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This Week at MHC


Mount Holyoke College News and Events Vista The College Street Journal Archives

May 24, 2002

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Do the Locomotion An article in the current issue of MIT’s Technology Review focuses on virtual-reality research being done at Mount Holyoke, the University of Utah, the University of Minnesota, and Vanderbilt University. The magazine reports that the four schools are in the first year of a five-year, $4-million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a “locomotion interface,” technology through which users will experience realistic visual and perceptual cues while navigating within a virtual world. The focus of the work, writes staff editor David Cameron, is the University of Utah’s Treadport, which is essentially a treadmill surrounded by large video screens. The user’s movements on the treadmill are used to control the flow of virtual “scenery” on the screens. MHC’s team, led by Claude L. Fennema, chair of the computer science department, is helping to develop that technology. “Aside from two laboratories in Japan, they are the only group exploring the potential of locomotion interface,” writes Cameron. “And while the technology—in particular the graphics—is still at a fairly early stage, [lead researcher John] Hollerbach believes that within five years they should have a commercially viable product that can be used for military simulations, education and even recreation.” The article can be found at For more information about Mount Holyoke’s contribution, see the lead article in the spring 2002 issue of Vista at

New Chapter On April 28, the Boston Globe reported that Sven Birkerts, who teaches creative writing at Mount Holyoke and the Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars, has been named editor of Agni, one of the nation’s most prestigious literary magazines, which is published by Boston University. The magazine was founded thirty years ago by Askold Melnyczuk, who has served as editor since. Birkerts is a well-known essayist who frequently writes about literature and the influence of contemporary technology on writing, reading, and contemporary life. Among his works is The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age (Faber & Faber, 1994). His memoir The Sky Blue Trades is set to be published this year by Viking. While Birkerts will assume the editor’s position in July, he is already firing up for the new post, saying, “Agni has been an icebreaker, a weather balloon, a tonic hit of international air and vigorous local growth going in the face of the status quo. It has been full of surprise and contrariness and in my one gesture of noncontrariness I aim to continue that. The mix is still being meditated, and it will evolve, but the seal should guarantee freshness inside.” Birkerts will continue teaching at the College.

Give ’em One for the Mother Apple Pie, a documentary film about star athletes and their mothers written and directed by Mary C. Mazzio ’83, aired May 4 on ESPN, and on Mother’s Day, May 12, on ESPN2 and ESPN Classics. Apple Pie, a tribute to the often invisible strength, courage, and power of mothers, features Super Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe and his mother, Barbara; National Basketball Association star Shaquille O’Neal and his mother, Lucille; soccer star Mia Hamm and her mother, Stephanie; and a number of other leading athletes and their moms. Mazzio, herself a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic rowing team in Barcelona, Spain, was the writer and director of A Hero For Daisy, an award-winning documentary about two-time Olympian Chris Ernst, who galvanized her rowing team to storm the Yale athletic director’s office in 1976 to protest the lack of locker room facilities for women. For other air times for Apple Pie, visit the Web site at

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