Discussion Forum
Discussion: Please Introduce Yourself


Please take a moment to introduce yourself to conference participants. You might like to tell us about where you work or study, what city or country you are in, and about your interest in this conference. What attracted you to this online event? What do you hope to learn? What is your approach to problem solving? Please jump in and share!

Add your introduction in the Comments box below. Or call the LearningTimes record-by-phone system to record an audio introduction; select audio messages will appear here as well. The number in US/Canada is 1-800-609-9006 x8055. (Outside of US/Canada, call 678-255-2174 x8055).

We look forward to meeting you!

– The Smithsonian Online Education Conference: Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts

  1. Hamza Sarawy
    8:18 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I am a student at the 3rd year in faculty of commerce English section Cairo university.
    i am interested in this conference to enhance my social network and collaboration with others, besides recognizing the other cultures in this changing world.

    Robbie Bumphus Reply:

    I am a teacher in Rutherford Co. Tennessee. I teach 4th grade at Christiana Elementary. I completed my B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and earned my M.Ed. in Adm/Supervision at Middle Tennessee State University. I am interested the conference not only to enhance my social networking but to incorporate some of it into my classroom instruction.

  2. Dierdre Vans Evers
    8:21 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I am an interested amateur. I hope to hear information not covered by the media — information that will further explain or dispel rumors and conflicting statements made. I am retired from the U.S.Air Force after 20 years. I doubt that I have anything to offer the discussion other than personal observations about local climate over a period of decades. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to sit in on this conference.
    I lived in Tampa, Florida for over 40 years and now reside in Seattle, Washington.

  3. Grazzia
    8:26 pm on April 11th, 2010

    My name is Grazzia Maria. I am the Language Center Coordinator at an agricultural university in Honduras. I am interested in this conference because I want to obtain information related to problem solving strategies in order to include this in an ecological project we will have with our students during the second trimester of this year.

  4. Hany Ramadan
    8:28 pm on April 11th, 2010

    hi all,
    my name is Hany, 22 years old, 6th year medical student Ainshams faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt.
    well, i guess this online conference would give me the chance to follow up with new ideas and new solutions for the presenting issues in the world nowadays and also would give an idea about the future; how ppl see it and how much difference it would be.
    also it would be a great opportunity to meet new ppl and get around with different cultures.
    Good luck all.

  5. Ernur Ercan
    8:30 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I’m a MA student in Cultural Management Program at Istanbul Bilgi University. I used to do some museum work after my undergraduate degrees which were Engineering and Art Management. Now I’m working for Europa Nostra Istanbul Cultural Heritage Summit which is being jointly organized with Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.

    Briefly i can say that i’m interested in museum and cultural heritage issues which is also one of my reasons for having intention to attend this online conference. I’m looking forward to listen case studies about museums and exhibition processes that Smithsonian Experts will share.

    Thank you very much for your excellent program and kindly invitation.

    Kind Regards

  6. Michelle Torrise
    8:31 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I’m a 1st year library media specialist at Westmont High School located in Westmont, Illinois, USA, and alum of UIUC’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. With experience in inquiry-based learning and community informatics. I’m interested in learning how to better integrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in the high school curriculum. My research interests are in information literacy and community-based learning.

  7. Claire C McMillan
    8:32 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Claire C McMillan
    AA, BA, MBA, MS-ABT and Doctoral Coursework
    Denton, TX 76202

    Homeschool Expert
    Business and Education Consultant
    Freelancer and Volunteer

  8. Allyson Knox
    8:32 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Hello! I work on Microsoft’s US Partners in Leaning team and can’t wait for Smithsonian conferences!

  9. Larry Cole
    8:55 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I am president of Clatskanie Historical Society, Inc. and I also chair the Columbia County Cultural Coalition Board. The historical society operates a small museum that we opened about 4 years ago. It is all run by volunteers and we are learning how to do as much as we can with our small volunteer force.

  10. Yangki Suara
    8:59 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Hi All, I’m Yangki from Indonesia. I’m undergraduate student majoring economics in Padjadjaran University and I’m interesting in climate change, forestry and such as environmental activity because I’m focusing in Environmental Economics.

  11. Carrie Easley
    9:00 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I can not wait for the Smithsonian conferences. I hope to learn a lot with working with other people.

  12. Sabrina Thomas
    9:02 pm on April 11th, 2010


    My name is Sabrina Thomas. I am an on-line instructor for the Community College of Vermont in the U.S. teaching a variety of classes including: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, World Mythology, and Foundations of American Education. I also am a homeschool educator currently at the elementary level. In addition, I am a freelance writer who focuses on the cultural history of Vermont.

    I look forward to this on-line event and being able to share with this worldwide community.


  13. Susan Sanchez
    9:05 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Hello! I am a teacher in Virginia. I teach 7th and 8th graders. I am a Special Education Teacher. I am hoping to expose my class to some new experiences on line. I am hoping to help them learn to problem solve in a bigger and better way. I hope to expand their thinking.

  14. Kathy Gorski
    9:18 pm on April 11th, 2010

    hello everyone! I am a high school science teacher at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in MA, and a former Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. My school has a large international population (about 40%) so many of the topics are immediately relevant. I consider myself a professional student, so that’s about all the reason I need to attend any interesting event! My background in analytical chemist, makes problem solving engaging and intriguing to me, in all variations. Looking forward to these experiences, in real time as classroom work permits, and then later in archived format!

  15. Andrew Cutz, CIH
    9:24 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I am a moderator of the Global Village List on the LinkedIn Professional Network with community links to the First Nations in the United States and Canada and European Roma.

    The Global Village List (on LinkedIn) can be reached at:

    Looking forward to the Live Sessions…

    Andrew Cutz, CIH
    Markham, Ontario, Canada

  16. Andrew Cutz, CIH
    9:27 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Looking forward to the Live Sessions…

    Andrew Cutz, CIH
    Owner, Global Village List

  17. Flora Truite
    9:34 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I`m a Brazilian architect and I expect to learn more about problem solving and develop my critical thinking.

  18. Gary Carmichael
    9:41 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I currently teach some great students at Whitefish High School, Whitefish MT. My teaching assignment is American, World, and Dual Credit American History. Teaching students about and how to problem solve is what teaching is all about. I am excited to hear from the Smithsonian Experts. The online materials posted for students/educators by the Smithsonian in recent years has been an outstanding so I am looking forward to the discussion. Because of the timing I will probably only be able to access the archived discussion but I am excited to integrate new ideas into my classroom. Thanks

  19. Rebekah Hamby
    9:41 pm on April 11th, 2010


    My name is Rebekah and I am an AmeriCorps VISTA member who is serving at the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross. I actually learned about this conference from a email from Nevada Volunteers and it interested me enough to sign up for it. I’ve learned a lot in the seven months I’ve served as a volunteer at the Red Cross. I feel that part and parcel of being a volunteer is understanding the people in your community and it doesn’t matter if it’s the small one that I live in or the larger global one as well. My seven months of service have taught me that in the large global community we are a lot closer than some people realize. If we weren’t we wouldn’t be helping each other out as much as we do.

  20. Bernie Francis
    9:44 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Hello everyone, I work in outreach with isolated Aboriginal communities in the North Coast of New South Wales in Australia – introducing technology and bringing them online.

    I am interested to learn from this great experience how people work together to overcome the barriers that prevent some members of our community from participating in education/programs …

  21. William "Berky" S. IV
    10:07 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I am in Grade Four and I live in Berkeley California. Math and Science are my favorite subjects so I hope to learn a lot from this conference.

  22. Annika
    10:34 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Hello, I am Annika, a junior in boarding school. I am 17 years old, and my intended college majors are anthropology and possibly a double major in biology. I want to be a forensic anthropologist, and I am eager to learn from these sessions!

  23. Annalisa L. Raymer
    10:45 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Greetings, All,

    We examine stereotypes in a course I teach in Appalachian Identities.

    Looking forward to the sessions.


  24. Michael Lowman
    11:20 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I am looking forwatd to this online conference by the Smithsonian, I am retired and have always had a deep interest in the natural world and history. I enjoy the opportunity to learn new things.

  25. Pam Monder
    12:16 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hello everyone-
    I’m an instructor at the Community College of Vermont (Rutland) teaching Global Issues in the Media, English Comp, various humanities and lit courses (including Vampires in Literature, Culture and Film which explores vampires from around the world and, thus, the cultures of manydiverse places and times), and our Freshman Seminar. This semester’s Global Issues course has really gotten my students thinking… thinking! I am excitied to take a Smithsonian course after having, in the 1980’s, twice taught Residence Associates Programs for the Smithsonian.

  26. Sandra Jowers-Barber
    12:23 am on April 12th, 2010

    I am an asisstant professor of history at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. I also direct the Oral History Center at the University (OHC@UDC). The discipline of History emphasizes critical and interpretative thinking as well as the ability to problem solve. As a historian at an institution with a significant international population I value and use cultural diversity as a teaching and learning tool because it is benefical for all of my students. I look forward to the conference and to a lively exchange with wonderfully diverse participants.

  27. Michelle Hutchinson
    12:27 am on April 12th, 2010

    I am an editor and a science teacher who teaches online and in traditional settings. I hope this conference will provide information that I can share with my students.

  28. karla.seven@hotmail.com
    12:39 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hello All,

    My name is Karla and I am from Mexico. I am an English teacher in a higher education school.
    I am really interested in conferences like these, because I don’t want to teach my students just about grammar, but also about different topics. Nowadays, our students have to be prepared to face any situation and that’s why I consider that problem solving is a great choice and an excellent opportunity for me to give my students new ideas!! Thanks.

  29. Geraldo
    12:49 am on April 12th, 2010

    I am an environmental engineer from Brazil who is really worried about our future and the negative consequences of our actuel way of life without respect for the Nature and other
    Humain Beings.

  30. Scott Guthery
    12:54 am on April 12th, 2010

    I’m on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The museum is being built around three gigantic turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th) century water pumps. The museum will tell the full-dimensional history of the Boston water system; the science, the engineering, the architecture, the business and the politics.

  31. Kathryn Lucas
    1:02 am on April 12th, 2010

    I’m an online adjunct faculty member in the Humanities. I am looking forward to this resource for professional development. I have my students visit many of the Smithsonian sites for information and expertise, I know the quality they hold. Hoping to attend all four offerings.

  32. Gloria Romero
    1:43 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hello! I am a elementary teacher in Bogota, Colombia. I hope to learn and to share with all of you.

  33. Craig Anthony Thomas
    2:36 am on April 12th, 2010

    My name is Craig Anthony Thomas, an information architect based in Houston, TX. I am a consultant in K-16 curriculum development and a life-long learner.

    I look forward to exploring problem solving with other learners.

  34. Emily Bautista
    3:07 am on April 12th, 2010

    I am a student teacher from UCLA. I currently student-teach at a high school in South Central Los Angeles and a middle school in Compton, CA.

  35. Annie
    3:17 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hello! I am a teacher in Ecuador. I am hoping to expose my class to some new experiences on line. I am hoping to help them learn to problem solve in a bigger and better way.
    thank you

  36. Rebecca
    3:23 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hi, I’m interested in learning about different cutures and their practices, and how the results from the past can bring about change for the better in our present and future generations. I am eager to learn from all who share.

