NME 2006


James Neal
James Neal is currently Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and network services and a system of 22 libraries. He also works with the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), the Center for Research in Information Access (CRIA), the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), and serves on key academic, technology and budget policy and planning groups. He has focused on digital library/electronic resource program development, library building construction and renovation projects, and fundraising and grants activities.

David Helfand
David J. Helfand is Professor of Astronomy at Columbia where he has taught for twenty-nine years. He is currently Chair of the Department of Astronomy and co-Director of the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory. Over the last five years, he has led the effort to establish a science component for Columbia's Core Curriculum. He serves on far too many University, NASA, and American Astronomical Society committees for his own, or anyone else's, good. He believes he is a better cook than astronomer and, ambiguously, most of his colleagues who have sampled his gastronomical undertakings agree.

David Klatell
David Klatell is the Vice Dean of the School of Journalism. He leads the School's teaching and learning activities, concentrating on the recruitment and evaluation of faculty, and the management of all degree-granting programs. Dean Klatell chairs the jury for the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in broadcasting. Dean Klatell is the faculty partner for the Journalism School's first case study collaboration with CCNMTL, Building the Front Page of The Washington Post.

Herbert Ginsburg
Dr. Herbert Ginsburg is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Psychology
and Education at Teachers College. His research interests include the development of mathematical thinking (with particular attention to young children and disadvantaged populations) and the assessment of cognitive function. He has developed mathematics curricula for young children, tests of mathematical thinking, and video workshops to enhance teachers understanding of how students learn mathematics. A National Science Foundation grant is supporting CCNMTL and Prof. Ginsburg's work to create model courses in early childhood mathematics education by leveraging Video Interactions for Teaching and Learning (VITAL).

Tazuko Shibusawa
Dr. Tazuko Shibusawa is an Associate Professor at the School of
Social Work. One of ten national Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars, she has been conducting research on HIV-risk, illicit drug use, and intimate partner violence among older adults. For the past three years, she has worked with CCNMTL in developing and evaluating the use of Video Interactions for Teaching & Learning (VITAL) in teaching advanced clinical social work practice skills.

John Zimmerman
Dr. John Zimmerman manages the Health Sciences office of CCNMTL, working with a dedicated Health Sciences-CCNMTL staff and faculty at all of the Health Sciences Schools to develop course Web sites and major projects. As Assistant Dean for Information Resources, Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry at the School of Dental and Oral Surgery and Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Informatics in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Zimmerman coordinates the clinical, research, and educational informatics initiatives at the dental school and is director of the Dental Informatics Fellowship program. He has published numerous dental informatics articles as well as the book Dental Informatics: Integrating Technology into the Dental Environment.

Angela Calabrese Barton
Dr. Angela Calabrese-Barton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College. She has studied how children construct a practice of science in urban settings and the role that science plays in their lives in schools and in the community. She continue to investigate parental engagement in science education, and for the development of elementary and middle school curricula linking science and nutritional literacies. Her work with CCNMTL has been developing the Educational Multimedia Case Constructor (EMCC), a web-based learning environment designed to complement her Urban Science Education course.

Lisa Gordis
Lisa Gordis is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Barnard College, where she specializes in early American literature with particular interest in Puritan and Quaker writings. She is the author of Opening Scripture: Bible Reading and Interpretive Authority in Puritan New England (University of Chicago Press, 2003), and has also published articles on George Herbert, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and John Woolman. She is currently working on a book about early Quaker theories of language, and is part of a team of editors preparing Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana for publication. She serves on the editorial board of Early American Literature.

Richard Peña
Professor Pena is an Associate Professor of Film at Columbia University, where he specializes in film theory and international cinema. He is currently the program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the director of the New York Film Festival. Peña is the host of "Conversations in World Cinema" on the Sundance Channel, and, in January 2001, he was named Officier of the French Order of Arts and Letters. He is the faculty partner for the Film Language Glossary, an innovative teaching tool for the study of film, designed to enhance screenings, readings, lectures, and discussions throughout the duration of a course.

Daniela Noè LeSassier
Daniela Noè LaSassier is Senior Associate in the Italian Department at Barnard College, Columbia University. Born in Bologna, Italy, she received her degree in Foreign Languages from the University of Bologna, an MA in Italian Language and Literature from New York University, and an MA in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language from the University of Venice, Italy. She has developed courses such as Advanced Italian through Film Comedies, and Advanced Italian through Italian Women Writers. Her main areas of expertise are teaching culture through language and the use of technology. She is the author of several articles and a textbook called L’italiano con l’opera (Learning Italian through Opera).

Zaheer Ali
Zaheer Ali is a doctoral student in history, where he is focusing his research on twentieth-century African-American history and religion. He is currently conducting an oral history of the Nation of Islam's community in Harlem for his dissertation on the history and development of its Temple/Mosque No. 7. He also serves as the Associate Editor of the Malcolm X Project at Columbia's Center for Contemporary Black History, under the direction of Dr. Manning Marable. He is a multi-year recipient of the Mellon Mays Pre-Doctoral Research Grant from the Social Science Research Council, and most recently wrote “Return to Roots: The History of Islam in Black America,” the cover story for the July/August issue of Islamic Horizons magazine.

Letty Moss-Salentjin
Dr. Moss-Salentijn is the Robinson Professor of Dentistry (in Anatomy and Cell Biology) and the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia. She has been a member of the faculty of Columbia University since 1968, where in addition to her administrative activities she teaches anatomy, embryology and oral histology. Her research has focused on growth and development of the cephalic and appendicular skeleton, as well as on the structure of enamel, dentin, pulp and salivary glands. She has co-authored 6 textbooks and has published more than 80 publications.

Susan Witte
Dr. Witte is an Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and Associate Director of the Columbia University Social Intervention Group (SIG). Witte’s research and teaching focuses on the development and testing of prevention and treatment interventions targeting the co-occurrence of HIV/AIDS risk behaviors, substance abuse and interpersonal violence in vulnerable populations. Witte’s special interests include dissemination of relationship-based interventions, promotion of female-initiated reproductive health technology, including the female condom, and a focus on highly vulnerable and underserved populations, including street-based sex workers. Witte is currently an investigator on several NIMH and NIDA-funded studies.