Executive & Advisory Board

Board of Directors

Dr. Margaret M. Clements, M.S., Ph.D.


Science of Science Policy profile

Margaret Clements, founder of the Center for Knowledge Diffusion, incorporates her research interests on innovation, mentoring, and opportunity with her international experiences in human resources management and development. Dr. Clements has conducted large-scale studies on academic patenting and innovation, mentoring and the doctorate, master teachers and the development of world-class talent, and various aspects of social stratification and mobility. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Honors English. After living and working in Italy for more than eight years, she returned to Indiana University to pursue her doctorate in Education Policy Studies and Higher Education Administration. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs and is a member of the Science of Science Policy organization, located in Arlington, VA.

Harry A. Athan


After a long and distinguished career as an executive leader with a national company, in 1971 Mr. Athan founded and established a full service business consulting corporation in Olathe, Kansas.  Although Mr. Athan is now semi-retired and lives in Florida, he provides consulting services to select organizations through his firm, Harry E. Athan, and Associates.  Mr. Athan enjoys an outstanding legacy as a mentor, strategist, advisor, and advocate for the management and accounting needs of individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. In addition, Mr. Athan has been invited by major universities to lecture on business and management strategies and practices. A former officer of the US Army, a graduate of Bradley and Denver Universities, Mr. Athan is a valued executive board member of several organizations and businesses.

Jerry Horner, M. Mus

Professor Emeritus of Music, University of Wisconsin

Jerry Horner holds an esteemed legacy as the violist of the Fine Arts Quartet, one of the most distinguished ensembles in chamber music today. Throughout his career, he enjoyed a distinguished international performance career and an extensive recording legacy. Prior to joining the Fine Arts Quartet in 1980, he was the violist of the Vermeer, Claremont and Berkshire quartets. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in the major musical centers of the United States, Europe and Asia, collaborating with many of the outstanding chamber musicians and soloists of our time. Additionally, Mr. Horner held principal violist positions in the Pittsburgh and Dallas Symphonies and appeared as soloist more than fifty times with these and other orchestras. His teaching positions have included Professorships at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Indiana University, Bloomington, Northern Illinois University, The North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Mr. Horner was involved in the founding of two not-for profit organizations that teach stringed instruments to children, including inner-city youth. Now retired, Mr. Horner retains the honor of Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and devotes himself to performing, teaching viola and chamber music, giving master classes and coaching promising young musicians throughout the world. Currently he resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

John Kennedy, M.A., Ph.D.

Director, Indiana University Center for Survey Research

John M. Kennedy was director of the Indiana University Center for Survey Research from 1987 through 2011. He was also an adjunct professor of sociology. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University in 1986. His undergraduate degree in sociology was earned at the University of Maryland. His professional career includes positions as a statistician in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Housing Division of the U.S. Census Bureau and as assistant professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Hartford. He is the Past President of the Society for Applied Sociology. He had one-year appointment as Visiting Sociologist at the American Sociological Association in Washington, DC. Dr. Kennedy's areas of expertise include survey research methods, demography, and applied sociology. He was involved in the Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Project from 1989 through 1998 and director the data collection for the National Survey of Student Engagement from 1999 through 2011. He served as chair of the Indiana University Bloomington Human Subjects Committee. He is the founding editor of a new publication on survey methods sponsored by the American Association for Public Opinion Research. His vita is available here.

Diana V. Lambdin


Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair in Teacher Education, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education, Indiana University, Bloomington

Diana Lambdin taught undergraduate and graduate courses for prospective elementary teachers and co-directed a combination masters-degree and elementary teacher certification program for career changing adults. She also served as Associate Dean for Teacher Education from 2001 to 2007. Prior to joining the IU faculty, Dr. Lambdin taught mathematics at a variety of levels and to diverse student populations. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in mathematics from the University of Delaware and earned her Ph.D. in mathematics education from Indiana University in 1988.
Dr. Lambdin has been active in mathematics education as an author, editor, and project evaluator. From 1996-2000 she was book review editor for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, after serving as associate editor (1992-1995) and associate editor of the journal's monograph series (1988-1992). She was a member of the writing team for Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000). She has written widely about mathematical problem solving, mathematics teaching, and teacher education, in peer reviewed publications.  She also served as principal investigator on various funded projects.  Most recently, she was principal investigator on the NSF-funded Noyce scholarship program at IU.

Dr. Frank K. Lester, Jr., M.S., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education and Cognitive Science, Indiana University

Honored by his peers and colleagues, Frank Lester, was appointed to the distinguished rank of Chancellor's Professor at Indiana University in 2006. Additionally, he holds the lifetime title of the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair in Teacher Education in recognition of his commitment to the profession of teaching. Dr. Lester is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has served as the PI or Co-PI on numerous National Science Foundation funded research projects. In addition, he has served on the editorial boards of various high-impact national and international journals. He was the first recipient of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators for Excellence in Scholarship, and he was honored for his Lifetime Achievement through an Award by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In 2008 he was honored with an honorary doctorate by Abo Akademi in Finland for contributions to mathematics education in the Nordic countries. Dr. Lester joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1972 upon completion of his Ph.D. in mathematics education at the Ohio State University. He has held multiple international fellowships. His primary research interests lie in the areas of mathematical problem solving, metacognition, and the assessment of higher-order thinking.

