President of the University of California
Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013.
She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.
Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97. Before that, she practiced at the law firm of Lewis & Roca in Phoenix, where she became a partner in 1989. She began her career in 1983 as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. As Governor of Arizona, Napolitano focused on education, from pre-kindergarten through public higher education. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and was named one of the nation’s top five governors by Time magazine.
Napolitano earned a B.S. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Napolitano holds honorary degrees from several universities and colleges, including Emory University. Pomona College, and Northeastern University. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor.
M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, the Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Longevity Center, Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, and Author, iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind
Gary Small, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, the Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Longevity Center, and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. Dr. Small’s team has developed brain imaging technologies that detect the first signs of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease years before patients show symptoms and have led to expanded Medicare coverage for brain PET scanning. In addition to testing medicines that might delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Small has studied and developed healthy aging lifestyle and memory training programs that are available throughout the U.S. in senior centers, community hospitals, and assisted living facilities.
Dr. Small was a phi beta kappa, summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and earned his medical degree (alpha omega alpha) at the University of Southern California. After an internal medicine internship at Children’s Hospital and Adult Medical Center in San Francisco, he completed a psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Small then completed a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at UCLA.
Dr. Small has authored over 400 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including Senior Investigator Award, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry; Research Award in Geriatric Psychiatry, American College of Psychiatrists; and the Weinberg Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology. He is the author of seven popular books, including iBrain and The New York Times bestseller, The Memory Bible.
Director, Higher Education Studies, State University of New York’s Rockefeller Institute of Government and Policy Professor, SUNY-Albany
Ben Wildavsky is director of higher education studies at the State University of New York’s Rockefeller Institute of Government, and policy professor at SUNY-Albany. A former senior scholar at the Kauffman Foundation and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, he is the author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World. He is also co-editor of Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, the New Republic, the Atlantic, and many other publications. Wildavsky, a former education editor of U.S. News & World Report, has spoken to dozens of audiences in the United States and abroad, including at Google, Harvard, and the World Bank. He has convened gatherings of national education leaders, supervised the editorial operations of the best-selling U.S. News college guides, and managed a $2.5 million foundation grant portfolio. As a strategic and editorial consultant, he has provided advice to education leaders and has written influential policy reports, including the report of the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education. He is a member of the ETS Higher Education Advisory Council.
Brand Partnerships, Education, Twitter
Brett is responsible for working with Educational organizations at Twitter, including brand strategy for Colleges and Universities, and developing ways to bring Twitter to the Classroom. Prior to joining Twitter in 2012, Brett was Director of Partnerships at BetterLesson, where he managed Sales and Business Development. Before that, he was the Bay Area Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange, an Educational Non-profit, as well as an 8th grade math teacher as part of Teach For America.
Brett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College and a Masters Degree in Education. He is @bbaker on Twitter.
Chief Learning Officer, TurnAbout Learning
Jon Bergmann is a teacher who used to love being the center of the classroom. But he gave it up when he saw how engaged his students became in the learning process when he began flipping his instruction. Flipped Learning allowed him to know his students better which brought him back to the reason he became a teacher in the first place. He is considered one of pioneers of the Flipped Learning and now shares his passion for learner-centered classrooms with educators around the globe. He is currently Chief Learning Officer of TurnAbout Learning. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2002, and was named a semi-finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010. Jon serves on the advisory board of TED Education, and hosts “The Flip Side,” a radio show which tells the stories of Flipped educators. Additionally, he is a founding board member and the treasurer of the Flipped Learning Network™, the only not-for-profit organization run by and for flipped educators.
Founder and CEO, Fidelis Inc
Gunnar is a former Marine HUMINT Officer who served in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa before attending the Harvard Business School. While at HBS, Gunnar performed initial research for the book Disrupting Class by Clay Christensen and Michael Horn. After HBS, Gunnar transitioned to the civilian world as a consultant with Bain and Company before starting Fidelis.
Dr. Tamar Elkeles
Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer, Qualcomm
As Chief Learning Officer for Qualcomm, Tamar Elkeles, Ph.D., is responsible for defining the overall learning and development strategic direction for the company. Her scope of leadership includes company-wide learning and development, executive/leadership development, engineering/technical training, internal communications, organization development, talent management and learning technology for all of Qualcomm’s 25,000 global employees.
