The Rostrum: Making Noise: Sound Art and Digital Media


Erik Brunvand, Associate Professor, School Of Computing, University of Utah

This week, it’s about innovation at work. And being part of an ‘innovation ecosystem’ that will exceed your wildest expectations.

U computer science and engineering professor, Erik Brunvand, is using experimental music and electronic noise to teach non-technical students “technology fluency,” in his new class, Making Noise: Sound Art and Digital Media.

Technological fluency means you learn to understand how things operate from the inside. It’s a process where insight begins by first taking something apart, like a Barbie keyboard, and then putting it back together in a unique way that you control.

Erik Brunvand is a gregarious, bass-playing, bluegrass-loving guy. He’s open and eager to help, a TEDx featured speaker, and a fascinating expert to talk with.

If you’re a student, or anyone, who gets woozy when you think about how your iPhone works, discover how that doesn’t have to get in your way.

Erik Brunvand, Associate Professor, School Of Computing, University of Utah



Planned Parenthood CEO Kerrie Galloway on the Controversy

As we all know, the contending views on Planned Parenthood’s place in our world continue. In an interview with SLC CEO of Planned Parenthood, Kerrie Galloway confirmed the flash of recent controversy is nothing new.

Galloway smartly rebuked the tactics played by influences characterized as “’edit-savvy opponents.’” Galloway also explained that federal money never pays for abortion.

Kerrie describes the opposition that created this controversy: “Dog days of summer come,” she said. “This particular episode they formed a dummy corporation, three years ago‑BioMax, incorporated in California. They started purporting themselves as wanting to get into the business of tissue transfer for research.”

Kerrie emphatically denied SLC Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sale of fetal tissue for profit. She said this. 

“It allows women the choice to donate tissue for scientific research, as with tissue donation at any hospital,” said Galloway. “It’s not the pretty part of medicine, but it is incredibly important.”

Dalton Edwards @TheChrony puts a cap on the issue in a recent article even as Republican lawmakers circle to defund Planned Parenthood.