  37. Sandra Kelish
    3:27 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hello Fellow Participants,

    My rationale and interest in signing up for this course begins with the questions from the Smithsonian site–how and why do we count living things? All the questions intrigued me and as an adult learner I wanted to add to my understanding of our world. I also am excited to be a part of this global conference. The Internet has definitely afforded me the opportunity to learn from others. I often am lost–in a good way–on the web. There are a plethora of websites that I find interesting. I am a elementary school teacher in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I loop with my students from second to third grade. My goals are to learn more about the natural world and to think about our stewardship. WE are all truly connected what we say and do will affect others whether they are humans, insects, or plants. Life is both powerful and fragile because we depend on each other. Anyway, I read all the entries and look forward to listening, learning, and sharing from the Smithsonian experts as well as from the participants. Kudos to the fourth grader and 17 year old!

  38. Raquel Garcia Jurado
    4:00 am on April 12th, 2010

    I am Mexican and a Full Professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico. I am a teacher of English at the Foreign Language Center and a Tutor for the Self Access Center.
    Part of my job at the University consists of teaching students to solve problems and also foster self-learning so they become autonomous learners.
    My field of expertise is the teaching of in English as a foreign language, but most of my research is directed to reading comprehension and critical reading.
    I am looking forward to this conference and learn and share with all participants.

  39. Anne White
    4:05 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Anne White and I am an instructor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, Alberta. I have a doctorate in Religious Studies and have taught at the U of C for over 12 years.
    My areas of expertise lay in the analysis of religious worldviews and environmental ethics as found in these traditions. It is my experience that the positive perspectives that were developed by our ancestors pertaining to religious/spiritual ethics in relationship to the planet are a source of great information and a means to awakening a close bond with the biosphere. I believe that there can be a sharing of ‘knowledge’ between religion and science or vice versa.

    Problem solving? Well, according to the World Watch Institute nearly 85% of the world’s population still adheres to some form of religiouis belief and/or affiliation. Get people aware of the connection between the human and the planet within their own religions and it will be a win win for all forms of life. Science gives us the environmental facts, religions teach with the heart.

  40. Nora Morales
    4:15 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hello everybody, I am Nora Morales english teacher in Quito – Ecuador, I am very interested in participate in this workshops, in order to know more about this topìc, and relate with the present.



    Jenny Encalada Reply:

    Hi Norita I’m really glad that you have gotten in touch to this kind of speech, I have been enjoying as I have, Have a nice night and see you soon, your folk

  41. AnnaElizabeth Wooten
    4:56 am on April 12th, 2010

    I am a senior who loves to learn new things for personal in richment. I am not going back to college anytime sone, I just enjoy learning new things. I watch PBS stations. I found out that Seniors when they learn something new they will not get a brain disease.
    I play games and get high points. I just love learning it is so much fun.

    GLORIA Reply:

    Hello! It was amazing reading you. I´m 56 years old and I´m here just like you! I watch pbs, I try to take care off my brain. I agree with you that learning it is fun.
    I hope to share more with you. Bye

  42. benedict seenath
    5:24 am on April 12th, 2010


  43. Kathy Kelly
    5:30 am on April 12th, 2010

    I am co-coordinator of the Santa Barbara County Service Learning Initiative in Santa Barbara, California. We work with teachers in 25 county schools, ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade. This is a wonderful opportunity and we are so excited to be involved. I am looking forward to learning, listening and participating in the sessions.

  44. Jennifer Thompson
    5:52 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hello, My name is Jennifer Thompson. I am an educator from Juneau, Alaska. I am currently a K-5 Science Coach for our school district. I am interested in all aspects of Problem-Solving, especially to promote critical thinking and discussion.

    I listen to and see young students who are fascinated with the world. They need to have consistent support and an environment for learning that supports their inquiry. I’m hoping to learn more and find engaging people and resources to share with my educational community!

  45. Eugenia Butenko
    7:41 am on April 12th, 2010

    I’m working as educator at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography RAS (Saint-Petersburg, Russia). The Museum represents wide collections of artifacts from America, Africa, and Asia. Collections assembled in the first half of 19’th century on the territory of former Russian colonies in America are really unic and ranked among world’s richest. Beeng the educator I’m very interested in new tipes of communication between a museum or scientific institution and public. I’m loking forward to learn how does it work. My second point of interest is what do people wish to know when they are visiting a museum that is not dedicated to their native country, and what do they really learn from this visit. How does the museum influences their oppinions and attitudes towards other cultures.

    gloria romero Reply:

    Hello to you! I´m from COLOMBIA, South America. I´ll be glad to share with you. If you want something about my country I´ll be ready. Bye

  46. Aly Muhammad Aly
    7:53 am on April 12th, 2010

    Dear Smithsonian Participants,
    I’m delighted to be here tonight in this amazing event. I’m Aly, 27, from Cairo, Egypt. I’m a Computer Engineer. I spent the last three years of my life in the Egyptian Army with the rank of Lieutenant. I have been to Romania (2004), the History of Religions Center, Faculty of History, Bucharest University where I participated in an expedition on the theme “The Practice of Islam as a Minority”. I’m here tonight to get a new perspective of the world’s challenges nowadays and share my own experience with all of you. Good luck for you all and ‘ Enjoy Yourselves!’.

  47. Qazi Fazli Azeem
    9:03 am on April 12th, 2010


    This is Qazi Fazli Azeem, Faculty for Computer Graphics at the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan (www.ivs.edu.pk)

    For more than a decade, I have used computer graphics and trained thousands of students in multimedia design, as well as creating advertising campaigns for corporations. My recent involvement with university teaching has led me to become a thesis advisor and think more about the human culture of creativity and the inherent ideas and underlying psychology that makes us work in the manner that we do. In 12 hours, Adobe’s new CS5 suite of software will be released, and it will unleash a new era of casual design and photo realism, as well as having massive influences on cartoon and character animation for the web and digital media. I view all obstacles as problems of a puzzle-based nature. With the right tools or knowlege, anything can be solved, and each obstacle and problem requires the time tested human approach: One step back, two steps forward.
    To go ahead we must look back. Our history is not just our own, it is the history of the entire human race. Its time to take evolutionary biology seriously, and accept that Autism has its roots in human evolution. We have simillar problems, and simillar solutions, we in the “developing world” can do well by learning from those countries who have “developed” economies. Heres to the cooperation the Internet has brought us, Tim Berners Lee could not have imagined the impact his work would have on the future of our knowlege and education and how we work.
    Its time we did more work online, and embraced internet-based education and collaborative international research. With the minds of all the visitors of this website put together, any problem can be solved. Let us dream together.

    Qazi Fazli Azeem

  48. Ahmed Hamed
    9:12 am on April 12th, 2010

    hi all

    my name is Ahmed hamed sales cordinator at pharmacitucal company in cairo,Egypt

    i like to know every thing about problem solving methods,topics of the workshop and about

    Amircan society, i hope to find that with good pepole.


  49. Heather Pollock
    11:03 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hi everyone. I am Heather Pollock and I am a teacher at Fleming College in Peterborough Ontario Canada. One of my online courses has a couple of components on museums and I have been interested in museum studies since I researched for those units.

  50. Sabrina Grant
    11:34 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hello! I am Sabrina Grant. I work in Newton County Schools in Covington, Georgia as a Title 1/Early Intervention Program teacher in the elementary setting. This is my tenth year as an educator. I am always looking for new ways to help my students. I also want to help expose them to different cultures and history. I hope to learn new things that I may share with my students.

  51. Scott Markowitz
    11:48 am on April 12th, 2010

    I teach US history at Hamilton County High School in Florida. I recently found out I will not be in class during the conference and subs don’t have access to computers, but I plan to view the program to see what I can use in class.

    Scott Markowitz

  52. Lorraine Fussell
    11:59 am on April 12th, 2010

    Hi, y’all!

    I’m a high-school language arts teacher in Coffee County, Georgia (near the Okefenokee Swamp) and am eagerly anticipating participation in another Smithsonian conference. I know my students will benefit from participation as well.

  53. Dorinda Smith
    1:03 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello from Northeast Ohio!

    I am a professor at Lorain County Community College and I look forward to exchanges with others and to learning about this four part on line series.

    I teach urban studies, women’s studies and social problems — now you understand why the topics are of interest to me. Best wishes to all…

  54. Patricia
    1:33 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I currently live in Greensboro, NC and run a Teaching American History grant program. I am looking for information for myself as well as for my participating teachers.

  55. Michelle Stefanik
    1:34 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am completing my eight year at the New York State Museum. I began here as an archaeologist, moved to Education, and now plan exhibitions. We are a Musuem that covers both the natural and social history of the State etending back billions of years. My goal is always to have vistors feel welcome, and to engage them in topics that they may not normally consider or discuss. Someof the topics we present can be challenging. I am always trying to find ways to turn a subject around so that it is meaningful and relevant to our audience, while still conveying the necessary pieces of information.

  56. April Jorgensen
    1:38 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am a middle school media specialist in Lincoln, NE. I will be showing this webinar to my school staff members as part of the events we are holding for National Library Week.

  57. Sandra Drake
    2:08 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am from northeast Georgia. I have taught for 19 years and currently teach a middle grades gifted research class. Problem solving is a central theme in the course which explores a variety of academic and fine arts topics. This is my first experience in a Smithsonian online conference. I am thrilled at the opportunity to participate in this conference during my planning period and hope to involve my students in the student component at the end of April.

  58. Emily W
    2:16 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hi, my name’s Emily, and I teach social studies in Shelbyville, TN (the town with the Russian adoption contraversy- not good press for us, sigh).
    I am completing my thirteenth year of teaching and I love to look for new approaches and topics for study. These discussions sound interesting and will only supplement my curriculum! I’m excited!

  59. Adriana Sautu
    2:25 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello to everyone! I am the coordinator of the education program in a museum-to be in Panama, the Biomuseo. It happens that the museum topic and information comes mainly from 100 years of the smithsonian Research in Panama. I am not used to the problem solving method, but I believe that most of the info presented in a museum can be used in such methodology.

  60. Joy Harvey
    2:34 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am a middle school librarian. I am interested in the session, How Do We Change a Stereotype, because it relates to research I am conducting for a children’s literature class I am currently taking.

  61. Nichole Shabazz-Tolbert
    2:43 pm on April 12th, 2010


    I’m Nichole Shabazz-Tolbert, a School Library Media Specialist and a doctoral learner in the Instructional Design for Online Learning (IDOL) program at Capella University. I work at an alternative school in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

    I am interested in this online event because I am a life long learner in my personal life and an information specialist in my professional life. Knowledge is Power and I love to gain as much as I can!

    My approach to problem-solving is a mix of discovery learning and collaborative effort. I believe in T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) work and that the sum of our parts is always greater than our individual selves when tackling a problem.

    I look forward to participating and in learning during this event. Thanks for the opportunity!


  62. Ruth Klein
    2:54 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello. My name is Ruth Klein. I am a classical performer and educator from Albuquerque, NM. I will be attending the “Who Owns Music” discussion with my 8th grade Advaned Orchestra class from LBJ Middle School.

  63. Analiesa Leonhardt
    3:19 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am an Education Specialist for The Leonardo, a science, technology and art center for young people and adults located in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are currently in planning and building stages and will open in 2011. Our education team is working on designing an inquiry-based curriculum for the museum with an aim to foster creative problem-finding and problem-solving abilities in our visitors.