Elkeles created the Learning Center within Qualcomm in 1992 to meet the learning and development needs in a rapidly growing and changing high technology environment. In 1999, the Learning Center evolved into an internal consulting function within the organization, which provides business divisions with innovative solutions in both learning, organization development and communications that impact business results.
Under Elkeles’ leadership Qualcomm has received numerous awards and consistent recognition for being a top training organization with exceptional training and development programs. She is the co-author of the first book on the CLO’s role titled: “The Chief Learning Officer” and in 2010, was named “CLO of The Year” by CLO Magazine. She holds both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.
President and Co-Founder, E-Line Media and Founding Industry Fellow, ASU Center for Games and Impact
Alan Gershenfeld is Co-Founder and President of E-Line Media, publisher of digital entertainment that engages, educates and empowers, with a core focus on computer/video games. E-Line works with leading foundations, academics, non-profits and government agencies to harness the power of games for learning and social impact. Prior to E-Line, Alan was CEO of netomat, a leader in mobile-web community solutions. netomat originated as network-based art project and was selected as a Technology Pioneer at the 2007 World Economic Forum at Davos. Before netomat, Alan was member of the executive management team that rebuilt game publisher Activision from bankruptcy into a global industry leader. As SVP of Activision Studios Alan oversaw titles such as Civilization: Call to Power, Asteroids 3D, Muppet Treasure Island, Spycraft, Pitfall, Zork and Tony Hawk Skateboarding. Alan is currently a Founding Industry Fellow at the Center for Games and Impact at Arizona State University; serves on the Board of Directors of FilmAid International and on the Advisory Boards of PBS Kids New Media, iCivics and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center For Educational Media and Research (Sesame Workshop). He is also former Chairman of the Board for Games for Change.
Michael M. Grant, PhD
Assistant Professor, Educational Technology Program, University of South Carolina
Michael M. Grant recently joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina as program coordinator for the Educational Technology program. Previously, he spent twelve years in the Instructional Design & Technology program at the University of Memphis. He is an education scientist, teacher, keynote and workshop presenter, author, and consultant to K-12 schools and in higher education. His research considers three complementary areas: the design and development of technology-enhanced learning environments, graphic and instructional designs to support learning, and key learner characteristics. His most recent scholarship has focused on how to design, develop, and implement mobile teaching and learning in K-12 and higher education, particularly in STEM disciplines. Dr. Grant earned his Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in Instructional Technology and a BS and Masters of Industrial Education from Clemson University. He is currently the Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, the Past President of the Research & Theory Division of Association for Educational Communications & Technology, and a previous Chair of the Special Interest Group Instructional Technology for the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Grant can be contacted via his website at Viral-Notebook.com or through Twitter (@michaemgrant ) and Google+ (+michaemgrant).
Co-Founder and President, Coursera
Daphne Koller is the President and co-founder of Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that works with the best universities to connect anyone around the world with the best education, for free. Coursera is the leading MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform, and has partnered with dozens of the world’s top universities to offer hundreds of courses in a broad range of disciplines to millions of students, spanning every country in the world. Her work at Coursera has been discussed in hundreds of articles, in venues such as the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, BBC, and many more. Koller was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2012, Newsweek’s top 10 most important people in 2010, Huffington Post 100 Game Changes for 2010, and more. Prior to founding Coursera, Koller was the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where she served on the faculty for 18 years. In her research life, she worked in the area of machine learning and probabilistic modeling, with applications to systems biology and personalized medicine. She is the author of over 200 refereed publications in venues that span a range of disciplines, and has given over 15 keynote talks at major conferences. She is the recipient of many awards, which include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACM/Infosys award, and membership in the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also an award winning teacher, who pioneered in her Stanford class many of the ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. She received her BSc and MSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD from Stanford in 1994.
