"Because critical reading and prose fiction are such hard, weird things to try to study, a stupid-seeming comment or question can end up being valuable or even profound. I am deadly-serious about creating a classroom environment where everyone feels free to ask or speak about anything she wishes. So any student who groans, smirks, mimes machine-gunning or onanism, chortles, eye-rolls, or in any way ridicules some other student’s in-class question/comment will be warned once in private and on the second offense will be kicked out of class and flunked, no matter what week it is. If the offender is male, I am also apt to find him off-campus and beat him up."
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It rained like all night, and city is totally unprepared. They’re not even trying to blow dry the sidewalks. The mayor says that it rains here so seldom that the city cannot afford to maintain the equipment. Don’t they know that thousands of UGGs are in danger of permanent water damage? Santa Barbarians, how are you coping with this bizarre weather?
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- New Media StudioExecutive Director, 2000 - present
- New Media Research InstituteResearch Director, 2000 - present
- Building community to add value to virtual organizationspresent
Bruce is an active online-community architect, and is looking to help virtual organizations build community governance and achieve their promise. His most recent project is the NASA Science on Drupal Central effort, which is building collaboration and collective intelligence capabilities for NASA earth science Drupal developers and site maintainers. He is a governance advisor to the NSF EarthCube Secretariat.
Bruce is the founder and current executive director of the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute in Santa Barbara. Bruce was trained as a social anthropologist and an urban cultural geographer. He is skilled in a variety of multimedia authoring tools, and completed the first multimedia dissertation at UC Santa Barbara. Through the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute, he is realizing the goal of bringing new tools and skills to the public to help democratize the technological advantages of the digital revolution.
Bruce has a wide-ranging academic background in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and has been active for several years in issues of digital libraries, the use of multimedia in education, and the theory of digital media. Bruce has taught at colleges and universities in Japan, and at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California and has served as the president of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners, the chair of the DLESE Data Access Working Group, on user working group for SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center) at Columbia University, and as an elected member of the National Science Digital Library Policy Committee.
Bruce helped create a public awareness action in Santa Barbara, lightblueline.org, which proposes to paint the seven-meter elevation contour on that city’s streets, to mark the vulnerability the community faces due to human induced climate change. In 2010 he was awarded the Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award from the ESIP Federation. A few years ago he published a novel, Junana, which outlines an alternative present, where the promise of educational gaming turns the world on its head as hundreds of millions of teenagers know more than their parents, teachers, and the marketplace.
Bruce's work has been supported by the NSF, NASA, NIH, The Paul G. Allan Family Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Google, Inc.
- UC Berkeley,U. of Pennsylvania,U. of Washington, UC Santa Barbara