Wayne Graham
Digital Humanities Specialist, University of Virginia Library

Wayne Graham is presenting The Facebook API: Thinking About UI in a Social Way

Wayne Graham is the head of the research and development group in the Department of Digital Research and Scholarship (the Scholar’s Lab) at the University of Virginia Library. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a BA in History in 1999 and from the College of William and Mary with an MA in Colonial History in 2001. Wayne has worked as a researcher at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Department of Historical Research, as a guru of emerging technologies at the College of William and Mary’s Earl Gregg Swem Library, and most recently leading the development team at UVa’s Scholars’ Lab. His research interests include computer graphics and visualizations, augmented reality, social computing, and the Colonial Virginia frontier.

Susan Evans
Director of Web and Communication Services, College of William and Mary

Susan Evans is presenting Let’s Give ‘Em Somethin’ to Talk About (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Youtube, and More)

Susan T. Evans is director of web and communication services at the College of William & Mary.

Susan directs web communications and has more than a decade of diverse communications experience in higher education, including web strategy and the creative integration of online tools and communities. Susan leads the W&M Web Team, provides senior support to the CIO, and serves as the IT communication officer.

Susan began working at the College in 1989, moving from Human Resources to IT in 1998. Susan holds a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Language and Literature from James Madison University. She spent the first 16 years of her career in human resources management, working for businesses and non-profits. Susan completed some graduate coursework at W&M, attended the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute and regularly speaks at regional and national conferences.

Current projects include:

  • Directing W&M web strategy
    • managing the transition to a new design, information architecture, and CMS
    • directing centralized training, support and oversight for the W&M web
    • integrating www.wm.edu with myWM, online communities, and applications
  • Serving on the president's strategic communication team
  • Leading an assessment of creative services options as part of a review of university-level communications
  • Directing communication for the W&M Mascot Search

Steve VanBrackle
Systems Engineer, Apple Inc.

Portrait of Steve VanBrackle

Steve VanBrackle is presenting Web Development for the Apple iPhone

Steve has been with Apple for 21 years. During this time he has held positions of Technical Trainer, Account Executive and is currently a Systems Engineer. He graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University with degrees in Psychology and Computer Science.

Steve Johnson
Web Developer, University of Virginia Library

Steve Johnson is presenting Progressive Mobile Web Site Enhancement Using a Mobile Capabilities Web Service

Steve manages web site/application development projects for the U.Va. Library’s Communications and Publications group, where he also does quite a bit of coding. Current projects include the Library mobile site and a Library web services API based on Google’s App Engine computing platform.

Previously, Steve has worked at the department of Web Communications at U.Va., where he led the development of projects including the ARIA-enabled A-to-Z site index, Mobile site, Event calendar, Week in Photos, and others. Recently, Steve acquired the PMP/PMI accreditation and participates in Agile software development and project management communities in Charlottesville and at the University.

Peter Hedlund
Programmer, Encyclopedia Virginia

Peter Hedlund is presenting A Time and Place for Encyclopedia Virginia: Merging and Repurposing Chronologies and Geographies

Peter Hedlund is the programmer for Encyclopedia Virginia. He is responsible for the design and development of new features for the EV website and blog. Before coming to VFH in 2008 Peter spent nine years as a web programmer and instructional technology specialist at the Darden Graduate School of Business. Peter earned an M.A. degree in Slavic Literature from the University of Virginia.

Nick Gould
CEO, Catalyst Group

Nick Gould is CEO of Catalyst Group, a leading usability and user experience design firm based in New York. Catalyst Group has focused on creating solutions to highly specialized usability and navigation challenges across numerous platforms—from Web browsers and mobile interfaces to hardware, software and proprietary kiosks. Prior to Catalyst, Nick held a variety of leadership positions focusing on Internet product development and strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Nick was VP of Internet Strategy and Business Development for Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing and media company. Prior to that, Nick led Business Development efforts for BOL.com, Bertelsmann's International online bookselling venture, and Citigroup. Nick's Internet career began at Prodigy Internet where he directed the development of several high-level cross-content initiatives including Prodigy's 150+ online communities and the Prodigy Internet IE 4.0 Active Channel. Nick also provided strategic business affairs and business development support to Prodigy's content departments.

