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Richelle Cripe is a 2007 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, a minor in Art History, and coursework in Music, Architecture and Computer Science. She traveled through parts of India, Europe, Africa and New Zealand after graduation, which stimulated her desire to learn more about populations worldwide. As a Ph.D. student, she plans to create new avenues that allow under-represented populations the opportunity to access and contribute to the emerging culture of participation, and to use modern technology as a way to capture creative output from populations that have limited access to the global artistic community.
Katherine Goodman received a master’s of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California in 2002 with an emphasis in fiction, and a bachelor’s in Theoretical Mathematics from Valparaiso University in 1997, with a research emphasis in graph theory. Her research interests include using technology to encourage cross-disciplinary work for students. She taught Composition at USC and the Community College of Aurora.
Megan Kinney has more than 10 years of experience in connecting traditionally under-served groups to useful technologies. As a librarian, she has helped refugee youth use GIS mapping to improve their neighborhoods, recent immigrants learn how to send an email, Denver citizens how to apply for the housing lottery online, community college students to embrace the importance of solid research and critical thinking skills. What’s next? Working with female prisoners to give them the digital literacy skills needed to succeed outside of prison and avoid recidivism.
Brit Kos, a Colorado native, recently obtained her master’s degree in Computer Science from CU, where she also received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Her background includes Web development and an interest in advances in digital media.
Hyunjoo Oh is interested in designing motivating experiences with interactive technology to support creative activities. She studied graphic design and media interaction design from Ewha Womans University in South Korea and received a master’s degree in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University, where she explored edutainment and tangible interaction related projects. Her research interest involves design, HCI, technology and learning.
Robert Soden has been working at the intersection of community mapping, new technology and environmental modeling for over a decade. As a founding member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team that most recently worked with the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Soden has worked or lived in over two dozen countries.
Abigale Stangl is a spring 2013 graduate of the ATLAS Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICTD) master’s degree program, where she has focused on user-centered design, human centered computing, accessibility and gender empowerment. As an ATLAS Ph.D. student, she will work on projects that strive to improve emotional health and well-being for individuals and communities through the application and development of technologies. For information about her lab, click http://lab.sikuli.org/about.
￼￼Jiffer Harriman received a master’s degree in Music, Science and Technology in 2010 from the Center for Computer Research in Music and
Acoustics at Stanford University and is a 2002 graduate in Electrical Engineering at CU. While at Stanford, he explored networked music, new instruments for musical expression, processing techniques as well as interactive and kinetic art. His research interests combine music and technology
Josephine Kilde is a native of Kenya and moved to the United States in 2005. She received an associate degree in Applied Science as an Information Technology-Network Specialist from the Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wis. She currently is finishing her Information and Communications Technologies bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. As a Ph.D. student, she plans to study educational technologies and then return to Kenya.
Kevin Moloney is a 24-year veteran of photojournalism and has spent 15 years as an educator with the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at CU. He holds a master’s degree in Digital Media Studies from the University of Denver.
Moloney’s photos have appeared in the New York Times and the NYTimes.com Web page; his work as a writer and photographer also has been published by the National Geographic Society, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, TIME, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Stern, Paris Match, The Washington Post and scores of other international publications.
Lise Ann St. Denis has two undergraduate degrees from Colorado State University. She has a bachelor of arts degree in Graphic Design and a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science. She also did graduate work in Human Factors Engineering at the University of Idaho. St. Denis worked on technical publications for five years at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She then worked for 13 years at Hewlett Packard, where she worked on the design of internal information systems, user interface design and project management. She also recently owned a retail business in Boulder. St. Denis plans to pursue studies in data visualization and crisis informatics.
Sid Saleh, who has a bachelor of science degree in Mathematics from the University of Houston, started ServicesRevenue, a developer of service-oriented sales tools and business model analytics. As CEO, he set the strategic direction for the Technical Support Alliance Network, a non-profit trade association. He has held marketing management positions at Claris (Apple’s software subsidiary) and Gateway. His article “Demystifying Conjoint Analysis” won the 2001 AFSMI’s Writers Award. He also is a 2003 recipient of the George O. Harmon Award. Saleh researches multi-disciplinary approaches to value creation and perception.
