Michael Toomey’s “AntU Traveling Exhibit Development” course. This interactive exhibit exploring the decades-long research of Carl and Marian Rettenmeyer, and the creation of the Army Ant Guest Collection, will be installed at the UConn Storrs Babbidge Library in October 2018 and will then travel to the regional campuses.

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Class of 2032 – Schooling for a Digital Culture

Class of 2032 is a crowdsourcing and documentary project that engages educators, students, and parents in a conversation about the future school experience. This education app helps facilitate a fifty-minute workshop that can serve as part of a lesson or professional development session for teachers.

The project is co-founded by Matthew Worwood, Associate Director of UConn Stamford’s DMD program and Samantha Olschan, former Storrs DMD Assistant Professor.

Contributors include: Joel Salisbury, Nathan Carr, Kate Kormushoff, William Battle, Danielle Brown, Elizabeth Caron, Thomas Lee, Brittney Garth, Michael Rivera Jr, Erik Lindsay, Matthew Bilmes, Kevin Richetelli, Bridget Costa, Aaron Seitz, DJ Rose, Mike Carlson, Evan Field, Doreen Maclellan

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Henry Stein of “Mild Monk”

UConn DMD senior, Henry Stein, recently spoke with us about his experience performing with his band “Mild Monk” at the WHUS Spring Fling. Click the link to read what he has to say!

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DMD Stamford Conclave

UConn Digital Media & Design would like to congratulate the following Stamford students on receiving scholarships at this year’s conclave:

Nina Drozdenko, Daria Yaseva, Danielle Mossa, Jerry Prince, Madeleine Vose, Dana Wachsmuth, Juliana D’Ella, Gerald Dewitt-Smith, Richard Narcisse, Lamar Travis, Maradona Cadet, Kira Traver, Maya Shoshani, Kalia Baker, Ryan Story, Nolan Didio, and Daniel Kamzik

UConn Film Club presents the 2018 Film Exhibition

UConn Film Club presents the 2018 Short Film Exhibition at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on April 27th and Saturday, April 28th. Join them for the world premiere screening  of EXIT, directed by Matthew Bilmes and LET’S BE FRIENDS, directed by Ryan Glista. Other films to be screened include OPENING NIGHT directed by Ryan Glista and Ken Asada, THE POND directed by Christian Partenio, and CITIZEN’S ARREST directed by Alex Rouleau.

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UConn DMD Entrepreneurship Panel

Entrepreneurship is thriving here at DMD! See how three driven and passionate students brought their ideas to life by launching their own unique businesses in this panel-style discussion, moderated by DMD Business Strategies Professor Bill Congdon.

Students Featured:
Olivia Messina (’18) – Runcible Spoon Design
Joey Spagnuolo (’18) – Jambo Joe
Danny Bean (’19) – Collective

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Anna Lindemann – “Musical Organisms”

Professor Lindemann is excited to have had the opportunity to attend the EvoMusArt conference (the International Conference on Computational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design) where she was able to present her work on Musical Organisms. She shared her research on a process for generating music inspired by biological development: growing a musical score from a single note.

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Rainbow Center Art Gala Features DMD Senior Will Rios

Congratulations to Digital Media and Design Senior Will Rios whose work is currently on display at the Rainbow Center Art Gala!

“The theme of the Art Gala was centered around intersectionality and focused on the many facets that make up who we are as individuals. The piece that I worked on was a mobile of photographs that showcase my everyday life: what I do, who I’m with, and where I go. I wanted to show people the experiences that make me who I am day to day,” shared Rios.

You can check out his work at the Rainbow Center located on the fourth floor, room 403 in the Student Union. Photo Credit: The Daily Campus

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UConn Gives

UConn Gives is a way for UConn Nation to show its strength, pride, and spirit by supporting the University we love. For 36 hours in April, UConn Nation will come together to celebrate our accomplishments and lift up our passions. Groups across all five campuses will connect with their supporters around the world to raise funds for the programs and causes important to them.

The possibilities are endless. Whether it’s a school, college, department, club, student group, or research area, give to what’s most important to you.

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Marc Reyes, Graduate Instructor – Recipient of National Awards

History doctoral candidate and DMD instructor, Marc Reyes, is the recipient of two prestigious awards that will further his doctoral dissertation research.