Molly Holzschlag
President, Molly.com

Molly Holzschlag is presenting New Insights in Web Standards

Molly E. Holzschlag is a well-known Web standards advocate, instructor, and author. She is the former Group Lead for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and an invited expert to the HTML and CSS working groups at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Via each of these roles, Molly works to educate designers and developers on using Web technologies in practical ways to create highly sustainable, maintainable, accessible, interactive and beautiful Web sites for the global community.

Among her thirty-plus books is the The Zen of CSS Design, co-authored with Dave Shea. The book artfully showcases the most progressive csszengarden.com designs. A popular and colorful individual, Molly has a particular passion for people, blogs, and the use of technology for social progress.

Michael Wesch
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography, Kansas State University

Michael Wesch is presenting Mediated Culture

Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the impact of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the impact of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over 15 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic.

He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

Some of Michael’s most circulated YouTube Videos include:

Matthew Gibson
Director of Digital Programs, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Matthew Gibson is presenting A Time and Place for Encyclopedia Virginia: Merging and Repurposing Chronologies and Geographies

Matthew Gibson is Director of Digital Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and editor for Encyclopedia Virginia. Before coming to VFH in 2005 Matthew was Associate Director of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library. Matthew earned a PhD in English from the University of Virginia in 2005.

Laurie Everett
Director, MIT World

Laurie Everett is presenting The MIT World Story: The Vision Behind MIT’s High-Impact Video Portal

Laurie Everett is the director of MIT World, a website that provides free, open, on-demand streaming video of significant public events at MIT.

Now in its 8th year of publication, the site has grown to host a collection of more than 675 videos. The site publishes lectures from technologists, scientists, historians, economists, poets and writers, environmentalists, astronauts, visionaries, artists, architects, Fortune 500 CEOs, and more than 25 Nobel Laureates, all reflecting the rich culture of ideas and innovation at MIT.

Laurie Everett came to MIT in September 2001 to launch and direct MIT World. As the only staff person for the project, she manages a virtual team that now delivers more than 110 public lectures each year. In 2006 she completed a one-year fellowship in MIT’s Leader-to-Leader program.

Ms. Everett began her career at the WGBH Educational Foundation. There she managed a wide range of public television and multimedia projects. She was the co-founder and director of WGBH’s Descriptive Video Service, a service that makes television and movies accessible to persons who are blind or visually impaired. A two-time Emmy award winner, she has produced both local and national television programs for WGBH and PBS.

Joel Pattison
Lead Web Designer, College of William and Mary

Joel Pattison is presenting Easy Enough for Anyone

Joel is the lead web designer for William & Mary, where he's lucky to work on the College's amazing web team. His current position is a satisfying mix of technical problem solving and graphic design.

Joel was a key member of the team charged with reinventing William & Mary's web presence in 2008. He was deeply involved with many aspects of the project, including strategic planning, design selection, technical implementation, and communication.

As an extension of that effort, Joel is currently supporting the transition of hundreds of academic and administrative websites into the new design suite and content management system. Every W&M site will use the same tools and visual design by September 2009 — creating a powerful, integrated university web presence.

In addition to his experience with educational websites, Joel has created dozens of sites on a freelance basis. His clients range from a local costume jeweler to a Virginia State Senator. When he's not working, you might find him camping on the shores of North Carolina, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or reading a book on his living room sofa.

