2012-2013 ICE Project Grant Awards

Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 ICE Project Grant recipients. The awards reflect emerging research interests in the arts, creativity studies, interactive technology, and the sciences. ICE will support the new projects through various stages of development with funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

Using Self-Efficacy in Classical Music Training to Increase Students’ Creativity

The project will investigate whether greater self-efficacy through critical thinking during the process of practicing and rehearsing will yield greater performance results on stage. Working in collaboration with the department of Educational Psychology, participants will create a self-study that focuses on personal practice time, lessons, coachings, public and graded performances and the rigorous behind-the-scenes stages of the process of preparing classical music for a performance – the ups, downs, in-betweens, disagreements, agreements, compromises, sacrifices, failures, and successes.


Dr. Connie Frigo, Assistant Professor of Saxophone
Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Dr. Bonnie Cramond, Professor, Educational Psychology and Information Technology
Director of Torrance Center for Creative Studies

Garrett Jaeger, PhD Student
Educational Psychology and Information Technology

Alicia Welch, PhD Student
Educational Psychology and Information Technology

Biofeedback Performance Suit Prototype

The project will create a biofeedback suit that will allow an individual dancer a level of co-improvisational influence over the soundtrack of their performance. This project will utilize choreography, medical equipment, and wireless smart textile technology to assimilate the biofeedback of a performer with the traditional notions of music and dance recital.


Chris Howe, BFA Candidate
Lamar Dodd School of Art

Jayma Lallathin, PhD Student
Department of Kinesiology

Alex Squires, Graduate Candidate
College of Engineering

Samantha Tankersley, BFA Candidate
Department of Dance

Visualizing Firefly Biology

The goal of this collaborative project to educate the public about fireflies through the creation of firefly website, which will include visualization of their fascinating biology, as well as a translation of the scientific information about the flashing behavior of different firefly species from abstract tables into short animations of flashing fireflies in their natural habitats.


Kathrin Stanger-Hall, Associate Professor
Department of Plant Biology

Mike Hussey, Associate Professor
Department of Theatre and Film Studies