a2ru Selects Transdisciplinary Exemplars for the 2015 a2ru National Conference

  • October 6, 2015
  • By a2ru      
Six transdisciplinary exemplars illustrating the intersection of science, engineering, arts, and design selected by a2ru.


a2ru GroundWorks

Six transdisciplinary exemplars have been chosen for the 2015 a2ru National Conference at Virginia Tech. The call for third space proposals was issued in July and the response exceeded expectations. The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) would like to thank everyone who submitted proposals as each submission reflects the importance of third space work in higher education.

The exemplars selected for the conference support an ongoing conversation centered on developing new peer review methods and practice for transdisciplinary work that is being led the a2ru Peer Review Task Force.* Complete details regarding the exemplars represented by these teams can be found here. The following teams will present transdisciplinary exemplars at the 2015 a2ru National Conference:


Ars Robotica

  • Lance Gharavi, Associate Professor, Theatre and Assistant Director/Artistic Director of Theatre, Arizona State University
  • Srikanth Saripalli, Associate Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University
  • Matthew Ragan, Interactive Engineer, Obscura Digital
  • Sai Vemprala, Ph.D. Student in Exploration Systems Design and Graduate Research Associate, ASU
  • Stephen Christensen, Sound Design Mentor/Staff Sound Technician, School of Film, Dance, and Theatre, ASU
  • Ian Shelanskey, Theatre Designer and Technologist


Cultural Engagements in Nutrition, Arts & Sciences (CENAS)

  • Tamara Underiner, Associate Dean for Research, Arizona State University
  • Seline Szkupinski Quiroga, Director, Conexiones Migrant Student Education Program, Arizona State University
  • Robert Farid Karimi, Experience Designer and Producer, Kaotic Good/ThePeoplesCook Project
  • Stephani Etheridge Woodson, Associate Professor, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Arizona State University


Dream Vortex

  • Meredith Tromble, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Dawn Sumner, Professor of Geology, University of California, Davis
  • Jim Crutchfield, Professor of Physics, University of California, Davis
  • Joe Dumit, Professor, Anthropology and Science in Technology Studies, University of California, Davis
  • Donna Sternberg, Choreographer



  • William J. Doan, Professor of Theatre, Penn State
  • Elisha Clark Halpin, Associate Professor and Head of Dance, Penn State
  • Andrew Belser, Professor of Movement, Voice, and Acting and Director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator, Penn State
  • Michael Green, Professor, Dept. of Medicine and Dept. of Humanities in the College of Medicine, Penn State
  • Benjamin Levi, Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics and Dept. of Humanities in the College of Medicine, Penn State
  • Joseph Julian, M.D., Artist in Residence


Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork)

  • Ico Bukvic, Associate Professor, Computer Music, Virginia Tech
  • Tom Martin, Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Liesl Baum Walker, Research Assistant Professor, K-12, ICAT
  • Matthew Komelski, Instructor, Human Development, Virginia Tech
  • Eric Standley, Associate Professor, Studio Art


Metaverses / Seecular

  • Hannes Bend, Visiting Scholar and Artist in Residence, Quantum and Nanoscale Physics Benjamín Alemán Laboratory, University of Oregon
  • Michael Posner, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University of Oregon
  • Matt Larsen, Ph.D. Student and Graduate Research Fellow in Computer Science


*The a2ru Peer Review Task Force is a working group overseen by the a2ru Research Committee. This task force is developing a peer review platform to support collaborative scholarship and research involving the arts, sciences, technology, the humanities, and other disciplines. This a2ru initiative is a collaborative effort with Leonardo, SEAD, and XSEAD. It meets a distinct and growing need to tangibly support third space work within academia through a rigorous peer review process coupled with a flexible publishing platform, to best showcase the transdisciplinary nature of this expanding sector.