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Meet the Speakers: Virtual/Material

Next week, please come to Cabell Library Room 250 at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 3rd, for Virtual/Material, a Digital Pragmata panel discussion. Bring your lunch! Chips, cookies and drinks will be provided. More information about the event can be found on the VCU Libraries website. Our speakers and moderator:

courtney freemanCourtney Freeman, Assistant Production Coordinator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,  is an exhibition design production coordinator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). She has gained notable professional experience with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the MIT Museum and, prior to the VMFA, as a design studio consultant for Luckstone. She earned her M.A. in museum studies from the University of Manchester, England, and B.A. in art history from VCU. Working alongside design and IT team members, Courtney has helped lead the inaugural 3D-printing project for the VMFA’s latest exhibit, Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing.

diane harnishDiane Harnish, Vice President, Academic Sales, Primal Pictures, has worked in the field of health-science publishing for over 25 years and has extensive experience across education, academic and practice sectors. She spent much of her career at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), with early responsibilities in marketing and then as publisher, where she headed the medical publishing program for nearly 10 years. After her tenure with LWW, she launched a proprietary consultancy and, as principal consultant for DH Marketing & Business Consulting, worked with a broad range of niche health-science content providers, primarily providing insight and guidance on business and growth strategy in the eye of digital transformation. Over the years, she has become a market specialist in the area of anatomy and in the threading of anatomy across the spectrum of health-science education and practice. Currently, she works for Primal Pictures, the leading 3D anatomy company with users in over 700 institutions worldwide, where she is vice president of sales.

bernard meansBernard K. Means, Director, Virtual Curation Laboratory, VCU School of World Studies has a B.A. in anthropology, with a minor in physics, from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University, Tempe. His dissertation research involved applying new theories and cutting-edge technologies to American Indian village sites from southwestern Pennsylvania, many excavated during the 1930s by New Deal archaeologists. His scholarly pursuits include reconstructing American Indian village life from cross-cultural studies of village spatial and social organizations, the research potential of archaeological collections and the history of archaeology across the Americas, especially during the Great Depression. He currently teaches archaeology courses in the School of World Studies at VCU and is director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, which is creating three-dimensional digital models of archaeological objects used for teaching, research and public outreach. The Virtual Curation Laboratory is a research effort currently funded in part by the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program.

andrew ilnickiAndrew Ilnicki, Moderator, Director of Academic Technology, VCU School of the Arts, has an MFA in Visual Communication from VCU in the Department of Graphic Design. Ilnicki works across departments to foster effective practices and new uses for academic technology and facilitate changes in education for students and faculty about issues related to the future of art and design education, technology, and interdisciplinarity. Ilnicki has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the daVinci Center for Product Innovation, and the Departments of Graphic Design and Kinetic Imaging. With the VCUarts Creative Entrepreneurship office, Ilnicki coordinates a new interdisciplinary internship program called CoLab (short for Collaboratory) that focuses on the intersections between Art, Healthcare, and Technology.

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