November 18, 2017

Technology & Society

CollegeHack: Dealing with Stress in Positive Ways

Being a student can be a full-time job and for others enrolled in college, there may be other important external responsibilities such as jobs, families, and military obligations pulling them in many different directions. Not to mention that news and social media are full of negativity, and it’s easy to find yourself depressed and directly affected by the chaos happening around us. Make sure to listen to your own emotions and care for your own mental health. Here are some ways to bring comfort back into a turbulent day, week or month. Don’t miss meals. You’ll be happier and healthier…

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UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Game Day Fundraiser

UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser

In November, UAT students, alumni and the UAT eSports Club are on board to participate in the charity event Extra Life Game Day, a 24-hour fundraising and game streaming marathon. Their goal is to raise money for the San Jorge Children’s Foundation located in Puerto Rico, and to provide at least $1,000 in hurricane relief aid from the recent catastrophe by Hurricane Maria, all by doing something they love – gaming! The Extra Life Game Day Tournament will coincide with the UAT Experience, a prospective student visit and will draw a huge crowd of game enthusiasts to campus. Students from…

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Chief Science Officer Institute Returns to UAT

Chief Science Officer training at UAT

The CSO Institute is back! Between 100-200 middle and high school students will be on campus on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, preparing to be advocates for STEM. The Chief Science Officer (CSO) program is a project that has been a partnership between UAT and the Arizona Tech Council/AZ SciTech Festival since 2015. What is uniquely great about this program is that it finds teens who love tech and then gives them a deep dive into leadership, networking, communication, social media skills and some advanced tech, as well). The result is that these future programmers and builders are…

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Phone Charging Hack for Emergencies

Cell phone charging hacks for emergencies like Hurricane Irma

UAT Computer Science student Christopher Peterson shows off a phone charging hack for emergencies. With hurricane season underway, this information is useful to residents in the areas affected by Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma. Not to mention, students living in Arizona should always be prepared as the desert is not a great place to be stranded, either. In the event that power is out and cell phone towers are down, a cell phone can be used for the flashlight feature, to photograph the scene and to help first responders locate you by GPS. Materials needed: 9V battery spring from pen car…

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Future You University Returns to UAT

Future You University

Future You University (Future You U) is an event designed to introduce University life experiences to female middle school STEM students.   To be chosen to participate, these girls had to be active in a STEM group, be recommended by their STEM Program champion and principal, desire a STEM related career, and write an essay on why they should be considered. The event takes place over a long weekend at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe. The girls stay in the dorms, eat in the café, and participate in many STEM-related seminars on campus. These include building robots, learning future trends in…

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Try Virtual Reality at Tempe Geeks Night Out

Tempe Geeks Night Out

Come check out a Virtual Reality demo at UAT’s booth at Tempe Geek’s Night Out on Thursday, March 2, from 4:30-8 p.m., at Tempe Public Library. Join Tempe’s Geeks Night Out in its 6th year running, presented by the Arizona Sci-Tech Festival showcasing all things STEAM-related. If you don’t know what STEAM means, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. As technology becomes more and more immersed in today’s world, STEAM jobs will be in extremely high demand and luckily for UAT students, all of our majors offered are 100 percent STEAM. Enthusiasts and Geeks of all ages…

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PHX Startup Week Presents Silicon Valley VC, Tim Draper at UAT

Dave Bolman, Jason Pistillo and Tim Draper at Phoenix Startup Week

Photo: Dr. David Bolman, UAT Provost; Jason Pistillo, UAT President; and guest speaker Tim Draper / Photo credit: Jake Turocy Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist spent time with UAT students on Wednesday, Feb. 22, for a Q&A Session about his mission to support small business, startups and young entrepreneurs. This engagement ties in with Phoenix Startup Week, happening all over the Valley from Feb 20-24, 2017. UAT was proud to be part of the larger initiative to promote small businesses in Arizona. During the talk, Tim spoke about his experiences as a Venture Capitalist and lessons he has learned from…

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“When Elephants Fight” Screening at UAT

When Elephants Fight Screening Hosted at University of Advancing Technology

Thanks to Sustainability, Energy and Green Technologies Professor Jill Brumand, UAT will host two screenings on conflict minerals called When Elephants Fight on Tuesday, February 14, at 9:30 a.m,. and 1:30 p.m., in the UAT Theater as part of the Environmental Perspectives class. This special engagement is open to everyone at the University and interested members of the community. Professor Brumand encourages staff, faculty, and students to attend. “When Elephants Fight provides insight into the human element of conflict minerals and the impact of technologies we use everyday on the environment. As present and future technologists, we work to build and grow…

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Arizona Tech Council Presents “Technology & Commerce” with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake

us senator jeff flake speaking at university of advancing technology.

Technology continues to evolve around us changing the landscape of businesses and how they operate on a global scale. On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Arizona Technology Council is pleased to present a roundtable with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake speaking on the current state of “Technology & Commerce,” including International Trade (BAT, NAFTA, TPP) and many other technology-related topics such as H1-B’s, patent reform, Email Privacy Act as moderated by Steven Zylstra, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. UAT faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend this opportunity to meet directly with Senator Flake, a strong champion of…

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Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell Highlights UAT at State of City Address

Busta Worm demo with Jesse Rogers and Mayor Mark Mitchell

In preparation for the 2016 State of the City Address on Dec. 2, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell spent a few hours at UAT familiarizing himself with UAT’s new Virtual Reality degree by testing out “Bust’a Worm”, a new virtual reality game students created for the HTC Vive, originally developed for a 48-hour game jam. Mayor Mitchell also met with students Kenneth Vorseth and Ryan McDonald as they demonstrated their cost effective version of a VR head mounted display (HMD) unit, a product they have been innovating all semester and have hopes of bringing the finished version to the consumer market. Mayor…

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