  64. Sally Roof
    3:25 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I’m a Information Specialist Teacher Librarian at North High School located in Phoenix, Arizona USA. I encourage all students and especially those enrolled in science classes to use inquiry-based learning and community informatics. I plan to include the science teachers and their students to integrate more critical thinking and problem solving skills in the high school curriculum and to inform them of this online series. I hope that an accessible online version of these sessions will be available to show others. I have similar interests to Michelle Torrise who reported earlier in this discussion group. My research interests are in information literacy and community-based learning.

  65. Stacy Fitzwater
    3:29 pm on April 12th, 2010


    I teach Music to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade at a Friends (Quaker) school in College Park, Maryland. My initial draw to this conference was the session on “Who Owns Music.” I’m hoping to use it to supplement the “Music & Technology” elective I am facilitating for 7th & 8th grade students, and am considering participating in the company of my 5th & 6th grade students’ Music class on Tuesday (I’m not sure if it is appropriate for their age level).

    I also hope to broaden my horizons and exposure through the various other topics presented.

  66. Linda Endersby
    4:00 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am Asst. Director at the Missouri State Museum. My Ph.D. is in the history of science and technology. Informal science education is one of my interest areas. We are in the preliminary stages and planning and trying to fund a re-design of our natural resources hall that would focus on sustainability. While we focus on Missouri history in our cultural history areas, we are always interested in making sure we know and understand the national and world contexts.

  67. Frankz Marroquin
    4:14 pm on April 12th, 2010

    hello all!

    I’m coordinator of the self-access center at the Faculty of Higher Education campus Acatlan, UNAM in Mexico City. I’m interested in participating in this conference to enhance our virtual community as well as the opportunity to collaborate with others from around the world.

    We’ve encouraged our students to develop self-learning strategies and we’d like to integrate critical thinking along with problem solving skills much more into our curriculum.

    I’m looking forward to learning from this experience which I hope to be reflected in my teaching ideas in classroom.

    Frankz M.

  68. Charlene Akers
    4:16 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am the executive director of the Stearns History Museum and Research Center in St. Cloud, MN. We are in the process of developing an environmental exhibit which focuses on water and man’s use of it with ensuing consequences during the past 160 years in Stearns County. At the present time, texts are being prepared. In fall, the next part of the project will start. We hope to develop an educational component involving critical and interpretive thinking. Hence, the reason for getting involved in the conference. I welcome input/help from any person(s).

  69. Phillip Seitz
    4:16 pm on April 12th, 2010

    My name is Phillip Seitz and I am Curator of History and Fermentation at a National Trust historic site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am particularly interested in the conference program on people meeting their history, as we recently discovered that the family that occupied our site was deeply involved in American slavery. We are documenting this long-forgotten history and about to start planning ways to share it with the many African Americans in our neighborhood and city.

  70. Skylar Weigert
    4:24 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hi, my name is Sky and I am a running start student. I am in the 11th grade but take all my classes at the local community college.

  71. Vicky Rodriguez
    4:26 pm on April 12th, 2010

    My name is Vicky. I am a gifted specialist in Surprise, Az. It is my goal to help my students become successful in our current state of the world. I believe that this can occur if they are able to become innovative problem solvers who are able to offer new ideas and solutions to our world. It is my hope that I will acquire new skills and knowledge so that I can help guide them through this process.

  72. munazza yaqoob
    4:26 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello! I am munazza. I am assistant professor of english. I expect the conference will be an exciting experience…

  73. Cynthia Walker
    4:33 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I teach English as a Second Language at a 2-year college in Georgia. I teach critical thinking, and I’m always on the lookout for things that will help me do a better job. I hope to learn many things that I can take back to the classroom.

  74. Ed Chang
    4:35 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello, I my name is Ed Chang, and I am a high school Language Arts teacher in West Windsor, New Jersey. I am generally interested in methods of expanding understandings of the world. I teach American Literature at the high school level, and so am curious about engagements with America and constructions of national identity. In addition, I am always open to learning new ideas that will help raise consciousness of the greater universe.

  75. Terry Smith
    4:47 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Greetings from Terry Smith’s 4th grade class in Hannibal, MO USA. This looks like a particularly interesting opportunity and we’re all looking forward to new adventures in learning and knowing. We work on the internet often n projects and with blogging friends. Using the 3D world of Quest Atlantis has been a major focus during the past few months as we are part of the research design of the project with Indiana University.
    You can visit http://www.smithbloggers.org and http://www.smithclass.org to get to know us better.

  76. Tjahjokartiko Gondokusumo
    4:50 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am a cooperative planner for Public and Private Partnerships. My mission is combined heat and power systems. Please note that 2012 will be the UN International Year of Co-operatives.

  77. Rafee Mostafa
    5:12 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am Rafee. I’m 15 years old, quite less compared to the other people posting here. I’m from Bangladesh. I’m participating because I am, interested in these thing, and am a great fan of the Smithsonian Intitute

  78. Angela Linn
    5:15 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello from the Golden Heart of Alaska – Fairbanks!
    I’ve been the Ethnology & History collections manager at the University of Alaska Museum of the North since 1999 and care for nearly 16,000 objects relating to the Native and non-Native people of Alaska. One of the most exciting parts of my job is working with Alaska Native people of all ages to learn about their beliefs and life experiences through objects in our collections. Our ethnology & history collections are often utilized in exhibitions & research to show how science & natural history issues impact human populations in the Arctic and Subarctic. I am particularly interested to hear speakers discuss the American Experience and World Cultures – Alaska is often forgotten when interpreting the history of America, and being on the edge of North America, we have natural connections to other World Cultures… I anticipate a lively exchange of ideas. Thanks for this opportunity!
    –Angela Linn

  79. Ana Maria Nunez
    5:40 pm on April 12th, 2010

    My job is related to the economic assessment of biodiversity. Therefore, I am interested in new methodologies for measuring biodiversity especially for countries with high species richness like my country, Ecuador.

  80. Wendy Goldstein
    5:44 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hi there,
    I am Wendy Goldstein, from Valdez, Alaska. I run the Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum, which is part of Prince William Sound Community College. The museum contains many Native Alaskan arts and artifacts, as well as natural history items. I am here to learn anything I can. Never turn down a free learning opportunity.

  81. Susanna H. Peredo
    5:44 pm on April 12th, 2010


    I coordinate the Art Program for San Diego International Airport. I look forward to meeting/ chatting with all of you this week. It looks like a very diverse group of people.

    All the best,
    Susanna H. Peredo

  82. Fran
    5:45 pm on April 12th, 2010


    I am an Integrating Curriculum and Technology Specialist.

  83. Linda Deaton
    5:59 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Greetings. I am the Chief Curator of Collections & Exhibits at the Tallahassee Museum. The Tallahassee Museum is an AAM accredited institution with both an object and living collection.

  84. barbie morton
    6:04 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am a former Spanish/Math teacher for secondary schools (7th-9th). I now work as an Extended Learning Coordinator in before and afterschool programs. I work in a Title I school in Salt Lake City. There is an incredible amount of cultural diversity in this school so I am hoping to “hear” other voices from around the world that use their culture background as a springboard for problem-solving. Although Math is a universal language and is used as a tool for problem-solving, I believe cultural background plays a significant role in this matter as well. I am curious to learn about our commonalities around the world and how we approach problems more similarly rather than diferently.

  85. Michael Atkins
    6:11 pm on April 12th, 2010

    My name is Michael Atkins. I am an adjunct professor for Kaplan University online. I teach introductory science and biological sciences to non-majors. I am looking forward to this conference to enhance my teaching abilities and to promote more online educational forums. Thank you for sponsoring this event.

  86. Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon
    6:24 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hi! I’m the Public Services Librarian at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. I’ve invited faculty, staff, and students to a shared viewing of/participation in the live SI Expert sessions. It will be interesting to see what kind of turnout we have since it’s prime class time here. But I do know I have an entire Cultural Anthropology class coming over for the What does clothing communicate? session–one of several in which I am personally very interested. My invitation to the campus stemmed from the conference’s interdisciplinary nature and its prospect of sparking some good conversation among people from various academic and non-academic backgrounds.

    Thank you for the generosity of making this conference available for free!

  87. Wayne Butler
    6:41 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Good morning (or what ever)
    My name is Wayne Trasher Butler, Wayne is derived from an old English word meaning wagon, Trasher is a variation of the occupation of thrasher a person or machine which beats the grain to break it away from the straw, hence the word “trash” to mean something broken and discarded. Butler comes from an old French word meaning bottle. A butlers is involved with serving, especially wine. So my name literally means a “Wagon load of broken bottles.”
    Now you know my secret.
    I am 79 years old, the Collection Manager for the Marblehead Historical Commission, retired from the US Navy and as a boatbuilder, volunteer in archaeology, traveler and teacher of my grandchildren about the world, omnivorous reader and I (try to) get up early every morning walk down to Fort Sewall and help the sun come up over the horizon.
    I hope to “expand my horizons” with this course with the Smithsonian.

  88. Denise Stephenson
    6:48 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I run a writing center at a community college in southern California. I have my PhD in American studies and am interested in all aspects of the American Experience. I’m particularly interested in how we deal with stereotypes, whether that’s changing them, teaching about them, or counseling students against overusing them. I look forward to this conference.

  89. Brittany Mulla
    6:52 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am the Adult Programs coordinator at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, Lousiana, USA. I am very interested in the Understanding the American Experience and Valuing World Cultures sections.

  90. Kim Walsh
    6:52 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello, I teach Biology and AP Environmental Science at a small school in Delaware. I have spent summers leading courses in Costa Rica and am very interested in biodiversity.

  91. Naomi Stellmach
    7:03 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am a math teacher at a secondary school (9th through 12th) and I am really trying to emphasize how problem solving is the most important thing my students can learn in a math class because it is applicable no matter what their future holds. I am hoping this online conference will give them a glimpse of this.

  92. George Fernandez
    7:06 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello ! I am George Fernandez, special education instructor in the junior high school and high school setting. I hope this virtual experience will provide me with usefull knowlege that I can share with my students.

  93. Vicky
    7:10 pm on April 12th, 2010


    I am a K-12 Media Specialist in New York.

  94. Beatriz Lupiano
    7:32 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello everyone

    I’m an Argentine teacher of English as a Foreign language and I’m interested in learning about different cultures and their practices, about history and problem solving skills. My interest in the conference is as much professional as it is personal.


  95. Matthew Emerson
    7:51 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am an anthropologist/archaeologist. I am interested in ethnographic research and teaching general education audiences. I am currently a faculty member and Assistant Chair of Humanities in the school of General Education at Kaplan University.

  96. James Alexander Robinson
    8:02 pm on April 12th, 2010


    My names is James Alexander Robinson. My discipline of study focuses on Black life, history, and culture in the U.S. and the diaspora. I am currently a research associate with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Recently, I was curator of the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program “Giving Voice: The Power of Words In African American Culture.” I am working with Dr. Diana Baird N’Diaye in her exciting study of African American dress and the aesthetics of dress that we are calling the “Will to Adorn.”

    We are looking at the problem of how and what does what a person chooses to wear express about their response to how they’ve learned to dress. When and why is dress a sign and/or dress a symbol? It is a subtle problem that we think opens a window to questions of the character of identity, community, tradition, change, and self-expression. Clothing or adornment of the body is a shared human experience across cultures, and whose study may have indirect implications for fashions of critical thinking and fuzzy coated problem-finding.

