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Visualization

Ergun Akleman

Professor, Department of Visualization
email: ergun [dot] akleman [at] gmail [dot] com
Ergun Akleman is a professional cartoonist, illustrator and caricaturist who has published more than 500 cartoons, illustrations and caricatures. He is also a computer graphics researcher who has a background in Electronic and Computer Engineering. Dr. Akleman's teaching encompasses both artistic and scientific aspects of computer graphics, with topics including computer animation, 3D modeling, rendering, visual storytelling, image based lighting and compositing.

English

Laura Mandell

Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture; Professor, Department of English
email: idhmc@tamu.edu

Laura Mandell is the author of Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Ortanto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. Her recent article in New Literary History, "What Is the Matter? What Literary History Neither Hears Nor Sees," describes how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. She is Editor of the Poetess Archive, on online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900 ( http://poetessarchive.org); Associate Director of NINES ( http://www.nines.org); and Director of 18thConnect ( http://www.18thConnect.org). Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry, developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.

Amy Earhart

Assistant Professor, Department of English
email: aearhart@tamu.edu

Amy E. Earhart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Texas A&M University. She is also affiliated faculty with the Africana Studies Program. Earhart works with digital humanities and 19th-century American literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on race, ethnicity, and gender. Her work has appeared in DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly,The Oxford Handbook to Transcendentalism Reinventing the Peabody Sisters (Iowa UP),among other venues. She has co-edited a collection of essays titled The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age with Andrew Jewell, forthcoming Fall 2010, the University of Michigan. She is at work on a monograph titled “Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of the Digital Humanities.” In addition, she is developing the 19th-Century Concord Digital Archive in partnership with the Concord Free Public Library.

Laura Estill

email: Lestill-at--tamu-dot-edu
Laura Estill is an editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online. Her research focuses on early modern drama, print and manuscript culture, and digital humanities. She is currently working on DEx: A Database of Dramatic Extracts.

Maura Ives

Associate Professor, Department of English
email: idhmc@tamu.edu

Maura Ives's research area is 19th century print and digital textual studies. Her work focuses on Victorian women writers (especially Christina Rossetti and Jean Ingelow) and Victorian women's religious writing and its particular literary and bibliographical subgenres (hymns, devotional calendars, illuminated texts, periodicals).

Jim Harner

Samuel Rhea Gammon Professor of Liberal Arts
email: j-harner@tamu.edu

Jim Harner is the editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online and the winner of the Besterman Medal and Besterman/McColvin Medal.

Dennis Berthold

Professor, Department of English
email: d-berthold@tamu.edu

Dennis Berthold is a member of the NEH-funded “Melville Electronic Library” project and convenes the committee in charge of the “Visual Arts Gallery” of the website in progress.

Communication & Religious Studies

Patrick Burkart

Associate Professor of Communication
email: pburkart@tamu.edu

My research interests are international political economy of communication, critical media studies, and new social movements around cyberliberties. My first book, with Tom McCourt, was Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox. My second book was Music and Cyberliberties. I am now preparing a manuscript on the Swedish Pirate Party called Pirate Politics. I have also researched and published on enterprise content management software, video game design, and telecommunications infrastructures.

Heidi Campbell

Assistant Professor in Communication-Media studies
email: heidic@tamu.edu

Dr. Campbell's research focuses on new media, religion and culture and runs the Studying Religion and New Media Wiki. Dr. Campbell is also the facilitator for the Digital Religion website, digitalreligion.tamu.edu

Srivi Ramasubramanian

Assistant Professor of Communication
email: srivi@tamu.edu

Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian¹s primary research interest revolves around processes that explain how media stereotypes and counter-stereotypes influence viewers¹ attitudes, especially in the context of race and gender. Her secondary interest is in sexuality and violence in adolescent entertainment. She has published in journals such as Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communication Monographs, Media Psychology, Howard Journal of Communication, Asian Journal of Communication and Sex Roles. She serves as the Director of the Communication Research Lab at Texas A&M University.

Nautical Archaeology

Filipe Castro

Frederick R. Mayer Faculty Professor II of Nautical Archaeology
email: fvcastro@tamu.edu

Filipe Castro is the coordinator of the Nautical Archaeology Program and director of the J. Richard Steffy Ship Reconstruction Laboratory. His interests include early modern European seafaring and shipbuilding technology.

