Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

February 13, 2020

Talk with Henson Puppeteer + TartanHacks + Undergrad Research + oSTEM + Not-A-Hackathon


Talk/Workshop with Z. Briggs, Henson Puppeteer

On Tuesday, February 18th, Jim Henson Foundation Manager and Henson puppeteer Z. Briggs will give a talk on puppetry performance and animism. The talk will be 10:30-11:30 am in CUC Peter/Wright Room (second floor).
Lindsey "Z." Briggs has worked as a professional puppeteer for over 15 years as a performer, builder and wrangler on numerous projects. Most recently her work can be seen performing Monster Foster Mom "Dalia" on Sesame Street. Z. has been the Manager of the Jim Henson Foundation for over 10 years, working directly with Cheryl Henson to help support contemporary puppet theater through grants and other initiatives. She is the co-artistic director of WonderSpark Puppets with her husband Chad Williams performing shows for families throughout New York City and beyond. Z. lives in Astoria Queens, bakes challah bread almost every Friday, and is the mom of two boys.

TartanHacks 2020

TartanHacks 2020, CMU's largest hackathon, organized by ScottyLabs, is returning on February 14th and 15th in the Cohon University Center. The hacker and mentor registration is now open on And don't forget to RSVP on Facebook.
We encourage you to participate and take a break from classes to work with a team on a cool project. There will be free food, free shirts, and swag as well as some great prizes, including flight tickets to Dubai and Surface Gos!

Mother of Fishes: An Opera on Love, Adventure, and Magic!

Our own Professor Roger Dannenberg has written an opera! After thrilling audiences in Spain and Mexico, Roger is producing a new English-language production of The Mother of Fishes in Pittsburgh on February 15th and 16th in CAPA Theater. Come and let the radiant music draw you into an enchanting story. Enjoy a mythical journey while sharing the lives of characters who will touch your heart. Tickets and information are available at


A group of CMU students is starting a chapter of oSTEM (Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). It's a national non-profit professional association for LGBTQ+ people in the STEM community. Learn more at their first interest and planning meeting (with snacks!) next Thursday, February 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (Cohon University Center). Event info is also on Facebook and questions can go to

Interview Prep by PNC

The Olitsky Career Readiness Program is excited to offer a great networking opportunity with PNC Financial that is designed to help students who may struggle with traditional career fairs and job application processes. Next Friday, February 21st, 10-11:30 am, in CUC Danforth Room, PNC representatives will present strategies for maximizing your interview experience, understanding accommodation options, and tips for disclosing accommodation needs, if you choose. Breakfast will be provided, and there will be plenty of time to speak with PNC representatives one-on-one, so be sure to attend. If you need to leave early or arrive late, that is perfectly fine! Register on Handshake or contact Amy Tavares for more info.


All hacked out? Not-A-Hackathon is a non-traditional creative workshop for students of different academic backgrounds to develop cool ideas together. Next Saturday, February 22nd, 1-3 pm in the CUC Class of 1987 Room, join students from different majors and departments to make games, poems, apps, movie pitches, research questions, etc. For more information and to sign up, peruse here.

Undergraduate IoT Research at UC Irvine

Spend the summer researching the IoT-Enabled Smart Community at UC Irvine! Applications are due February 22nd for research in Computer Architecture and Design, Cyber-physical Systems, Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and many other domains. Stipends, travel allowances, and on-campus housing are provided. Learn more and apply at

Undergraduate VR/AR Research at Georgia State

The Department of Computer Science and Creative Media Industries Institute at Georgia State University invite undergraduates to apply for summer research in Immersive Media Computing. Participants will work with faculty advisors, industry advisors, graduate student mentors, and other undergraduate students to carry out a research project in areas such as VR/AR, 360-degree video, image processing, HCI, and parallel computing. Stipends, travel allowances, and on-campus housing are provided. Learn more and apply at

Games for Change Festival

The 2020 Games for Change Festival and XR for Change Summit is July 14-16 at Parsons School of Design in New York City. A cornerstone of the Festival is the Games for Change Awards, including the Best Student Game award. Submissions are currently being accepted until February 14th. Questions can go to