  97. James Alexander Robinson
    8:13 pm on April 12th, 2010


    My name is James Alexander Robinson. My discipline of study focuses on Black life, history, and culture in the U.S. and the diaspora. I am currently a research associate with the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Recently, I was curator of the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program called, “Giving Voice: The Power of Words in African American Culture.” I am working with Dr. Diana Baird N’Diaye in her exciting study of African American dress and the aesthetics of dress that we are calling the “Will to Adorn.”

    We are looking at the problem of how and what does what a person chooses to wear express about their response to how they’ve learned to dress. When and why is dress a sign and/or dress a symbol? It is a subtle problem that we think opens a window to questions of the character of identity, community, tradition, change, and self-expression. Clothing or adornment of the body is a shared human experience across cultures, and whose study may have indirect implications for fashions of critical thinking and fuzzy coated problem-finding.

  98. Kay Pierce
    8:13 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hi! I’m a Librarian/Media Specialist in Southern Illinois. I will be broadcasting the conference in my library during the session dates to show my students an very good example of video conferenceing. The more they see modern business technologies, the better prepared they will be for their future careers. Since we are in a I am also very interesed in the topics being covered. I believe some of the science teachers in the building will also be joining in the conferences!

  99. Tony Thomas
    8:17 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am a former elementary science teacher. In this life, I write curriculum, produce programs and provide community liaison work for the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. I look forward to increasing my knowledge and understanding of the Smithsonian and its mission, in order to serve our constituents better.

  100. Deb Levheim
    8:28 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hi all,

    I am a library director at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, MA. I am looking forward to learning about resources and materials for my library. My interest was piqued the titles of the broad-ranging topics.

  101. George Williamson
    8:51 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello, I am mainly interested in doing this as I have never done an online conference before. I am looking forward to the third day on space research.

  102. Mary Leisy
    8:54 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Wow! I am so thrilled to be a part of something that brings together so many people from different backgrounds and career fields! I am a first year Science teacher at a small jr. high/high school (small enough that I see every student in the school in my classroom at some point every day and teach every Science class that we offer). To boot, I am not trained in Science, but as an English teacher. This year has been an adventure, and I have spent most of it looking for any way to use the expertise of others to fill in the gaps in my own knowledge. I am hoping to show especially the last two days of the conference to my 8th grade Earth Science, 7th grade Life Science, and 10th grade Biology classes. Thank you, Smithsonian for putting on conferences like this!


  103. Nugroho Ponco Sumanto
    9:04 pm on April 12th, 2010

    My name is Nugroho, I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. I’m currently finishing my master degree in the University of Indonesia. My major is conservation biology. I’m particularly interested in the last day of the online conference, though I’ll try to attend as much as I could because the other topics are just as interesting.

  104. Carla
    9:07 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I was attracted to this conference becuase I am interested in understanding how and why things are as they are. I like to think and reflect on the intersection of learning, intuition and creativity in how we as peoples (past, present and future) self-reflect and make choices about the commons that we all share…whether it be the earth, culture, religion, spirituality, ethnic groups etc. As I read about fellow participants, I am excited about the insights and persepctives that will become our conversations. I am a campus minister at Dominican University in San Rafel, California (15 min north of the golden Gate Bridge) and teach a course in our religion department on issues of justice.

  105. Suzanne
    9:07 pm on April 12th, 2010

    I am the classified librarian at a middle school on the central Oregon coast. Many of our students are not able to travel far from home. I am especially interested in the World Cultures session (stereotypes) but all of these topics should be an excellent way for our students to hear different viewpoints on important issues. Last August during my first visit to D.C. I visited wonderful museums and wished I could bring all of our students there to experience such magnificent places. This is the next best thing.

  106. Milosh
    9:16 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Good evening to those from Europe and Good morning to the Americans (for the rest, excuse me could be afternoon, but just Hi). The scope of my interest within the discussion topics is related to temporary issues on the humanitarian situation in the world as well as the cultural diversities and their impact on the solutions for all the challenges we have been facing with. Hoping that in this way we will come to some useful conclusions and guides for foreseen future activities. I would like to express my expectation to get some substantial contributions from more prospectives and different areas’ experts. Looking forward to sharing our thoughts!

  107. Angelica Contreras
    9:17 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hi everybody 
    My name is Angelica Contreras, I am a student going into Environmental Field .My interest in the seminar is to learn from the experts, and how everything around us affects our Environment from air to water. What will be best options to clean, recycle a contaminated Brownfield.
    I’m looking forward to this event,
    Angelica Contreras

  108. Donia
    9:25 pm on April 12th, 2010

    My Name is Donia Samy I`m student in Helwan University in faculty of Art at Department of media (Public Relations) . I`m willing to learn more and gain more experience in my career life to can face it . I t`s a good chance for me to learn more and make a different in my life

  109. Betsy McEntarffer
    9:26 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hello from Nebraska, USA. I learned about this conference from Debbie Reese’s American Indians in Children’s Literature website. I’m particularly interested in hearing Paul Chaat Smith’s discussion ‘How Do We Change a Stereotype?’. I am a secretary for our district’s (Lincoln Public Schools) Media Multicultural Review Committee. We actively read and review children’s and young adult books featuring Intercultural material and characters. Our purpose is to be sure the books in our 54 school media centers accurately and respectfully represent different cultures and will be windows and mirrors for our students and staff. I look forward to sharing ideas about ways to change the stereotypes we all have spent a lifetime learning about indigenous cultures.

  110. Diane Young
    10:50 pm on April 12th, 2010

    Hi Everyone,
    I work as the Assistant Adult Education Coordinator at Friendly House in Phoenix, Arizona. I am interested in the various aspects of cutural inteaction and look forward to the presentations that focus on how culture becomes the means to create and recreate our varrous realities.

  111. MAYORIE
    11:31 pm on April 12th, 2010

    hello everyone, my name is Mayorie. I am a university teacher at the Technical University of Ambato in Ambato, Ecuador. It is in south america. I`m really fascinated to start a course like this because it will give a better idea of the enviroment; what it’s happening right now and what to do to conserve it. It’s a great pleasure to be working in something common with people from many parts of the world.

  112. Rodolfo Farfan
    12:12 am on April 13th, 2010

    Hi, my name is Rodolfo Farfan M.D. I am the dean of Enrique Ortega Moreira Medical School, Espiritu Santo University.

  113. Purviben
    12:49 am on April 13th, 2010

    Hello everyone,

    I consider myself a learner and want to learn from each one of you during this conference.

  114. Pedro Amill - Quiles
    1:24 am on April 13th, 2010

    Hi everyone, I’m an information specialist at University of Puerto Rico. With more than 25 years as librarian in several academic and specialized collections, now I’m a virtual reference librarian. I m particularly interested in the valuable liaison and relationship among libraries and museums. Seeking to create a learning community with museums and archives and those special collections that includes rare books and art pieces. Also interested in cultural heritage, mainly artisans. Actually working as one of the directors of Puerto Rican Association of Popular Imaginary.

  115. Naomi
    2:20 am on April 13th, 2010

    My name is ‘Naomi’, and I am an adjunct instructor in San Diego. I teach communication courses at community colleges and universities in San Diego

  116. Merlyna Custer Moore
    2:23 am on April 13th, 2010

    Howdee everyone! This looks like it is going to be an absolute blast. So many different people, ages, cultures and diversity. I am presently working as an American History teacher with Florida Virtual School. I have taught different diversities of social studies curriculum in middle and high school. I am also an ESE teacher and I have worked with SED students. I have been the ESE Department head at a nearby high school. I also have a Paralegal Degree and worked with attorneys of different legal specialties and have worked within the Federal Court System.

    I am presently a participant in the Teach American History Grant program and would like to integrate the skills I learn in this program to help my students to learn how to use critical reading and thinking skills in discerning how the past affects the future in the lessons that I will be developing for this grant program and hopefully for Florida Virtual School’s curriculum.

  117. Daniela Arghir
    2:48 am on April 13th, 2010

    My name is Daniela Arghir and I am a teacher of English as a foreign language at Colegiul National Gheorghe Laazar in Sibiu, Romania.
    I am a lifelong learner ready to embark on this adventure at the great Smithsonian Institution.

  118. Karina C.
    3:03 am on April 13th, 2010

    Hello there!
    My name is Karina and I’m a third year university student. I am really excited about this online conference, especially what I will be learning. I am really looking for to the next two days.

  119. Jennifer Faller
    3:06 am on April 13th, 2010

    Hi everyone, I am Jennifer Faller, science teacher from WindowRock Arizona. I teach Physical science and Physics. I hope to learn new strategy about problem solving that I may impart to my students. I am also exited to try an online seminar.

  120. Keri
    3:51 am on April 13th, 2010

    Wow, I can not believe the variety of participants we have here. The internet does amazing thing! My name is Keri. I am currently working on my Masters of Arts in Teaching at University of Maryland University College. Very excited for the conference.

  121. Nicholas Ochanda
    7:50 am on April 13th, 2010

    I work and study at The University of Nairobi. I am interested in life in other worlds and how this might influence life on our own earth. And I am considering use of organizational communication approach to provision of such knowledge

  122. Elena Dergacheva
    9:26 am on April 13th, 2010

    Hi to all. I’m very glad to join Smithsonian Conference. My name is Elena. I’ve graduated from National University of Uzbekistan. In the nearest future I plan to follow graduate studies in Arts. Conferences like this help to build better dialog between cultures and think creatively. I’m happy to find place where I can hear diversity of opinions and answers to many urgent questions of today. Additionally, this event is of a great importance for me as I’m interested in the philosophy and sociology of Western civilization.

  123. Tina Todoroska Petreska
    9:42 am on April 13th, 2010

    Hi !
    My name is Kristina from Macedonia. I’m philologist for comparative literature. I’m interested inliterature, art and world cultures. At the moment I’m developing the craetive writing courses and also work as educator for puppet theatre in recreative center for persons with intelectual dissabilities.
    Excited for the conference and full of expecations.

  124. Maria del Refugio Sandoval
    11:45 am on April 13th, 2010

    Hello, I´m an English teacher of secondary school. As long as I know, a person never finishes learning, this is a nice way to learn and to interact in global world.

  125. Chuck Semple
    12:08 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I’m a high school English teacher at a public school in Louisville (well, Middletown), Kentucky. I welcome the opportunity to participate (along with my students, I hope) in this virtual forum, especially under the auspices of top-notch organizations as Smithsonian and Microsoft. I just heard about this series this morning as I sat in my classroom preparing for the day, not suspecting I might embark on such a wide-ranging field trip in just a few hours–without even leaving the room!

  126. Jeanne Smith
    12:10 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I’m a teacher and General Education Faculty eLearning Coordinator (North) at Noth Coast TAFE, NSW Australia. I have a humanities and science background and am interested in EVERYTHING.

  127. Jen McMurray
    12:22 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello everyone,
    I am a 9th grade biology and global science (earth and environmental science) teacher in Harmony, PA. I have always loved the Smithsonian, and was excited to find out about the onlineline conference. I also want to enhance my student’s problem solving skills, and am hoping these sessions will help.