C. Wayne Smith


email: silicone@tamu.edu
Associate Professor, INA Faculty Fellow in Nautical Archaeology; Director, Archaeological Preservation Research Laboratory; Director, Wilder 3-Dimensional Imaging Laboratory
Dr. Smith is an associate professor and director of the Archaeological Preservation Research Laboratory (APRL). He holds the INA Faculty Fellowship. Working as a conservator, he specializes in the preservation of organic artifacts using silicone oils, resins, and other polymers. Archaeological Conservation Using Polymers, his most recent work published by Texas A&M University Press, discusses practical applications for the stabilization of organic artifacts. Since 1981, he has participated in survey and shipwreck assessment in the Great Lakes and participated as a student and research assistant in excavations at Port Royal, Jamaica. Working in conjunction with Donny L. Hamilton of Texas A&M University and Dow Corning Corporation of Midland, Michigan, he has developed and patented new conservation strategies and industrial applications. He also participates in numerous joint international research projects. APRL is currently involved in the conservation of selected artifacts from La Salle Shipwreck Project, forensic anthropology, Egyptian mummy tissues studies, and the conservation of a wide range of artifacts from many of the on-going excavations from Texas A&M University and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.
Dr. Smith's research interests include historical archaeology, artifact conservation, artifact photography, Caribbean archaeology and Caribbean culture studies, topics in visual anthropology and digital imaging.

Performance Studies

Jeff Morris

Assistant Lecturer in Music
email: morris@tamu.edu

Jeff Morris coordinates the technology facilities of the Department of Performance Studies. His interests include intermedia composition and aesthetics of technology-based art. Websites include http://performancestudies.tamu.edu/ and http://morrismusic.org/.

Computer Science

Richard Furuta

Professor, Department of Computer Science; Director, Center for the Study of Digital Libraries
email: furuta@cs.tamu.edu

Richard Furuta is a faculty member at Texas A&M University where he is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries, and Director of the Hypermedia Research Laboratory. Dr. Furuta's current areas of research include digital libraries, digital humanities, hypermedia systems and models, structured documents, and document engineering. He also has studied applications in computer supported cooperative work, software engineering, visual programming, document structure recognition from bitmapped sources, and management systems for three-dimensional-gesture-based user interfaces. In the area of Digital Libraries, he was one of the founders of the 1994 and 1995 Digital Libraries Conferences, which subsequently became the ACM Digital Libraries series, and later merged with the IEEE-CS series to form the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). Many of Dr. Furuta's current research projects are highly interdisciplinary, especially those in the area of Digital Humanities. These current projects include the Cervantes Project, centered on the iconic author of Don Quixote, the Picasso Project, which is creating a digital reasoned catalog that already contains more than 10,000 of Picasso's art works, and the Nautical Archaeology Digital Library, in conjunction with the campus' Institute for Nautical Archaeology.

Frank Shipman

Professor, Department of Computer Science; Associate Director, Center for the Study of Digital Libraries
email: shipman@cse.tamu.edu

Frank Shipman has been pursuing research in the areas of hypermedia, computer-supported cooperative work, multimedia, computers and education, and intelligent user interfaces since 1987. His work at Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Colorado, Xerox PARC, and Texas A&M University investigates the design and use of media combining informal and formal representations and methods for supporting incremental formalization. Dr. Shipman helped found the field of spatial hypertext and helped design and develop a number of collaborative hypermedia systems including the Virtual Notebook System, the Hyper-Object Substrate, VIKI , the Visual Knowledge Builder, Walden's Paths, and Hyper-Hitchcock. He has been PI or Co-PI on more than $5.7 million in grants including more than $3.8 million from NSF, more than $1.1 million from other competitive sources including DARPA and the intelligence community, and more than $800,000 from industry including Microsoft, Google, and Hewlett Packard. His research has resulted in more than 100 refereed publications including two best paper awards and six other papers nominated for best paper awards at ACM and IEEE conferences. Dr. Shipman's research interests include intelligent user interfaces, hypertext, computers and education, multimedia, new media, computers and design, computer-human interaction, and computer-supported cooperative work.

University Libraries

Kathy Weimer

Associate Professor, University Libraries
email: k-weimer@library.tamu.edu

Katherine H. Weimer is Curator of Maps, Cushing Memorial Library and Archives and Coordinator of Map and GIS Collections and Services, University Libraries. Her research interest include GeoHumanities and map visualization, with emphasis on the use of georeferenced historic maps in digital projects and geoparsing textual works. She holds the AMIGOS Library Services Fellowship for "Creating a Map-Based Search Interface for Electronic Theses and Dissertations." Weimer is curator and project lead on the digital version of the Geologic Atlas of the United States and is a partner on the 19th Century Concord Digital Archive. She is co-editor of the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries.