Dr. Carrie Heeter
is Director of the Comm Tech Lab, Virtual Reality and Hypermedia Coordinator for Computing and
Technology, Associate Professor of Telecommunication and Associate Curator of the MSU Museum.
Heeter's approach to studying interface design and new technologies is unusual in academia because a significant component of her
understanding of the potential of emerging technologies derives from an ongoing commitment to learn through direct experience by developing high quality real
world products that incorporate significant new technological developments. Heeter loves projects that explore the "so what?" of emerging communication technologies.
Pericles Gomes (M.A., Telecommunication, MSU, 1990 and doctoral
candidate in the College of Education) is Senior Designer in the Comm Tech Lab, where he has been designing hypermedia and virtual reality for 7 years. He earned a B.A. in Architecture at the Federal University of Parana (1982) and a
B.A. in Visual Arts at the School of Fine Arts (1982). Gomes plays professional cello in 2 orchestras bringing music and sound expertise to projects in addition
to his visual artistry.
Randy Russell (B.S. Astrophysics, MSU, 1981; M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, 1988; doctoral candidate in
Educational Systems Development program in the College of Education at MSU) is
Senior Programmer in the Comm Tech Lab, where he has specialized in the design and development of software for use in science teaching and learning for the
last 5 years. His strong math, science and programming background has allowed him to design innovative interactive simulations and sophisticated hypertext
links as part of science education programs.
Doak Bloss (B.A. summa cum laud,
English, Michigan State University, 1980) is a facilitator of communication,
local novelist, playwright and actor who contributes to Comm Tech Lab designs. Bloss' skill in crafting words, editing and writing dialog and staging theatre helps make the look and feel of our designs natural and elegant.
Brian Cors is a masters degree student in the telecommunication department at
Michigan State University, and received an undergraduate degree in media arts, specializing in video production from MSU in 1994. He is also the editor/creator of INTRRR NRRRD E-Zine, which has garnered attention in the New
York Times, Netscape, and Swing Magazine. He hopes to help meld together the realms of metaphor-based hypermedia, video, independent music, and the "Do-It-Yourself" philosophy through globally networked computing. He also happens to be the person who maintains the Comm Tech Lab's Internet presence, running the WWW and FTP site, as well as the ever-cool Comm Tech
Dr. Patrick Dickson (Ph.D., Stanford University, 1974) is Professor of Education and has worked extensively with informal science education and exploratory multimedia environments. Dickson has a broad background in the influences of social interaction and communication on cognitive development.
For the past three years he has worked extensively in schools as a participant in the College of Education's Professional Development School effort. With support from a grant he obtained from Apple Computer Company, he has been working to integrate technology into the preparation of teachers. In
addition, he has been working in schools in the Lansing School District to assist teachers to integrate technology into their teaching and the curriculum. He is co-director of the Technology Exploration Center in the College of
Education at Michigan State University and co-chair of the Technology Advisory
Committee for East Lansing School District. These experiences in schools working with teachers on a long-term basis have provided him with an understanding of what is needed to enable technology to work in school settings. In addition, his experiences as a researcher and a parent have led him to
emphasize the importance of strong connections between home and school if children are to develop and learn in optimal ways.
Andrew Dickson is a high school student who began working in the lab at age 14 and is now a sophomore in
high school at age 16. He is familiar with all elements of hypermedia design, but is specialized in the area of 3D graphics design. As well as projects for the lab, he is also currently working on a game as an external credit project
for East Lansing High School.
Flavia Duarte is a graduate student working toward her masters degree in Advertising. She joined the Comm Tech Lab in the
Fall of 1994. Ms. Duarte is a skilled designer, researcher and interviewer. She is a multipurpose being who works on different aspects of different ctl projects every day, increasing her skill and how much we need her.
Ricardo Dourado Freire received a Master in Music by Michigan State University and a
Bachelors in Music by the University of Brasilia, Brazil and actually is a Doctoral Candidate in the Clarinet Performance Program at Michigan State.
Ricardo works in the Comm Tech Lab as a Sound and Music Producer and as a production assistant. Next May Ricardo will be going back to Brazil to work as Clarinet Professor at the University of Brasilia, his hometown.
Darcy Drew Greene is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University with an emphasis in visual journalism. She has been involved
with projects in the CTL for a number of years as a designer and photographer. Most recently she was project director for the Breast Cancer Lighthouse project. She grew-up in Seattle, received her BA from the University of Washington,
traveled the world with the Peace Corps, returned to graduate school and earned an MFA in graphic design from Michigan State University. The CTL is by far the
most creative environment around. She is happy to be part of the CTL team.
