As of August 1, 2014, I am done with my direct academic responsibilities for VIS 2014 unless I find some funded opportunities to do more work. Guess I wouldn't mind getting over to Paris for the conference this year. The IEEE VIS 2014 Arts Program should be put through its paces well in Europe for the first time. The quality of papers was particularly high this review compared to last. Please help Francesca Samsel thrive at the conference as she'll be my eyes and ears along with others.
As of July 15, 2014, I am a co-editor of a new Arts on Graphics department of Computer Graphics & Applications magazine. Please help co-editors Francesca Samsel and I find the best articles with which to perform our editor duties.
On April 26, 2014, I attended the fabulous Investing in a Sustainable Future program at MIT. A daylong get together of economists and environmental scientists to discuss where their bodies of knowledge should overlap: advising conservation for a functional planet through sustainable processes (investment markets being one of the bigger ones). Fantastic case studies on Chinese apple orchard pollination and Sudd Marsh in South Sudan.
During February 18-21, 2014, I joined a review panel to advise the iUtah program on possible improvements to their second-year initiative. Working with four other colleagues who came into the state for the review with different academic backgrounds, we listened to two days of presentations and a day of critique.