InfoFair 2007 Presenters and Panelists

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Sarah C. Michalak

Associate Provost for Libraries and University Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sarah C. Michalak came to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from the University of Utah, where she served as director of the J. Willard Marriott Library for nine years.

A graduate of the University of California, Riverside, Sarah earned her master's in library science from UCLA. Her professional career began at University of California, Riverside. She then moved to the University of Washington, Seattle, where she served as Head of the Science Libraries; Special Assistant to the Director of Libraries; Head, Collection Access Services and Library Development; and Assistant Director of Libraries, Library Development and Planning. As Assistant Director of Libraries, Library Development and Planning, she led construction and implementation of the Allen Library, a major addition to the main library.

Sarah currently serves on the Journal of Library Administration Editorial Board, the Association of College and Research Libraries' College and Research Libraries Editorial Board, the Text Creation Partnership Board of Directors, and the NIH NLM PubMed Central Advisory Committee. She previously served on the boards of directors of the Association of Research Libraries and the American Library Association, Library Administration and Management Association.

Sarah led major digital library and cooperative collection development initiatives in the Utah Academic Library Consortium and in the Greater Western Library Alliance, a thirty-member research library consortium spanning the Midwest and the West. Sarah's publications and presentations concern library facilities design, the crisis in scholarly communications, the development of digital libraries, and new methods of providing access to digital information.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

Clifford C. Snyder, M.D. and Mary Snyder Lecturer
Keynote address
Abstract

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Erik D. Hjorten

Erik D. Hjorten.

Instructional Designer,
Continuing Education: Distance Education,
University of Utah

Erik Hjorten received his Masters of Science in Instructional Technology from Utah State University in December 2006. He is the instructional designer for Continuing Education: Distance Education department at the University of Utah since May 2005. Erik is currently working on designing and developing 33 online distance education courses ranging from Anthropology, Music, Economics and Psychology, and the Utah Real Estate certification program. He is also working on developing methods of streamlining the online course design/development processes and meeting the ever changing needs of students.

Distance Education Up Close panelist

Scott Narus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Lecturer),
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biomedical Informatics
School of Medicine, University of Utah

Dr. Narus is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. As the Director of Graduate Studies and the Coordinator for the recently established Graduate Certificate Program for the Department, Dr. Narus has been focusing on curriculum issues, including enhancing methods for offering courses through distance education technology. He has also co-chaired an HSC-wide committee looking at ways to improve the Center's distance education capabilities.

Dr. Narus joined the University in 2006. Before that, he was a Senior Medical Informaticist and Chief Software Architect for Intermountain Healthcare. He has over 20-years of experience in systems development in the health care and aerospace fields. He received his Ph.D. in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah.

Distance Education Up Close panelist

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Lynda Oderda

Lynda Oderda, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice,
College of Pharmacy, University of Utah
and Clinical Pharmacist,University's
Sugarhouse Geriatric Clinic

Lynda Oderda, Pharm.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy where she teaches courses related to geriatrics, as well as providing a geriatric clerkship exposing pharmacy students to a continuum of care from ambulatory to assisted living to long term care. Her experience includes long term care and home health care consulting until moving to Utah from Maryland in 1991. Her focus changed to directing the experiential education for pharmacy students at that time, although she maintained ties with geriatric organizations and occasional consulting. Since returning to clinical practice in 2000, she has worked diligently teaching students how to evaluate geriatric patients in ambulatory and long term care settings for drug-related problems so that they can take those skills out to the community practice setting. Areas of interest and research include drug-related problems in the elderly.

Distance Education Up Close panelist

Wayne J. Peay

Wayne J. Peay

Director, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library,
University of Utah

Wayne Peay received his B.A. in history from the University of Utah in 1973 and his M.S. degree in Library Service, with honors, from Columbia University in 1977. He has held positions at the Washington University School of Medicine Library, and the Medical Library Center of New York. He was appointed to the library faculty of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library in 1977 and was named director in 1984. He has served as president of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association. He is also currently the director the Midcontinental Regional Medical Library Program of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.


Keynote address introduction

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Marge Pett, M.Stat., D.S.W.

Research Professor
College of Nursing, University of Utah

Marjorie A. Pett, M.Stat., D.S.W. is a Research Professor in the College of Nursing, having been a faculty member at the University of Utah since 1979. Among other academic responsibilities, she has developed and taught both required and elective statistics courses to graduate students in the health sciences. Most recently she has taught these same courses using live videoconferencing and other internet technologies to Ph.D. students in the College of Nursing who are participating in a nationally funded oncology distance doctoral program. Dr. Pett has been the recipient of several teaching awards including the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Utah.

Distance Education Up Close panelist

Alison Regan

Alison Regan

Faculty Outreach Fellow and
Head Technology Assisted Curriculum
J. Willard Marriott Library,
University of Utah

Alison Regan is the Faculty Outreach Fellow and Head of the Marriott Library Technology Assisted Curriculum Center. She has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas.

Distance Education Up Close panelist

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Jeff Shuckra

Jeff Shuckra

Network Engineer
Utah Telehealth Network
School of Medicine
University of Utah

Jeff Shuckra is a Network Engineer for the Utah Telehealth Network. He supports the network operations and videoconferencing technologies for a large interstate network. In particular, he supports TeleBurn and TeleStroke for the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He has a master's degree in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies from the University of New Mexico.

Telemedicine in Acute Burn Care

Suzanne Stensaas, Ph.D.

Suzanne Stensaas, Ph.D.

Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
School of Medicine, University of Utah

Suzanne Stensaas, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy and the Eccles Health Sciences Library Health Sciences liaison with the School of Medicine. Suzanne is interested in new technologies in education and how distant education can be made more effective.

Suzanne is the founder and organizer of the Slice of Life Workshop for Medical Multimedia Developers and Educators. Its main purpose is for faculty and developers to share ideas, progress, problems, evaluation data, and to assist administrators and faculty in seeing the possibilities of another way of teaching and sharing materials.

Suzanne is on the board of HEAL (Health Education Assets Library). HEAL is a digital library that provides freely accessible digital teaching resources of the highest quality that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators and learners. Suzanne enjoys teaching in the new Health Sciences Education Building where instructors can teach with Tablet PC's, use an audience response system and employ digital video.

Distance Education Up Close Panel Discussion, Moderator

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