Chief Operating Officer, Western Governors University
Raghu Krishnaiah is Chief Operating Officer of Western Governors University (WGU). Recognized by President Obama as an innovative university that “awards credits based on learning, not seat time,” WGU is the only university in the U.S. offering accredited, competency-based bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at scale. Named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies for 2013, WGU has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN’s “Schools of Thought,” and in The New York Times. Private and nonprofit, WGU was founded by 19 governors as well as over 20 leading corporations and foundations and is the only university to receive regional accreditation from four accrediting commissions at the same time. WGU currently offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and healthcare, including nursing. The university has more than 45,000 students in all 50 states.
Raghu has more than 20 years of leadership experience in successfully building innovative B2C and B2B2C companies that leverage analytics and technology to deliver customer-valued experience and products for higher education, technology, and finance industries. As COO, Raghu leads WGU’s academics, marketing, analytics, enrollment, and technology.
Prior to joining WGU, Raghu was Senior Vice President at Kaplan’s Higher Education Group where he drove improvements in student outcomes and enrollment, and developed new products and ventures. In addition to his work in higher education, Raghu led the turnaround of a Venture-backed technology company, co-founded a data analytics and technology company that went public, and built a large-scale satellite communication system.
Raghu earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Head of Industry, Education, Google
Katie is a Head of Industry in the Education vertical at Google. She guides industry strategy for traditional & distance learning schools on the west coast, and oversees a sales team focused on helping Education advertisers develop and grow successful online marketing campaigns. She’s been involved in online marketing for the last 11 years at Google, and has been focused on the Education industry for the last 5 years. Katie earned a bachelors degree in History from The College of the Holy Cross.
Dr. Zach Pardos
Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education & School of Information
Business Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
Michelle Quinn is a Business Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News.Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.
Deputy CIO and Business Intelligence Strategist, Arizona State University
John Rome is the Deputy Chief Information Officer in the University Technology Office (UTO) and 20+ year employee of Arizona State University (ASU). During his tenure at the University, he has worked within and closely with a variety of departments including Data Administration, Institutional Research, Office of Budget and Planning, the Office of the University Provost and the Office of the President.
John began his career as a Database Administrator and has gone on to lead ASU’s Data Administration, UTO’s Business Intelligence (BI), UTO’s Application Development/ERP Systems (Peoplesoft), and ASU’s Academic Technologies departments. A pioneer of data warehousing/BI in higher education, John began building ASU’s first Data Warehouse in 1992. In 2006 he introduced dashboards to ASU. As a consultant, John has coached higher education institutions and industry on IT and BI best practices, including the strategic importance of BI and the development of data driven organizations.
John’s focus in recent years has been on dashboards/data visualization/academic analytics and, most recently, big data. He is currently working on architecting an IT Service Management (ITSM) solution based on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices framework. ASU recently took the step of insourcing its helpdesk and John spearheaded this effort, combining improved service to faculty, staff and students with cutting edge technology and analytics. An avid sports fan, John can be found at most ASU football and basketball games. John holds a Bachelor of Arts from Clarke University (Iowa) and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Vice President, Program Development, InsideTrack
Chris Tilghman brings a depth of expertise working with senior administrators in developing programs that improve student outcomes. Originally joining InsideTrack in 2005 as a Coach, Chris was instrumental in forming our Advisory Board of higher education thought leaders and has forged partnerships with a broad range of universities, including: Columbia University School of Continuing Education; Golden Gate University; Excelsior College; DeVry University; The College of New Rochelle; Ashland University; Central Michigan University Off Campus and Online Programs; Florida State University; and California State University Monterey Bay, among others. A keen observer of trends in higher education, Chris has written articles for a variety of publications, including AACRAO’s College and University, UPCEA’s Continuing Higher Education Review, and CAEL’s Forum and News. Previously, Chris served in product development, strategy, and investor relations roles for technology companies. He holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Education from Stanford University.
Dr. Ellen Wagner
Partner and Senior Analyst, Sage Road Solutions, LLC
Dr. Ellen Wagner is Partner and Senior Analyst with Sage Road Solutions, LLC. Ellen is responsible for industry intelligence, learning markets development and enablement solutions. In this capacity she also serves as the Executive Director of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology.
