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Digital Media Learning Competition 2 Judges

Initial Judges :: Finalist Judges

HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation would like to thank the following finalist judges for their expertise, time, and dedication in selecting the 2009 Digital Media and Learning Competition awardees. At this stage of the process, judges evaluated all finalist applications and convened for collective review and final selection of awardees.


Stephen DeBerry

Stephen DeBerry is the Chief Investment Officer at Kapor Enterprises, Inc. (KEI). He manages a broad portfolio of investments spanning early stage technology to global equities, with a focus on driving social impact. As Head of Strategy & Innovation, DeBerry is responsible for setting direction and building collaborations between a host of organizations in the KEI network, including: Kapor Enterprises, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, The Level Playing Field Institute and several portfolio entities. Previously, DeBerry was investment director at Omidyar Network, a $400 million mission-based investment firm. Some of his investments include: ClrcleLending (acquired by Virgin), InnoCentive and Prosper. Before Omidyar, DeBerry was a senior manager of business development at Interval Research, the research lab established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. He currently serves on the boards of Friends of New Orleans and The Association of Marshall Scholars. DeBerry earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology with highest honors from UCLA, and holds a master's degree in social anthropology, as well as an MBA from Oxford University. He is a British Marshall Scholar and a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.


Elizabeth Dickey

Elizabeth Dickey is the President of Bank Street. Prior to joining Bank Street, she held the position of University Professor at The New School. She was Provost and Chief Academic Officer from 1998 to 2003, overseeing the academic affairs of eight academic divisions, ranging from politics to management to design to music, spread across six schools with 1,850 faculty members and a $165 million budget. She gained a strong reputation at The New School for her commitments to faculty development, academic innovation, and the educational uses of technology. Dickey was also one of three people who led the New School during its transition to president Bob Kerrey. Under her leadership, the New School expanded its offerings online, increased services for a wide range of students through such innovations as the University Writing Center, enhanced the institution's academic reputation, and built support for the university's programs from external communities. While Dickey began her career as a scholar of adult development, her understanding and passion for building environments to nurture lifelong learning soon drew her to academic administration. For over a decade she served at Antioch University, a progressive institution grounded in the teaching of John Dewey and centered in experiential learning, eventually becoming Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Antioch, overseeing academic operations at twenty locations across the U.S. Prior to coming to the New School, she was University Dean for Academic Planning and Evaluation at City University of New York. In addition, she has been an independent consultant providing strategic planning, management and evaluation services for corporations, foundations, and universities including Bell Atlantic, US WEST, Philip Morris, MacArthur and Pew Foundations, University of Tennessee and Marymount College. Dickey earned a bachelor's degree from Lake Forest College in Art History and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology and Adult Development in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.


Monique van Dusseldorp

Monique van Dusseldorp is active as a freelance programmer of seminars and conferences on creativity, innovation, ICT and future developments for a number of clients. She acts as a Program Director/Adviser for a.o. PICNIC, Immovator Cross Media Cafe, ICTDelta, and the Mediapark Jaarcongres. She is an expert at launching events, pulling international and Dutch industry networks together, and bringing together speakers, organizations and delegates. Van Dusseldorp is a member of the Jury for the Swift Awards and the NL Awards. She is also a Trust Fellow of the 21st Century Trust.


Aleks Krotoski

Aleks Krotoski is an academic and journalist who writes about and studies technology, interactivity and play. In addition to writing a column for The Guardian's Technology section and presenting the Guardian's weekly technology podcast, she blogs on Guardian Unlimited and is currently working towards a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Surrey. Krotoski is examining the relationship between communication patterns and group processes in the diffusion of information through an online community. She is also exploring the social networks of virtual world Second Life, which displays unique, emergent social properties reflective of offline social life. Using social network analysis and sociometric surveys, she intends to understand how the hardware of interpersonal ties affects the software of interpersonal interaction. Krotoski writes about the social dimensions of games, communities in virtual worlds and other playful aspects of social software. She also writes policy, government and industry reports covering media regulation, technological forecasting, demographics, age ratings, education and game industry regulation; she regularly speaks about interpersonal processes in online communities with financial, telecommunications and governmental organizations.


Michael Levine

Michael Levine oversees the Joan Ganz Cooney Center's efforts to catalyze and support research, innovation and investment in educational media technologies for young children. Prior to joining the Center, Levine served as Vice President of New Media and Executive Director of Education for Asia Society, managing the global nonprofit organization's interactive media and educational initiatives to promote knowledge and understanding of Asia and other world regions, languages and cultures. Previously, Levine oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York's groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media and primary grades reform, and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, afterschool and early childhood initiatives. Levine has been a frequent adviser to the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, writes for public affairs journals, and appears frequently in the media. He was named by Working Mother magazine as one of America's most influential leaders in shaping family and children's policy and serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including We Are Family Foundation, Ready To Learn, Talaris Institute and Teach For America. Levine is also currently a senior associate at the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis University's Florence Heller School and his B.S. from Cornell University.


