October 2012

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October 2012

News & Notices


International Student Travel Grant Available

Students! Share an inspiring idea with USITT, and it might just happen. The International Grants Committee will award a $1,000 Travel Grant from Samuel H. Scripps International Fund to the best proposal.

Junior, senior, or graduate students can submit ideas and projects. The submissions must include the completed application form, project description (500 word maximum), location where the project will take place, planned timetable, budget, and intended accomplishments overseas. Each application should include a letter of recommendation from a current teacher, resume, and, for design related applications, 10 images of recent design work or a link to current on-line portfolio or website.

The application deadline is December 1, 2012.

The grant recipient is required to report the project results by the end of the award year and will be invited to share the research or creative process either as an international panel presentation at a USITT conference or through an article submitted to USITT communications office.

Refer questions to Marketa Fantova, marketa.fantova@gmail.com.

Standards up for Review

The deadlines to review several standards are coming up in October.

BSR E1.37-2 - 201x, Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) – Part 2, IPv4 & DNS Configuration Messages, and BSR E1.45 - 201x, Transport of IEEE 802 data frames over ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A) are available for review through October 1.

ANSI E1.35 - 2007, Standard for Lens Quality Measurements for Pattern Projecting Luminaires Intended for Entertainment Use is being revised to increase the accuracy of the measurement procedure and is available for comment through October 8 .

BSR E1.33 - 201x, Entertainment Technology -- (RDMnet) -- Message Transport and Device Management of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) over IP Networks is available for review through October 8.

BSR E1.42 – 201x, Entertainment Technology — Safety Standard for Orchestra Pit Lifts is available for public review on the PLASA website until October 23. It addresses the lack of a national standard for orchestra pit and forestage lifts and will help establish minimum safety requirements and inspection procedures.

All of these standards may be downloaded for free. For more information, contact Karl Ruling, PLASA's technical standards manager, at karl.ruling@plasa.org.

A Call to Connect!

In keeping with tradition, PLASA announces the Connectivity Pavilion at the LDI 2012 Show, to be held October 19 to 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This pavilion, at booth 2041, provides a demonstration area for manufacturers' implementations of PLASA's ANSI standards throughout the lighting control industry.

PLASA asks manufacturers who wish to supply product for this year's Connectivity Pavilion to provide controllers, signal distribution, fixtures, accessories, monitoring, and other forms of equipment that implement current standards. A participation interest form is available here.

For further information about this year's Connectivity Pavilion, contact Bill Ellis, president of Candela Controls, at bellis@candelacontrols.com, or Karl Ruling, PLASA's technical standards manager, at karl.ruling@plasa.org.

Ohio Valley Fall Conference

USITT's Ohio Valley Regional Section will hold its annual Fall Conference on Saturday, October 13 at Kent State University's Roe Green Center. Sessions include Stress-Free Distressing for Costumes & Props, Rigging Math, Digital Audio Networks, Color in an All-LED World, and many more. The event also features the adjudicated Peggy Ezekiel design contest, membership meeting, and more. For additional information, visit www.usittohiovalley.org or contact usittohiovalley@gmail.com