Collaborative Innovation: U-SoA at the ACCelerate Festival

Collaborative Innovation: U-SoA at the ACCelerate Festival

By UM News

Collaborative Innovation: U-SoA at the ACCelerate Festival

By UM News
Collaborative Innovation: U-SoA, the CCS and the UM Library were showcased at the ACCelerate Festival @ Smithsonian

From a game simulating how whales navigate to a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, the U showcased some of its best talent and research at an ACC festival at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

In Washington, D.C., for a weekend getaway, graduate student Marissa Lisenbee stumbled on a most unexpected sight when she decided to explore the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History last Friday. There, on the first floor, her physical therapy teacher was demonstrating an ingenious device that employs music to help amputees learn to walk again.

“I knew he was working on prosthetics, but I didn’t know what his project was,” said Lisenbee, who is in her second year of UM’s physical therapy program. “And I had no idea they would be there. I was really proud to see UM in the American History Museum.”

U Pride ran strong throughout the inaugural “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival,’’ which, presented by the Smithsonian and Virginia Tech, showcased the formidable creative and innovative muscle of the 15 universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference known for multiple national sports championships. 

Among the 47 interdisciplinary projects selected by an ACC committee through a peer-review process, UM had three: the device that puts a physical therapist in an amputee’s pocket; an immersive game that simulates how marine mammals use echolocation; and a digital mapping project that aims to document ramshackle  settlements where millions of the world’s poor literally live off the map. Read more.