Nichole Pinkard

Nichole Pinkard is a Senior Research Associate, as well as the Chief Technology Officer and Director of the Information Infrastructure System (IIS) project at the Center for Urban School Improvement (USI) at the University of Chicago. She plays a leading role in USI's engagement in the ongoing process of researching problems around the integration of advanced technology systems into urban schools. As lead designer of the center's IIS project, she heads the design and development of a knowledge management system that will better equip urban schools to provide ambitious intellectual work for all students. Pinkard also created the vision for the Digital Media Program for students at the University of Chicago Charter School. She is a recipient of the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies and an NSF Early CAREER Fellowship. Her current scholarly interests include culturally responsive computer-based learning environments, cultural contexts affecting learning broadly and literacy specifically, visualization tools to support analysis of data, gender and technology and ubiquitous scaffolds. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, where she developed software to leverage background knowledge to teach beginning reading.


Laurie Racine

Laurie Racine's career has been spent as a senior executive and strategist-defining and implementing the mission, objectives and roadmaps for profit and non-profit corporations in media, education and healthcare. As a result of her increasing activity at the intersection of philanthropy, social action, learning, media and digital technologies, Racine formed Racine Strategy last year. She is a founder of dotSUB, a technology driven media company. dotSUB is eliminating language as a barrier to cross cultural communication through browser based applications that offer a radically low cost, highly flexible approach to repurposing video content into multiple languages. As Principal and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for the video mixing and distribution platform, Eyespot, Racine built partnerships, deal structures and business relationships with Lucas Films, NBA, MTV, Paramount, College Humor, Participant Productions, and Demand Media. Prior to Eyespot, Racine was President of a private venture foundation, endowed by the founders of Red Hat Inc. During her tenure she launched Lulu Press, invested the seed funding in Creative Commons and co-founded Public Knowledge, the leading public interest group in Washington DC, focusing on issues of the digital age. She has been a Senior Fellow at the Norman Lear Center of the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California and was the President of Doc Arts, the corporation that produces the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Racine was also the Executive Director of the Health Sector Management Program at the Fuqua School of Business of Duke University. Racine has edited two books, Ready To Share: Fashion and the Ownership of Creativity, and So What... About Copyright? At present, Racine is the Chair of Teachers Without Borders and Public Knowledge. She also serves as a director on the boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, Creative Commons, the University of California Humanities Research Council and Splashlife, a web meets world start-up.


Aza Raskin

Aza Raskin is the founder of Humanized Inc., Songza, and Bloxes, and President of the Raskin Center for Humane Interfaces. He is currently Head of User Experience at Mozilla Labs. Raskin gave his first talk on interface design at his local San Francisco chapter of SIGCHI at the age of 10. By the age of 17, he was talking and consulting internationally; at age 19, he coauthored a physics textbook; and at age 21, he co-founded Humanized. Raskin has also done Dark Matter research at both Tokyo University and the University of Chicago, from where he graduated with honors in math and physics. He is also an accomplished international French horn soloist.


Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold teaches Participatory Media/Collective Action at UC Berkeley's School of Information, Digital Journalism at Stanford University, is a non-resident Fellow of the Annenberg School for Communication, and is a visiting Professor at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. He co-authored Higher Creativity (1984), Talking Tech (1982) and The Cognitive Connections (1986), Excursions to the Far Side of the Mind: A Book of Memes (1988), Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (1990), and They Have A Word For It: A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslatable Words and phrases (1988). He also authored Tools for Thought (1984) [MIT Press, April 2000] and Virtual Reality (1991). In 1985, he became involved in the WELL, a computer conferencing system, which led to The Virtual Community (1993) [MIT Press in 2000], a book about the cultural and political implications of a new communications medium. He is credited with inventing the term "virtual community." He also served as the editor of The Whole Earth review and editor in chief of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog in 1994. In 1994, he was one of the principal architects and the first Executive Editor of HotWired. In 1996, he founded and, with the help of a crew of 15, launched Electric Minds. Electric Minds was named one of the ten best web sites of 1996 by Time magazine and was acquired by Durand Communications in 1997. His 2002 book, Smart Mobs, was widely acclaimed as a prescient forecast of the always-on era. The weblog associated with the book has become one of the top 200 of the 8 million blogs tracked by Technorati, and won Utne Magazine's Independent Press Award in 2003. In 2005, he taught a course at Stanford University on A Literacy of Cooperation, part of a long-term investigation of cooperation and collective action that he has undertaken in partnership with the Institute for the Future. The Cooperation Commons is the site of his ongoing investigation of cooperation and collective action.


Craig Wacker

Craig Wacker is a Program Officer in Digital Media & Learning, a strategy of the Program on Human & Community Development. Before joining the MacArthur Foundation, Craig worked as an analyst in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Washington, DC, focusing on K-12 education policy. He has also served as a Congressional Fellow on Senator Edward Kennedy's staff; as a Research Associate at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and on secondment to the World Bank Institute (WBI) of the World Bank Group. Craig received his Bachelors degree in History from Grinnell College and his Masters in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin.


Connie M. Yowell

Connie M. Yowell is the Director of Education in the MacArthur Foundation's Program on Human and Community Development. In this role, she focuses on grants relating to public education, and on the implications for education of young people's use of digital media. Prior to joining the Foundation, Yowell was an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her work included the study of reasons why Latino youth drop out of high school. Previously she worked as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning of the U.S. Department of Education. Before that, Yowell was a Research Assistant at the University of California at San Francisco and at Stanford University. Yowell earned her bachelor's degree from Yale and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.


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