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Pamela L. Jennings

Lecture: Building Platforms for Creativity
Thursday, April 15 · Howe Hall Auditorium · 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Platforms for creativity and innovation are safe spaces to learn, make mistakes, and invent new ways of being. These are platforms that we - the few and the privileged - have the opportunity to engage. We must become more aware of the enabling factors that influence the ability to participate in the acts of innovation through broader and more diversified participation.

Biography

Pamela L. Jennings served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Intelligent Information Systems cluster from 2009 to 2011. She led the CreativeIT program and co-managed the Human Centered Computing, Cyberlearning and Computer Research Infrastructure programs. Pamela was Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with a joint appointment in the School of Art and the Human Computer Interaction Institute from 2001 to 2008. Prior to CMU, Pamela was the Project Manager and Lead Designer for the IBM alphaWorks.com project and managed a team of web developers and designers between IBM and Studio Archetype (now Sapient) in this portal design connecting IBM research to 3rd party developers.

Entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation have been a core in her professional career. She has been involved in many ground breaking projects in information technology and education technology over the past two and a half decades. As well, she has played a critical role in national and international policy implementations for foundation and federal funding initiatives bridging the arts and technology. This includes collaboration on information and education technology research projects at the IBM Almaden User System Ergonomics Research Lab and the SRI International Center for Technology in Learning integrating early near-field communication technologies, speech recognition technologies, and software applications for STEM learning. Pamela received her MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; PhD in Human Centered Systems Design, University of Plymouth, UK; MFA in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York, MA in Studio Arts from New York University and BA in Psychology, Oberlin College.