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									Appendix I:
Faculty External to Duke & Possible Partnering

Silicon Valley has long established itself as both a hub for technology and a center for education. Located
at its heart, Stanford University has been enriched by the people who live and work in the area, the
technologies that have been created there, the intellectual, social and cultural environments that have grown
there, and the flow of fiscal resources that have flourished as a result of all of these inputs. The Research
Triangle area has many of the same assets as Silicon Valley: a robust network of educators, professionals,
entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, as well as a socially, economically, and culturally diverse general public
and an established technologies and new media sector. Collectively, these assets offer a tremendous and
robust support structure to the Master's program. The result is an extraordinary knowledge, experience and
expertise base that has the potential to make this unlike any other program in North Carolina.

We would take advantage of the many stunning human resources available to us due to our location. This
appendix is the beginning of a list of the individuals upon whom we would call for help as teachers,
mentors, providers of internships and jobs for our graduates. If you would like to be included on this list, or
to recommend someone who you think would be a good fit for our program, please (contact us).

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Penny Abernathy
Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Abernathy, a journalism professional with more than 30 years experience as a reporter, editor and media
executive, became the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics in July 2008. Abernathy
specializes in preserving quality journalism by helping the news business succeed economically in the
digital media environment and focuses her expertise on 21st-century economic models that will improve
the ability of journalists to produce news in the public interest. She is creating innovative new courses and
practical research, and shares her work widely online and person-to-person to help journalists and media
industry managers take on the industry's economic challenges.

Debashis Aikat
Associate Professor
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
A nationally renowned expert on communication technology, Aikat was named the inaugural winner of the
Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Teacher of the Year (2003) award for “distinguished
service to journalism education.” In 1997, the IRTS named him the Coltrin Communications Professor of
the Year. Since 1997, he has been a featured member of the Carolina Speakers.

Janice L. Anderson
Assistant Professor of Science Education
UNC School of Education
Janice L. Anderson is an assistant professor of science education at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill School of Education. A former high school science teacher, she completed a Ph.D. in
Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Science and Technology at Boston College in 2008. Her current
research explores the use of 3-D virtual environments (e.g., Quest Atlantis) to teach concepts related to
water quality and ecosystems to elementary and middle school students. The catalyst for her professional
efforts has been the notion of improving students’ engagement with science and technology, particularly
among populations that are underrepresented in science, with particular attention to gender and race.
Cheryl Mason Bolick
Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Social Studies Education
UNC School of Education
Cheryl Mason Bolick is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the coordinator of the Elementary Education program, director of the
Research Triangle Schools Partnerships and a member of the Curriculum, Culture and Change graduate
division. Her scholarship and teaching focus on the integration of technology into teacher education and
into K-12 social studies classrooms. She also investigates how digital libraries can be used to foster student

Jane Brown
James L. Knight Professor
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
For three decades, Brown’s research has focused on the effects of the media on adolescents’ health. She is
completing a five-year project, "Teen Media: The mass media and adolescents' sexual health," funded by
the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Previously, Brown was co-principal
investigator on the National Television Violence study. She and students studied the effectiveness of
antiviolence public service announcements produced by the cable television industry. She serves on a
scientific advisory board for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Trojan Sexual
Health Advisory Council. She also is a member of a NICHD scientific review panel and a member of the
selection committee for the William T. Grant Foundation Scholars. (To learn more about the Teen Media
study, go to:

Francesca Dillman Carpentier
Assistant Professor
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Francesca Dillman Carpentier’s teaching interests include television production, telecommunication
management and policy, and media effects. Her research questions focus on how we process mass-
mediated messages, with additional focus on understanding what motivates us to select certain media
offerings over others.

Patrick Davison
Associate Professor
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Patrick Davison is an associate professor of visual communication and the director of documentary projects
at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Davison teaches photojournalism and multimedia classes and leads international and domestic documentary
multimedia projects, most recently in the Galapagos Islands. Davison has been a photojournalist for more
than two decades for newspapers and magazines. He shared in The Pulitzer Prize for News Photography in
2000 at the Rocky Mountain News, and he and his students have won hundreds of photojournalism,
multimedia and writing awards.

