Cascade SIGGRAPH Presents An Evening With Dr. Stuart Sumida

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Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH, Oregon and Southwest Washington’s local SIGGRAPH chapter, today announced that celebrated professor of anatomy and locomotion, Dr. Stuart Sumida will lecture on the utilization of animal and human biology within digital effects processes. Dr. Sumida’s lecture, entitled, “From Stones and Bones to Balloons and Toons, Articulating the Anatomical Sciences with Animation and Digital Effects,� will include examples from his past film projects to highlight the use of various artist tools, and show the importance of biological process and sizing details in digital effects creation. The event will take place at the Portland Community College (PCC), Cascade Campus on Tuesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. A biology professor at California State University San Bernardino, Dr. Sumida has been an anatomical consultant on more than 30 feature films for companies such as Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, Rhythm & Hues, SONY Pictures Imageworks and Pixar. He began his career working on Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and continued with Mulan, the live action versions of 101 and 102 Dalmatians, Tarzan, Harry Potter, Lilo and Stitch, Shrek II, Madagascar, Chronicles of Narnia, Surf's Up, and Ratatouille, among others. Currently, Dr. Sumida is acting as the anatomical consultant on Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks) and Bolt (Walt Disney Feature Animation). Dr. Sumida received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1987, having previously taught in the Department of Anatomy and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is a comparative anatomist and paleontologist who specializes in the biomechanics and evolution of locomotion. He is the author of three books and numerous scientific papers, and his paleontological research has taken him throughout North America and Europe with the support of many museums, the National Geographic Society and NATO.

Location and Registration

The evening will begin with a networking and social hour beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts Building (

). Light refreshments will be served. Dr. Sumida’s lecture will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP to

for planning purposes.

Parking and Directions

The PCC Cascade campus is close to downtown Portland, and parking is available across the street in the PCC parking lot for a small fee. Free parking passes will be available only to respondents who RSVP and request a parking pass by noon, March 24. A map and directions to the PCC Cascade Campus is available at:

. This and other Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH meetings are free to Cascade Chapter members, with a $5 fee at the door for non-members. Annual local chapter membership may be purchased at the door for $25 ($18 for students). For more information on Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH and membership registration, please visit the Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH website at


About Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH

The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter exists to serve the needs of the Oregon and Southwest Washington computer graphics industry and students. Through meetings, workshops, conferences, and other activities, the Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter works to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the educational, artistic, and scientific aspects and applications of modern technology to graphics. The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter works to enhance communication between people and organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington that have an interest in any aspect of computer graphics.


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