  128. becky
    12:26 pm on April 13th, 2010

    i am looking forward to seeing what this holds for me.

  129. Brian
    12:34 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a teacher of U.S. History, Geography, Economics and Maine studies in Maine. I want to include my students if possible.

  130. Sardor Juraboyev
    12:43 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hi! I’m from Uzbekistan. I’m interested in conference because I’m a student. I think this conference is important for us.

  131. Kit Keller
    1:00 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I’m the director of an online library. I live in Lincoln, Nebraska. I interested in exploring additional online learning opportunities.

  132. Michael Harvey
    1:03 pm on April 13th, 2010

    My name is Michael Harvey, and I teach English and philosophy at Riverview High School in Sarasota, FL. The philosophy course, Theory of Knowledge, is an intro to epistemology, a required piece of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. I’m hoping that a number of my students will find the conference personally intriguing and that some of them might be exposed to careers, interests, concepts, and perspectives that are new to them.

  133. Juliet
    1:13 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Moments ago I received and read the mailer. I teach English III (American Literature) in Central Florida and I am always thinking of ways to make literature come alive in the hearts and minds of my students. This seems like a great opportunity for an authentic learning experience.

  134. Frank Fenby
    1:14 pm on April 13th, 2010

    My Yup’ik name is Maqista. I am named for Joshua Philip a pastor and Bible teacher along the Kuskokwim River in southwest Alaska. Otherwise I am known as Frank Fenby.

    My father was a subsistence farmer in Maryland. My mother was a first grade school teacher. I am the youngest of three children. I have two sisters, one of whom has pasted. I live with my wife in Tampa, Florida. I am retired from IBM. I have a doctorate from a well known seminary in Christian Education.

    For the past five years I have spent large blocks time in Bethel Alaska so I can help provide for my Yup’ik Brothers those things my namesake provided. When not in Alaska I strive to provide these things where ever I am.

    I joined to conference to learn more about my Yup’ik Brothers and how I can become a better provider for them. I especially want to learn how to better work in a culture that is not my own, since I am a Kass’aq (white person). I love working cross-culturally.

  135. Florence
    1:26 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am an adjunct faculty member at 3 different colleges in both Vermont and Santa Fe, New Mexico. I teach online education courses and look forward to this. I am interested in seeing how a large group like this will interact for Discussions.

  136. Deitrah
    1:27 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello everyone! I am the museum educator at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. I am a recent graduate of Georgia College and State University in the field of Public History. I am facinated by history and am looking forward to exploring these topics with experts from the Smithsonian!

  137. Pody Gay
    1:29 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am the education coordinator for the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in northwest Arkansas and also a graduate student at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. I’m in charge of the K -12 programming for the regional history museum and am also working on a masters degree in educational technology. I’m always interested in learning what other museums are doing and constantly looking for ways to improve what I do.

  138. Deborah Lajoie
    1:30 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I’m Debbie from northern Vermont. I am an Artist & presently teach 3-8 grade Art. I also have a degree in Earth Science. I am interested in nature, cultures & history and tie these into the art projects I teach.
    I’m looking forward to this conference.

  139. Carolina Lopez
    1:30 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I work at the US Embassy in Santiago, Chile. April is the end of the Summer season here. This season has been particularly marked by a magnitude 8.8 national quake and a right winged Presidencial inauguration (almost after 50 years of leading center left wing!), handed over by the first woman President Michelle Bachellet in Chile. I look forward to this on line experience!

  140. Todd Davis
    1:34 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I teach 8th grade history students at a middle school in central Alabama. This is my 10th year in education.

  141. Katherine Cunningham
    1:34 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I ,in my earlier years, took a whirlwind tour of a lot of buildings of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. I realize what a huge project it is to house so much of America’s past.
    I accidentally found this conference and am intrigued by what can be accomplished in this format. Never heard of an online conference before.

    I am a graduate of Robert Morris University here in Pittsburgh, PA. I am retired from school bus driving. Now, I am on the board of directors of the Thomas Merton Center, the premier source of Peace and social Justice in SW PA.

  142. Jaymie Garcia
    1:34 pm on April 13th, 2010

    My name is Jaymie Garcia from Woodbridge, VA. I am homeschool my children. I love online conferences. I hope to learn more about different topics so I can pass it on to my children and become a better teacher. My children will also participate with me and hopefully springboard from this and expand our learning.

  143. Claire Giblin
    1:35 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello everyone. This is a great and diverse group. I’m looking forward to learning from all of you as well as from the program being offered. I am the Curator of Collections at The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College. I am also a professional artist and I teach courses in painting and studio work. Our collection contains many materials culture objects and I am hoping to learn more about the cultures we represent.

  144. Linda Wesley
    1:37 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello,my name is Linda. I work at a community college in Alabama. Wanting to learn new things is always at the top of my list. I am look forward to as many of the online conferences I can view. Thank you for presenting them.

  145. Gasie Mitchell
    1:38 pm on April 13th, 2010

    My name is Gasie Mitchell. I am a multigrade teacher at a small school.

  146. Debra Boone
    1:39 pm on April 13th, 2010

    My Name is Debra Boone I am a student at a local college, a parent and I currently work full time with the United States District Courts. One aspect of my position with the courts is acting as a training developer and presenter. I also volunteer with Nature Operations as a living history interpreter at a local park and serve on the board for a local nature parks organization.
    I am always interested in learning additional tools for reaching my peers, community and students in such a way that benefits the individual as well as the whole.

  147. Todd
    1:39 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a geneticist and am also working in faculty development as Director of Ferris State University’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Ferris State is located in Big Rapids, Michigan.

  148. Joe Steffan
    1:42 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am the president of a local historical society in Van Wert, Ohio. We are a rural area and made up of volunteers. The historical society has been in existence for over 50 years and we have quite a collection of artifacts from this area.Hopefully, we will get some new ideas and perspectives on how to attract more visitors, new members and how to generate a greater local interest in our museum. We have a budget of about $25,000 per year and must raise that amount from membership dues and grants.Presently our campus houses a Victorian home, one-room schoolhouse, log home, large barn filled with antique farm machinery and tools, a caboose, Gazebo and an annex.

  149. Heidi Bamford
    1:44 pm on April 13th, 2010


    My name is Heidi Bamford and I am Regional Archivist for the Documentary Heritage Program in upstate (Buffalo) NY. I am looking forward to this opportunity to “meet” lots of different people and exchange ideas! I work specifically on a program with teachers that attempts to integrate Learning Service into the Social Studies curriculum – hoping these sessions will give me new ways to present materials.

  150. Stephanie Joynes
    2:01 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hi Everyone, my name is Stephanie Joynes and I am the Program Manager here at the Smithsonian for our student travel program, Smithsonian Student Travel. Part of my position is to keep tabs on all the incredible educational opportunities so that our Group Leaders have the best information whether they are in town on tour, or back at home in the classroom. These conferences have always been an excellent resource and incredibly well done, so I’m looking forward to this two-part series.

  151. Tordis Ilg Isselhardt
    2:03 pm on April 13th, 2010


    I’m the publisher at Images from the Past based in Bennington, Vermont, USA, which specializes in publishing history in ways that help people see it for themselves. To be successful you need to know well both the story you want to tell and the people you’re telling it to, then craft an engaging presentation. My role for each book is to build a creative team with a shared vision, then “hang on for the ride!” This conference promises both content and process I’ll be able to share! I’m looking forward to it.

  152. Elaine Coorens
    2:03 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Learning about specific subjects such as sustainability, cultures, learning, community and arts in an urban environment and the viability of this type of online experience are my interests in this Conference.

    A long time involved resident of a Chicago Landmark District (Wicker Park) and author of Wicker Park from 1673 Thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide, I began an online community newspaper that covers several neighborhoods in Dec. 2009 (www.OurUrbanTimes.com).

  153. Severin Sheldon
    2:04 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello. My name is Severin. I am in 3rd grade. I am home-schooled. I am here because I want to learn from the Smithonian.

  154. Megan
    2:08 pm on April 13th, 2010

    My name is Megan, and I am an English teacher/librarian at a 7-12 school in Indiana. I’m looking forward to gaining knowledge and ideas I can share with my teachers and students!

  155. Carrie Caignet
    2:09 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a Florida Maritime Historian and Museum Consultant living in the Florida Keys. I am participating in this conference to hone my interpretive skills and comprehension of American History.

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate and best wishes to all.

  156. Dr. Jennifer Levin-Goldberg
    2:18 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Good Morning everyone!
    My name is Jennifer and I am a high school World History teacher. I serve on the Arizona Council of Social Studies Board of Directors and Co-Chair the National Council of Social Studies Memebership Committee. I reside in Arizona, USA. I have been in education for 10 years and my experience ranges from adminstrator to teacher, to adjunct professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University to writer. My interest in this course is to obtain further knowledge regarding problem solving and critical thinking strategies in order to implement this more effectively and efficently in the classroom. I am concerned about our future generation(s) and the need for them to be better adapters to 21st century skills. I feel that probelm solving and critical thinking is requisite to better accomplishing this.
    I look forward to “talking” to all of you!

  157. Hadwig KRAEUTLER
    2:19 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello everyone in the SI, and worldwide ,
    My name is Hadwig, I work in the Belvedere, an art museum in Vienna/Austria. My interest in this (which made me sign up) is professional – is to get to see how this functions? to learn about on-line opportunities for communicating. In my job, I have been to many big ‘real’ conferences, and quite often thought that maybe, virtual meetings could/would be a lot ‘healthier’ for the planet Earth, and – maybe just as good, in terms of informative and scientific outcome. And: I also am excited to be a part of a potentially ‘global conference’. The Internet has definitely afforded me possibilities to learn from others, but I often think I have not yet found out ‘how to really communicate’. There are many websites that I find interesting. I’ve been intrigued by the quality and sheer number of material and presentations from the Smithsonian site. My goal is to learn more about these ‘workings of the virtual’ and to share with colleagues, also here in Austria. My interest in ‘green’ and nature-issues is the personal and private reason for this interest in what goes on here. As I am in Central Europe, I may not follow all the session/s, but intend to look at what went on and was said in the ‘conserved’, the recorded documentation. Anyway, I appreciate this opportunity, and look forward to listening, learning, and sharing from the Smithsonian experts as well as from the other participants. Good luck and thanks to all who work in this! Hadwig

  158. Joy JC
    2:22 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Good day,

    I am a teacher of greades 5-8 in North Carolina. I enjoyed the presentations last year, as did my class, so we are back again to enjoy this new series.

  159. Remy Poon
    2:23 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a middle school math coach in Seattle, Washington. I like to learn different aspects of problem solving. Thank you for this learning opportunity.

  160. Jeannine Isom
    2:23 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hi! I am the Curator of Education at the Hubbard Museum of the American West. I am new to museum education, having worked 20 years in a university setting and 25+ years in education at different levels, so I am looking forward to learning more about the world and education from a museum perspective. We are also a Smithsonian Affiliate, so I want to learn as much as I can about the Smithsonian.

    I appreciate that this is all online. In these days of tight budgets, it makes it possible for me to participate in opportunities that I would other wise not have access to. So thanks!!

  161. Lorraine Leo
    2:24 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello! I am a technology integration teacher in a K-6 school outside of Boston, MA. I appreciate this opportunity to particpate in the ‘Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts’ conference.

