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Changes at IMERSA



Judith Rubinhas resigned her position as our Director of Communications and Development after faithfully serving the organization since its inauguration in 2008. Serving from 2008 - 2014, she worked tirelessly to evangelize the possibilities of fulldome. Her articles have appeared in dozens of media outlets including; InPark Magazine, Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound and Communications, Live Design, and LF Examiner. Judy was instrumental in forming ties between IMERSA and GSCA, TEA and SIGGRAPH. We are glad to have Judy continuing to support IMERSA as an Advisor. 


Ed Lantz, President and CTO of Vortex Immersion Media, stepped down from his Board position after serving as founder and Director since 2008. He is increasing his focus on pioneering business models, demonstrating financial success of domed theaters aimed at arts and entertainment programming and the continued promotion of excellence in related fulldome content creation.

Upon leaving IMERSA, he commented on the group’s growth. “Consider that it was ten years ago that Ryan, Dan, and I produced the first Fulldome Standards Summit at IPS 2004 in Valencia, Spain,” he said. “This seed has sprouted into an impressive organization that will continue to serve the fulldome community for years to come. Through Ed’s work, IMERSA grew to embrace a wide variety of venues, and most recently became a founding member of International Fulldome Arts Alliance. This group is working to open a touring circuit for arts and entertainment programming.” Lantz also plans to continue supporting IMERSA in an advisory capacity.

“Judy and Ed are both founding pillars of this movement we now call IMERSA,” said Dan Neafus, IMERSA Founding Board member and manager of the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are grateful for their hard work and passionate support of our mission and look forward to their participation as advisers on future projects.”


Carolyn Collins Petersen, CEO of Loch Ness Productions (a founding member of IMERSA) takes on the job of IMERSA’s new Communications Coordinator.She has extensive experience in the planetarium and fulldome community, and worked with Judy on public relations for previous annual summits.

Be sure to say CONGRATULATIONS to Carolyn when you see her at the Summit!

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Carolyn Collins Petersen is CEO of Loch Ness Productions, producers and distributors of fulldome videos, music, and providers of fulldome- and science outreach-related services. She is an IPS Fellow and formerly served as IPS Publications Chair. 

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