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COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT                                                               UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Lecturer and Director of Instructional Laboratory — (See teaching experience for activities as lecturer.) Manage the negotiations, design process, preparations for move, and reconfiguration of facilities for a new $1.6 million Computer Science Instructional Laboratory to be located in Crerar Library. June of 2012 to present. Provide hardware and software resources in support of Computer Science curriculum in a cluster of ~80 Apple Intel MacPro workstations running various operating systems and over 40 linux workstations. Supervise a staff of around 20 technical consultants providing over one hundred hours of support per week for CMSC course programming assignments (Scheme, C++, Java, Python, Perl, Runtime Revolution, OpenGl, Mathematica, MatLab, etc.), web page development, special video and graphics projects, and general use. Responsible for long range planning and rolling upgrades to the lab. Serve on University committees and as advisor to a variety of academic projects. 1995 - present.

ACADEMIC AND PUBLIC COMPUTING                                                           UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Associate Director and Manager -- Research and Instructional Technologies

Brought the Biota application to completion and received recognition for the team's achievements through EDUCOM's Distinguished Natural Sciences Curriculum Award for innovation and software excellence given to Project BioQUEST. Biota is a simulation program for population biology with a graphical user interface that was designed in an object oriented fashion and consists of over 45,000 lines of code in Object Pascal and MacAPP. It has been published on CD by the University of Maryland's digital press as part of the BioQUEST undergraduate curriculum suite. Several planning and policy activities beyond managerial role described above. Inclusive of Biological Sciences Planning Committee work for new BSD Learning Center, Library Planning Committee, and joint University of Chicago Computing Organizations (UCCO) projects for networking, Laboratory Schools, and administrative computing. Reviewed budgetary, personnel, and mission policies within APC and implemented a departmental reorganization for my areas of responsibility. December 1988 to January 1993.


IAIMS Project Manager -- Established interdepartmental liaisons for high level exchange of information about the current programs, committees, and technological developments relevant to the University's Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) program being implemented through a grant from the National Library of Medicine to the University's Biological Sciences Division and the University of Chicago Hospitals. Worked full time for 1995, and remain a consultant to 1998.


COMPUTATION CENTER                                                                                    UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Project Manager--Information Technologies and New Services.

As manager of a small team, identify relevant or new technologies such as desktop publishing, local area networks, and advanced workstations with potential application in the University community, and explore their feasibility with appropriate users. Design user and consulting aids such as referral guidelines, technical reports, and HyperCard stacks for micro services. Participate in policy formation on microcomputing and other committees. Consult in areas including Apple Consortium activities, software developers, grant review and scholarly research tools. June 1986 to December 1988.

Lead Staff Analyst--Information Technologies and New Services.

As part of a small team, consulted with a wide range of University departments including Chemistry, the College, Residence Halls and Commons, Philosophy and the Oriental Institute. Obtained and assisted in applying for several grants including a $150,000 equipment grant from Apple Computer. 1984 to June 1986.

Senior Staff Analyst--New Services Analysis Group.

Consulted with administrators and faculty on application and purchase of office systems. Monitored vendor performance, set equipment standards, and wrote grant specifications. Managed a 9 month acquisition project for the College. 1981 to 1984.

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS                                                                 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Information Management Specialist--Project for Office Automation.

Conducted survey of office technology. Analyzed Business School office needs and recommended purchases over $200,000. 1980 to 1981.



THE COLLEGE                                                                                                        UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Appointed as Lecturer in Computer Science in the College with affiliations to the Big Problems Curriculum, The Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, The Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, and the Environmental Studies Program.

Computer Science courses taught: Introduction to Programming for the World Wide Web I - CMSC 10100; Multimedia Programming as a Liberal Art I & II - CMSC 11000/ISHU 23500 and 11100/23600, which use a new approach for teaching computer science from an interdisciplinary viewpoint that satisfies the math core requirement; Interactive Logic - CMSC 11200/ISHU 23700 which takes advantage of computer based microworld and proof software; Logic Programming - CMSC 215/MATH 27900 with R. Soare; Fundamentals of Programming for CS Majors - CS115. 1986 to present.

