Michael O'Rourke, Ph.D. (team scientist and philosopher of interdisciplinarity) Dr. Michael O’Rourke is professor of philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch and Environmental Science & Policy at Michigan State University. His research interests include epistemology, communication and epistemic integration in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and linguistic communication between intelligent agents. He is interim director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity and director of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research. O’Rourke is a philosopher of interdisciplinarity, a theorist of team science, and a facilitator of collaborative, interdisciplinary research and practice.
Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano, Ph.D. (team scientist) Dr. Lotrecchiano is presently associate professor of clinical research and leadership at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. As a member of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at GWU/Children’s National Health System, he is the lead for collaborative and multidisciplinary team science. He serves as the president elect of the International Science of Team Science (INSCiTS). Lotrecchiano will lend his expertise to the process of evaluating the team collaborations, not just the final outcomes, but also the effectiveness of the process. He will also guide teams on how to educate undergraduates about team science as part of the DSA digital curriculum.
Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D. (learning scientist) Dr. Dave L. Edyburn is professor and associate dean for research and faculty development at the College of Community Innovation and Education, University of Central Florida. His research and teaching interests focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and performance. As co-lead of the UCF Learning Sciences cluster, his current research and development agenda focuses on personalized learning and learning analytics. Edyburn will participate in the project as a member of the organizing committee. Given his background in cyberlearning, STEM, technology-based research methods, personalized learning, and learning analytics, he will assist the project in identify relevant experts to provide content knowledge and technical assistance to the project. His background and experience in learning disabilities and universal design for learning will facilitate instructional design efforts to create digital learning materials that will be accessible to under-represented students.