Putting the Internet into perspective.
Julie Baker has spent her career primarily oncivic boards and commission dealing with educational and community issues. Currently she serves as a Board member of Carlsbad Educational Foundation Carlsbad Planning Commission, Envision Carlsbad (general plan update committee), Intervener, California Energy Commission and Board of Trustees, Pacific University Oregon
Jeffrey Barlow’s training has been in Modern Chinese History. He has published on Chinese immigration into the Pacific Northwest, and on Chinese use of the Internet. Barlow taught at the University of Oregon and at Lewis and Clark College before coming to Pacific in 1994. He began working in the field of History and Computing at Pacific and founded several peer-reviewed electronic scholarly journals which are still published. He has worked with the Berglund Center since its beginnings---Barlow wrote the original grant which secured Jim Berglund’s support for the proposed Berglund Center, and currently is the Director of the Center, succeeding Joe Howell and Steve Boone.
Dr. Block is a Portland-based psychiatrist currently working for the Veteran’s Administration and the US Army Reserve. He is an expert on the impact of technology on people. He is the author of numerous articles on compulsive computer use, virtual reality, the Columbine shooters’ use of technology, and the application of his theories when investigating crime. He recently returned from a deployment to Iraq.
Shawn Davis is an Associate Professor in Pacific University's School of Professional Psychology wherein he teaches the Psychometrics, Cognition, and Lifespan Development courses. Dr. Davis comes to Pacific University from Texas where he earned an MA degree in Experimental Cognitive Psychology from Stephen F. Austin University and his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Houston. His research interests center around ways to maximize the effectiveness of information presented online. In particular, he has focused on the development of highly individualized online health promotion programs. His current research interests are in the area of media influence on individual and social behavior.
Theresa Floyd served on the Internet Research Committee in 2000 from which a proposal for an Internet Studies Center was developed. She served as Administrative Assistant from 2000-2002 and returned as Program Coordinator in late 2008. Floyd has served on the Advisory Board many years continuing to support the Berglund Center during her absence from the administration positions. She has a degree in Business Administration specializing in accounting. Floyd was instrumental in the founding of a software development business in the Hillsboro area, which they sold in 2006.
Michael Geraci is an associate professor in Pacific University’s Integrated Media program, a major he helped to design and implement for the university in 1998. Mike also teaches online courses in Information Design and Communication for the University of Oregon's Applied Information Management Masters program, the program from which he received his Master of Science degree in 2002. Prior to teaching, Mike spent eight years managing Pacific’s department of Educational Technologies where he developed web and multimedia applications to support teaching and learning. In addition, he has a number of years experience working as an independent web developer, graphic designer and video production specialist. Mike’s scholarly interests center upon the continued evolution of the Web, user experience, and typographic design.
Area of Interest: To be a contributing member and scholar of a small and influential organization that shares my interest in the Internet and its impact on us all as people and global citizens.
Professor of English, Emeritus, Miyazaki International College; former Chair of the Media Arts Department, Graduate Programs Coordinator & Accreditation Coordinator, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA – NEH Summer Institute on Science, Technology, and Society, Penn State University; NEH Summer Seminars on Artificial Intelligence, UC-Berkeley, and Contemporary Chinese Art and Culture, University of Kansas – Technical editor, photo editor, webmaster, & IT instructor, Miyazaki International College – Presentations & publications on readability measurement, website legibility & interface design – Studied computer science at Drexel University, fine arts and public relations photographer, Photoshop professional, longstanding interest in music, Chinese History & Culture – B.A., Pacific University '64 – Retired to Oregon in 2009 after 12 years in Miyazaki, Japan.
Bill Hooker is a molecular biologist by trade and has worked (in six labs and two countries) on G protein signaling in macrophages, PCR diagnosis of Pneumocystis, anti-schistosome vaccines, HIV replication, iron homeostasis and molecular mechanisms of cancer. He serves as an associate editor on the innovative Open Access journal BioMedCentral Research Notes, and has also been a copyeditor, hot dog seller, short order cook and janitor.
Joseph Howell has over 30 years of experience in financial management with early stage and public companies. He is co-founder and Managing Director of WebFilings LLC, a privately‐held company that offers the first and only end‐to‐end, cloud-based solution for external financial reporting. Prior to founding WebFilings in August 2008, he served as Managing Director of Financial Intelligence, LLC, a leading provider of consulting services related to complex accounting and financial reporting matters. From 2002 to 2004 he served as Chief Financial Officer of Eid Passport; from 2000 to 2002 as Chief Financial Officer of Webridge, Inc.; from 1998 to 2000 as Chief Financial Officer of EMusic.com (NASDAQ: EMUS); from 1995 to 1998 as Chief Financial Officer of Merix Corporation (NASDAQ: MERX); from 1988 to 1995 as Chief Accounting Officer and from 1994 to 1995 as Acting Chief Financial Officer for Borland Software (NASDAQ: BORL). A certified public accountant (inactive), he earned a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University.
Professor Khoja earned her B.Sc. in Computer Science from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, her M.Sc. in Computer Science focusing on Artificial Intelligence from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Lancaster University in Lancaster, England. Her research interests lie in the field of Computational Linguistics focusing on the Arabic language. She has developed a part-of-speech tagger, which automatically assigns grammatical tags to words in running text, and a stemmer, which reduces words down to their roots or stems. These tools are used in automatic translation software.
Mark Leavitt, MD, PhD, recently retired from his position as founding Chair of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. Initially developing its programs under a 3-year, $7.5M contract from the Department of Health and Human Services, and drawing on contributions from over 200 volunteers across the country, CCHIT became the first Federally recognized authority for certification of electronic health records (EHRs). It is now authorized to certify EHRs to qualify clinicians and hospitals for over $30 billion in Medicare and Medicaid technology adoption incentives.
Originally trained in Electronic Engineering at the University of Arizona and Stanford University, Dr. Leavitt then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine and Oregon Health and Science University. While practicing Internal Medicine for 10 years in Portland, he developed solutions for managing clinical information which led to his next calling in health IT. He founded MedicaLogic, a pioneering ambulatory EHR company, and led it for 17 years of growth from startup to its IPO in 1999. After GE Healthcare Systems acquired the company in 2002, he served as VP for Clinical Initiatives at GE, then served as Chief Medical Officer for the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) from 2004-2005.
He holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the Oregon Health and Science University, and is a Fellow of HIMSS and of the American College of Medical Informatics.
Chris Wilkes is English-born, educated at Dulwich College in London, Victoria University of Wellington, Canterbury University, and Stanford. Ph.D in Sociology. He started his serious work career as a professor in New Zealand, and migrated to the United States in 1992. Recently, he has taught at Stanford, University of California, Davis, Lewis and Clark, and Pacific. At Pacific, Chris’s obligations are primarily administrative. Presently being responsible for the University’s research program. He has written about social theory, the state, and social class. In May, Wilkes completed a manuscript on the Sociology of Jane Austen.