2013 Keynote Speakers
- Dr. Shannon Jackson
Dr. Shannon Jackson is co-author of the April, 2013, Harper's Magazine piece entitled Only Connect: Kansas City gives it up for Google, an analysis of broadband in Kansas City and, by implication, across the US.
Dr. Jackson received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1999. Her dissertation, which focused on mixed-race groups in the Western Cape region of South Africa, came from fieldwork that began there in 1989. She began teaching at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1999 and became the coordinator of the Anthropology Program in 2001. She primarily teaches courses on Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of the Body, and Social Theory. She has continued her fieldwork in Cape Town and is working on a book titled “Embodying Cape Town.” In addition to her work in South Africa, Dr. Jackson has engaged in ethnographic and collaborative projects on technology, creativity, and the built environment in Kansas City. In 2004, she received a grant from the Social Sciences Research Council to conduct research on the use of GIS as an urban planning tool in Kansas City. This culminated in several published articles, one of which is in the journal, Technology and Culture. In 2006, she collaborated with the Center for Creative Studies on a project titled Sublimated City. One outcome of this project was research on the relationship between affect, the built environment, and the automobile in Kansas City. This work will be presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual Conference in April 2013. In 2008-9 she was part of a National Science Foundation Grant to help graduate students in the Computer Science and Engineering Program at UMKC incorporate visual story-telling into software development.
- Dr. Carl Lundstedt
Dr. Carl Lundstedt is the Senior Grid System Administrator at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Tier-2 computing facility located at the Holland Computing Center (HCC) at the University of Nebraska. Carl joined HCC in mid-2006 after it was selected to host one of the seven CMS Tier-2s in the US. Since its initial deployment in 2006 the CMS Tier-2 at Nebraska has grown 20 fold in computing power, 160 fold in storage capacity and 30 fold in network connectivity speeds.
Prior to working with HCC on the CMS Tier-2 Carl was lead instructor for the life science focused physics courses at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He also worked with the Center for Material Research and Analysis on numerical modeling of thermal neutron detectors.
Dr. Lundstedt received his PhD in high energy particle physics in 2001 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Carl's research focus was on supersymmetric particle searches utilizing the DZERO particle detector at Fermi National Lab.
- Bill Michener
Professor Michener is the principal investigator and overall leader for the NSF-funded DataONE project. DataONE stands for the "Data Observation Network for Earth". DataONE provides a foundation for innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data. The keynote will be followed by panel discussion featuring researchers from different disciplines who create and share data and practitioners charged with developing and implementing data management strategies. The final activity of the workshop will include participant discussions of particular themes and challenges inherent in data-intensive research.
- Aaron Brown
Aaron Brown is a Network Software Engineer at Internet2. He is a primary developer on the perfSONAR-PS project, where he developed a number of the perfSONAR-PS services as well as the perfSONAR-PS service architecture. He is also a lead developer on the pS Performance Toolkit, a specialized CentOS distribution containing performance tools and configuration GUIs being used by the US-ATLAS project and others to monitor their networks. He also works as a developer on the OSCARS circuit reservation system, including having developed an inter-domain pathfinder that integrated with perfSONAR infrastructure, and adding perfSONAR-integration to the Internet2 ION web interface.