Phillip M. Edwards
Instructor (HASTAC Member)
UNC School of Information and Library Science
Phillip M. Edwards is a member of the faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He conducts research on scholarly communication practices,
particularly with regard to how scholars make decisions about where they publish or how they distribute
their work. He is also interested in the impact that these production and sharing practices have on collection
development and management activities in academic libraries. He teaches courses at the undergraduate-
and graduate-levels on search strategies, collection development and management, scholarly
communication, and information sources in science and technology.

Laura N. Gasaway
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
UNC School of Law
Laura N. "Lolly" Gasaway, a native of Arkansas, joined the faculty of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law
in 1985 as director of the law library and professor of law. She served in this position until 2006 when she
became associate dean for academic affairs. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Gasaway
teaches courses on copyright and cyberspace law. She also teaches copyright law in the UNC-Chapel Hill
School of Information and Library Science. She is a past president of the American Association of Law
Libraries and is active in the Special Libraries Association (SLA). She received the SLA's John Cotton
Dana award in 1987, its H.W. Wilson Award in 1983 and 2004 and was named a fellow of the association
in 1988.

Deborah R. Gerhardt
Assistant Professor
UNC School of Law
Deborah Gerhardt is an assistant professor in the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. Gerhardt served as director of the intellectual property initiative and taught courses in
copyright law and trademark law at UNC from 2005-09. She concurrently served as scholarly
communications director for the UNC University Libraries from 2005-08. Gerhardt teaches courses in her
research area of intellectual property. She earned her A.B. degree from Duke University and her J.D.
degree cum laude from Case Western Reserve School of Law. She received a grant from the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation to support empirical copyright research in May 2008.

Lawrence Grossberg
Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies
Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Director of the University Program in Cultural Studies
Dr. Grossberg's research and teaching interests are: cultural studies; cultural theory; modern and
contemporary philosophy; contemporary political cultures; modernities; and (political) economics.

Michael Hoefges
Associate Professor
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Michael Hoefges joined the faculty in 2003 and teaches undergraduate and graduate media law courses. His
research interests include First Amendment commercial and corporate speech issues, freedom of
information, commercial access to government records and databases, privacy law for advertisers and
marketers, class action notice plans, and advertising and marketing regulation for various products and
services including alcohol and tobacco products, gambling, licensed professional services, and regulated
drugs and medical devices.

Paul Jones
Director of
Clinical Associate Professor
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
UNC School of Information and Library Science
Paul Jones is the director of ibiblio, a contributor-run, digital library of public domain and creative
commons media in the Office of Information Technology Service at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also Clinical
Associate Professor in the School of Information and Library Science. Jones has a particular interest in
social networks and in New Media. He was the first manager of, one of the first World
Wide Web sites in North America. He is the author ofThe Web Server Book (Ventana, 1995) and numerous
articles on topics such as digital libraries and the Open Source movement. Interestes include Internet issues
and applications including: digital libraries, electronic publishing, online news, virtual communities, legal
and social issues relating to networked information and access.

Mark Katz
Associate Professor
Department of Music
Mark Katz is associate professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research
and teaching focus on music and technology, popular music and performance practice. He is the author of
Capturing Sound: How Technology has Changed Music and is currently working on a new book, Groove
Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ, which is supported by a grant from the National Science
Foundation. Katz is a long-time violinist, a beginning turntablist and a DJ at UNC’s radio station, WXYC
89.3 FM.

Julie Thompson Keane
Ph.D. Candidate
UNC School of Education
Julie Thompson Keane is a Ph.D. candidate in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program at the School
of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a researcher, designer and
curriculum developer in the field of educational technology for more than 15 years. As a project director at
the Center for Children and Technology, EDC, she conducted national evaluation studies to investigate the
impact of federal education technology policy as well as privately funded technology initiatives in K-12
schools. Her dissertation research focuses on middle school students’ multimedia autobiographies. This
work will contribute to the growing body of research that is studying youth, new media, and its relationship
to notions of identity.

Anne Klinefelter
Associate Professor of Law
Director of the Law Library
UNC School of Law
Anne Klinefelter became Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law in 2007. She teaches
a seminar on Privacy Law and has taught Advanced Legal Research and Introduction to American Law for
foreign exchange students. Her research interests include privacy law, the First Amendment, copyright law,
and licensing, particularly as these areas apply to libraries. She has made presentations to academic, library,
and public audiences on topics ranging from legal research, to library management, to privacy of library
users. Professor Klinefelter serves on the Advisory Board of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy.

Ming C. Lin
Beverly Long Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Ming Lin received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of
California, Berkeley. She is currently the Beverly Long Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She leads the research efforts on physics-based modeling,
multi-sensory interaction (including interactive auditory display and haptic rendering), and robotics and
geometric computing. She also co-directs the GAMMA Research Group at UNC.

John McGowan
Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of the Humanities
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities
John McGowan is the Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the director of the
Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of
five books, most recently American Liberalism (UNC Press, 2007) and an editor of the Norton Anthology
of Theory and Criticism.

Cathy Packer
Director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy
Professor, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Cathy Packer teaches media law to undergraduate and graduate students and is a co-editor of the North
Carolina Media Law Handbook, to which she contributes the chapter on access to state and local
government records. Packer’s two major research interests are reporter’s privilege law and the law
governing the business of the media, which includes the law on media taxation and employee contracts.
Packer has worked on free press projects in Albania, Jordan and Russia. She also works closely with
international graduate students in the School.
Michael Palm
Assistant Professor of Media and Technology Studies
Department of Communication Studies
Palm's teaching interests include media and communications history, work and labor studies, and cultural
studies of technology. His research is focused on media technologies introduced into people's everyday
lives. More broadly, he explores the role of technology in the emergence and interplay between new forms
of work, commerce and consumption. He is currently writing a history of self-service technologies that
have transferred work from employees to customers, from the telephone dial to the ATM. He has also
published research about the cultural politics and political economy of outsourcing, and is a co-editor of
The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace (Temple UP,

Joyce Rudinsky
Associate Professor, Department of Communications
Associate Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities
Chief Domain Scientist, Arts and Humanities, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)
Rudinsky is a visual artist working with electronic and interactive media to investigate lived experience in
an information-based society. Her most recent work investigates the impact of information technology on
cognitive experience and sensory perception.

Laura Ruel
Assistant Professor
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Assistant Professor Laura Ruel teaches visual communication and multimedia journalism at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC in 2004, she was inaugural director of the Estlow
Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. She coordinates the Society for News
Design’s Best of Multimedia Design competition. She was project leader for the Poynter Institute’s
Eyetrack III research and is co-founder of DiSEL, the Digital Storytelling Effects Lab.

Wenhua Shi
Lecturer & Academic Advisor
Department of Communication Studies
Wenhua Shi is a filmmaker and media artist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shi earned
his B.A. and B.F.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.F.A. from the University of
California, Berkeley. His teaching and research interests include experimental film and animation, moving
images and sound installation, and interactive art. Shi’s works integrate new media, sounds, installation and
sculpture. His films have been screened at Pacific Film Archive, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television (UK), Denver
Contemporary Museum of Art, Beijing Film Academy, The Jack Kerouac School of Naropa University and
dozens of international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bradford, and Mexico City, where
his works have been recognized with top honors. He works on the poetic approach to art making and
crossing the boundary of narrative and experimental style while engaging with new media and art/ game

Ruth Walden
James Howard and Hallie McLean Parker Distinguished Professor
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Director, UNC Center for Faculty Excellence
Professor Ruth Walden is the school’s James Howard and Hallie McLean Parker Distinguished Professor
and chairwoman of the Graduate Admissions Committee. Her research and teaching interests are mass
communication law, First Amendment theory and media ethics.

