GPEA Spring 2014

About the Panelists

Douglas Armato

Douglas Armato is Director of the University of Minnesota Press, where he also acquires books in philosophy, social theory, and digital media and culture. He came to Minnesota in 1998 from the Johns Hopkins University Press where he was the Associate Director, heading the Book Publishing Division and managing the editorial department. In a thirty-six year career in scholarly publishing, he has also worked at Columbia University Press, Basic Books, Louisiana State University Press, and the University of Georgia Press.

He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of American University Presses and was also that organization’s President in 2005-2006. He was also a member of the steering committees of University Press Content Consortium and the Books at JSTOR initiative and represented university presses at the MLA/ARL/AAUP Joint Meeting on the Tenure Book Crisis and an AAUP/ARL Joint Meeting on Moving Beyond the Book. In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, he formulated the Mellon Foundation-funded Quadrant Initiative for collaborative scholarly research and publication. He has spoken widely on issues of scholarly communication and is often quoted in local and national media stories on scholarly publishing.

Chris Cramer

Chris Cramer majored in both Chemistry and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with an A.B. summa cum laude in 1983. He then commenced graduate work in organic synthesis with Scott Denmark at the University of Illinois, from which he earned his Ph.D. in 1988. His professional career began with four and one half years of service as an active-duty officer in the United States Army, which included a tour in Korea, research experience at Aberdeen Proving Ground, and combat duty in Operation Desert Storm. In 1992, Cramer began his academic career at the University of Minnesota, where he remains today. He is currently a Distinguished McKnight and University Teaching Professor, he holds the Elmore H. Northey Chair in the Department of Chemistry, and he is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Science & Engineering. In addition to his academic duties, he serves as the Editor of Theoretical Chemistry Accounts and as the North American Editor for the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry. He has been recognized as a fellow by the American Chemical Society, as well as by the Alfred P. Sloan and John Simon Guggenheim foundations. Cramer is a recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming award, and he is also the author of the textbook Essentials of Computational Chemistry, Theories and Models. His research interests encompass the development and application of models that include condensed-phase effects on structure and reactivity, the characterization of the electronic structures of organic and inorganic systems having frontier-orbital near degeneracies, and the application of computational methods for both catalyst and materials design, with special interest in water splitting, oxygen activation, and sustainable polymers.

Ann Hill Duin

Dr. Ann Hill Duin is a professor in the Department of Writing Studies in CLA, DGS for the MS program in Scientific and Technical Communication, and Senior Affiliate with the Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education, CEHD. In 1995 she pioneered the University’s first online course at the graduate level, and today she investigates personal learning networks (PLNs) and experiments with Google Glass.

Ann is committed to excellence in higher education through engagement and shared leadership. Throughout her 15-year administrative service -- Interim VP & CIO, Associate VP for IT, senior associate dean (CFANS), and vice provost – she worked to build capacity for transformative change by focusing on ACTIVE principles: Alignment, Communication, Transparency, Input for innovation, Value for students/faculty/staff, and Evidence of impact.

Her ongoing goal is to serve as a catalyst for creating the future of the academy. Her extensive publications include books and journal articles on the social construction of knowledge, success indicators for partnerships, and change in higher education. Recent publications (all co-authored) include Project DAVID: Vocation and Reinvention in Liberal Arts Colleges (2014,, Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change (2013,, Cultivating change in the academy: 50+ stories from the digital frontlines at the University of Minnesota in 2012 (, and “Shared Leadership Transforms Higher Education IT” (2011,

Lucy Fortson

Dr. Lucy Fortson is an associate professor of physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. As an astrophysicist, Dr. Fortson is a member of the VERITAS and CTA very-high-energy gamma-ray astronomy collaborations, studying Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) using multi-wavelength observations to determine the source of gamma-ray emission from AGN. Through her work with the Galaxy Zoo science team, she is studying the evolution of the AGN host galaxies. In addition to her work in astrophysics, Dr. Fortson is also deeply committed to improving the science literacy of all Americans through her role on the Executive Committee of the Citizen Science Alliance and the Zooniverse project ( With projects such as Galaxy Zoo, the Zooniverse provides opportunities for volunteer citizens to contribute to discovery research by using their pattern matching skills to perform simple data analysis tasks and to become more deeply engaged in the science research through social networking and simple data processing tools. Prior to the Zooniverse, Dr. Fortson worked with other collaborative technologies (e.g. Northwestern University’s The Collaboratory Project and FermiLabs QuarkNet Project) to bring collaborative research into the classroom. Before joining the faculty at UMN in 2010, Dr. Fortson was the Vice President for Research at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago where she held a joint research position at the University of Chicago. Dr. Fortson graduated with a BA in Physics and Astronomy from Smith College and received her Ph.D. from UCLA in High Energy Physics. She has served on numerous local and national committees including the National Academy of Sciences Astronomy 2010 Decadel Survey, the Astrophysics Science Subcommittee and the Human Capital Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate Advisory Committee (MPSAC) for the National Science Foundation and the Education and Public Outreach Review Committee for the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.

Wendy Lougee

Wendy Pradt Lougee is University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The University Libraries system encompasses 13 libraries on the Twin Cities campus, historically rich collections, and nationally recognized model programs in technology development, information literacy, and new models for scholarly communication and knowledge management. Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota in 2002, Lougee held several positions at the University of Michigan, including Director of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library and Associate Director of the University Library for Digital Library Services. Her work in launching and developing a premier digital library program at Michigan was recognized with the American Library Association’s Hugh Atkinson Award (2003), Computerworld Honors Program Laureate (2002), and Michigan’s Walter H. Kaiser Award (2001). She held earlier appointments at Brown University and Wheaton College (Massachusetts).

Lougee has served on the board of directors for the Research Libraries Group, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation (President 2009), and the National Information Standards Organization. Current board service includes Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership, the Association of Research Libraries (President 2012-13), and the HathiTrust Digital Library. Her research and publications have focused on digital library development, information economics, assessment of research behavior, virtual organizations, and e-research. Lougee holds a BA in English (Lawrence University), an MS in Library Science (University of Wisconsin) and an MA in Psychology (University of Minnesota).

Steven Ruggles

Steven Ruggles is Regents Professor of History and Population Studies, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and Director of the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota. Ruggles received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral National Research Service Award at the Center for Demography and Ecology of the University of Wisconsin. Over the past 25 years, Ruggles has been awarded 50 major grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation with over $100 million in total costs to develop large-scale data infrastructure for economic, demographic, and health research. In 1995, he was named the “King of Quant” by Wired magazine. He is best known as the creator of the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), the world’s largest population database, spanning two centuries and 100 countries. Ruggles is also Principal Investigator of Terra Populus, a project to bring the world’s population data under one interoperable umbrella and to integrate them with large spatiotemporally-referenced sources from other domains, such as satellite imagery and climate models.

Ruggles has made contributions to the study of long run demographic change, focusing especially on changes in the family. His study of the effects of demographic change on family structure won the William J. Goode Book Award from the American Sociological Association and the Allen Sharlen Memorial Award from the Social Science History Association. In 2003, Ruggles received the Robert J. Lapham Award from the Population Association of America in recognition of lifetime contributions that blend research with the application of demographic knowledge to policy issues, and in 2009 he received the Warren E. Miller Award from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research for meritorious service to the social sciences. He is currently a member of the U.S. Census Scientific Advisory Committee, the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, the National Research Council Board on Research Data and Information Panel on Digital Curation, and he is President-Elect of the Population Association of America.