Daphne Noonan is extremely passionate about working in the ever changing field of Eldercare and more specifically in contributing to the process of helping those with whom she works to grow old with dignity and honor. Currently working as a Program Consultant at the Atlantic Institute on Aging and the Manager of Therapeutic Recreation at York Care Centre in Fredericton, Daphne provides leadership to a number of initiatives that promote the concept of Holistic Aging.
Daphne has also become active in the Alzheimer’s Society Federation of Canada, serving as the Board President for the Alzheimer’s Society of New Brunswick, and the National Representative from New Brunswick to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Lauren Cruikshank is a Researcher and Assistant Professor with the Media Arts and Cultures program in the Department of Culture and Language Studies at the University of New Brunswick – Fredericton. Her research interests focus on new media, digital culture and the body, with specific interests in avatars, gaming and virtual environments. She has been an active participant in the evolving disciplines of Internet Studies and Game Studies for over a decade and has been invited to present her work on technology, embodiment and new media at conferences in Canada and around the world. She is also currently in the process of developing game studies research groups, course offerings and interactive media facilities at UNB to further advance the academic study of games here in Atlantic Canada.
Steven Turner retired recently from the UNB History Department, where he taught the history of science and technology and also courses on contemporary technology-and-society issues. Steve has published on the history of universities and their research function, on scientific controversies about how the mind conditions what the eye sees; and on the impact of molecular biology on agricultural science during recent years. Currently he sails, chairs the University’s Research Ethics Board, serves as president of the New Brunswick SPCA, and keeps an eye on science-and-society issues.
Darren Piercey is a professor of psychology at the University of New Brunswick. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta where he developed artificial neural network models of language processing. Recently, he has become interested in developing virtual reality 3D environments that are used as a part of exposure therapy to help people overcome their anxieties and phobias. He has published articles on the effectiveness of 3D virtual reality environments for fear of public speaking and fear of spiders. Most of the research in this area is being performed using expensive 3D computers and head mounted displays. Dr. Piercey’s goal is to create 3D environments and delivery methods that are cost effective and available to everyone.
Kevin Englehart is the Acting Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and a registered Professional Engineer. Dr. Englehart has 125 peer- reviewed publications, and has authored five book chapters in biomedical signal processing. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Englehart has coordinated partnerships with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago that have resulted in dramatic technical and medical advances in prosthesis. He is part of a team at the Institute of Bio-medical Engineering that is developing a dexterous hand that uses artificial intelligence to decode the user’s neural activity. This hand will be available for clinical trials in the near future.