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Benjamin Knapp

Benjamin Knapp, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

Overview of Gerontology and Technology

Sponsored by: UNO College of Information Science & Technology

R. Benjamin Knapp is Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. ICAT seeks to promote research and education at the boundaries between art, design, engineering, and science. He co-founded and is partner in BioControl Systems, a company that develops mobile bioelectric measurement devices for artistic interaction.

For more than 20 years, Professor Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.

He has a doctorate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He has published, presented and performed extensively; and been the subject of articles in the New York Times and Newsweek. He has been the principal investigator in several pan-European projects.

Rev. Chris Alexander

Rev. Chris Alexander, M.A.
Countryside Community Church, Omaha, Nebraska

Technology, Faith, and Aging

Sponsored by: Immanuel

Rev. Chris Alexander is Associate Pastor of the Countryside Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska. She works with people who are aging and facing questions of death, loss of community, and faith journeys. Rev. Alexander is an active participant in Darkwood Brew, serving as the social media commentator, and sometimes host.

Rev. Alexander has a Certificate for Ordination from the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and an M.A. in Theology and Literature from the Lutheran School of Theology. She is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Nikc Stergiou

Nick Stergiou, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska at Omaha Biomechanics Research Building

Biomechanics, Aging, and Technology

Sponsored by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Nick Stergiou is an Isaacson Professor with the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; and Director of the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility (NBCF) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a facility with a mission to provide understanding of the dynamical aspects of human movement via multidisciplinary approaches.

His research interests include human movement variability and injury prevention and the contribution of muscular and nonmuscular forces to movement control and coordination.

He has a doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Oregon and a M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has more than 150 publications and has received more than $10 million in external funding.

Leta Powell Drake

Leta Powell Drake, M.A.
Nebraska Broadcaster's Association Hall of Fame

"Old Age is Not for Sissies"

Sponsored by: AARP

Leta Powell Drake began her broadcasting career at KDAL-TV in Duluth, Minnesota, after winning an essay contest that lead to a part time job at the station, then auditioned at KOLN-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska, becoming the television spokesperson for Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph.

In 1967 she began work at KOLN/KGIN-TV ultimately hosting and producing over 10,000 television shows including the 10/11 Morning Show and Cartoon Corral with Kalamity Kate. She became Program Director in 1982. She has received many broadcasting and civic honors, including induction into the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame. She was emcee for auctions and pledge drives for public television for 30 years and joined the staff of NETV in 1989.

She has an M.A. in Theatre Arts and post-doctoral work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has acted in over 100 plays and two movies.

Jeremy Lipschultz

Jeremy Lipschultz, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Communication

Use of Social Media in Intergenerational Contexts

Sponsored by: Elder Law Associates

Jeremy Lipschultz is an Isaacsson Professor with the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Collaboration Science; and a Fellow with the Center for Great Plains Studies.

His scholarly interests include social media and data analyses; race, gender and elderly issues; baby boomers; broadcasting and journalism education; computer‑mediated communication; newspaper and electronic media use; community media issues; mass communicator behavior; and technology and media.

He has a doctorate in Journalism from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He has been the principal investigator on numerous funded projects; has authored several books, book chapters and articles; received many awards and participated in numerous conferences and has more than 100 local and national mass media appearances.

Deepak Khazanchi

Deepak Khazanchi, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science & Technology

Gerontechnology Research and Application

Sponsored by: Hillcrest Health Systems

Deepak Khazanchi is Professor of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Community Engagement and Internationalization Officer in the College of Information Science & Technology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

His current research interests include virtual project management, mutual knowledge, project management best practices, B2B assurance services and risk analysis in extended enterprise environments.

He has a doctorate with a specialization in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University; and an MBA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has published and presented extensively.