Matt MacQueen is a masters degree candidate in the Telecommunication department at Michigan State University, with an emphasis in "Media Arts." Matt received an English degree from MSU in 1994, with minors in history and
philosophy. Throughout his undergraduate years, Matt studied electronic design and computer graphics through a position as System Administrator in a desktop-publishing laboratory for the MSU School of Journalism. Now a member of the Communication Technology Laboratory team, Matt's duties cover a wide range,
including: interface design, CD-ROM production and coordination, WWW design and development, and content writing. Matt's current interests include
telepresence experiments through WWW, 3-D rendering/amimation, and learning new hypermedia authoring systems.
Timothy J. Mallos is a research associate in the Communication Technology Laboratory. In addition to contributing to the
development of the Personal Communicator, he helped develop a CD-ROM program designed to teach over 600 American Sign Language (ASL) phrases and words to university level students. Mallos recieved his B.A. degree in Telecommunication from MSU in 1993 and is presently completing his masters degree in the
Educational Systems Design program in the College of Education at Michigan State.
Bob Matson is Manager of the Hypermedia Support Services Group in the Michigan State University Computer Laboratory. He also works part time in the Communication Technology Laboratory contributing his expertise in programming, project design and project management.
Catherine McGowan is a microbial ecologist (a person who studies microbes in the environment) and a budding multimedia designer. To further her quest of understanding evolution, interspecies transfer of DNA, ecology, and mind/spirit, Catherine has nearly
completed her PhD in Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University. Catherine, now working in the Comm Tech Lab, is helping create an interactive, educational "Microbe Zoo." Her goal is not necessarily to educate more scientists, but to
inspire people with knowledge of the invisible life that is all around us and to give people the tools necessary to make the right decisions in an ever more technologically complex and environmentally precarious world. Catherine
supplemented her undergraduate education in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado and Journalism at Boston University with extended
pilgrimages through Europe, Asia and South America.
Father Fabio Pasqualetti (shown here in Halloween costume) is a member of the Salesian Order of Priests
in Rome, Italy and a Professor of Communication at the Universita Pontificia Salesian. Father Fabio composed electronic music, processed images and sounds,
and cooked unbelievable Italian food for the Comm Tech Lab while completing a hypermedia MA degree in Telecommunication at MSU. He now serves as Comm Tech Lab ambassador to the Catholic Church of Rome, helping to bring hypermedia to the masses.
Dr. David Stewart is Associate Professor and the Director of the graduate level Deaf Education program at Michigan State University. He is bilingually fluent in English and American Sign Language
(ASL). Dr. Stewart has directed a number of federal and university funded research projects and has an extensive list of research publications. His research interest in interactive video and computer applications with deaf
children reflects his past involvement in the development of a prototype
interactive videodisk (The Sign Connection) to teach sign communication to hearing associates of deaf children and in the production of an expert system to make placement decisions for deaf and hard of hearing students. He has
extensive research and teaching experience in the use of ASL and English-based
forms of sign communication in the education of deaf children. With respect to ASL, he was invited to write a discussion paper for a special publication on the educational use of ASL (1992b) and has written many other papers espousing its
educational values. He has taught ASL to over 1000 students and trainee interpreters at the community college and university levels.
Susanna M. Tellschow is a hypermedia designer and videographer, as well as an
accomplished fine and graphic artist. She is currently finishing undergraduate degrees in both Telecommunications and Political Science at Michigan State
University. Her work is included in projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, American Cancer Society, Michigan State
University, and Ameritech. Her work was also shown at SIGGRAPH '94, an international multimedia and virtual reality conference, and reviewed in
NewMedia magazine, November 1994.
Brian M. Winn graduated with a Bachelor of
Science with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Math from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is currently in the final stages of the Masters Program in Computer Science at Michigan State University. His strong academic interest
areas include Hypermedia, Artificial Intelligence (Adaptive Intefaces, Knowledge Based Systems, Neural Networks, and Genetic Algorithms), Human Cognition,
Education, and Human-Computer Interface Design. He currently holds the position of Senior Programmer and Designer at the Communication Technology Lab at Michigan State University.
(c) 1995 Communication Technology Laboratory
Michigan State University