Introduction: Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D. serves as Professor of Postsecondary Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, where she coordinates the mindfulness-based integrative inquiry program. Marilee previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment at Texas A&M University and the Coordinator of Undergraduate Assessment at North Carolina State University. Marilee's previous research has focused on effective and holistic ways to evaluate student learning and development.
Introduction: Freelance science writer-editor Judith works with scientists to help make their written and spoken communications clear, concise, and enthusiastically accepted by publishing entities. She is also an environmental communicator, having written (and underwater photographed) two field guides on La Jolla’s underwater park. Judith also writes a fun monthly newspaper column that informs readers about topics pertaining to the ocean world.
Introduction: Laura Manz is a nationally recognized leader with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Laura has worked extensively in electric transmission, wholesale restructuring and distributed energy resources, with a demonstrated ability to solve complex issues and implement strategic initiatives. Her broad range of accomplishments includes designing and implementing power exchanges and wholesale electricity markets, implementing innovative transmission planning and renewable energy initiatives, implementing customer-based distributed energy solutions in retail choice, demand response and smart grids, including microgrids.
Topic: Data Visualization
Introduction: Blacki Migliozzi is a data visualization developer for Bloomberg Graphics. He has a background in HCI, discrete math and nano-materials, and previously worked designing and prototyping small-scale agricultural technologies. He is currently investigating the intersection of biotech and agrarian practices.
Topic: Behavioral Psychology
Introduction: Nancy A. Marlin is a Professor of Psychology and Provost Emerita of San Diego State University. She previously held administrative and faculty positions at the University of Missouri and the University of Northern Iowa. She holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from The City University of New York. She has been awarded an Honorary Master’s of Business Administration Degree from the Universidad de Valparaíso (Chile), and an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from California Western School of Law.
Introduction: Sherry Nouraini, PhD, is a Social Media Strategist, Marketing Instructor, lecturer, and Climate Change Communicator who lives in Southern California. Her rigorous scientific training and experience in marketing makes her uniquely qualified for data-driven and strategic communication, which she offers through her marketing business Captive Touch, and also by teaching Marketing via Social Media within the University of California system. In preparation for developing a curriculum and teaching social media for climate science and policy at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Sherry spent countless research hours reviewing how scientists and activists use social media for outreach. She saw no sign of effectiveness in their efforts. Additional research and observations in conversations around the topic of climate change in the blogosphere and social media confirmed her suspicions, and ignited her desire to be part of the solution in her own way. Social Solutions for Climate Change is her contribution to further the cause of climate change communication and mitigation.
Introduction: Karolina Sobecka is an artist and designer who has been working at the intersection of art, science and technology, examining social arrangements that exploit, resist or accommodate technological change. Sobecka’s work has been shown internationally, including at the V&A, The National Art Museum of China, MoMa Film, ZKM, WRO Biennale, Beal Center for Art + Technology, Marfa Dialogues, Science Gallery, Zero1 and ISEA, and has received numerous awards, including from Creative Capital, Rhizome, NYFA, Princess Grace Foundation, Eyebeam, Queens Museum, Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards and Japan Media Arts Festival. Sobecka is the founder of design studio Flightphase and has taught at University of Washington, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design.