Jeff Cram
Chief Strategy Officer & Co-founder, ISITE Design

Jeff Cram is presenting The MIT World Story: The Vision Behind MIT’s High-Impact Video Portal

Jeff Cram co-founded ISITE Design in 1997 and leads ISITE Design Boston as its managing director. As chief strategy officer, Cram has played an integral role establishing the agency as a national leader in web strategy, design, and technology services. A frequent speaker at national conferences on web analytics, search engine marketing, usability and web content management, Cram has consulted for organizations including Siemens, Xerox, Nike, Nintendo, and WebTrends, as well as higher education clients including UPenn Wharton School of Business, Harvard Business School, MIT, Tufts University and others. He is also co-author (along with several ISITE Design colleagues) of the CMS Myth blog.

Prior to ISITE Design, Cram worked for Nike as a web communications consultant and led web initiatives for WebTrends, the market leader in web analytics solutions. Cram resides in Boston, Massachusetts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Linfield College.

Jared M. Spool
Founder, User Interface Engineering

Jared M. Spool is presenting Cooking Up Gourmet User Experiences on a Fast-Food Budget

Jared M. Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering, the largest usability research organization of its kind in the world. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. He’s been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term “usability” was ever associated with computers.

Jared spends his time working with the research teams at the company, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year. He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual UI Conference, is on the faculty of the Tufts University Gordon Institute, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time. He is author of the book, Web Usability: A Designer’s Guide.

Erik Hatcher
Co-founder/Programmer, Lucid Imagination

Erik Hatcher is presenting Solr Flair: Search User Interfaces Powered by Apache Solr

Erik Hatcher is an Apache Software Foundation member, and an active committer on the Lucene and Solr projects. Erik has co-authored the award-winning book Java Development with Ant (Manning) and the well reviewed Lucene in Action (Manning). Erik has spoken frequently at industry conferences, including JavaOne, ApacheCon, OSCON, and the No Fluff, Just Stuff symposium circuit. Erik co-founded and is a member of the technical staff of Lucid Imagination, a full service Lucene/Solr shop. Erik formerly worked at the University of Virginia’s Applied Research in Patacriticism group where he was instrumental in the development of Collex, a Web 2.0 scholarly serendipitous search engine and exhibit creator, powering nines.org. Erik’s work with Collex led to the development of Solr Flare, a prototype Ruby on Rails Solr plugin, and Blacklight, a powerful open source library discovery front-end.

Doug Chestnut
Lead Web and Applications Developer, University of Virginia Library

Doug Chestnut is presenting Progressive Mobile Web Site Enhancement Using a Mobile Capabilities Web Service

Doug directs the technical efforts of the U.Va. Library’s Communications & Publications group, where he is regarded by peers as one of the dark wizards. Current projects include the Library mobile site and a Library web services API based on Google’s App Engine computing platform.

Previously, Doug has worked on the Apache Lenya project as a committer, and notably constructed the Library’s massive web content management system using Subversion, Perl, WebDAV, and XSLT under unique technical constraints. Recently, Doug has been exploring the Android platform SDK.

In his free time, Doug uses Google Sketchup and power tools to build furniture and trim for his home in Waynesboro.

David Poteet
President, NewCity

David Poteet is presenting Beyond Blah Blah: Creating Great Content for the Web

David Poteet is the president of NewCity, an experience design agency in Blacksburg, Virginia. David has led strategy and user experience for higher education clients including Virginia Tech, Imperial College London, Cal State East Bay, Tufts University Alumni Association and Roanoke College. He practices and teaches a collaborative approach to user experience that’s well-suited to the higher ed world of committees and distributed responsibility for the web experience.

David initially pursued a degree in aerospace engineering, but switched midway through to graphic design. The web as we know it first emerged in 1993 while David was working as a designer for Radford University. He dove into the new medium and eventually built RU's first web site. The web offered the perfect mix of creative and technology for this techno-geek artist. In 1995 he wrote a humorously prescient paper about the challenges of a university publishing on the web.

David left RU in 1995 to founded NewCity. Today in addition to their work in higher education, NewCity creates experiences for clients including National Geographic, AARP, The National Science Teachers Association, the International Reporting Project and SARGENT Manufacturing.

