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OpenGrounds recently hosted a program, Design Thinking Pecha Kucha, which brought together multidisciplinary faculty to share notes on how they're using design thinking to advance work in their respective areas of a

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To recap: November events at OpenGrounds raised provocative and unusual questions that delved into global politics, pop culture, and the status of design thinking at UVA.

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Looking back at OpenGrounds' October events, the calendar reflects a broad range of talks, classes, meetings, and readings. However, it was the evening performances that really lit up the space.

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Just as OpenGrounds fosters collaboration, interdisciplinary research, and innovation, the interns who work there mirror this same sentiment. Ten in total, the OpenGrounds intern team is a curious, creative, and resourceful group whose backgrounds and interests span across disciplines.

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The History of a Hook: "Who Let the Dogs Out?"

During the winter of 2010, artist Ben Sisto noticed something: a missing citation on the Wikipedia entry for the song Who Let the Dogs Out?. He did a little digging that lead to a London-based hairdresser and steel drum aficionado who recalled some facts that contradicted other information on the Wikipedia article. Nearly eight years later, Sisto is the (self appointed) world's leading expert on Who Let the Dogs Out?.

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UVA at ACCelerate Festival

Earlier this month OpenGrounds organized and facilitated UVA's contribution to the ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival 2017, copresented by Virginia Tech and th

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The Yamuna River Project is a multi-year research collaboration between the Delhi Jal Board and the University of Virginia. The Yamuna River Project capitalizes on current conversations within the government to place riverfront restoration and development at the forefront of national consciousness.

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PureMadi has been created by an interdisciplinary collaboration of students and faculty at the University of Virginia. In partnership with the University of Venda in Thohoyandou, South Africa; Rotary International; and developing-world communities in Limpopo Province, South Africa, PureMadi is working to provide sustainable solutions to global water problems.

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The Mantabot team are experts in marine biology, biomechanics, structures, hydrodynamics, and control systems. They have created a prototype molded directly from a real cow-nosed ray. By studying the motions of living rays in the field and in the laboratory and through dissection, this prototype attempts to replicate the near-silent flaps of the wing-like pectoral fins of a ray to swim forward, turn, accelerate, glide, and maintain position.

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#CarbonFeed works by taking in realtime tweets from Twitter users around the world. Based on a customizable set of hashtags, the work listens for specific tweets. The content of these incoming tweets generates a realtime sonic composition and a visual counterpart of compressed air being pumped through tubes of water.

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Ceiling Floats Away features UVA Professor of Composition and Computer Technologies, Matthew Burtner and his musical settings of 13 poems by Rita Dove. Burtner recorded Dove reading her poetry and wrote the music to the pace and cadence of the poet’s voice.

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From October 13–15 UVA will be participating in the ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washingt

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