Kara A. Behnke is a 2010 graduate of University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Japanese, a minor in Chinese and a minor in the ATLAS Technology, Arts and Media (TAM) program. She also received a master's certificate in Serious Game Design at Michigan State University and is partner of Event-Qwest, a Boulder "gamification" start-up company. Behnke is an avid gamer whose research focuses on how Gameful Design facilitates the acquisition of purposeful knowledge for Computer Science students and enables them to become better innovators, collaborators and creative designers. Behnke utilizes a variety of gaming platforms to support creative learning environments for computational thinking, including Second Life, Xbox360 game development, mobile App development, Unity 3D and commercial games such as Minecraft. Behnke is currently working with the ECSITE Project in the Department of Computer science to evaluate how gaming can engage K-12 students in computational problem solving, modeling and communication.
Leslie Dodson has worked as an international correspondent for CNBC, MSNBC, NBC WeatherPlus, Reuters Financial Television and NHK Japan based in London, New York, Tokyo and Denver. She received her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Dodson also is a founding partner of The Story Group, a multi-media journalism consortium devoted to covering energy and environmental issues in the Rocky Mountain West. She plans to focus her research on Muslim women’s participation in information and communication technology.
Heather Underwood graduated with a computer science degree from the University of Washington in 2009, where she developed MultiLearn, a single-display groupware system for elementary education using game models. She conducted several field tests of MultiLearn in Bangalore, India, which stimulated her desire to travel and learn about cultures worldwide. As a Ph.D. student, Underwood plans to combine and expand her technical background with studies in public health and policy to ultimately create cost-effective, sustainable health-related solutions for the developing world.
Joanne White has a master's degree from School of Journalism and Mass Communication at CU, where she focused on social media communities and bloggers who are mothers. Prior to moving to the United States in 2008, White wrote and delivered national framework tertiary curriculum for marketing, advertising and journalism courses in Australia. She has worked in media and communications for 20 years throughout the Asia Pacific region. She has a bachelor of arts degree with a major in communication from Griffith University, Qld, Australia, and a graduate diploma in vocational education and training from Charles Sturt University in NSW, Australia.
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Bradley Dean Morse is a native of Colorado and received a bachelor of arts degree from Colorado State University in Anthropology and Journalism. He also obtained a master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Denver, where he focused on sustainable development in disadvantaged communities. Currently Brad is employed at the American Indian Alaska Native Programs at the University of Colorado in Denver, where he is working on issues involving communication technology and health-related education. Most of Brad’s field research has been conducted in South Dakota and Oklahoma within American Indian communities. He plans to continue this work at the ATLAS Institute, focusing on culturally relevant adaptations of emerging technologies, including participatory video and Web-based development, to create learning opportunities in remote rural areas.
Calvin C. Pohawpatchoko Jr. is a member of the Numunu People (Comanche Tribe) from the Quahada (Antelope) clan. He has a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Okla.; a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Regis University, Denver; and has done doctoral studies in Educational Technology at Colorado State University. He has worked for 25 years in the IT industry, largely in the area of financial system development, maintenance, system conversions, team leadership and management. Calvin currently serves on the University of Colorado’s Multi-Cultural Engineering Program Advisory Council, and has served with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). He has an interest in economic development, urban education and policy, technology and how it can be used in tribal development, K-16 education, leadership and research for Native Americans.
Edwige Simon, a native of France, moved to the U.S. in 1999. She holds master’s degrees in American Studies, French and Education and currently works as a Language Technology Program Coordinator for the Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC) at the University of Colorado. Edwige regularly designs and teaches instructional technology workshops (in-class and online) and works closely with faculty members interested in developing their technology literacy. She also has worked as an independent contractor for the School of Continuing Education and for APEX Learning, a company that designs online language courses. Her research interests stand at the intersection of technology, education and professional development. She is especially interested in studying how campuses can assist faculty to make the transition from traditional classroom-based teaching to fully online environments.
Kate Starbird received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, where she played on the women's basketball team before a career as a professional basketball player. She is interested in the multi- dimensional impact of emerging technologies on youth culture, along with the relationship between gender and technology, its roots and effects.
Sarah Vieweg, whose background is in Linguistics and Computer Science, is pursuing research in Human-Computer Interface Design, including the use of Twitter in times of mass emergencies.
Revi Sterling worked for Microsoft for 10 years, five of which were spent in the external research program group where she began outreach efforts to increase the number of female computer scientists and technologists. She also developed and supported programs for high school and college women, including working with CU. Her research interest involves uses of technology to reduce poverty and empower women in developing regions.
Sophia Liu is a 2004 graduate of the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science major specializing in Research and Analytical Methods and double minors in Information and Computer Science, and Digital Arts. She also attended the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, disasters, communication and visual arts.