Advisory Board

Our advisory board provides input to us on designing and organizing collaborative learning environments using infographics and data journalism. We met with the advisory board in November 2012, and will meet virtually in Fall 2013 and in person in Spring 2014.

Current Advisors

Vera Michalchik is a Senior Social Scientist and Director of Research on Informal Learning Environments in the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International. She has her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Stanford University, an M.Ed. in Human Development from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Film Studies from University of California, Berkeley. She studies the features of environments that successfully promote STEM learning for underserved youth, with a specialization on informal science contexts. Her work includes focus on multimodal representational practices and she has an interest in the role of social media in citizen science and new forms of public engagement in science.

Heather Corcoran is director of the College and Graduate School of Art and the Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professor of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a graphic designer whose work explores relationships of information and expression, spanning collaborative projects for social impact and self-generated projects for exhibition. She works on questions of informational density, clarity, and audience understanding, while also addressing how elements such as image, text, and graphic form create voice, and how data can provoke an emotional response.

Bárbara Brizuela is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Tufts University and Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts & Sciences. She received her Ed.D. from Harvard, where she studied with Eleanor Duckworth. Her research focuses on children’s learning of mathematics, especially their use of representational tools, and mathematics teachers’ learning and PD.

Victor Lee is assistant professor of instructional technology and learning sciences at Utah State University. His work examines the intersections of in-the-moment cognition, external representations, and emerging technologies. He has created and studied the use of materials to support K-12 teaching and learning, and also explored the potential of physical activity data technologies (such as heart rate monitors, distance trackers, etc.) and personally relevant data to enable students to engage in more authentic forms of inquiry. He is a recipient of a NSF CAREER award, and the Jan Hawkins award for early career contributions to humanistic research and scholarship in learning technologies.

Former Advisors

Shannon Briner received her Masters in Business Administration from Lindenwood University and her Bachelors of Science in Biology from SUNY Brockport. She began her career working on the Human Genome Project as a data analyst at Incyte Genomics. She then started her own company, BrinerVision, LLC; offering services for fingerprinting and gene expression analysis. Since then, Briner has led a group of data analysts at MedAssets that analyzed supply chain spending for major hospital systems and worked as the project manager at Monsanto with responsibility for implementing a global multidomain master
data management solution.

Barbara Glauber is principal of design studio Heavy Meta. She has an MFA from CalArts and teaches design at Yale and Cooper Union. Barbara focuses on projects for cultural institutions, collaborating with artists, curators, and editors to create monographs, interdisciplinary exhibitions, information graphics, and identities.