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February 17, 2006

Dr. Jim Spohrer, Director, Almaden Services Research, IBM Almaden Research Center, 2/8/06

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Dr. Jim Spohrer is the Director of Services Research at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. From 2000-2003, at IBM, Dr. Spohrer was CTO of IBM's Venture Capital Relations Group, where he identified technology trends and worked to establish win-win relationships between IBM and VC-backed portfolio companies. Previously, Dr. Spohrer directed the IBM Almaden Research Center's Computer Science Foundation Department, and before that was senior manager and co-strategist for IBM's User Experience / Human Computer Interaction Research effort.

Previously, at Apple, Dr. Spohrerwas a DEST (Distinguished Engineer, Scientist, and Technologist) and program manager of learning technology projects in Apple's Advanced Technology Group. He lead the effort to create Apple's first online learning community and vision for anytime, anywhere e-learning.

Dr. Spohrer has published broadly in the areas of speech recognition, empirical studies of programmers, artificial intelligence, authoring tools, online learning communities, open-source software, intelligent tutoring systems and student modeling, new paradigms in using computers, implications of rapid technical change, as well as the coevolution of social, business, and technical systems. He has also helped to establish two education research non-profit web sites: The Educational Object Economy and WorldBoard: Associating Information with Places.

Dr. Spohrer is a frequent advisor to the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and other groups on the implications of rapid technological change to the future of education.

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February 14, 2006

Jack Uldrich, President, The NanoVeritas Group, 2/8/06

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Jack Uldrich is the author of four books, including the award-winning, bestseller, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business; Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Adventure; Soldier, Statesman, Peacemaker: Leadership Lessons from George C. Marshall, and most recently, Investing in Nanotechnology: Think Small, Win Big. He is the president of The NanoVeritas Group—an international leadership and technology consultancy dedicated to helping business, government, and non-profit organizations prepare for and profit from the emerging field of nanotechnology. Clients include Fortune 100 companies, venture capital firms, and state and regional governments.

Mr. Uldrich is a regular contributor on nanotechnology for The Motley Fool, and his articles have also appeared in The Wall Street Reporter: Leader to Leader, The Futurist, The Scientist, CityBusiness, The Futures Research Quarterly, TechStation Central, and scores of other newspapers around the country.

Mr. Uldrich is a frequent speaker on the nanotechnology lecture circuit and has addressed numerous businesses, trade associations, and investment groups, including General Mills, Pfizer, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Also, he is a regular guest on CNBC and CNN. Mr. Uldrich, a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official, served as the Director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long Range Planning under Governor Jesse Ventura.

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February 09, 2006

Dr. Lisa Randall, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Harvard University, 2/8/06

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Professor Lisa Randall's new book, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, was recently published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. Warped Passages was included in The New York Times list of 100 notable books of 2005.

Professor Randall’s research concerns the fundamental nature of particles and forces and how matter's basic elements relate to the physical properties of the world that we see. She has worked on a wide variety of ideas for what might lie beyond established particle physics and cosmological theories, including grand unified theories, supersymmetry, cosmological inflation, string theory, and most recently, extra dimensions of space.

Professor Randall has made seminal contributions in all these areas, and as of Fall 2005 was the most cited theoretical physicist of the past five years. is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Physical Society. Professor Randall is a past winner of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, a DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, and the Westinghouse (now Intel) Science Talent Search.

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February 06, 2006

Dr. Katie Klinger, Primary Designer, National University Virtual High School, and Faculty Associate, George Lucas Educational Foundation, 2/1/06

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Dr. Katie Klinger is the primary designer of the National University Virtual High School and former Lead Faculty across California for the Educational Technology master’s degree program at National University.Dr. Klinger has over 25 years experience in teaching students of all ages how to use computer technology effectively in their lives and in their classrooms. She actively presents at international conferences and publishes on how to integrate technology into K-12 learning environments for faculty and pre-service teachers.

Dr. Klinger was the Project Director of a Microsoft/AACTE Virtual Classroom Tours grant, for which she was presented one of only three nationwide 2003 Innovative Teachers Outstanding Achievement Awards. Recently she was honored with the status of Faculty Associate for the George Lucas Educational Foundation and delivers INSPIRE Seminars to K-12 school districts. In addition, she has served as the Principal Investigator on a $1.27 million PT3 DOE grant; as Project Coordinator for a prior PT3 grant; and as Project Director for a Gates Foundation Grant.

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