William P. Marshall
William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law
UNC School of Law
Marshall joined UNC-Chapel Hill as a permanent member of the faculty in spring 2001. He received his
law degree from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
Marshall served as Deputy White House Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States
during the Clinton Administration where he worked on issues ranging from freedom of religion to
separation of powers. He has published extensively on constitutional law issues and is a nationally
recognized first amendment scholar. He is also a leading expert on federal judicial selection matters and on
the interrelationship between media, law and politics. He teaches media law, civil procedure, constitutional
law, first amendment, federal courts, and the law of the presidency.

North Carolina Central University
Prince. H. Bull
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology
Dr. Bull is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Educational Technology at North Carolina
Central University School of Education. Dr. Bull’s research activities include technology integration with
preservice and in-service teachers, emerging technologies, and technology integration with K-20 faculty
and staff.

Melvin J. Carter
Chair of the Art Department
Dr. Carver has focused his efforts on increasing computer technology. The Department of Art has two
computer labs and particularly a graphics lab with current software and media equipment for visual
communications courses. Dr. Carver acquired a Red Hat Scholarship for art students in the Art Department.
This resource enables the department to recruit and enroll talented art students. In addition to teaching and
administrative duties, Dr. Carver has led students to study abroad during the summer at the University of
Science and Technology in Ghana, West Africa. Later he received a Fulbright Fellowship to bring an
internationally known painter, Benjamin Offei-Nyako to teach for one year in the Department of Art.

Brett E. Chambers
Adjunct Instructor
English and Mass Communication
Brett Chambers teaches mass communication and education technology courses. He spends a great deal of
time contributing to efforts that address the diversity of learning styles and how technology can be used to
close the achievement gap of African American children. Chambers also co-taught a Documentary course
between Duke and North Carolina Central University students where students met on both campuses.
Brett Chambers has served as Project Coordinator for Technology Enhanced Learning in Science, or
'TELS', a National Science Foundation funded center. NCCU is one of the partners with University of
California Berkeley and The Concord Consortium serving as two lead institutions. Also, he's served as a
program director for a Department of Education ‘TechTeach grant which addresses the integration of
technology in the classroom.
Achamyeleh Debela
Professor of Art
Professor Debela is one of the leading contemporary Ethiopian-born artists living and working in the
Diaspora. Debela is recognized internationally for his pioneering digital compositions, which he creates by
manipulating images scanned from his own drawings, paintings and photographs as well as objects and
designs from a variety of appropriated sources.

Rachelle Gold
Assistant Professor
English and Mass Communication

Rhonda D. Jones
Assistant Professor/Graduate Director of Public History
Digital Humanities Scholar
Laurell C. Malone
Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Dr. Laurell Malone has 30 years of experience in education as a teacher, principal, educational consultant,
teacher coach, facilitator, and college instructor. Dr. Malone's specialty areas include school leadership,
curriculum leadership, curriculum development and design, interactive teaching, environmental education,
and Praxis Preparation. The importance of power, commitment, creativity, and self-efficacy to professional
success and achievement is emphasized throughout her courses, workshops, and presentations.

John N. Smith
Interim Chief Information Officer

North Carolina State University
Len Annetta
Associate Professor of Science Education
An associate professor of science education at North Carolina State University, Len Annetta’s research
focuses on distance learning and the effect of instructional technology on science learning with teachers
and students in rural and underserved populations. With his programming experience, Annetta built a
virtual environment that became the platform for his current research. He has been awarded more than $5
million in grants to support his work on distance learning and the use of teacher and student created video
games as a vehicle for learning STEM content and STEM career awareness. In 2008, Annetta won three
awards for his work teaching K-12 teachers and students video game design: the College of Education
Outstanding Extension Service Award, induction into the NC State University Academy of Outstanding
Faculty Engaged in Extension and the Distinguished Alumni Engaged in Extension and Outreach award.

Patrick FitzGerald
Associate Professor of Art + Design
Patrick FitzGerald is the director of the College of Design Advanced Media Lab at North Carolina State
University and lead professor in the animation and new media graduate program at the College of Design.
FitzGerald received his M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and is currently an associate professor
of art and design. FitzGerald's research and teaching span the full range of multimedia research and
production. In collaboration with design teams (including the EAT Collective), his work has been shown at
the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design and the New Britain Museum of
American Art in Connecticut and the Other Gallery, Banff Center for the Arts, Canada.

