MPE Development Team

Dene Grigar is an Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Technology and Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver. She combines a background in Education (M.Ed.), Humanities (MA. PhD), and Interactive Arts (Post-Doc, U of Plymouth) to explore emergent technologies and cognition, creating virtual environments for both screen and performance spaces, as well as participated in the NEH Summer Seminar led by N. Katherine Hayles on the topic of electronic literature and trAce's TEXTLab "Writers for the Future" workshop, held at The University of Nottingham Trent. The work of net art produced at TEXTLab, "Fallow Field: A Story in Two Parts," appeared in Iowa Review Web in 2004.

Other new media work includes "The Jungfrau Tapes: A Conversation with Diana Slattery about The Glide Project," which appeared in Iowa Review Web in 2004, and When Ghosts Will Die (with Gibson), a piece that experiments with motion tracking technology to produce narrative. The video of the piece was named Finalist in the Drunken Boat Panliterary Award Competition and exhibited at Art Tech Media 06 in Spain. With Gibson she has also performed a networked version of his work, Virtual DJ.

She sits on the editorial board of Leonardo Digital Reviews, published by The MIT Press and is the International Editor for Computers and Composition. Her books include New Worlds, New Words: Exploring Pathways in and Around Electronic Environments (with John Barber) and Defiance and Decorum: Women, Public Rhetoric, and Activism (with Laura Gray and Katherine Robinson), the latter focuses on the art and programming projects of new media artists, Jill Scott and Margarete Jahrmann, and the transgressive activities of the Guerilla Girls.

Steve Gibson is a Canadian media artist, composer, and theorist. He completed his Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo, where he studied music composition with Louis Andriessen. He also completed postdoctoral research in media and technology with Arthur Kroker at Concordia University in Montréal. He was formerly Senior Lecturer and Director of the Multimedia Program at Karlstad University in Sweden, and now serves as Associate Professor of Digital Media at University of Victoria, Canada.

Simultaneously deeply involved with technology and deeply suspicious of its effects, Gibson's musical, multimedia and virtual reality work celebrates both the liberation and paranoia of techno-fetishism. Most of his works include a technological aspect, and many include multimedia or interactive components. In 1991 Gibson was resident composer with multi-media ensemble PoMoCoMo, and in 1993-94 he was resident artist at the Banff Centre, in their Art and Virtual Environments program. His Book/CD collaboration with Arthur Kroker, SPASM was released in 1993. In 1996 he released a new CD, Hacking the Future in collaboration with Arthur and Marilouise Kroker and David Kristian. Gibson has presently been programming and developing new applications that allow musicians to play and improvise visual environments in real-time, on-stage and in synch with a musical performance. This experimental work reached practical realization in the interactive pieces Cut to the Chase, Telebody, Virtual DJ and When Ghosts Will Die (with Dene Grigar), which have been performed at major festivals throughout Europe and North America.

Steve Gibson's installations and compositions have been performed in such venues as Ars Electronica; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the North American New Music Festival; the Banff Centre for the Arts; Festival International Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville; the International Computer Music Conference; the European Media Arts Festival; ISEA; Interface3, Hamburg; Akademie der Bildenden KŸnste, NŸrnberg; the San Francisco Art Institute; 4 & 6CyberConf. His work has been published internationally by St. MartinŐs Press (US), The MIT Press, New World Perspectives (Canada), Turnaround Productions (UK), Future Publications (UK), Urra Apogeo (Italy), and Passagen Verlag (Austria).

Justin Love, Limbic Media Corporation has earned degrees in both Computer Science and Visual Arts from the University of Victoria and is an experienced new media programmer, physical interface innovator, live visualist (VJ), and multimedia artist. He has produced art for interactive performances and installations in Canada, Switzerland, and Mexico. He is will assist Grigar and Gibson with maintaining MPE at the OMSI site, providing both technical assistance and content for the OMSI site.

Jeannette Altman, Washington State University Vancouver, currently holds the position of Instruction and Classroom Technician at Washington State University Vancouver, and her training lies in media art and computer programming. She has been trained specifically in programming the motion tracking software and handling the hardware in the MOVE lab and is versed in software programs like Final Cut, Flash, Director, Ableton Live, and Modul8. Her assistance with the early development of MPE has been made possible by a $1404 grant from WSUVŐs College of Liberal Arts grant. In the next phase of the project, she will provide content for both the OMSI and MOVE Lab sites and provide technical assistance at the MOVE Lab during testing

MPE Assessment Team

Michael Dunn is Assistant Professor of Special Education and Literacy at Washington State University Vancouver and serves as director of the campus' special education endorsement program. He has 11 years experience working in elementary/middle school settings and has been a special education consultant teacher in inclusion classrooms for eight of those years. The majority of the students he served were either officially identified with a learning disability or had characteristics of a learning disability. He provided direct instruction in reading, writing, and math strategies to help students meet their academic goals. He has also served as curriculum program facilitator for his school where he provided in-service training to school staff about new curriculum programs and collected data about curriculum implementation. Dunn's research methods coursework involves both qualitative methodology and quantitative research methods including intermediate statistics and multivariate analysis. His doctoral dissertation was a quantitative (discriminant function) study of Reading Recovery assessment elements (e.g., beginning text level, ending text level) as predictors of students later being identified with a reading disability in third-to-fifth grade. Reading Recovery fits the model of response to intervention in that it is a first-grade intervention for students having difficulty with literacy skills, daily programming is tailored to the needs of each student, and has a cut-off score of success (attaining a 90% oral reading accuracy score by the end of first grade with book level 15 in the program). This research project provided Michael with the opportunity to develop and refine his skills with quantitative research in terms of data collection, cleaning the data set, analyzing the data in terms of meeting the assumptions of discriminant function analysis, running the analysis, interpreting the results, and writing the research study narrative. The analysis did render significant results for the discriminant function; ending text level proved to be the largest predictor of students in the first-grade Reading Recovery Program later being officially identified with a reading disability. This study will be published in September 2007 in Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Approach.

Mahesh (Michael) Raisinghani is Associate Professor in the Executive MBA program at Texas Woman's University's School of Management. He has worked on qualitative and quantitative data analysis projects based on a nationwide study for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and served as the local chair of the International Symposium on Research Methods in 2002.