Other courses: Organizations of Knowledge - Big Problems 23500, (=HIPS 23000, HUMA 23502, ISHU 23502), with Herman Sinaiko and Wayne Booth. An examination of different structures of knowledge found in Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Comte and more recent thinkers such as Steven Weinberg, Bruno Latour, and Peter Galison. Spring 2001, Spring 2009. Is Development Sustainable? - Environmental Studies 23400, (=Big Problems 23400, =HIPSS 23400, =PolSci 21200), with Ted Steck and Gordon Davis. Spring 2000, Spring 2001. Its aim was to develop skills in analyzing difficult interdisciplinary issues related to the environment. The above two are "Big Problems" courses as part of the College Capstone Curriculum instituted by College Dean John Boyer.

Led sessions on participants’ work for the yearlong Sawyer Workshop on "Computer Science as a Human Science: The Cultural Impact of Computerization" hosted by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago.

Served as Aims of Education discussant for College Orientation, 2004 to present.

Served as thesis consultant to J. Schank, Ph. D. in Conceptual Foundations of Science, Towards a Philosophy of Computer Modeling and Simulation in Experimental Biology. Senior thesis advisor for: N. L. Holtz, A.B. (2009) "Envisioning Consciousness," History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine; L. J. Wilson, A.B. (2004), " Music Criticism as a Creative Tool," Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities; J. Reisner, A. B. (1999) in English Literature, "The Hypertextual Interpretation of Nobokov's Pale Fire"; R. Hunicke, A. B. Honors (1994) in General Studies in the Humanities, " A Multimedia Essay on the Role of Women in Science "; P. Rohr, A. B. Honors (1991) in Tutorial Studies, "The TextBase Paradigm: Architectural Considerations for a 2nd-Generation Scholar's Workstation."



Member of the Steering Committee that initiated and is conducted the $100,000 Sawyer Seminar Grant for "Computer Science as a Human Science: The Cultural Impact of Computerization" from The Mellon Foundation. A year long seminar in 1999-2000 with conferences on: Synesthetic Education and the Cultural Organization of the Senses, Human/Computer Creoles and Cultures, and Moral and Political Economies of Computer Cultures at The Franke Institute for the Humanities of the University of Chicago.

Co-recipient of National Endowment to the Humanities (NEH) development grant for the Chicago Historical Encyclopedia. Awarded June 1994.

Co-recipient of EDUCOM's Distinguished Natural Sciences Curriculum Award (Biology) for innovation and software excellence given to Project BioQUEST which includes the Biota application developed at Chicago. October 1992

Equipment and release-time grant from Apple Computer, Inc. for developing new variants of the introductory Computer Science course: "Computer Programming for Liberal Arts Students." Awarded under competitive review of over 1,500 higher education projects and proposals in 1987-88.


Review of Answers for Aristotle, by Massimo Piguliucci. The Quarterly Review of Biology. (In press 2013.)

"Can intellectual virtue (excellence) be taught? - in the context of Plato's Protagoras," Presented at the College Family Weekend Model Classes, October 24, 2009.

"Saving Aristotle's Productive Science of Appearances in Poetics 1-6," Presented at the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) lecture series, May 1, 2009

"The Definitory Dialectic of Aristotle's Four Causes and their Organization of Knowledge in Aristotle's Poetics." Presented at the History of Science Society (HSS), 2004 Annual Meeting ,Friday, November 19, 2004

"ELIZA," Encyclopedia of HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION, William Sims Bainbridge, Editor. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2004.

"A Process Model is unique in its Conceptual Co-Generativity," The Folio, V. 19, no. 1, 2000-2004, (ISSN: 1063-3693). A themed issue on "Thinking At the Edge: A New Philosophical Practice."

