[CENIC `07: Making Waves]

[March 12-14, 2007, San Diego La Jolla Marriott Hotel]








[CENIC `07: Making Waves]



Archived Keynote Addresses:
Check back for archived webcasts of our keynote speakers Sunne Wright McPeak,
John Delaney, and Cherri Pancake.

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Keynote Speakers for CENIC `07: Making Waves

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[Image of Sunne McPeak]

Monday, March 12, 2007: Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO
California Emerging Technology Fund
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UCSB Class of 1970 president and former Alumni Association President Sunne McPeak has become an extremely influential Californian. Following 15 years on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, where she promoted regional solutions for Bay Area policy challenges, she went on to lead the Bay Area Economic Forum and then the Bay Area Council. She was also secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, a Democrat appointed by a Republican governor. In this post she oversaw departments with such diverse responsibilities as CalTrans, the California Highway Patrol, Motor Vehicles, Real Estate, Alcoholic Beverage Control, and Managed Health Care. She has been named repeatedly among the Most Influential Women in Business, as a Woman Who Could Be President, and recipient of the California Water Policy H2O Leadership Award. California State University, Hayward awarded her an honorary doctorate.

In July of 2006, the President of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Chairman of the recently formed California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) Michael Peevey announced that the Board of Directors of the CETF had chosen Ms. McPeak to be its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 20, 2006.

The California Public Utilities Commission established the CETF to achieve ubiquitous access to broadband and advanced services in California through the use of emerging technologies by the year 2010. Not intended to simply be a "build it and they will come" approach, the CETF will work to expand broadband adoption and use, and will also focus a significant amount of its resources on the needs of underserved communities and bridging the Digital Divide.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2007: John R. Delaney, Professor
School of Oceanography, University of Washington
Director, NEPTUNE Program
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John Delaney is Director of the NEPTUNE Program and Professor of Oceanography at the University of Washington. A marine geologist, his research focuses on the deep-sea volcanic activity of the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the northeast Pacific Ocean.

After receiving his BA degree in Geology from Lehigh University in 1964, he received his MS in Geology from the University of Virginia while concurrently working as a Mineral Exploration Geologist in Charlottesville. In 1977 he earned his PhD in geology at the University of Arizona studying volatiles trapped in the glassy rinds of mid-ocean ridge basalts. He joined the University of Washington's School of Oceanography faculty in 1977, winning the Teaching Award in 1980 and the Distinguished Research Award in 1991. He was a visiting scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Johnson Space Center from 1977 to 1980.

He has served as chief scientist on over forty oceanographic research cruises, many of which have included the Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin and the Remotely Operated Vehicle Jason. In September 2005, Delaney co-led the VISIONS `05 research cruise, which successfully broadcast the first-ever live high-definition video imagery from the seafloor. The general public was able to view these live broadcasts from the Juan de Fuca Ridge via cable TV on the Research Channel and over the web.


[Image of Cherri Pancake]

Wednesday, March 14, 2007: Cherri M. Pancake, Professor
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Oregon State University
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Cherri M. Pancake is Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Intel Faculty Fellow at Oregon State University. In her first career, she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Guatemalan Indian communities, where she applied cross-cultural survey and interviewing techniques to study social change. Since receiving a PhD in Computer Engineering, she has applied her ethnographic training to usability engineering, specifically the problem of how complex software can better support the conceptual models and computing strategies of practicing scientists and engineers.

Dr. Pancake was among the first worldwide to apply ethnographic techniques to identify software usability problems - an approach which is now mainstream - and she conducted much of the seminal work identifying how the needs of scientists differ from computer science and business communities. Over the past 15 years, she has served as PI or coPI on research grants totaling over $125 million, from diverse sources including industry, the National Science Foundation, and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, and Interior. She is Director of the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (NACSE), an interdisciplinary research center often cited as the national leader in usability for science and engineering applications. The methods she developed for applying user-centered design to improve user interfaces are reflected in software products from Hewlett Packard, Convex, Intel, IBM, and Tektronix.

Most recently, Dr. Pancake has focused on how "virtual collaborations" - interactions that may span large, interdisciplinary, and physically distributed communities - differ from situations where colleagues have the opportunity to meet and work together physically.


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