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Indiana University Bloomington

Fall 2013  Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World

LECTURE: Life Choices in a Digitally Connected World

Keynote Address for the launch of the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT)

Valerie Plame WilsonMoira Gunn, host of NPR's Tech Nation

When: October 28, 2013, 3:00 PM
Where: IU Auditorium

Departmental Sponsors: College of Arts and Sciences - Themester, Center of Excellence for Women in Technology

Abstract
How do you plan for a career when the jobs you will hold have yet to be imagined? How will digital connectedness play a role in your future? What human elements will remain the same, no matter what technology has to offer? NPR's Dr. Moira Gunn shares her insights – her own from the Information Technology industry, as well as those of her many guests Everyone starts somewhere, everyone has challenges, everyone makes choices …

Biography
Dr. Moira Gunn is best known as the Host of Tech Nation and its regular segment BioTech Nation heard nationally on NPR's 24-hour Program Stream and the NPR channels of XM-SIRIUS Satellite/Internet Radio, among other venues. In college, she graduated in the first class of computer science majors, and went on to earn a masters degree in computer science at Purdue University, where she also became the first woman to earn a PhD in mechanical engineering. A former NASA computer scientist and engineer, Dr. Gunn holds a software patent in human nutrition measurement systems. Her work in information systems extends from satellite image processing and climate models to robotics systems, financial systems and the first Macintosh database. As Program Director of Information Systems at the University of San Francisco (USF), she expanded the MSIS degree to specialty areas including Information Security and Biotechnology. She founded and today serves as the Director of the Business of Biotechnology Program in the School of Management at USF, which serves numerous degree programs across the university: MBA, JD/MBA, MSIS, and the Professional Science Masters in Biotechnology. Her book, "Welcome to BioTech Nation," was cited as Best Biology Book of 2007 by the Library Journal. Adding to her engineering doctorate, Dr. Gunn received an honorary doctorate in science from Purdue University. Among her numerous awards is the 2011 National Public Service Award to the Individual for her efforts in expanding the public understanding of science and engineering by the National Science Board.