BIOS 08Fin by keara


									June 28, 2008 Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX

Speaker Biographies

Debbie Carter Debbie Carter teaches programming courses as an adjunct at Bergen Community College in NJ. Until her recent marriage and relocation, she was a Technology Facilitator at Lancaster Country Day School in PA, where she taught computer science and assisted faculty with technology integration. She has taught AP Computer Science for 13 years and has served as a reader and question leader for the AP CS Exam. Debbie was the primary author of the College Board’s AP CS Teacher’s Guide, and she sits on the Board of Directors for the Computer Science Teachers Association. Steve Cooper Steve is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Saint Joseph's University and the Director of the Center for Visualization. His research areas lie in program visualization and semantics. He has been developing Alice-related curricular materials since 1998, and has conducted numerous Alice professional development workshops and lectures throughout the United States. He has been working with Dr. Wanda Dann (Ithaca College) and Dr. Randy Pausch (Carnegie-Mellon University). Along with Dann and Pausch, he has written many technical papers on Alice, as well as a textbook, Learning to Program With Alice. Robb Cutler Robb is the past-president of Computer Science Teachers Association. He has taught Advanced Placement Computer Science and Advanced Topics in Computer Science, and served in several administrative roles including class dean, chair of the computer science department, and assistant head of school. Before moving to California, Cutler served as director of technology at an independent boarding school in New Hampshire and as a software engineer and manager in the fields of digital mapping and medical instrumentation. He owned and operated a software consulting firm for more than ten years, and started, grew and sold a rural internet service provider in New England. Cutler has served as an AP Reader in Computer Science. He is a founding director of CSTA, and is a member of the ACM Java Task Force and the ACM Education Council. Barbara Ericson Barbara Ericson is the Director of Computer Science Outreach at Georgia Tech. She is working to increase the number and quality of computing teachers at the high school level and the quantity and diversity of students studying computing. She has a bachelors and masters degree in Computer Science. She has worked at both research labs and in academia for over 20 years. She is also on the AP development committee.

Dan Frost Daniel Frost is a Lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, where he earned his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence in 1997. At the university level he teaches software engineering, artificial intelligence, and game development. He has also taught computer science in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades and to high school students in several month-long summer schools. He is the Chair of CSTA's committee on the Level I Curriculum for K-8. Joanna Goode Dr. Joanna Goode is an assistant professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon. She received her Ph.D. in education, specializing in urban schooling, from UCLA. She holds a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, with a specialization in computing. Dr. Goode spent five years teaching mathematics and computer science in a highly diverse urban high school. Her research examines institutional and psychological reasons preventing females and students of color from studying computer science in high school. For the past five years, Dr. Goode has directed the instructional programs of the Computer Science Equity Alliance, a UCLA and Los Angeles Unified School District alliance which prepares urban educators to teach computer science and provides intensive support for high school students enrolled in AP computer science. Currently, she is heading up a curriculum development project which will support a year-long, college preparatory, computing course for Los Angeles high school students. Michelle Friend – Hutton Michelle Hutton is the Director of Technology and 8th grade Computer Science Teacher at The Girls' Middle School (GMS) in Mountain View, CA. GMS is a 6-8th grade all-girls school where computer science is mandatory for all students. Michelle designed the CS program following the Level II course from the ACM Model Curriculum for K-12 Computer Science Education in order to introduce students to the breadth and wonder of the discipline. She is the incoming president of the CSTA Board of Directors. Harold Javid, Ph.D. Harold Javid received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He has since pursued research opportunities in GE, Boeing and now Microsoft. Dr. Javid is now Director of Education Research Programs in Microsoft Research. His team collaborates with academia to identify and investigate how technologies such as robotics, gaming and Tablet PC can be used to improve teaching and learning. He is also responsible for programs such as the Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship which annual honors five prominent early career computing faculty members and provides them with a gift to support their research, Maggie Johnson Maggie Johnson is Learning and Development Director for Google Engineering. She manages all technical training and development programs for Google engineers and operations staff. Prior to Google, Maggie was a faculty member and Associate Chair in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. Nina Kim Nina Kim is an instructional designer within Google’s Engineering Group. Her focus is on designing new ways to think about Computer Science curriculum and teaching for K-12. Nina’s interests include finding ways to engage women and underrepresented groups in the field and allowing everyone the opportunity to engage in the discussion and learning of fundamental computational thinking methods. Nina received her MS in computer science at Sanford in 2001 and started as an intern at Google in the summer of 2000 – wearing several different hats in the engineering organization over the years.

