Conference Presenters

Dr. Henry Neeman ( Keynote I )
Director, OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research, University of Oklahoma (OU)

Dr. Neeman is the Director of the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research and an adjunct professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma (OU). He received his BS in Computer Science and his BA in Statistics with a minor in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1987, his MS in CS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990 and his PhD in CS from UIUC in 1996. Before coming to OU, Dr. Neeman was a postdoctoral research associate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at UIUC, and before that served as a graduate research assistant both at NCSA and at the Center for Supercomputing Research & Development. Dr. Neeman's research interests include high performance computing, scientific computing, parallel and distributed computing, and computer science education.

Dr. Deborah Hunter
Life Science Instructor, Turtle Mountain Community College

Dr. Hunter graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1974 with a B.S. in Biology. From there, she went on to Mississippi State University where in 1985 she completed a second B.S., this time in Chemistry and an M.S. in Biochemistry. Her research areas included both Wound-Induced Plant Chemiluminescents and the Effects of Round-up on Soybean Mitochondria. Dr. Hunter then moved on to the University of Utah where she earned her Ph.D. in Biology as she researched DNA Tumor Viruses. Following her graduate work at Utah, she continued her work on DNA Tumor Viruses as a Postdoctoral Fellow a the University of Michigan from 1993 to 1996.

Dr. Peggy Norris
Deputy Director for Education and Outreach for Sanford Underground Laboratory/DUSEL

Dr. Norris received her education at Rice University (B.A.) and Columbia University (PhD) in physics and chemistry and worked more than 25 years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the area of low energy nuclear science.

Geoffrey Rockwell
Project Director, Text Analysis Portal for Research, Univ. of Alberta

Dr. Rockwell is a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, Canada. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and worked at the University of Toronto as a Senior Instructional Technology Specialist. From 1994 to 2008 he was at McMaster University where he was the Director of the Humanities Media and Computing Centre (1994 - 2004) and he led the development of an undergraduate Multimedia program funded through the Ontario Access To Opportunities Program. He has published and presented papers in the area of philosophical dialogue, textual visualization and analysis, humanities computing, instructional technology, computer games and multimedia. He is the project leader for the CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation) funded project TAPoR, a Text Analysis Portal for Research, which has developed a text tool portal for researchers who work with electronic texts and he organized a SSHRC funded conference, The Face of Text in 2004. He has published a book "Defining Dialogue: From Socrates to the Internet" with Humanity Books.

Sharon Kilzer
Project Director, Theodore Roosevelt Center, DSU

Sharon Kilzer has served as Project Manager for the Theodore Roosevelt Center since 2008, supervising the development of the standards and structure of the digitization project. With experience and training in office administration and an ardent interest in history and the humanities, she brings passion and enthusiasm to this nationally significant work. Sharon holds two Bachelor's degrees from Dickinson State University and a Master of Arts from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

Russ Hobby ( Keynote II )
Chief Technical Architect of the End-To-End Performance Initiative for Internet2

Russ Hobby has long been active in the research and application of networking. He participated in development of the Internet from its early days. He was one of the primary network architects that developed the Bay Area Regional Research Network (BARRNet), the NSF funded regional network serving Northern California in the late '80s and early '90s. In the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Russ formed and chaired the Working Group responsible for the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP). He served on the first IETF Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) as the Applications Area Director. Under his direction on the IESG, Internet standards were developed for multimedia email (MIME), real-time protocols to support applications such as desktop conferencing and some of the framework for what has become the World Wide Web. During his term on the IESG, the IESG developed the Internet Standards Process. Russ worked with the group that started the series of meetings and workshops that lead to the creation of the Internet2 Project. He participated in the formal creation of Internet2 and co-authored the Internet2 Architecture and Engineering documents. He has continued to work closely with the Internet2 Project and is currently on assignment to Internet2 from his home campus UC Davis to help with Working Group procedures and to assist the Engineering Area. He has helped lead California's part of Internet2 through his role in the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) and it's CalREN-2 network. CENIC is a consortium of the UC System, the CSU System, Caltech, Stanford and USC. The first project of CENIC is the CalREN-2 network, which provides high-speed network connectivity between member institutions and to the Internet2 national backbones.

And other local presenters yet to be announced....