  162. Sonia Kelley
    2:27 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a science teacher at Clear Fork High School. I am currently teaching Biology I. I am always looking for new ideas to bring into my classroom.

  163. Kathleen J. Miller
    2:31 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello! I am a graduate student in museum studies with Western Illinois University at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa. I am interested in visitor and community inclusion in the constructivist museum. Marketing and management of the museum are my specialties. Along with four fellow colleagues, I am presenting at the ICOM conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

  164. Asma
    2:35 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello and Greetings from Pakistan

    My name is Asma. I am an ELT Master Teacher Trainer, linguist in English language teaching and possess publications on linguistics, ELT and pedagogy. My major interests include Effective Communication skills, pragmatics, semantics, ELT teacher training and pedagogy. I am also seeking (researching on) change in the language curriculum of state schools of Pakistan because our curriculum for language education is outdated and needs to be re-established and restructured in parallel with the recent and present advancements.
    I would like to listen/read the discussion so I can gather ideas that are new and different from the books that I read. Read/hear information that is being covered at global level about the cultural difference and their resolutions.
    I don’t know how I can be contributing; however, I greatly appreciate the opportunity provided for participating in this conference. I am 45 and live in Pakistan’s Capital.
    I must say a great job done as well! Unique way of bringing people of the world together on single platform.

  165. Mariana Cardenas
    2:35 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I work in a non-profit organization called Give to Colombia whose innovative model is based on the creation, promotion and facilitation of alliances/coalitions among the Colombian private, public and social sectors. The Organization’s capacity to build strong and effective coalitions makes it a catalyst for high impact investment that is transforming philanthropy in Colombia.
    I am interested in learning more about STEM initiatives throughout the world and also sharing some of our experiences in this field and what we are trying to do locally in Colombia.

  166. Marjorie McLellan
    2:36 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hi, I’m a professor in Urban Affairs and History at Wright State University. I’m here to see how a Smithsonian webinar works. Margie McLellan

  167. J J C
    2:36 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello, we are students interested in learning more from outside sources. we enjoyed the program we participated in last year and we are back to enjoy another session.

  168. April Claus
    2:38 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello. I am a naturalist/Director of Environmental Education at Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley, PA just west of Pittsburgh on the Ohio River. I am participating in this conference to improve my knowledge about American History and learn more about the importance of Native Americans in our culture past and present.

  169. Maria Dolores Bolivar
    2:40 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am Maria Dolores Bolivar, full time professor of Language and Culture at San Diego Mesa College, one of the largest in California, feeding the major universities in the area. My alma mater is the University of California, San Diego, where I obtained my doctoral degree in Literature and Cultural Studies. Through Journalism and Photography, and having lived in the most artistic of places in the whole wide world, Zacatecas, Mexico -home of the First Congreso de la Lengua Española and the First Abstract Art Museum “Manuel Felguérez- I became interested in the intersections of language, art, culture, and community. I am currently doing my internship in Museum Studies, a few months from obtaining my certificate. I have complemented my MS studies with Graphic Design and Photography looking to turn museum spaces into live, immersive capsules of knowledge about the cultures that preceded us. As an intern, I am curating an exhibit depicting Women in Nineteenth Century San Diego Pueblo -1821-1872, under the sponsorship and care of the Women’s History Museum. This exhibit centers around oral accounts, local history and the recovery of the diversity represented by women in the making of present day California. I want to be a part of a world that invests in its museums through creating a network of locally managed, community museums. And yes, there is room in our culture for at least one museum every ten blocks…

  170. Karen Huang
    2:44 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am Karen from Taiwan and I am a MA student of Museum Studies. It is important for me to grasp the museum knowledge in different social contexts, and the U.S. experiences in this field are quite significant. Apart from understanding the Taiwanese situation, the knowledge from another country is also necessary and this is why I am eager to join this conference.

  171. eja
    2:46 pm on April 13th, 2010

    we are middle school students interested in learning more through outside resources

  172. Patricia Burgess
    2:49 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am Nursing Faculty in Hanceville, Alabama. I teach Fundamentals. I feel that this topic would be very interesting in helping me prepare for student instruction.

  173. Asma
    2:49 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello and Greetings from Pakistan!

    I am Asma. I am an ELT Master Teacher Trainer, linguist in English language teaching and possess publications on linguistics, ELT and pedagogy. My major interests include Effective Communication skills, pragmatics, semantics, ELT teacher training and pedagogy. I am also seeking (researching on) change in the language curriculum of state schools of Pakistan because our curriculum for language education is outdated and needs to be re-established and restructured in parallel with the recent and present advancements.
    I would like to listen/read the discussion so I can gather ideas that are new and different from the books that I read. Read/hear information that is being covered at global level about the cultural difference and their resolutions.
    I don’t know how I can be contributing; however, I greatly appreciate the opportunity provided for participating in this conference. I am 45 and live in Pakistan’s Capital.
    I must say a great job done as well! Unique way of bring people of the world together on single platform.

  174. Lisa Kalmus
    2:52 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am the Curator of the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. I have been a museum professional in Texas for 17 years and always enjoy taking advantage of resources available to museums. Even small museums are key resources in community identity and development.

    As a parent, I am also interested in exposing my children to all the world has to offer and hope that their school will use this opportunity to utilize the wealth of resources the Smithsonian has to offer.

  175. Jenny Noel
    2:53 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello Everyone,
    My name is Jenny Noel and I am a Junior High History and Reading Teacher in Rattan, Oklahoma. Very interested to learn any and all information, strategies and techniques that I can use in my classroom to enrich the learning of my students.

  176. Jacque Starks
    2:53 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Maricopa Community College District in Arizona

  177. Carolyn Hendrix
    2:54 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am Carolyn Hendrix at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, AL. I teach Adult education.

  178. Sandra Towers-Halpin
    2:56 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello…I am the social science department chair at New Hartford High School in Central New York. I am always looking to continue my own education, so this on-line opportunity is exciting and convenient.

  179. Michelle Poiani
    2:58 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Morning, I am a 4th grade teacher at an American school. I am interested in participating to increase my understanding of problem solving. I would also like to translate these skills to my students.

  180. Catherine Tuczek
    2:58 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a Curator of Education at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. The Henry Ford includes Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, an IMAX theater, Benson Ford Research Center, and Henry Ford Academy, a public school academy for grades 9-12. I work on exhibits, programs, and curriculum that supports our K-12 audience’s needs. Like the Smithsonian, we also link the past to the present, and we encourage people to build a better future. I am looking forward to seeing how the Smithsonian is making these connections easier for teachers, especially through online conferences like this.

  181. Harold Anderson
    3:06 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I teach Cultural and Urban Anthropology at Bowie State University, and Cultural Documentation at Goucher College in the Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability Program. I am a contract ethnographer with interests in marginal and diasporic communities, particularly in the United States and the Pacific. I have worked for several communities and cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and am looking forward to participating in the Will to Adorn Project.

    Today I will be participating in this online conference with my Introduction to Cultural Anthropology students at Bowie State.

  182. Bobbie Malone
    3:08 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I direct the Office of School Services at the Wisconsin Historical Society. We produce prograns and publications for the states k-12 classrooms and teachers, including a textbook for 4th grade, Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story, a biography series for young readers, and many other online resources.

  183. KP
    3:08 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am, an English speaking Caribbean national. Our colonial past with vestiges of Dutch, French, and Spanish influence have shaped our region. The British have deeply influenced our political and legal underpinnings; and up until about 40 years ago, was our main economic and social partner. In a modern technological age, I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity to interact with, and to understand different facets of our world societal progress.

  184. Lauren Bloemsma
    3:12 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am the executive director of a small historical museum in a destination resort town. We serve approximately 10,000 annually through programming, exhibits and events.

  185. Cindy Rothlisberger
    3:13 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a Technology Training Specialist for the Peoria Unified School District, located in AZ, USA. I’m interested in participating in this course to learn if it would be a good resource to pass on to our teachers. I’m also interested in learning more to expand my own personal knowledge and skills in other areas of teaching.

  186. Rosemary Schmid
    3:33 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hi everyone,
    I’m an ESL teacher in Charlotte. I teach academic English to speakers of other languages at the English Language Training Institute, UNC Charlotte, and at Central Piedmont Community College. I am also the tutor trainer and the citizenship teacher at the International House of Charlotte, a local non-profit community organization that welcomes the world.
    I have loved the Smithsonian and all it represents for a very long time. Each visit has had its own surprises and new knowledge – I can ALWAYS say – Gosh, I learn something new every day. I’m here for more surprises!

  187. Marc Lapham
    3:33 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Greetings I am a Florida Social Studies teacher and have been teaching for 25 years.

  188. Brooke Cruthirds
    3:34 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am the curator of The African American Military History Museum where a unique collection of materials is housed that are rarely represented in interpretations of the American Experience. The staff and I appreciate this opportunity to learn and network with others trying to incorporate an ever increasingly accurate picture of American Experience for all.

  189. Penny Peeler
    3:35 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello! I am the instructor for the Environmental Science Technology program at Western Piedmont Community College. This will be my first experience with the online conference and I look forward to it. I’m grateful that I can access the conference as a “replay” since I may not be able to stay at the computer for each session. Our classes are nearly over for this semester (May 10) but I hope to learn information to use in my fall classes. The majority of the classes within my program are taught completely online using Blackboard.

  190. Toni Rader
    3:35 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hi I am Toni Rader from Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Virginia. I teach AP Language & Composition and am currently the English Department Chair. I love to pose problems to my students that they must solve collaboratively. I’m looking forward to this conference.

  191. Teri Ludwig
    3:37 pm on April 13th, 2010

    As a high school environmental science teacher, I am looking forward to having my classes visit the conference by way of computer. It is sometimes difficult to get theri attention, and I beleive that letting them communicate with the experts, and giving them a stake in the conversation might just give them the feeling of empowerment that we all need to succeed.
    thank you !

  192. Kay Kennedy
    3:45 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Kay Kennedy, Director of Development, Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA), Amarillo, Texas.
    Serving the Texas Panhandle – an area the size of the state of Illinois – and western Oklahoma and eastern New Mexico.
    Reponsibilities include membership, sponsorships, special events, major gifts, marketing, grant writing, research, liason between museum and our support group the AMoA Alliance.

  193. Abbey Chrz and Victoria Sanders
    3:54 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello, we are 8th grade students competing in the Oklahoma State History Day contest in hopes of going to the national competition. The topic for our project is Archaeological Forensics and how forensics help us understand our history. Thus, we are here to learn more about this fascinating “Innovation in History”.
    Abbey and Victoria

  194. Ginney Dilk
    3:56 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hi all,

    I am the education coordinator for a small town historical society in CT, USA. I also run the one-room school house the Coventry Historical Society owns. I’ve always loved history and now have the opportunity to indulge myself with it and learning how to make it enjoyable/interesting for others.

  195. Alex Hodby
    3:59 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello. I’m a PhD student, based in the UK. I am researching art institutional practices, and very interested in innovative ways of participating.

  196. Carolina Cardenas Oscategui
    4:11 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hi, all, i m a director of a cultural organization called Grupo pro arte y cultura para el desarrollo in Lima – Perú, we work for development of our country throught promotion of art and culture in order to preservate our cultural heritage.
    I finished my studys in the master of latinomerican and peruvian arts with mention in cultural managment at san marcos university and i worked at national institute of culture during 3 years. I have done some researches at the researcher institute of faculty of sciences social at san marcos university in area of cultural heritage.
    Today I will be attending in this online conference.

