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Viz ranked No. 1 animation program by College Magazine

Viz ranked as top public program by College Magazine

posted January 24, 2019
In new rankings released by College Magazine, an online career resource for students, Texas A&M was recognized as the nation’s best public animation school, funneling top-notch graduates into the highly competitive film and television industry, and other professions.
FoVI 3D technology lecture to explore light- field displays at Langford

FoVI 3D technology lecture to explore light- field displays

posted January 16, 2019
A session on light-field display technology will be presented by Thomas Burnett, founder of FoVI 3D, an Austin-based computer hardware manufacturer, and visualization graduate students 1-4 p.m. Thursday, January 24 in the Adams Presentation Space.
Study abroad prof edits new Archimedes exhibit catalog

Study abroad prof edits Archimedes exhibit catalog

posted November 19, 2018
Centuries of art and ideas from ancient Greece to the Renaissance are brought to life for College of Architecture study abroad students in Italy in a series of vivid lectures by Giovanni Di Pasquale, Texas A&M adjunct professor of science history and design philosophy.
Viz-developed video game helps calculus undergraduates in China

Viz-developed video game helps calculus students in China

posted October 2, 2018
Variant: Limits, a video game developed in part by Texas A&M visualization students and in use throughout the U.S., is now helping Chinese undergraduates succeed in introductory calculus, one of the toughest classes to pass on a university campus.
Viz alumna makes movie magic, crafts special effects for Pixar

Viz alumna says collaboration skills handy at Pixar

posted September 21, 2018
Pixar artist and Texas A&M former visualization student Sarah Beth Eisenger ’13, who has used her technical wizardry skills on many acclaimed Pixar films, returned to The Viz Lab to help Vizzers craft digital shorts in the Department of Visualization's Summer Industry Workshop.
Viz alum makes movie magic lighting Pixar animated films

Pixar Viz alumnus enlightens students with technical skills

posted September 21, 2018
Lighting is a secret weapon in animated movies — it’s used in every frame, yet when done well, viewers will never notice it. Pixar artist and Texas A&M former visualization student Jon Kiker has used his technical talents to create lighting for some of the studio's best films.
Viz professor aids creation of Leonardo educational program

Viz prof helps create series of educational Leonardo videos

posted June 29, 2018
Fifth-grade students have an engaging new way to learn about Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci thanks to a website created in part by Laurie Lisonbee, a Texas A&M visualization lecturer.
Viz prof’s advocacy culminates in NASEM report supporting STEAM

National Academies champion education merging art, science

posted June 21, 2018
A recent National Academies report championing the integration of science and the arts validates a Texas A&M visualization professor's multi-year National Science Foundation-funded initiative to elevate the role of art and design in STEM fields.
Texas A&M again ranked among nation’s top animation schools

Texas A&M ranked with top animation schools in nation

posted May 5, 2018
For the fourth consecutive year, Texas A&M was recognized as one of the nation’s top animation schools, placing third among public institutions, second in the Southwest and first in Texas in lists created by Animation Career Review, a career resource website.
TAMU art academy funds faculty projects for artistic enrichment

TAMU art academy funds faculty artistic enrichment projects

posted May 5, 2018
Humanity’s multilayered relationship with the sun will be further explored by visual artist Krista Steinke, instructional assistant professor of visualization, with a $7,500 grant from the Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts at Texas A&M University.
Viz professor's nature video nets Global Independent Film Award

Viz prof’s nature film earns international indie film honor

posted April 26, 2018
A glimpse into nature’s life cycle captured on video by Carol LaFayette, Texas A&M professor of visualization, earned a prestigious 2018 Global Independent Film Award recognizing excellence in environmental filmmaking.
Motivational viz prof recognized for transformational teaching

Viz prof honored for transformational teaching excellence

posted April 26, 2018
Sherman Finch, an uncompromising Texas A&M visualization educator and artist known for his tough, on target critiques and for passionately compelling students to reach their potential and follow their bliss, earned a Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence award.
Interdisciplinary design charrette brings undergraduates together

Space design contest unites students from multiple disciplines

posted March 9, 2018
Multidisciplinary student teams vied to reimagine a space adjacent to the Langford Architecture Center as part of the Feb. 23 – 25 Harold L. Adams Interdisciplinary Charrette for Undergrads, a Texas A&M College of Architecture design competition.
Texas A&M ranked with top illustration schools in nation

Texas A&M ranked top Texas illustration school, 18th in U.S.

posted February 27, 2018
Texas A&M is one of the top illustration and drawing schools in the country, according to a new ranking complied by The Art Career Project, an online resource for student and professional artists.
Viz prof sees video games as a  central element of education

Viz prof sees video games as a central part of education

posted February 22, 2018
Video games are an ideal medium to captivate an audience because they offer full interactivity. That can have big implications for education: Just ask Texas A&M University, which wrapped up its first ever game-based course this fall.