Ellen is the former senior director of worldwide eLearning, Adobe Systems, Inc. and was senior director of worldwide education solutions for Macromedia, Inc. Prior to working in software solutions marketing and product development, Ellen was Chief Learning Officer and Director of Education for Viviance new education, a Swiss-based e-learning company with offices in 10 North American and European countries. She was Chief Learning Officer and VP of Consulting Services for Informania, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Viviance. Before joining the private sector, Ellen was a tenured Professor and Chair of the Educational Technology program at the University of Northern Colorado, and held a number of administrative posts, including Director of the Western Institute for Distance Education and Coordinator of Campus Instructional and Research Technologies, Academic Affairs. Her Ph.D. in learning psychology comes from the University of Colorado – Boulder. Her M.S. and B.A. degrees were earned at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Elizabeth Losh is Director of the Culture, Art, and Technology program at Sixth College at U.C. San Diego, where she teaches courses on digital rhetoric and new media. Previously she was the Writing Director of the Humanities Core Course at U.C. Irvine.
She is the author of The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, 2014) and Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and co-author of the comic book textbook Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013) with Jonathan Alexander. She is currently working on a new monograph, tentatively entitled Obama Online: Technology, Masculinity, and Democracy.
She has been involved in implementing instructional technology initiatives at the University of California for almost twenty years. She is also a blogger for the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Central, a Steering Committee member of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), a co-founder of DHSoCal, and the current co-facilitator — with Lisa Nakamura of the University of Michigan — of FemTechNet, an international network of feminist scholars of technology.
She writes about the digital humanities, media literacy, distance learning, gender and technology, and the rhetoric surrounding regulatory attempts to limit everyday digital practices. This work has appeared in edited collections from MIT Press, Routledge, University of Chicago, Minnesota, Oxford, Continuum, and many other presses.
Dr. Becky Armstrong
Director, Research Subject Protection, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Becky Armstrong serves as the Director for Research Subject Protection and as such, oversees the administrative management and ethical review of Human Subjects, Animal Use in Teaching and Research, and is involved with NSF requirements regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research. Her professional career began as an equine veterinarian (U of IL – ’83) in private practice before returning to UW-Madison and obtaining a Ph.D. in Adult and Professional Continuing Education (’98) during which she conducted her own human subjects research focusing on faculty development as they learn to teach using distance education technologies. Becky started working in research administration and compliance while at Purdue University where she was involved in grant development in the STEM fields; and later, managed the human and animal subjects’ research compliance programs as well as developing a research compliance program for biosafety. She came to UC Berkeley in October 2004 as the Director of Human Subjects Research and the scope of her responsibilities expanded significantly in August 2010 when she took on oversight of animal research and teaching too as the Director of Research Subject Protection. Fortuitously, her interest in adult education and experience in facilitating research administration and compliance are complementary fields which provide many professional challenges and much satisfaction.
Communications & Outreach Specialist, UC San Diego Library
Marlo Young concurrently works as a Communications & Outreach Specialist for the UC San Diego Library and for the systemwide UC Libraries Advisory Structure as its Communications Manager. Prior to that she served as Virtual Education Coordinator within the Library with a focus on applying and assessing technologies that enhance and facilitate digital era student learning and research skills acquisition. Marlo is a past fellow with the National Library of Medicine, the Association of Research Libraries, and has worked at UC San Diego since 2003.
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Life & Director – Center for Career & Professional Advancement, UC Merced
Brian O’Bruba currently serves as Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Life at the University of California, Merced and concurrently serves as the Director of Center for Career & Professional Advancement there. While at UC Merced, Brian has been instrumental in designing and implementing several student professional development initiatives including the award winning UC Merced Mobile App Challenge. He has more than 17 years of experience in career and students services serving in a variety of roles at institutions such as The Ohio State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Charles Nies
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UC Merced
Dr. Nies is the Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. He has responsibility for areas that create an engaged campus life and that foster student learning outside of the classroom.
He has worked in higher education for over 20 years in a variety of roles. He was the dean of students at a small private college, a program director for a minor in leadership studies, and an assistant dean of an interdisciplinary school at a large public university. As an instructor, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership theory, organizational theory, student development, and social identity development. He has served as a consultant to a number of universities, non-profit organizations, and public agencies.
His area of research is leadership and social change.
