Dr. Lloyd Ackert has served as Faculty Advisor for the Great Works Symposium since 2012. He is based in the Department of History, and directs the new Emerging Scholars Program in CoAS. He received his BA at the University of Minnesota in 1997 with an Interdisciplinary degree in the History of Science, Evolutionary Biology, and Russian Language and Area Studies. He received his PhD in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Johns Hopkins University in 2004, then spent two Post-Doctoral years at Yale University. Before receiving his degrees, Dr. Ackert joined the Air force as a cryptological linguist specialist where he was stationed in Alaska and regularly made trips along the Soviet coast. During his undergraduate career, he studied Russian Language at St. Petersburg University and began his Doctoral studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Ackert has written extensively about the history of ecology and microbiology, particularly through the biography of Sergei Winogradsky. His book Sergei Vinogradskii and the Cycle of Life was published by Springer Press in 2013, he has had several essays published in the Journal of the History of Biology, and he is currently writing a monograph, The ‘Cycle of Life’: A History of Experimental Holism, which examines the laboratory methods of 18th to mid-20th century scientists in their research of holistic ecology. He teaches a broad range of courses at Drexel University from the history of ancient science, Russian history, and evolutionary thought. He is a corresponding editor for the Russian Academy of Sciences and an active member of the History of Science Society.
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Hana Iverson, Visiting Professor, Westphal College of Media Art and Design – Hana Iverson is a media artist with a focus on networked communities and wireless technologies. Her public projects, Cross/Walks, Weaving Fabric Row and View from the Balcony, along with her education initiative Neighborhood Narratives, engages the neighborhood as social practice to explore questions about subjectivity, embodiment, social networks and place inside of alternative forms of distribution.
Iverson has taught and/or directed the Neighborhood Narratives program at Rutgers, New York University, Temple Rome, Temple London and Temple Tokyo. She has worked as faculty at the International Center of Photography/Bard College Graduate Program in Advanced Photographic Studies and the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photo and Imaging. As an educator and administrator at Temple University, she was able to engage in many cross-disciplinary collaborations that included Film and Media Arts, Computer Science, Tyler School of Art, Geography and Urban Planning, Philosophy, Political Science and now at Rutgers University, the Institute for Women and Art and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. She has a Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Department at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Elliot Panek, Visiting Fellow, Great Works Symposium – Dr. Panek earned his MA in Media studies from the University of Texas and his PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan. His research examines the uses and effects of new media from sociological and psychological perspectives, using interviews, surveys, and experiments to understand how entertainment and social media affect our individual and collective lives. He has published articles on complex narratives, social media and narcissism, parental restriction of media use, and self-control as it relates to media choice. Coverage of his research has been featured on Time.com, the Chicago Tribune, and the Huffington Post.