John Lee
Associate Professor of Social Studies
John Lee is an associate professor of social studies and middle grades education North Carolina State
University. He conducts research on digital history and is specifically interested in the development of
innovative ways for supporting teachers and students as they make use of online historical resources. He is
also involved in efforts to theorize and develop tools and materials related to new literacies. For more
information, visit his faculty page at N.C. State,, and

Anne McLaughlin
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Director, Learning, Aging, and Cognitive Ergonomics Lab
Co-director, Gains Through Gaming Lab
Research interests include: Age-related changes in cognitive abilities, Learning, Training to use technology,
Cognitive ergonomics, Training for maintenence of cognitive ability.

Kevin Oliver
Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology
Kevin Oliver is assistant professor and program coordinator of Instructional Technology and co-
coordinator of the new Certificate in E-Learning at North Carolina State University. He received a Ph.D. in
Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia and an M.Ed. in Educational Media and
Instructional Design from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Oliver conducts research on
student thinking skills and processes supported by Web-based tools and on teacher intentions for using
Web-based tools, particularly in distance and K-12 virtual learning environments.

Shelby Shanks
Director, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Center
Shelby Shanks is a lawyer librarian and the director of the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Center
(DSPC) at the North Carolina State University Libraries. The DSPC supports a dynamic program of service
to the N.C. State community in copyright, scholarly communications and advocacy for cost-effective
access to information in all formats. The DSPC also sponsors digital publishing initiatives that advance the
use of new media and digital technologies in research and scholarly communication.

Adriana de Souza e Silva
Assistant Professor, Department of Communications
Director, Mobile Research Lab
Affiliated Faculty, Digital Games Research Center
Adriana de Souza e Silva is an assistant professor at the department of communication at North Carolina
State University (NCSU), director of the Mobile Gaming Research Lab, affiliated faculty at the Digital
Games Research Center, and a faculty member of the Science, Technology and Society Program at NCSU.
Her research focuses on how mobile and locative interfaces shape people’s interactions with public spaces
and create new forms of sociability. She teaches classes on mobile technologies, location-based games and
Internet studies. De Souza e Silva is the co-editor (with Daniel M. Sutko) of the book Digital Cityscapes—
Merging Digital and Urban Playspaces (2009) and the co-author (with Eric Gordon) of the forthcoming
book, Network Locality: How Digital Networks Create a Culture of Location (2011).

Hiller Spires
Professor, College of Education
Founding Director, The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Hiller Spires is a professor at North Carolina State University’s College of Education, where she served as
the founding director of The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and currently
serves as FI Senior Research Fellow. Her research focuses on the effects of digital literacies on learning,
including literacies associated with gaming environments and Web 2.0 applications. She co-directs the New
Literacies Collaborative at the FI and directs the graduate program, New Literacies & Global Learning for
the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

Markus Wust
Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian
Markus Wust is the digital collections and preservation librarian at the North Carolina State University
Libraries' Digital Scholarship and Publishing Center. He is the product manager for North Carolina
Architects and Builders: A Biographical Dictionary (with Catherine W. Bishir, editor-in-chief), the
Libraries’ first digital publication. He also works on mobile initiatives and digital curation projects.

R. Michael Young
Associate Professor of Computer Science
R. Michael Young is an associate professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, where
he leads the Liquid Narrative Research Group. He's the founder and co-director of the NCSU Digital
Games Research Center. His work focuses on the computational modeling of interactive narrative,
especially in the context of computer games and virtual worlds.
Durham Academy
Christine A. Bessias
Durham Academy Upper School
Christine Bessias is a high school English teacher who also leads a group of independent school teachers
that is HASTA-like in a different context (i.e., K-12 education rather than college).

