Dr. Marc Aronson earned his doctorate in American History at NYU by studying William Crary Brownell -- a turn of the 20th Century editor and author who worked closely with Edith Wharton and Henry James. Aronson went on to become an award-winning editor and author for younger readers. He has won the LMP award for excellence in editing, the ALAN prize for service to teenagers, and in 2000, his Sir Walter Raleigh and the Quest for El Dorado was awarded the first Robert Sibert medal for excellence in nonfiction by the American Library Association. A book he edited, Tanya Stone's Almost Astronauts, won the 2010 Sibert. He has served as a national spokesman for the History Channel, and has been asked by the National Parks Service to create a national high school program to accompany the 2011 anniversary of Lincoln's inaugural journey from Illinois to Washington. Aronson's blog Nonfiction Matters appears on the School Library Journal website. His two most recent books are If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Mysteries of Stonehenge (National Geographic) and the forthcoming Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science (Clarion). Both books have already garnered stellar reviews.
Dr. Rebecca Reynolds completed her Ph.D. at Syracuse University in Mass Communications at the Newhouse School, with inter-disciplinary involvement of the School of Information Studies and Center for Digital Literacy. For the last several years she has been consulting with the World Wide Workshop Foundation in NYC, conducting evaluation research for the Globaloria-West Virginia project, a program that fosters digital literacy development through game design and social media engagement among rural WV students in grades 6-12. Dr. Reynolds was also awarded a Post-doctoral Fellowship with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, DC, and spent the last year contributing to federal, state and city-level educational technology projects funded by the Department of Education. Prior her doctoral studies, Dr. Reynolds worked for several dot-com start-up companies in marketing and product development. She is excited to pursue her research agenda at Rutgers on children's constructionist learning with technology.
Dr. Chirag Shah earned his Ph.D. from the School of Information & Library Science (SILS) at UNC Chapel Hill. His dissertation titled "A Framework for Supporting User-Centric Collaborative Information Seeking" was done under the guidance of Dr. Gary Marchionini. His research interests include various aspects of interactive information retrieval/seeking, especially in the context of online social networks and collaborations, contextual information mining, and applications of social media services for exploring critical socio-political issues. He is also interested in various theoretical and practical aspects of information as a thing, and online information propagation. He has designed and developed a number of open-source systems, including Coagmento for collaborative information, and ContextMiner for mining and archiving social media content.
Dr. Xiaomu Zhou received her Ph.D from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Her thesis, titled “Information in Healthcare: An Ethnographic Analysis of a Hospital Ward,” focuses on clinicians’ information practice and the impact of computerization on clinical work. Her most recent publications (in ACM on Human Factors in Computing Systems, and ACM on International Health Informatics) derived from her two years’ extensive field observations, in-depth analysis of medical records (including both paper working documents and patients records in electronic systems), and interviews with physicians and nurses. Dr. Zhou’s research lies in the intersection of Human Computer Interaction/Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Health Informatics. She uses theories and concepts from Information Science to examine social and technical issues of information use in medical field. She is very interested in developing health informatics courses for the students of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information.
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