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Abby Goodrum is a journalism professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University where she holds the Rogers Chair in News, Media and Technology. She holds degrees in Radio, Television, and Film Studies from the University of Texas, and began her career in journalism working at CNN in Atlanta as a researcher and librarian before obtaining a Ph.D. in Information Science. She is currently the director for social science and humanities research in the national research network for the study of graphics, animation, and new media (NCE GRAND). As a founding director of the Digital Cinema Laboratory, Dr. Goodrum conducts audience and user studies, and investigates the impact of social networks on broadcast and film. She is also the Canadian representative on a multinational team tracking the flow of foreign news around the world.
Dr. Goodrum’s research is situated at the intersection of Media Content, Media Technology and Media Use – what might be called “Media Informatics.” For over 20 years, she’s explored how people seek out, create, and share multimedia information made possible by new media environments such as search engines, youtube, and social networks. She’s the author of numerous scholarly articles and blogs on media seeking and media use.
Dr. Fels has a PhD (1994) in Human Factors from Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Health Science (1987) in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto. She is currently employed as a professor in the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, and the Director of the Centre for Learning Technologies at Ryerson University.
Her research interests include access to multi-media computer applications and interfaces for people with disabilities, inclusive media, web-based applications, entertainment and religious interfaces. Current research projects include: 1) emotive captioning and music visualization including software application, EnACT for adding animation to text; 2) descriptive audio (live and post production) including software tool, LiveDescribe, and associated description wiki for amateur describers; 3) SignLink Studio co-creator for creating online sign language web pages see www.signlinkstudio.ca; and 4) sensory substitution techniques for access to sound and visual information contained in film and television content for people with disabilities – including creation of a vibrotactile system called the Emoti-chair. She received one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 awards for the year 2001. She is also a professional engineer.