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James B. Campbell, Ph.D.

James B. Campbell, Ph.D., is professor of geography at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, where he teaches remote sensing, quantitative methods, and geomorphology. He has worked closely with students and faculty in allied fields, including forestry, geology, agronomy, and environmental sciences. He is author of several books, including Introduction to Remote Sensing, now in its 4th edition, widely used at universities in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as numerous technical articles.

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Dr. Kirsten de Beurs

Dr. Kirsten de Beurs is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Oklahoma. MSc. (2000) in Agricultural System Science from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a PhD (2005) in Natural Resource Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on on the analysis of land cover / land use change in Northern and Central Eurasia as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Rudolf N. McClain

Rudolf N. McClain is a director, writer, cinematographer, filmmaker, animator, interviewer, and independent filmmaker from St. Helena, CA, in the heart of Napa Valley wine country. After attending University of California, Santa Barbara, he developed, wrote and produced Merlove: a documentary about the rise and fall of Merlot Wine. His next film currently in production is Que Syrah, Shiarz and his mission is: "To develop original and adapted properties into feature films that compel."

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Libby Germer

Libby Germer is an Instructor of Global Studies at the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies in Richmond, VA (http://www.gsgis.k12.va.us/). She has a BA in International Studies from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA and a MA in Teaching from The College of New Jersey and loves coffee, rock and roll, and the great outdoors.

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Paul Mederos

Paul is a graduate from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology. During his college years, he co-founded the largest international parkour and free-running community, AmericanParkour.com, and travelled across the country helping grow and strengthen local communities. He co-founded Leetzone, which saw Paul teaching non-tech adults how to utilize technology in their day-to-day to improve their lives. He then opened Prime Enterprise to offer information systems consulting and strategy for small businesses in the DC/MD/VA region.

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Dr. Lisa Kennedy

Dr. Lisa Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Geography at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She teaches classes on physical geography, globalization of nature, human impacts on the environment, and has led many study abroad trips. Her research focuses on reconstruction of decadal to millennial‐scale climate and vegetation change, disturbance regimes, and human‐environment interaction in the Neotropics, Caribbean, Southern Appalachians, and southeastern U.S. through the study of lake and wetland sediments, soils, and tree rings.  

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Dr. Peter Doolittle

Peter E. Doolittle is Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER), Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technology (LST), and the Director of the Educational Psychology Research Program (EPRP) at Virginia Tech. He is also the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJTLHE) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning (IJCBPL). His academic background includes 15 years teaching undergraduate and graduate students, in public and private universities, using traditional and online formats, across several subject areas including educational psychology, assessment and evaluation, and educational research, as well as 7 years teaching K-12 computer science and mathematics.

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Jessy Irwin

Jessy Irwin is a graduate from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Art History and French. She is passionate about education, technology, art, social media, and all of the places that they can (and do) connect. She wants to build awesome things (read: community) around education and technology to help make education accessible and availible to all.

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Dr. Mark McNamee

Dr. Mark G. McNamee has served as senior vice president and provost at Virginia Tech since 2001. As provost, he is the university's chief academic officer responsible for all undergraduate, graduate, research, and outreach programs of the university. Dr. McNamee has extended the university's efforts to expand research opportunities in biomedical and health sciences, bioinformatics, information technology, and nanotechnology. He led the effort to restructure the schools and colleges in order to position Virginia Tech for enhanced excellence across the disciplines, and his work resulted in one of the largest reorganizations in the university's history.

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