  197. A.Simons
    4:12 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a mathmatics teacher at a 2 year college. I am participating out of curiousity and because I think it is important to bring to the mathematics classroom other examples of problem solving that what our students usually see.

  198. Dr. Jacqueline L. Frierson
    4:15 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am an 8th grade United States History teacher in Prince George’s County. My students will be participating in this activity. Thank you for this opportunity.

  199. Barbara Daniel
    4:35 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I teach Communication classes at Columbia Southern University. I am very interested in every aspect of communication – interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, strategic, ethical, and so on.

  200. Nancy Boyd
    4:43 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a Technology Elective Teacher in Shelby County AL. I teach middle school and this course was interesting to me because I feel this is a great tool to show my students new and exciting topics.

  201. Judy Lykins
    4:54 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a Service Learning Coordinator at a Community and Technical College in suburban St. Paul, MN. We place about 1300 students each semester into about 200 nonprofit and governmental agencies in the metro area. We are always looking for ideas on how to build community, civic engagement, and helping students to meet the learning objectives of their class. Any ideas and discussion on how to change a stereotype will be interesting and thought-provoking.

  202. G W Collins
    5:11 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am the chairperson for the Fort Towson 7-12 grade classes. I teach social Studies to the 9-12 grades plus the Advanced Placement U.S.History class. I became interested in this program to see if it is something I can use in my classes to let my students learn more about thier country and it’s history. I feel that the more I can give the students, who will be maybe running this country in the future, more information and history , they will be better citizens.

  203. Amanda Truett
    5:20 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am Amanda, Professor of marine, estuarine, and environmental sciences. I teach at Montgomery College, not far from the Smithsonian. My students are delivered assignments at the Smithsonian and they love to bring friends and family with them to the Mall. These seminars are great, aren’t they?

  204. Cristina Borges
    5:27 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Greetings from Brazil! I’m Cristina Borges and it’s great to be here! I work for IBEU-CEARÁ a binational center in Fortaleza (Brazil). I hope to learn more about the US and its culture. I’m an EFL teacher in Brazil and the US has always been a source of wonder and curiosity for my students.

  205. Celena Miller
    6:01 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello All!

    My name is Celena and I am currently a Science and Technology Instructor at Cesar Chavez Elementary located in Pharr, Texas. I am a fellow in NASA’s Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project and travel in my free time around the country learning and promoting STEM education topics. I recently created an online education web portal for my colleagues here locally but invite everyone to join in and contribute. It’s totally free (although still needing more content and resources) and you can visit http://www.cmoep.com for more information. I am attending this conference to better myself both as a professional and person and look forward to working and collaborating with everyone.

  206. H. O'Connor
    6:16 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a Biology Teacher at Galileo High School. I’m always trying to expand my knowledge in all scientific disciplines!

  207. Ahmed Nawaz Niazi
    6:34 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am from pakistan and i am physical educator i n college said . my field is game and sports
    and i touch youth. me and my youth want to see world def rant face and views. and also we want 2 come back as peace full nation

  208. sara meza
    6:59 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello everybody greeting from Lima_peru my hometown, I`m a language teacher from public school ( ENGLISH AND FRENCH), its a good opprtunity to interchange ideas and know more about other cultures, i work with teenagers mostly, it would be nice for me to interact with other teachers like me, and to get all the new ideas in order to improve my classes and help students with lower economical resources because studing here english or french in a private institution or in an academy is really expensive and it doesnt arrive to poor students.
    well i will do my best effort for not loosing anything.

    7:21 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Hello! I am a university English teacher. I am interested in practicing English and learn more because I do not have the opportunity to practice it with people who speak, read and understand English perfectly.
    Here in Mexico, the level of English is not so good, so I do not have the ooprotunity to improve my English.
    Besides, I want to learn more about education, culture, history, etc and know people around the world.
    Seize the day!

  210. Cheryl Finnegan
    7:27 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am the new director of a small historical society. Problem solving is one of the first tasks necessary for getting this place jumpstarted. The museum is almost starting from scratch in a lot of areas. I’m looking forward to some professional ideas.

  211. Matt deSilva
    8:11 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Greetings! I am a seventh and eighth grade science teacher. I work with a fantastic group of students at Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy in Lansing, MI. I am very excited to try this online conference. I look forward to collaborating with others and learning information from the Smithsonian.

  212. muhammad saifullah
    8:12 pm on April 13th, 2010

    hi, i m an engineering student in National University of sciences and technology PAKISTAN…..i am reALLY intersted in environmental effects,as such my final year project of a fuel efficient car needs to understand…..other than that i am president of local commitee IAESTE,so i have to deal with a lot of internees from different background and cultures….hoping to see this conference as an intellectual learning and broaden my horizons of learning…..THANKU!!!!!!

  213. Jeffrey Bingham Mead
    9:03 pm on April 13th, 2010

    Aloha and Good Morning from Hawaii USA:

    It’s good to be here! I’m an adjunct professor of speech communication at Hawaii Tokai International College (www.hawaiitokai.edu) and the founder/president of the History Education Council of Hawaii, an allied organization with the National Council for History Education. I am interested in connecting with students, educators and professionals worldwide. Not only am I hoping to learn more from all of you, but I also welcome the opportunity to answer your questions on a variety of problem-solving/critical thinking issues.

    Stevie Engelke Reply:

    Our podcast “Creating Hawai’i” is posted in the National Museum of American History’s virtual exhibit hall area here on the conference website. I’d be interested in your comments about it.

    Jeffrey Bingham Mead Reply:

    Hello and Good Morning:

    Thank you for sharing with me the podcast ‘Creating Hawai’i and the virtual exhibit. Tourism is our largest business, and as I viewed the items in the glass case I was reminded that the promoters of Hawaii as a tourist destinations have used a variety of unique selling points through the years. For generations perception and reality have been communicated through artifacts and symbols such as the surfboard, aloha shirts, ukuleles and so on. This is still the case today, though life, history and culture are more complicated. Various economic and cultural interests have played a part in the mystifying and demystifying of Hawaii since outside contact in the 18th century. The display is intended to be a representative sampling of the historical and cultural mosaic of the islands, and I think it does a good job. Two quotes in the text caught my attention:

    1)“In 1893 US businessmen led an overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i and established a Republic.” US businessmen did not overthrow the kingdom; those involved were all citizens of the kingdom and many were members of the government. The overthrow is a very complicated issue, and even the source of debate today.

    2) “Despite protests and the opposition of many Hawaiians, the Islands were annexed as a territory by the United States in 1898.” There were many Hawaiians and others who welcomed annexation, opposed to Liliuokalani and the re-establishment of the monarchy. It should be mentioned that Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last of the Kamehameha’s whose legacy today is the Kamehameha Schools twice turned down offers to assume the throne.

    I was disappointed that nothing was said about the plebisite in which over 90% favored statehood that eventually came in 1959. The path to statehood was hard-fought one, mostly blocked by southerners who had their own stereotypes about the people of Hawaii, and perhaps concerned about the precedent admission of a state as diverse as this one would have. I would have liked to have seen something included about the famous 442nd Regiment of Japanese Americans from here.

  214. Guillermo
    9:50 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I´m Guillermo, from Tonalá, Jalisco, México. I´m working at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional and I woul like to teach English and know more about this language and culture!
    I studied philosophy and education.

  215. Arslan
    10:16 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am Arslan Barijo From Pakistan, I am student, I have Done my Master’s in Sociology, I am 22 years old or i am very knew about this conference and discussion, i am live in capital of Pakistan, But I am Basicaly from Larkana, SINDH Province Pakistan, I am single.

  216. Linda Garrett
    11:16 pm on April 13th, 2010

    I am a fourth grade teacher in Florida, USA. I am amazed at the wide range of interest in this online conference. I hope to be able to allow my students to follow along with me.

  217. Syed Tanvir Ali
    5:04 am on April 14th, 2010


    As Salaam-o-Alykum, Hi, Guten Tag, Bonjour….

    Hope you and family are fine.

    I am Tanvir from Karachi Pakistan. I am working in the field of IT since 1989. Apart from that I am a certified Fire Fighter and done courses in Civil Defence rescue too.

    My interest in this online conference is that I want to learn new ways to problem solving, meet new people from all over the world and to give some of my suggestions along the way.

    My Skype id is : syed.tanvir1 so apart from here any one want to talk they are more than welcome.

    Let the fun begin!!!




  218. James Paul Adamson
    9:50 am on April 14th, 2010

    I’m a faculty member, and chair/Head of Systems at the University of Hawaii at Manoa system libraries. Today’s conference was awesome. I look forward to learning more on Wednesday. Your topics for the conference is what attracted me, they are very important and timely. I’ve spent time in Alaska as well as visited a host of cultures throughout the world. It’s interesting to note how different societies are but yet in many ways alike. Thank you for such an awesome conference. Best part… I did it right from my desk here in Hawaii. But… I wished I was there walking through those great collections at the Smithsonian, but this is the next best thing.
    Mahao nui loa and aloha,
    James Adamson
    University of Hawaii

  219. reyes Pascual
    10:29 am on April 14th, 2010

    My name is Reyes Pascual and I am a Secondary teacher from Barcelona, Spain. My teaching assigment is Modern European history and Geography from Cataloniam and Spain.
    I value and use cultural diversity as a teaching and learning tool bacause it is benefical for all of my students.
    I looking forward to this resource for professional development in online materials and resources in cultural Institutions and museums around the world.

  220. eja
    12:24 pm on April 14th, 2010

    am coming back today because we enjoyed yesterday’s presentation

  221. eja
    12:27 pm on April 14th, 2010

    we are middle students in north carolina

  222. Shanthi
    1:56 pm on April 14th, 2010

    I am a teaching artist from Maryland. Love the Smithsonian! Interested in the arts and the sciences.

  223. Linda Phipps
    2:24 pm on April 14th, 2010

    I am a second grade teacher in a STEMS (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) program in Columbia, South Carolina. We are beginning a unit on design and were hoping to learn more about asking questions and solving problems from this conference. I attended the National Service Learning Conference in San Jose in March. I met someone from the Smithsonian and was told about this event. I would like my class to learn how to communicate their questions about engineering to a variety of sources. We approach problem solving using the design process.

  224. Duncan Campbell
    2:31 pm on April 14th, 2010

    I am a Principal Teacher in Scotland. I am interested in this conference as I am endeavouring to expand the global dimension aspect of the curriculum that I deliver. I also see opportunities for the development of critical thinking skills.
    i am really looking forward to this.

  225. Irma Keller
    3:05 pm on April 14th, 2010

    I am a director of a small rural library in Wisconsin. I am interested in how others view diverse cultures.

  226. Roxana Cocina
    3:21 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Hello from sunny Florida
    My name is Roxana Cocina I am an art educator at a school for high risk pregnant and teen parents. I am very excited about this conference!!! LETS LEARN !!!

  227. Brad Lewis
    3:55 pm on April 14th, 2010

    I am a Program Officer for Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency where I have served since 1994. I manage a grant portfolio of service-learning programs in the North Central region of the United States as well as working on youth voice, community-based issues and technology initiatives and our work with the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse.