Maria Klawe Maria Klawe became president of Harvey Mudd College in July, 2006. Prior to joining HMC, Maria served as Dean of Engineering and a professor of Computer Science at Princeton University and in several positions at the University of British Columbia including Dean of Science and Head of Computer Science. In addition to her significant record of research contributions in computer science and mathematics, Maria is an expert on making computer science classes attractive to females as well as males. Maria is a Past President of ACM, Chair of the Board of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, a Trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, and a member of the Board of Math for America. She is a Fellow of ACM and CIPS and the recipient of awards including the Nico Habermann Award and several honorary doctorates. John Nordlinger John Nordlinger started with computers earning money to pay for his Philosophy degree at Northeastern University. He took most of the NU CS curriculum as challenging electives. He was then hired by Digital Equipment Corporation to troubleshoot VAX/VMS and then worked on the VMS and DEC OSF/1 operating systems as a Principal engineer. John then went to work at Oracle as Technical Director where he launched the first 64-bit database and then to Microsoft to lead the Microsoft SQL Server enterprise effort including working with Jim Gray to launch . Since joining Microsoft Research; John starting working with Academic Institutions in the Northeast US and India. After convincing Anandan and later Microsoft Research to open a research lab in Bangalore, he then moved on to address the decline in CS enrollments. He produces The MSR gaming kit, manages the MSR initiative on Gaming in CS. John serves as co-chair for the annual GDCSE game cruise and the related Call for Papers. John's current focus is Games for Learning. He hopes to collaborate with others on developing a game to help younger students with algebra and geometry and older students with the GRE. John has three papers at SIGCSE 08 including participating in a panel discussing games good or bad, another on teaching with XNA GSE and one on teaching CS with socially relevant themes. Karen North Karen North is currently a Technology Specialist at Piney Point Elementary School in Houston ISD. She moved to elementary school to develop K-5 computing curriculum. Prior to that, she has taught computer science and mathematics for 25 years on the high school level in three Houston Area school districts: Houston ISD, Alief ISD and Fort Bend ISD. Karen has developed computing curriculum for the 6-10 level and 11-12 computer science and published articles on CS education. She is a member of CSTA's committee on Level I curriculum for K-8. She is an officer with ISTE’s SIGCT representing middle school computing curriculum. Karen is a Texas Certified teacher in K-12 Technology Applications, Computer Science, Mathematics, Technology Systems and Business CATE. Pat Phillips Pat Phillips taught high school computer science and related subjects in Wisconsin for 20 years. As an instructor for St. Mary’s University—Tools for Learning program, she reached hundreds of in-service teachers with strategies and techniques for using technology to achieve student learning goals. She is the editor of the CSTA Voice newsletter and currently works as an educational technology consultant on curriculum projects for Microsoft. She has had extensive experience encouraging girls in technology and computer science through organizations and projects.

Dan Reed Daniel A. Reed is Microsoft’s Scalable and Multicore Computing Strategist, responsible for reenvisioning the data center of the future and coordinating Microsoft’s external multicore research program. Previously, he was the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, as well as the Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the Chancellor’s Senior Advisor for Strategy and Innovation for UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Reed is a member of President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and a former member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). He recently chaired a review of the federal networking and IT research portfolio for PCAST, and he is chair of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association. He was previously Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has also been Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC, where he also led National Computational Science Alliance. He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid. He received his PhD in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University. Deborah Richardson As founding dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Debra Richardson is committed to building the infrastructure to support a dynamic research environment that drives innovation in computing and information, helps to educate the next generation of innovators, meets the demands of the community by contributing to economic competitiveness, and in turn helps to raise the school’s rankings. She dedicates her time to ensuring that UC Irvine’s information and computer sciences program is top-tier, encompassing a broad and interdisciplinary curriculum, while attracting the best faculty and brightest students. To that end, Richardson was instrumental in securing a $20 million endowment for the school to attract senior scholars who will make their mark at UC Irvine. Richardson joined the UC Irvine Faculty in 1987 and was later appointed chair of the thendepartment of ICS in July 2000. Under her leadership, the department was promoted to be the first computing-focused school in the University of California in December 2002. She was named the Ted and Janice Smith Dean of the new school in January 2003. Richardson is committed to increasing the participation of women and other underrepresented populations in computing and information technology. She is a member of the Leadership Team of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, serves on the board of trustees for Girls, Inc.of Orange County, and on the executive advisory boards of the Association for Women in Technology and the Computer Science Teachers Association. Brian Scarbeau Brian Scarbeau is a Microsoft MVP and a seasoned computer science trainer. He is the Computer Science Department Head at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, FL. He has his MBA and Certifications as a WebMaster and Network Instructor. He has spoken at various Code Camps about DotNetNuke® and he has developed DotNetNuke® curriculum and a series of webcasts for Microsoft Corporation. He was also selected by Microsoft Corporation to be part of a Faculty Advisory Board. He has traveled the United States and Canada conducting training seminars on .NET products. Presently, he is on the Board of Directors for the Computer Science Teachers Association. He has spoken at several CSTA Symposia in the past He also started the Orlando DotNetNuke® User Group. His blog url is: website