Triangle Entrepreneurs
Adam Blumenthal
Curious Sense
Adam Blumenthal is the founder of Curious Sense, digital experience designers, based in the Research
Triangle of North Carolina. Curious Sense develops innovative digital media products for rock bands and
entertainment brands. For almost 20 years Blumenthal has been an interactive media producer and
strategist. He began his career in 1993 with a coveted one-year appointment to the prestigious Kodak
Center for Creative Imaging. Subsequently, Blumenthal has held leadership positions at elite
communications agencies including R/GA, Burson-Marsteller, and McKinney, working with clients such as
Nike, Sony, Southern Comfort, Azoff Music Management, Lollapalooza, Phish, Atlantic Records, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ford Foundation, and dozens more of the world’s most-recognized
brands. His work has earned numerous awards for creative excellence and business effectiveness.

Phaedra Boinodiris
IBM, Serious Games
Phaedra Boinodiris is a Serious Games program manager at IBM, where she is helping craft IBM’s serious
games strategy in technical training, marketing and leadership skill building. She is the founder of the
award-winning INNOV8 program, a series of games that teaches and evangelizes Business Process
Management. INNOV8 is being used in more than 1,000 schools worldwide and is now available for public
consumption. Boinodiris has been an entrepreneur for 10 years, and prior to joining IBM, she started two
companies in custom application/social network development and videogame consulting. She co-founded
WomenGamers.Com, a popular women’s gaming portal on the Internet, and started the first scholarship for
women to attain degrees in game design and development in the US. She was honored by Women in
Games International as one of the top 100 women in the games industry. Boinodiris received her MBA and
her Bachelor’s degree in math and computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Richard Dansky
Ubisoft, Red Storm Enterntainment
The Central Clancy Writer for Ubisoft and Manager of Design for Red Storm Entertainment, Richard
Dansky has worked in video games for over a decade. Named one of the Top 20 Video Game Writers by
Gamasutra in 2009, Dansky has written for series including Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, Far Cry and
Splinter Cell. He is also the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Firefly Rain.
Dansky lives in Durham with his wife and their inevitable cats. You can find him online at

Chad Dezern
Insomniac Games
Chad Dezern is the studio director at Insomniac Games’ new office in Durham, North Carolina. He
oversees all aspects of development and content creation. Dezern started in the games industry in 1995.
Prior to heading up the North Carolina studio, Dezern served as an art director, environment art director,
senior artist and production artist during 11+ years at Insomniac. His credits include 15 shipped titles from
Insomniac, DreamWorks Interactive and Disney Interactive. Dezern serves on the Advisory Board of the
Triangle Game Initiative. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1994 with a
B.F.A. in illustration.

Chris Harrington
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chris Harrington is the Technology Director and Social Media Strategist at Liquire George Andrews.
Harrington is writing a book called The Attention Economy and the Rise and Fall of Social Capital.

Jerry Heneghan
Virtual Heroes, Inc.
Jerry Heneghan is the founder and CEO of Virtual Heroes, Inc. Most recently, Jerry served as an executive
producer for the America’s Army Game Project focusing on the creation of training applications based on
the game. Prior to starting Virtual Heroes, Jerry was a program manager in the Technology Assisted
Learning division of the Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Before his work at RTI, Jerry was a Game
Producer at Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Entertainment. Prior to work in the interactive entertainment
industry, Jerry served as a U.S. Army Aviator (AH-64 pilot) in assignments all over the world. Heneghan
holds an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.S. in engineering from the
U.S. Military Academy. Heneghan is the president and co-founder of the North Carolina Advanced
Learning Technology Association and Advanced Learning Technology Summit. He is a published author,
most recently appearing in The Design and Use of Simulation Computer Games in Education.

Frank Konhaus
Owner, KONTEK Systems

Alexander Macris
Themis Group
Alexander Macris is co-founder, president and CEO of Themis Group. During his time at Themis, he has
served as publisher and editorial director of its Themis Media division, editor-in-chief of its Themis Report
series, contributor to the books MMORPGs for Dummies and Business & Legal Primer for Game
Development, and designer of the award-winning game Heroes Mini. In addition to his work at Themis,
Macris is co-founder and president of Triangle Game Initiative and conference director of the Triangle
Game Conference.