Dr. Nies earned his B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas as a double major in psychology and theology. He received a M.A. degree in counseling psychology and a Ph.D. in educational leadership/leadership theory from Washington State University.
Dr. Fuji Collins
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health & Wellness and Interim Dean of Students
Dr. Fuji Collins is currently an Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Health and Wellness and Interim Dean of Students. He is responsible for eight diverse units that actively engage the community and they work with all colleges, departments, and programs across the University to encourage and coordinate a wide range of student-focused activities, focusing on health, wellness, and student success.
Dr. Collins is dedicated to student success and academic excellence. As an academic, he held assistant and associate professor ranks teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and was an Associate Dean and faculty. As a leader in student affairs, he started out as an Associate Director, Director, and ultimately an Assistant Vice Chancellor. He continues to be responsible for the promotion of student success and achievement from the first year of study to graduation and supports students by engaging in planning and implementation of programs, resources, and services in four core areas: academic intervention and support, outreach and education, student development and programming, and cultural support.
He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, is a graduate of the National Asian American Psychology Training Center and the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Development Program for Higher Education, as well as the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.
Education Correspondent, NPR
After nearly a decade as an award-winning Foreign Correspondent with NPR’s international desk, Eric Westervelt returned in September 2013 to domestic news with a new national beat covering American education as an Education Correspondent.
In this role, he covers the news, issues, and trends in classrooms across the country, from pre-K to higher education. He has a strong interest in the multiple ways in which technology is disrupting traditional pedagogy.
Westervelt recently returned from a 2013 John S Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. The fellowship focused on journalistic innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship and the future of news.
Previously, he was a foreign correspondent based in the Middle East and then Europe. From 2009 to 2012 Westervelt was Berlin Bureau Chief and Correspondent coverage a broad range of news across Europe from the debt crisis to political challenges in Eastern Europe. In 2011 and 2012 his work included coverage of the revolutions in North Africa from the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt to the civil war and NATO intervention in Libya.
As a foreign correspondent, Westervelt has covered numerous wars and their repercussions across the Middle East for NPR as Jerusalem Bureau Chief and as Pentagon Correspondent. Prior to his current assignment, he spent several years living in the Middle East reporting on the war in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan and elsewhere. As Jerusalem Bureau Chief he covered the turmoil in the Gaza Strip, and the 2006 Second Lebanon war between the Israeli military and Hezbollah. He also reported in-depth on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict across Israel and the occupied West Bank.
During the US-led invasion of Iraq, Westervelt traveled with the lead element of the U.S. Third Infantry Division, which was the first army unit to reach Baghdad. He later helped cover the Iraqi insurgency, sectarian violence and the on-going struggle to rebuild the country in the post-Saddam Hussein era. Westervelt was one of the few western reporters on the ground in Gaza during the Fatah-Hamas civil war and he reported on multiple Israeli offensives in the coastal territory. Additionally, he has reported from the Horn of Africa, Yemen and the Persian Gulf countries.
Prior to his Middle East assignments, Westervelt covered military affairs and the Pentagon reporting on a wide range of defense, national security as well as foreign policy issues.
Before joining NPR’s Foreign Desk nearly a decade ago, Westervelt covered some of the biggest domestic stories as a reporter on NPR’s National Desk. His assignments spanned from the explosion of TWA flight 800 to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He also covered the mass shooting at Columbine High School, the presidential vote recount following the 2000 Presidential Election, among other major stories. He also covered national trends in law enforcement and crime fighting, including police tactics, use of force, the drug war, racial profiling and the legal and political battles over firearms in America.
The breadth and depth of his work has been honored with the highest awards in broadcast journalism. He contributed to NPR’s 2002 George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of the 9/11 attacks and the aftermath; the 2003 Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University award also for 9/11 coverage and the war in Afghanistan; and a 2004 and a 2007 duPont-Columbia University Award for NPR’s coverage of the war in Iraq and its effect on Iraqi society.
Westervelt’s 2009 multi-media series with NPR photojournalist David Gilkey won the Overseas Press Club of America’s Lowell Thomas Award Citation for Excellence.