"Symbolic Demeaning, or how ELIZA wasn’t so client centered", History and Philosophy of Science Joint Workshop for Spring — 2000, April 21, 2000.

"Logical Meaning Creation - New Directions for the Humanities," faculty seminar presentation, Information and Society Group, University of Chicago, May 16, 1998.

"Comments on ELIZA" for the Science, Creativity, and Ethics Group, Dialogues, Vol. 3, Number 1, March, 1998.

"Symbolic Demeaning and Interface Design Principles," presentation to Irving Wladawsky-Berger for Center for Information and Society Initiative, University of Chicago, December 2, 1997.

"Symbolic Demeaning (or Discursive Debasement) in Human-Computer Interactions," Online paper for "Conference on After Postmodernism," University of Chicago, http://www.focusing.org/Sterner.html.

Conference organizer for the "Conference on After Postmodernism," University of Chicago, November 14-16, 1997.

"Modeling Complex Ecosystems using Biota," B. Jones, W. Sterner, J. Schank. Proceedings of the Meeting of IUFRO S4.11-00, August 1995, published by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland.

"Biota: An Object-oriented Tool for Modeling Complex Ecological Systems," B. Jones, W. Sterner and J. Schank. The Journal of Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol. 19, #9, Sept. 1994. Presented in the Object Oriented session at the Resource Technology 94 / DSS2001 Symposium, Toronto in 12-16 September 1994.

"Multi-Level Science as a Symbol System in the context of HyperMedia," The BioQUEST Curriculum and Learning Tools Development Workshop. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at Beloit College, June, 1994.

The software program: BIOTA - A Tool for Simulations of Species Interactions in Diverse Environments, on The BioQUEST Library: COMPACT DISK, Ed. John R. Jungck, published by the Academic Software Development Group, University of Maryland, 1993 and with annual updates to present.

"Computer Programming, Curricular Pluralisms, and the Liberal Arts," paper presented at "Systematic Pluralism: an Interdisciplinary Conference," University of Nebraska-Lincoln. April, 1990.

Review of J. David Bolter's Turing's Man: Western Culture in the Computer Age. Published in Computers and the Humanities, 23, 1989.



CONCEPTUAL AND HISTORICAL STUDIES OF SCIENCE                                                   UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Research Residency Ph. D. student in Committee working on an interdisciplinary degree between computer science and the history and philosophy of science. My research focus is on Aristotle's Poetics. Provisional thesis title: Saving Aristotle's Productive Science of Appearances in Poetics 1-6. Advanced to degree candidacy June, 2012, three chapters submitted.

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS                                                                 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

MBA with Honors, emphasis on not-for-profit management, December 1982. Dean's Honor List. Member of Advanced Technology Management Group.

THE COLLEGE                                                                                                         UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

AB in psychology, minor in physical science, 1969. Vice President of fraternity. Student Government representative.




Panelist representing "computer time as a cultural influence" as part of the series on Past-Present-Future -- conceptions of time in Western thought. Available online as part of the Odyssey Audio Archives. December 7, 1999.

GRAHAM SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES                                                    UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Consultant for proposed new Masters of Communications Degree program. June 1999 to present.


Reviewer for books projects in computing and the humanities. 1998.


Founding member of a small board of industry professionals organized by Donald Crabb and reporting directly to top management of Apple Computer to assist in re-engineering the company and its relationships to key enterprise and higher education markets. This board has provided advice for major corporate policy decisions since its creation in 1996. December 1996 to 1999.


Participation on broadcast TV as computer technology consultant. October, 1994.

PROJECT BioQUEST CONSORTIUM                                                              BASED AT BELOIT COLLEGE

Consultant on academic software design and development, and emergent technology assessment. Summer 1992 to present.


CHICAGO HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA Technical consultant on multi-media design for online version of the NEH funded Chicago Historical Encyclopedia. 1991 1998.