Bryan Enderle grew up in Modesto, CA though he now lives in Davis, CA with his wife, Peggy, and son,
Isaac. Bryan received two BS degrees, in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering; an MA in Theology;
and an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering. After graduate school, he began teaching Chemistry and
Mathematics. For the last 11 years, Bryan has been a chemistry instructor at UC Davis having taught
13,559 undergraduate students and 556 graduate students. Personally, he enjoys grappling with the
topics of theology and science, both as individual and intersecting topics.
Alison Ledgerwood joined the Department of Psychology at UC Davis in 2008, after completing
her PhD in social psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding how
people think, and how they can think better. Some of her recent research focuses on investigating
when and why people’s opinions shift in response to the social context, as well as how certain
ways of thinking about an issue tend to stick in people’s heads. In other work, she explores the
significance of group symbols, such as flags and monuments, in intergroup conflict situations.
Her research has important implications for understanding people’s thinking in a range of social
situations, including medical decision-making, national elections, and intergroup conflicts.
She has published numerous articles in Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and
Social Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, among others, as well
as chapters in handbooks on attitude change, conflict resolution, and terrorism. She has received
several grants and awards for her research, including a Hellman Fellowship and funding from the
National Science Foundation. Her classes on social psychology focus on understanding the way
people think and behave in social situations, and how to harness that knowledge to potentially
improve the social world in which we all live.
L. M. Bogad (www.lmbogad.com) is an author, artist, and professor of political performance at
U.C. Davis. He creates theatrics in support of social movement campaigns for labor, human rights and
eco/economic justice. He is a cofounder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, a veteran of
the Lincoln Center Directors’ Laboratory, and founding Director of the Center for Artistic Activism/West
Coast. He has published a book about prank election campaigns (Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical
Ridicule and Social Movements) and a play about domestic surveillance (COINTELSHOW: A Patriot
Act), and many articles on the theory, history and practice of creative nonviolent activism. Bogad has
performed and led “Tactical Performance” workshops all over the world, including in Cairo during the
Egyptian Revolution. He has been seen on the street as Colonel Oftruth of the Clown Army, as Saint
Francis picketing the Saint Francis hotel, as a huckster selling Glacier Ice Cream, and as a rebel Ronald
McDonald and many other ridiculous roles. He has written, acted and strategized with the Yes Men and
other creative activist collectives, and has performed his latest piece, ECONOMUSIC, in New York, Sao
Paulo, and Helsinki.
Bogad received his PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and has received
art and social justice-oriented fellowships and grants from Carnegie Mellon University, Arizona State
University, Beloit College, the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the
Puffin Fund and others. He has been a radio commentator on Air America, NPR, Pacifica, Peace Radio,
and other stations.
A founding member of The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science,
Stewart is a geographer that is focused on making aerial image maps. Inspired
by the digital age of map making and virtual globes, his work centers on making
maps with both new technology and classic ﬁeld techniques. As Director of
Geography and Data for Public Laboratory, Stewart coordinates and executes
mapmaking projects while developing the Public Lab map tools and archive.
Creating an ecosystem for a citizens aerial image map of the world continues to
motivate Stewart and his Public Lab colleagues in designing the Public Lab map
production hardware and software toolkit.
Aaron Watkins is the president of Appency – the first full service marketing agency dedicated to the
promotion of mobile apps. He is a long time executive of the mobile marketing industry, having spent
six years with ipsh! Mobile Marketing building a number of award winning mobile campaigns for major
brands including Anheuser-Busch, Frito-Lay and Unilever. After ipsh, Aaron was recruited to start the
San Francisco office of global mobile agency The Hyperfactory. In 2009, Aaron started consulting in the
app marketing space, and eventually wrote the GigaOM guide to app marketing. He has helped dozens
of companies understand and succeed in the app space and enjoys the challenges of an ever changing
Exploring the cosmos has always been a dream of Amy’s. With the natural world as
a source of great inspiration, Amy enrolled in an undergraduate geology program
at Furman University in South Carolina. After earning her B.S., she moved across
the country to pursue a M.S. at the University of New Mexico, where she explored
the effect of deep earth fluid inputs on the salinization of the Rio Grande river.
She had become interested in geobiology - the interactions between microbial life
and the environment – and she jumped at the opportunity to study geobiology
and participate on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover mission at UC Davis.
She now spends much of her time on her Ph.D. research in geobiology, studying
the physical traces that microbial life leaves behind in rocks. When she’s not
researching, Amy spends her time teaching and mentoring undergraduates and
working on a mission to mars.