In lighter news, Westervelt occasionally does features for NPR’s Arts Desk. His profile of roots rock pioneer Roy Orbison was part of NPR’s 50 Great Voices series. His feature on the making of John Coltrane’s classic “A Love Supreme,” was part of the NPR series on the most influential American musical works of the 20th century, which was recognized with a Peabody Award.
Before joining NPR, Westervelt worked as a freelance reporter in Oregon, a news director and reporter in New Hampshire and reported for Monitor Radio, the broadcast edition of the Christian Science Monitor.
Westervelt is a graduate of the Putney School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College.
Berkeley Center for New Media
Jennifer DiZio is a doctoral student and researcher at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and the Berkeley Center for New Media. She was a Dean’s Scholar at the University of Delaware graduating Summa Cum Laude with a joint English and Fine Arts degree in 2004. In 2012 Jennifer was awarded the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship to continue work in online education and STEM literacies. Prior to commencing her studies at UC Berkeley, Jennifer worked as a producer for film and television in the US and UK.
Associate Professor of History, UC Riverside Department of History
Juliette Levy is associate professor of Latin American history at UC Riverside. Her work explores the historical formation of credit markets in Latin America within their legal, social, cultural and ethnic contexts; more about her scholarship here.
Dr. Levy has previous professional experience in finance and traditional media, and is now increasingly using computational methods both quantitatively and qualitatively in research and teaching. She is currently building a digital archive of Mexican civil contracts, records and wills at the Rivera Library at UC Riverside, and has developed two cross-campus online courses for UCOE/ILTI. Dr Levy has long used social media to reach out and invite students into her real or virtual office, and is currently applying gamification strategies in online and face-to-face learning experiences for undergraduates, collaborating with graduate students at UC Riverside on Digital Pedagogy and Digital History projects.
Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice
Greg Niemeyer is the craigslist Distinguished Chair for New Media at UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice. He directs the Berkeley Center for New Media, and collaborates with the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). His research focuses on the critical analysis of the impact of new media on human experiences.
Niemeyer’s creative work focuses on the mediation between humans as individuals and humans as a collective through digital tools, and emphasizes playful responses to technology. Some of his most recognized art projects include Gravity (Cooper Union, NYC, 1997), PING (SFMOMA, 2001), Oxygen Flute, with Chris Chafe (SJMA, 2002), Organum (Pacific Film Archive, 2003), Ping 2.0 (Paris, La Villette Numerique, 2004), Organum Playtest (2005), and Good Morning Flowers (SFIFF 2006, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2006), the Balance Game (Cairo 2007, London, 2007), and Polar Tide (2013-2014) for the Maldives Pavillion of the Venice Biennale. The Black Cloud (2008) was funded by the MacArthur Foundation to provide an alternate reality game and a social network for sensing air quality and taking actions to benefit indoor air quality. The project has evolved into a startup company, Aclima Inc., where Greg serves as the Senior Advisor for Social Engagement.
Professor Niemeyer has also developed several mobile neurotherapeutic games in collaboration with the MIND Institute at UC Davis and with the Montreal Neurological Institute. Prior to his post at UC Berkeley, Niemeyer received his MFA from Stanford University in New Genres in 1997 where he founded and directed the Stanford University Digital Art Center (SUDAC).
Doctoral Student, Researcher and Instructor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
John Scott is a doctoral student researcher and instructor in UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and the Berkeley Center for New Media. His research explores the use of digital video and multimedia production across a range of educational and social contexts, including those related to youth identity in global contexts, online instruction and pedagogy, civic engagement, and vernacular creativity. He has worked on the development and design of a number of web applications, and is an award-winning video artist. Prior to beginning doctoral work, Scott was an art and English teacher in New York City public schools and received a master’s degree in special education.
Ellen Osmundson, Ph. D
Program Coodinator for the Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI) at the University of California, Office of the President
Ellen Osmundson, Ph. D., is currently the Program Coodinator for the Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI) at the University of California, Office of the President. She served as a Senior Researcher for National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA for 15 years. Ellen has extensive research experience in the areas of teaching, learning and assesmsent in STEM as well as language and literacy. She has been a teacher, professional developer, and researcher in many contexts. Her research interests include cognition, learning and instruction, assessment, language acquisition and early childhood issues.