  228. Wafula
    4:05 pm on April 14th, 2010

    My name is Wafula; waffles if you like. I’m a high school design Technology teacher with a bias in mechanical engineering. I’m based in the beautiful coastal town of Mombasa, off the East coast of Kenya, East Africa. I’m interested in sustainable energy development for the thrid world, and designs that work!

  229. Patricia F. Croft
    4:07 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Hello. I am a high school gifted facilitator. I work in five different high schools in our county with pull out enrichmint to support academic competitions such as National Ocean Science Bowl, US Academic Decathlon, Future Problem Solving, Science Olympiad, Junior Engineering Technical Society, National History Day, and so on. My partner serves the other four high schools. We design our own curriculum based on the students selection of interest areas.

    I will be participating in the April 28 conference at Hephzibah High School, a large, rural school. On April 28 I will be working with the Academy of Richmond County, one of the oldest high schools in the southeast. It is inner city but also has an International Baccalaureate Program.

    We will be looking forward to this experience.

  230. Sheron Johnson
    5:02 pm on April 14th, 2010

    Hello from warm and sunny Barbados. I am a Cultural Policy Officer in the Ministry of Community Development and Culture. I am a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Barbados and Queen Margaret University in Scotland. I am interested in cultural development and cultural diversity and this conference affords me the opportunity to network with people from all over the world and to be part of the dicussion on a wide range of topics relating to culture. It is the intention of my ministry in the very near future to strengthen the relationship with the Smithsonian Institute through involvement in the Institute’s cultural programmes.

  231. Elena Klimova
    5:06 pm on April 14th, 2010


    My name is Elena Klimova. I’m Mathematics Professor from Bowie State University located in Maryland. I’m teaching courses for future Elementary and Middle school teachers. I’m very excited about this conference!

  232. Juan Garcia
    6:46 pm on April 14th, 2010

    My name is Juan Garcia. I’m a Director for the Computer Division at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, Tx. I interested in the culture view of other regions.

  233. Vicki Stokes
    7:25 pm on April 14th, 2010

    I am a K-12 guidance counselor/test coordinator for a small school district in Arkansas, and I also teach college algebra part-time at North Arkansas College. This all sounds really neat, and I’m looking forward to the conferences!

  234. Nidhi
    7:26 pm on April 14th, 2010

    I am a n educator interested in learning new concept and ever evolving stretegies around the world. I keep myself updated with the latest techniques. Since going everywhere physically is not possible, the virtual discussion forums are an excellent opportunity to bond with educators from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds.

  235. Leslee
    11:44 pm on April 14th, 2010

    My name is Leslee and I work in AZ as a computer educator. I love kids and teaching them. I work with 7th and 8th graders and love that age group. I am interested in keeping them on the cutting edge of any technology that I can get my hands on. I want them to be thinkers and doers when they grow up and leave my class. We all grow everyday in my class and I love seeing the light bulb come on when they finally get a concept. I want them to know that I am involved and want to learn more so that I can teach it to them. I have instilled the LOVE of learning in them. I am taking this course to hopefully give them some more to chew on in class.

  236. AnnaElizabeth Wooten
    3:11 am on April 15th, 2010

    I am so glad to meet all of you.

  237. Jenny Encalada
    1:29 am on April 16th, 2010

    Hi everyone, My name is Jenny Encalada; I’m an English Teacher in Quito-Ecuador, I love to teach I think it was the best choice that I had taken up to now. Well talking about the speech, I really liked it, I considere that nobody has to say what I say is right and period, we should be respectful with every costume, trying to be cultural literacy, because something that for my nation is customary for others could have been taboo, that´s why everybody has to respect among us and live like we are humans beings with tolerance. Unfortunatly Some people misunderstood the way of living and every time we hear on news that someone have been hurt because of their culture, his/er appearse or just her/is race. The only way that we can resolve it I think is with education, values, and principles.


  238. Monica
    2:17 am on April 16th, 2010

    Hi, I want to know more about these conferences online. If I knew about this one year ago, trust me, i would ask many, many questions. Now, i am feeling myself just like following the life, trying to do good things. So I wanna see if all the discussions and comments found in this page can reopen my old questions.

  239. Roxana Wallace
    1:42 pm on April 16th, 2010

    Hello All!
    I am a K-12 teacher of art and the gifted in a small rural town. I teach all my students the importance of reducing, recycling and reusing but am also interested in all the other aspects of global ecology. The area we live in is limited in exposure to a variety of cultures and I really have a hard time getting our kids to accept differences and to look at them as something wonderful! I grew up in a mulitcultural environment and miss hearing all the languages, the smells of different spices, the amazing colors and patterns of traditional clothing along with the beautiful shades of skin and bone structual differences. I also feel like the opportunity to be involved in any Smithsonian event is awesome and I am honored to be part of it! Thanks!

  240. Dawn VanLerberghe
    6:27 pm on April 16th, 2010

    I am a k-12 school librarian with a passion for learning and a desire to create life-long learners. I am always looking for new ways to expand my students learning as well as my own. I signed up for this conference for just that reason. I would love to share this experience with my Information Literacy students and show that how global we can be without leaving our desk. Many of these issues affect all of us and its a great opportunity to participate with the Smithsonian and everyone signed up. I cannot wait!

  241. William Moffett
    11:39 pm on April 19th, 2010

    I am interested in how we communicate technical and scientific information. This online conference with experts is the first of this type that I have participated in.

  242. Angelina Russo
    8:09 pm on April 20th, 2010

    I research the connections between technology and communication from a design perspective. I am an Associate Professor in Melbourne, Australia, conducting research with cultural organisations, particularly around the impact of social media on museum learning and communication

  243. Karen Biddle
    11:02 pm on April 20th, 2010

    I’m an administrator on the collection database at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney Australia. All the listed sessions sound interesting to me!

  244. Lee Graves
    12:54 am on April 22nd, 2010


    My name is Lee Graves and I am a high school science teacher in St. Francis, MN. I currently teach physical science, chemistry, physics and astronomy. I am planning on having my astronomy students take part in this conference to help them enhance the thinking and questioning skills they all need as they enter the workforce.

  245. Travis
    3:44 pm on April 22nd, 2010

    Hello Everyone,

    I am an Instructional Coach at a charter school in Washington, DC. I have signed up my fifth and sixth grades classes for the conference because I know it will be an awesome opportunity to interact with others in an academic environment. In addition, they will be able to connect knew knowledge to objectives learned in the classroom.

    I have never taught science so it will be a great learning experience for me as well!


  246. Amy B.
    3:51 pm on April 22nd, 2010

    Hi out there! I am a elementary science teacher looking forward to the conferences on April 28 and 29. See you there!

  247. Wendy Curry
    4:22 pm on April 22nd, 2010

    Hello! I am an Elementary Teacher in Alexandria, Virginia. I teach 3rd and 4th grade advanced students in math and science. I have enrolled my students to help them build problem-solving and questioning skills, as well as connect with other students around the world.

  248. Claire Sargo
    5:18 pm on April 22nd, 2010

    I am a science teacher in my 4th year at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, MD, just outside of Baltimore. I teach marine ecology and biology and also sponsor an Ecology Club at my school. I am interested in learning more about problem solving so that my students can use their knowledge for a a purpose and I hope to learn more about this social network game InterroBang!!

  249. Jamie C.
    5:45 pm on April 22nd, 2010

    Greetings from Montana! I am a homeschool educator and gifted education coordinator. I look forward to engaging my student in these discussions with such a global perspective. Being in a more remote part of the US I am grateful for the technology that will unite us all in learning.

  250. Kim F.
    1:04 am on April 24th, 2010

    Hi, I’m a first year science teacher in small town SD. Wanting to connect to the larger world and hope to give my students experiences they otherwise would not have. Very much looking forward to the April 28 & 29 presentations.

  251. Debbie Friedrichs
    12:53 pm on April 25th, 2010

    I was fortunate to have lived in different parts of the world growing up and realizing how important it is to respect, understand and accept people who have different backgrounds and cultures. I look forward to learning more about what people think and do to help promote a united global community. We can all share our philosophies, customs, ideas, religion etc. in a peaceful and respectful manner. I am convinced that communication itself, no matter at what level it is, contributes to paving the way to world peace and human rights. Thank you for offering this to all of us.

  252. Rosario Ramos
    1:20 pm on April 25th, 2010

    I work for an art and history museum as a director. My interest in this topics is because I have to solve problems every day and I want ot learn more.

  253. asa letourneau
    9:54 am on April 26th, 2010

    I live in Melbourne, Australia and work across physical/online exhibitions, and community engagement via social media. I am obsessed with the power of blue sky thinking and creating ‘spaces’ where rules about how things should work don’t apply.

  254. Liz Macklin
    12:15 pm on April 26th, 2010

    I am an artist and a teacher. I am interested in how we learn about our world and in how we change it.

  255. Judy Penner
    3:13 pm on April 26th, 2010

    Hello, I am Judy Penner , I am a 7th grade Science Teacher at Wagoner Middle School, in Wagoner , Oklahoma. I teach an integrated Science Series. We are finishing our book Astronomy this week. I am wanting to help my students become better problem-solvers and am excited to use our new Smart Board to also teach how technology can become an invaluable tool to learning. Our Vision “Learning at the Speed of Life – The Momentum for a Lifetime of Achievement!”

  256. Chris Papierz
    11:32 am on April 27th, 2010

    Hi! I am a 6th grade Social Studies Teacher in South Georgia and an incredible Socail Studies Geek. I am certified to teach all aspects of SS to grades 6-12 and although I miss the more in depth teaching of higher grades, I do enjoy the innocent curiousity of my 6th graders. Some sessions I am by myself, some I miss because the students I have at the time would not enjoy the sessions but once in a while, I can share a session with some students that truly enjoy this unique experience.

  257. Gevorg
    8:29 pm on April 27th, 2010

    hey, my name is Gevorg i’m a first year master student from Armenia… i have decided to participate cuz haven’t did something before… that’s it… will see how it’s going on:)

  258. Ken Oakes
    4:27 am on April 28th, 2010

    My name is Ken and I teach grade four and five in a rural school in the mountains of BC. This is St’a’t’imc traditional territory and the majority of my students are of First Nations heritage. My students have their own net books and participate daily in video conferences with other isolated, but digitally connected rural schools. This is our first experience with the Smithsonian and we are looking forward to it. We post much of the content that we create on our website http://www.cayooshkidz.net.

  259. Laura
    12:31 pm on April 28th, 2010

    I am a gifted/talented intervention specialist teaching enrichment curriculum to 5-8 grade students in an Ohio suburb. I am interested in introducing my older students to this form of presentation and using the content to add to that which is part of their regular coursework.

  260. Jessica Ross
    2:40 pm on April 28th, 2010

    Hi! My name is Jess. I am the director of the Washington County Public Library in Chatom, AL and I have a special interest in astronomy and space exploration. We have a science center in our library and we are always looking for new ways to encourage science studies in our rural area. I am looking forward to this session!

  261. Mia Moen
    2:40 pm on April 28th, 2010

    I am an Advanced Academic Resource Teacher in Fairfax County Public School, Falls Church, Virginia. My 5th grade Philosopher’s Lunch Club has been exploring socratic discussions and we are looking forward to a discussion of big questions- ones that may or may not have an answer.