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Greenhouse Studios Named UConn Spirit Awards Finalist

“Congratulations to the Greenhouse Studios Working Group, which was recognized on March 20, 2018 as a finalist for the 2018 Team Award at a ceremony for the UConn Spirit Awards! The team was one of three finalists, along with the University Events and Conference Services Department and the Team Award recipient, the UConn Hartford Campus staff & administration.”

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2018-19 Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant given to the Museums and Civic Discourse Project

The project “Museums and Civic Discourse: History, Current Practice, and Future Prospects” has received a 2018-19 Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant from the Whiting Foundation’s Humanities Program, which supports faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. The project’s research focuses on the fact that while the 20th century marks museums’ gradual entrée into intentional civic discourse work, there is no critical accounting of this history, no scholarly overview to contextualize and inform current deliberations over future paths that museum work in this area might take.

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Guest Lecturer – Tech Ethicist, David Ryan Polgar – “All Tech Is Human: Improving Social Media to Benefit User Wellbeing & Society”

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Jaime Homero Arjona (ARJ) building, Room 225

Is social media bad for user wellbeing and society at large? 2017 was the year of a backlash against Silicon Valley for their potential connection with misinformation and tech addiction. David Ryan Polgar has carved a unique career as a tech ethicist, where he explores the impact of social media & tech from ethical, legal, and emotional perspectives. In this lecture, he will take us into a deep dive into the tension between the business interests of Silicon Valley (eyeballs and engagement) and the human interests of users (trustworthy information, increasing happiness). Can’t tech companies profit while also operating to benefit users & society?

Department of Digital Media & Design, Department of Communications, Humanities Institute Digital Humanities and Media Studies

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Stamford DMD Ted Talk Featuring Patrick Pagano

Patrick Pagano uses the multi-disciplinary technological fields of computer science, video, audio, photography and the integration of these primary devices with a digital praxis. Mr. Pagano’s research in the area of digital fine arts has led to the development of a suite of open source tools specifically geared towards hybrid media performance, theatrical projection and electro-acoustic soundscapes. Having produced and appeared on over 50 audio recordings, Mr. Pagano is an accomplished composer & multi-instrumentalist. He has also led workshops on Tibetan & Mongolian overtone singing.

In 2010 Pagano performed “Raga Shree” with Ravi and Anoushka Shankar at the University Center for Performing Arts in Gainesville, Florida. In 2017, Pagano brought his research in VR, WEB APIs and Linux-based arts to the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus.

New Faculty

We’d like to welcome John Murphy and Brian Daley to the Digital Media and Design Department!

John comes to DMD after a 34-year career working in the corporate world, as the Social Media Listener for Cigna and the Social Media Director at Aetna.

Brian has spent nearly 20 years working as a freelancer and as a web developer for University Communications at UConn, and after previously serving as an adjunct lecturer, joins the department full time.

Learn more about John and Brian and hear their thoughts about joining DMD!

Now Accepting Applications!

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 Stamford DMD Program is now open.

Apply to Stamford now!

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UConn Student Entrepreneurs

Students describe the ideas they turned into reality – from a 3-D printed, muscle controlled, prosthetic hand, to the first STEM-focused magazine at UConn, to a business for removing invasive plants – with funding from UConn’s IDEA Grant Program.

Via UConn Today

Digital Media CT (Summer 2016)

The Digital Media CT (DMCT) summer intensive training program in Stamford is designed for high school juniors and seniors, college graduates, veterans, and professionals with a desire to learn the basic skills necessary to potentially seek entry-level work in the DM industry. Learn more about DMCT.

Digital Media Discovery Evening at UConn Stamford

Are you interested in the intersection of business, design, communication, film, and entertainment?

Digital Media is a disrupted medium that is forever-evolving and transforming our culture.

Please join us at the Digital Media Discovery Evening on November 3rd, 6:00PM – 7:30PM in the Multi-Purpose room at the Stamford campus.  The event is open to high school students interested in learning more about the Digital Media & Design program.


For any questions regarding the event, please contact Matthew Worwood at

Student Heads to Rio Olympics on Internship

For much of his life, Fernando Marinho ’17 (SFA) thought of Rio de Janeiro as a place to go on vacation. While growing up in Brazil, he remembers family trips to the coastal resort city – a four or five-hour drive from their home in São Paulo.

Read more at UConn Today