Keynote and Featured SPEAKERS

Keynote Speakers

Zimbardo Philip Zimbardo, PhD, is internationally recognized as a leading “voice and face of contemporary psychology” through his widely seen PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his media appearances, his best-selling trade books on shyness, and his classic research on behavior, the Stanford Prison Experiment. Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (presently a professor emeritus), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He continues teaching graduate students at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and at the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA). He has received numerous awards and honors for his work as an educator, researcher, and writer. Recently, he was awarded the Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition. Among his more than 300 professional publications and 50 books are the textbooks Core Concepts in Psychology (5th edition) and Psychology and Life (20th edition), the oldest currently published textbook in psychology. Zimbardo’s current research interests continue in the domain of social psychology, with a broad emphasis on topics as wide ranging as time perspective, political thought, shyness, madness, vandalism, cults, torture, terrorism, and evil. Zimbardo also serves as the new executive director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT). In his more recent work, the New York Times bestseller The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (2007), Zimbardo explores the subject of evil in humanity in a contemporary context.
Copley Jon Copley, PhD, is a lecturer in marine ecology at the University of Southampton and cofounder of SciConnect Ltd., a company providing courses in science communication and media skills for researchers. He received his doctorate in oceanography from the University of Southampton and has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes for his research. His latest project has identified three new species of life found in deep-sea vents in the Cayman Trough. Copley’s research expeditions can be followed online at, via Twitter (screen name expeditionlog), and on his YouTube channel expeditionlog.

Featured Speakers

Levy David H. Levy, PhD, is one of the most successful discoverers of comets in history. Levy has discovered 22 comets, nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. In conjunction with Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California, he discovered Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. Levy is currently involved with the Jarnac Comet Survey, which is based at the Jarnac Observatory in Vail, Arizona, but has telescopes planned for locations around the world. Levy is the author or editor of 35 books and other products. He won an Emmy in 1998 as part of the writing team for the Discovery Channel documentary Three Minutes to Impact. As the science editor for Parade magazine from 1997 to 2006, he was able to reach more than 80 million readers, almost a quarter of the population of the United States. A contributing editor for Sky and Telescope Magazine, he writes the monthly “Star Trails” column, and his “Nightfall” feature appears in the Canadian magazine Skynews. Levy and his wife, Wendee, host a weekly radio show available worldwide at He has been awarded five honorary doctorates, and asteroid 3673 (Levy) was named in his honor. In 2010, Levy became the first person to discover comets visually, photographically, and electronically. He was awarded a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his dissertation, The Sky in Early Modern English Literature: A Study of Allusions to Celestial Events in Elizabethan and Jacobean Writing, 1572-1610.
Quinn Clark N. Quinn, PhD, is director of Quinnovation, an e-learning design consultancy, and author of the book Engaging Learning: Designing e-Learning Simulation Games. He has written games for children, corporate training, and nonprofits. Quinn is a well-regarded speaker, author, workshop leader, and consultant, with numerous innovative and successful solutions that employ technology to support learning, performance, and knowledge. He is well-known for his expertise in integrating cognitive science and technology to create engaging and effective strategies and solutions for learning, knowledge, and performance needs in business, government, and the nonprofit sectors, including education. Quinn is a founding member of the Internet Time Alliance.
Sheldon Lee Sheldon has written and designed over 20 commercial video games, including massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), and is a contributor to several books on video games, including Well-Played 2.0, Writing for Video Game Genres, Game Design: An Interactive Experience, and Second Person. He is a regular lecturer and consultant on game design and writing throughout the United States and abroad. Before writing and designing video games, Sheldon wrote and produced over 200 popular television shows, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Charlie's Angels, and Cagney and Lacey. Recently, he consulted on Danger Game, a TV series in development for the SyFy Channel. As head writer of the daytime serial Edge of Night, he received a nomination for best writing from the Writers Guild of America. Sheldon has been nominated twice for Edgar awards by the Mystery Writers of America. His first mystery novel, Impossible Bliss, was re-issued in 2004. Sheldon began his academic career in 2006 as a professor at Indiana University, where he taught game design and screenwriting. While at Indiana University, he instituted the practice of designing classes as multiplayer games, worked on the games Quest Atlantis and Virtual Congress, and wrote and designed the alternate reality games The Skeleton Chase and Skeleton Chase 2: The Psychic, which were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Skeleton Chase 3: Warp Speed, which was funded by Coca-Cola. Sheldon continues as creative director of the narrative-driven MMO Londontown. He recently joined the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as co-director of the Games and Simulation Arts program. Having just completed writing and designing a new children's video game, Sheldon is working on two new books: The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game and Practical Game Design: A Toolkit for Educators, Researchers, and Developers. He is also the writer and design consultant for Gameforge's upcoming Star Trek games.


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