AIR Time in partnership with Richardson Reads One Book
Season 7 of AIR Time presented by AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson) kicks off as moderator David Fisher (Asst. Dir., Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs) interviews Dr. Robert Gregg, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Locomotor Control Systems Laboratory at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). His research concerns the control mechanisms of human locomotion with applications to high-performance prosthetic and orthotic devices. When not busy in the lab, he spends time playing with his dog, a hound-terrier mix named Oskee, after a fight song from Gregg’s alma mater, the University of Illinois.
Joining Dr. Gregg in the interview is Dario Villarreal, one of Gregg’s students. Dario is a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at UTD and earned his undergraduate degree in mechatronics engineering from Saltillo Tech in Mexico. He brings a clear and relevant voice to the issues shared by the main characters in the book Spare Parts.
This special Season 7 opener for AIR Time is in partnership with the Richardson Reads One Book program where the focus is on encouraging an entire community to read the same book then come together to discuss it, share ideas and experience a presentation by the author. This year’s selection is Spare Parts by Joshua Davis. The book centers on four Latino teenagers in Arizona who enter a national underwater robotics competition. The movie selection is the movie version of the book, Spare Parts, from 2015 (114 min) starring George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Following the interview (7-7:45 pm), guests are invited to stay for the movie. Admission is free, but when reserving a seat online you must purchase a $5 food voucher which can then be used at the event.