Eric Peterson
Vicious Cycle Software
Eric Peterson is president and CEO of Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., a D3Publisher development studio.
Peterson has been in the game industry since 1996 and is trained as an artist with a Bachelor of Arts degree
from the University of Maryland. Prior to co-founding Vicious Cycle, he was an art director at MicroProse.
Peterson strives to assist and encourage all of the imaginative employees at Vicious Cycle to create their
best work. He is also responsible for business development and day-to-day operations, and he serves as the
company liaison to publishers, licensors, contractors and vendors. Peterson’s passion and dedication for
creating games combined with his entrepreneurial spirit has created a successful company that has been
prosperous since 2000.

Michael Tiemann
In January of 2000 Tiemann became the Chief Technology Officer of Red Hat, a position he held until
2004, when he became Vice President of Open Source Affairs.

Jason Urgo
Raleigh, North Carolina
Jason Urgo is a social media enthusiast who has a strong programming background. He created a website
called SocialBlade that does a lot of analysis on Digg. SocialBlade was a way to track who the top Digg
users were after removed the information themselves.

John Battelle
San Francisco, California
John Battelle is the Chairman, Founder, and CEO of Federated Media Publishing. He is also the executive
producer of the Web 2.0 conference and is a “band manager” with Before that he was a
co-founding editor at Wired Magazine.

Tim Ferriss
San Francisco, California
Tim Ferriss is the author of a New York Times best seller book called The 4-Hour Workweek. Ferriss is an
avid tea drinker and tango dancer. Ferriss is also a writer for The Huffington Post.

Brewster Kahle
Digital Librarian, Director and Co-Founder of the Internet Archive
Brewster Kahle has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than twenty-five
years. Since the mid-1980s, Kahle has focused on developing technologies for information discovery and
digital libraries. In 1989 Kahle invented the Internet's first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area
Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company
that was sold to America Online in 1995. In 1996, Kahle founded the Internet Archive which may be the
largest digital library. At the same time, he co-founded Alexa Internet which helps catalog the Web in April
1996, which was sold to in 1999.

Zoë Keating
San Francisco, California
Zoë Keating is a Canadian cellist who uses electronic sampling as a layer on the sound. Keating uses
Twitter to promote her work and communicate with fans regularly.

Walt Mossberg
Washington D.C.
Walt Mossberg is a tech columnist at AllThingsD. He is also a principal technology columnist for The Wall
Street Journal. Mossberg worked at The WSJ since 1970.

Tim O’Reilly
Sebastopol, California
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, a major publishing company. Tim O’Reilly is
often times credited with the term “Web 2.0.” O’Reilly is on the board of CollabNet and MySQL. He also
spent some time on the board of directors at Macromedia.

David Pakman
New York City, New York
David Pakman is a digital media venture capitalist that works for VC firm Venrock. Pakman is the former
CEO at eMusic, a company that was bought out by GoodNoise.

John Palfrey
Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources and Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law at Harvard
Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Howard Rheingold

Kevin Rose
San Francisco, California
Kevin Rose is the founder of and co-founded Revision3. Recently Kevin Rose started a website
called which allows Twitter users to tag themselves under certain categories.

Chris Sacca
San Francisco, California
Chris Sacca is a Twitter investor and advisor. He is the former head of special initiatives at Google Inc. and
is an associate fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University.

Joe Trippi
Joe Trippi is a campaign manager that worked with Howard Dean and John Edwards. Trippi wrote a book
called The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything
where he discusses how he used the Internet for Howard Dean’s campaign. Trippi often tweets about
political causes.

Mike Wesch
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University
Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the
effects of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the implications of writing on a
remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects
of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and
information have been viewed by millions, translated in over 15 languages, and are frequently featured at
international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major
awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding
Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic.

Evan Williams
San Francisco, California
Evan Williams is the co-founder of Pyra Labs (the parent company of Blogger which sold to Google) and
Twitter. Williams currently serves as the CEO of Twitter.

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