Chris Stephenson Chris Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), a professional membership organization of more than 5300 educators dedicated to improving K-12 computing education. Stephenson helped found CSTA in 2004 after 16 years of working at the University of Toronto’s Computer Systems Research Institute and the University of Waterloo’s Mathematics and Computing Department where she designed instructional resources and professional development for high school educators. Since 2000, Stephenson has served as the chair of the annual Computer Science and Information Technology Symposia and as the chair of the review committee for computer science for the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC). She is the former chair of the ISTE’s Computer Science SIG and of the ACM K-12 Task Force. Stephenson has numerous research publications in the field of computer science education and adaptive technology and has written several high school textbooks. Most recently, she served as the primary author of The New Educational Imperative: Improving High School Computer Science Education (ACM, 2005).

Leigh Ann Sudol Leigh Ann Sudol is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. Before going to the university she spent 10 years teaching high school math and computer science. Leigh Ann has been a member of CSTAs Board of Directors, a consultant for the College Board, an AP Reader since 2001. In 2009 she will serve as the K12 liaison for the Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education conference. Valerie Taylor Valerie E. Taylor earned her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 1985 and 1986, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. From 19912002, Dr. Taylor was a member of the faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northwestern University. Dr. Taylor joined the faculty of Texas A&M University as Head of the Dwight Look College of Engineering's Department of Computer Science in January of 2003, and is, also, currently a holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professorship. Her research interests are in the areas of computer architecture and high performance computing, with particular emphasis on mesh partitioning for distributed systems and the performance of parallel and distributed applications. She has authored or co-authored over 90 papers in these areas. Dr. Taylor has received numerous awards for distinguished research and leadership, including the 2002 IEEE Harriet B. Rigas Award for a woman with significant contributions in engineering education, the 2002 Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni from the University of California at Berkeley, the 2002 CRA Nico Habermann Award for increasing the diversity in computing, and the 2005 Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing. Dr. Taylor is a member of ACM and Senior Member of IEEE-CS. Fran Trees Fran Trees currently teaches Computer Science and Mathematics at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She was a teacher of AP Computer Science for 18 years. She has served as exam leader, question leader, AP CS Test Development Committee member, College Board AP CS Consultant and Workshop Leader, and is presently the College Board Advisor on the AP CS Development Committee. Fran is the primary author of the Teacher's Guide for Advanced Placement Computer Science (C++) and The Advanced Placement Computer Science Guide to Accompany Java Concepts. Tress is also the recipient of several teaching awards.

Anita Verno Anita Verno is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Information Technology at Bergen Community College in New Jersey where she has been teaching since 1999. Anita has over 30-years experience teaching and working in business and educational computer technology. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and as Chair of the CSTA Curriculum Committee. Anita’s publications include two major computing reports at the K-12 level. She is a certified teacher in New Jersey in Elementary Education and Data Processing (K-12) and has taught Information Technology and Computer Science topics for private businesses; in private and public high schools; and in two and four-year colleges and universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Elin Waring Elin Waring is Professor of Sociology at Lehman College, City University of New York and President of Open Source Matters, the non profit organization that provides support for the Joomla! open source content management system. In 2007-2008 she was part of the Joomla! team that facilitated participation of over 60 high school students in Google Highly Open Participation Contest. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on white collar and organized crime. John Zelle John Zelle earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and has over 17 years experience teaching computer science to college students. He is currently Professor of Computer Science at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He is an advocate of extensive programming as a foundation of the CS curriculum and is convinced that students learn better starting with very high-level, dynamically-typed, interactive language environments. He is the author of the popular textbook Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science published by Franklin, Beedle, and Associates.

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