Bill Habicht is a "common good" and social media conspirator. He has been serving as a Pastor at Davis Community Church since 2005. He received his M.S.W. from Virginia Commonwealth University and M.Div from Union Theological Seminary. Bill has extensive experience working with oppressed and marginalized groups, and has worked for the New Orleans Police Department, Virginia Supportive Housing, Statford House (HIV+ living facility) and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. He also lived in a halfway house for former criminal offenders as an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee. After graduating from UT, Bill spent the next year living overseas in a subsistence farming village in Ghana, West Africa.
Since arriving at Davis Community Church, he has helped to form the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter, the Youth Leadership Institute and is currently working on the creation of a nonprofit, pay-it-forward tea and coffee shop that provides job training and placement for adults with disabilities. He is active in the local community, and has helped to create the Radiate Art Collective and the crowdsourcing venture known as “Davis BarnRaising.”
Bill is married to his beautiful wife, Amy, and has two children, Asher and Amelie. In his spare time, he likes to cook and experiment with social media and technology.
Currently the Chief Technology Officer for Velti, Vishal Gurbuxani was the co-founder of Mobclix, the Largest Mobile Ad Exchange, which was acquired by Velti in October of 2010. Previously, he has worked at Accenture as part of a select group of 150 researchers and consultants out of 250,000 employees, focusing on Digital Media, Mobile, Big Data, Content Optimization, and Predictive Analytics. He has filed numerous patents on Predictive Monitoring, Remote Monitoring, Diagnostics, Advertising, Mobile Analytics and Monetization. Mr. Gurbuxani has been involved with Technology for the past 15 years and sits right at the Intersection of Technology & Business. He has worked in 5 startups and been through 3 successful exits, he has seen the differences between what makes a company great versus what makes a company fail. Mr. Gurbuxani has made numerous Angel Investments that span from innovative advertising companies, medical enablers, hospital 3.0, and companies promoting social good. He graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University.
When he's not focusing on his current efforts, you'll find him brainstorming on the next big game changing idea.
A professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Director of the University Writing
Program (UWP) at the University of California, Davis. His research areas include writing
in the disciplines and professions (particularly in the sciences and engineering), writing
assessment, and the impact of information technologies on literacy practices. His books
include Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013),
Writing Across Distances and Disciplines: Research and Pedagogy in Distributed Learning
(Erlbaum/Routledge, 2008) and Teaching and Evaluating Writing in the Age of Computers and
High-Stakes Testing (Erlbaum, 2005). Carl Whithaus has served on the National Assessment
of Educational Progress (NAEP) Planning Committee for 2011-2019 Writing Standards
Framework, the editorial board for Kairos, and the National Council of Teachers of English
(NCTE) Best Practices for Online Writing Instruction (OWI) Committee (2007-10). He has
taught courses ranging from first-year writing to graduate-level classes in traditional, hybrid,
and distance learning environments. His articles have appeared in Technical Communication
Quarterly, Kairos, Assessing Writing, and The Journal of Basic Writing.
Christine Germain and Slater Penney
Christine Germain and Slater Penney created "Le Projet Migration" to share onstage that thing we look for in life: genuine human connection. They discovered their shared background in contact improvisation acted as a bridge between her contemporary dance choreography experience and his circus acrobatics performance base. This 6 minute acrobatic dance duet began receiving attention at Dance Mission Theatre and CounterPULSE in San Francisco in 2008, and the American Dance Guild Festival in New York in 2009. In 2011, it was then expanded into a 35 minute production at DanceGround Keriac in San Francisco and in 2012 won a Frankie Award for "Most Promising Choreography" at the Montréal Fringe Festival. Christine and Slater continue to work on this project (and their marriage) to this day. You can see more at cganddancers.org
Cynthia Schumann, PhD
Since officially launching the Brain Endowment for Autism Research Sciences (BEARS)
tissue program in February of 2012, Dr. Cyndi Schumann has given over 20 outreach
lectures to the community, parent organizations, organ procurement organizations, and
health care providers across the county on the critical need for brain donation to autism
Dr. Schumann earned her doctoral degree in Neuroscience at the University of
California, Davis in 2005. She then conducted her postdoctoral research and attained
her first faculty position at the University of California, San Diego in the Department of
Neurosciences in 2007. She joined the MIND Institute faculty in 2009 as Assistant Professor
in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Schumann’s multidisciplinary research focus is on characterizing
neuroanatomical, cellular, and molecular development of the brain in typical children and
those with autism. She has published over 20 articles in the last few years in books and
high-impact journals, including the first longitudinal MRI study of brain development in
toddlers and children with autism published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2010. Her
research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other private