Outside the studio David enjoys hiking, playing German board games, guitar, biking and working with youth.

Dana Chisnell
Usability and User Research Consultant, UsabilityWorks

Dana Chisnell is presenting Usability Testing Without the Scary

Dana is an independent usability consultant and user researcher who founded UsabilityWorks in San Francisco, CA. She has been doing usability research, user interface design, and technical communications consulting and development since 1982.

Dana took part in her first usability test in 1983 while she was working as a research assistant at the Document Design Center. It was on a mainframe office system developed by IBM. Since then, she has worked with hundreds of study participants, for dozens of clients, to learn about design issues in software, hardware, web sites, online services, games, and ballots (and probably other things that are better forgotten about). She has helped companies like Yahoo!, Intuit, AARP, Wells Fargo, E*TRADE, Sun Microsystems, and RLG (now OCLC) perform usability tests and other user research to inform and improve the designs of their products and services.

Dana’s colleagues consider her an expert in usability issues for older adults and plain language. (She says she’s still learning.) Lately, she has been working on issues related to ballot design and usability and accessibility in voting.

Dan Rubin
Founder and Principal, WebGraph

Dan Rubin is presenting Visual Design Essentials for Non-Artists

Dan Rubin is a highly accomplished user interface designer and usability consultant, with over ten years of experience as a leader in the fields of web standards and usability, specifically focusing on the use of (X)HTML and CSS to streamline development and improve accessibility.

His passion for all things creative and artistic isn’t a solely selfish endeavor either—you’ll frequently find him waxing educational about a cappella jazz and barbershop harmony, interface design, usability, web standards, typography, and graphic design in general.

In addition to his contributions to sites including Blogger, the CSS Zen Garden, Yahoo! Small Business and Microsoft’s ASP.net portal, Dan is a contributing author of Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation (2nd Edition, friends of ED, 2003), technical reviewer for Beginning CSS Web Development (Apress, 2006), The Art & Science of CSS (SitePoint, 2007) and Sexy Web Design (SitePoint, 2009), coauthor of Pro CSS Techniques (Apress, 2006), and Web Standards Creativity (friends of ED, 2007). Dan also writes about web standards, design and life in general on his blog, SuperfluousBanter.org, and spends his professional time on a variety of online and offline projects for Sidebar Creative, Webgraph, and Black Seagull, and consults on design, user interaction and online publishing for Garcia Media.

Bess Sadler
Chief Architect for the Online Library Environment, University of Virginia Library

Bess Sadler is presenting Blacklight: Serendipitous Information Discovery

Bess Sadler is the Chief Architect for the Online Library Environment at the University of Virginia Library, and the project lead for Blacklight, an open-source next-generation discovery interface designed for libraries or anyone else who needs discoverability across large heterogenous data sets. She is a passionate supporter of open source software, open data, and user- centered design.

Baron Schwartz
Director of Consulting, Percona

Baron Schwartz is presenting High-Performance Web Interface Design

Baron is a co-author of High Performance MySQL 2nd edition, and creator of innotop and Maatkit. He blogs frequently under his online alias Xaprb. Baron is the Director of Consulting at Percona, a firm that helps customers build high-performance applications with open-source software stacks such as LAMP.

Arin Sime
Senior Consultant, Open Source Connections

Arin Sime is presenting The Facebook API: Thinking About UI in a Social Way

Arin Sime is a Senior Consultant with OpenSource Connections, and has worked with a wide variety of clients, including online retailers, large commercial and government applications, and small startup companies. He graduated from UVa with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1997, and is currently pursuing an MS in Management of IT at UVa’s McIntire School or Commerce. He is also an adjunct instructor for a software engineering course at VCU’s School of Business. Arin has led development teams using .NET, Ruby on Rails, and PHP. He is a fan of Agile and Scrum development practices, and is speaking at Agile2009. Arin’s love of software development is driven by the pleasure of helping clients turn their product and application ideas into reality.

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