John R. Thelin, M.A., Ph.D.

Research Professor, University of Kentucky

John Thelin is widely celebrated as one of the most distinguished historians of higher education and public policy of our time. Bringing historical writing and research to contemporary discussions about significant, enduring higher education issues, his authoritative book, A History of American Higher Education, was published in November 2011. As a research scholar, he has received multiple awards, grants, and honors. His excellence in research has been heralded by his peers and colleagues on multiple occasions. In April 2007, the American Educational Research Association conferred on him the Exemplary Research Award. In November 2011 Dr. Thelin received the Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). In addition, he has received multiple awards for his excellence in teaching. He is author of six books also writes articles, book reviews and reviews manuscripts for prestigious scholarly journals. Dr. Thelin has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation, to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and has been a member of Washington D.C.'s American Enterprise Institute's higher education working group since 2006. A 1969 alumnus of Brown University, John concentrated in European History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an M.A. in American History and a Ph.D. in the History of Education and was a Regents Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he has served as an advisor and reviewer in collaboration with the Hong Kong Institute of Education.


Joseph Baird, BA, MBA

Joseph Baird builds games that teach and captivate. His partners in collaboration include BYU's McKay School of Education and the Global Literacy Project. His games, with downloads exceeding half a million, have topped the App Store's educational charts, won an AIGA Award for Excellence in Design, and been featured in a 60 Minutes special on autism. He also runs HoosierCADE, an outreach community of professional and aspiring game developers in Southern Indiana. He received his BA in Russian from Indiana University in 2005 and his MBA from IU's Kelley School of Business in 2010.

Donald Byrd, Ph.D.

Donald Byrd studied music composition at Indiana University in the late 1960’s. By the time he graduated, he’d discovered computers and gotten interested in their potential to help musicians, especially in terms of music notation. After some years as a programmer and consultant at the University’s academic computing support services, he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a dissertation on music notation by computer. Since then, Byrd has worked extensively both in industry and academia. He did sound design and programming for a digital synthesizer company and software engineering for a GIS company, and he led development of the influential music-notation program Nightingale. His academic background includes research on music notation by computer; work on information retrieval in text, especially visualization and human/computer interaction aspects; and work on music information retrieval, digital music libraries, and optical music recognition. Most recently, he has been working on the “General Temporal Toolkit and Workbench” (GTT/W), a timeline-based system for visualizing, exploring, creating, and “playing” (in the sense of playing a recording) any phenomenon that occurs over time, on any timescale from fractions of a femtosecond to billions of years.

Byrd also has a long-standing interest in mathematics education. In 2010 he received the Indiana Teaching Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Between then and 2012, he took a break from academia to get a math-education degree and a math teacher’s license, and he taught mathematics in middle and high schools. He is currently an adjunct associate professor in the School of Informatics and visiting scientist in Research Technologies at IU Bloomington.

Joseph Cottam

Ed Clements, MS, MBA, Geological and Environmental Advisor

Ed Clements currently serves as Land Resources Manager at US Aggregates. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in geology from Indiana University, a Master’s in Business Administration from Detroit College of Business and a Master’s degree in Civil engineering from Wayne State University. Ed is a multi-faceted scientist with practical experience developing and conserving natural resources. Specialties include: Environmental geology, subsurface geology, aerial photographic interpretation, characterizing hydrogeological systems, economic geology and mineral exploration and development. Ed has worked in the fields of petroleum and coal geology, environmental management of industrial facilities, reclamation and industrial minerals. Ed has served as the chairperson of the environmental committee of the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to make industry-wide improvements in the areas of mine safety and reclamation, air and water pollution, research, and increased public awareness of the importance of minerals in their daily lives. Ed has also worked on outreach programs with the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) to help science educators bring Earth Science and geology into the classroom. Ed is also a Licensed Professional Geologist in Indiana, and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Joseph Cottam

Joseph Cottam, Ph.D.

Joseph Cottam researches visualization and data analysis toolkits. He is interested in providing better tools for building visualizations that are more correct and more robust to unexpected changes. His work includes toolkits designed to work on streaming, distributed or large datasets data and toolkits that provide feedback about the visualization to the designer and toolkits that provide strong guarantees about a visualization's relationship to the base data.

Isabel Cullather

Isabel Cullather

Isabel Cullather is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in statistics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her interests range from comedy podcasts, to long distance cycling, to walking her clinically obese corgi, Tank. A proponent of the Oxford comma and a self-proclaimed cinephile, Isabel aspires to either combine her enthusiasm for data with a career related to media and technology, or become a barista at an ocean-side coffee shop in Southeast Asia.

Jim Deane, Ph.D., MBA, CLP

Jim has been identifying, protecting and licensing innovative technologies, and helping build new companies to commercialize them, for a dozen years at four major research universities and a federal laboratory. In these roles he has worked with faculty and both in-house and outside counsel to identify inventions with high potential and define them for patent protection, and to negotiate license transactions to put those innovations in the hands of companies to create new products. Recently, Jim served as the Associate Director for Engineering at the Purdue Research Foundation, and prior to that performed similar roles at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cornell University and Los Alamos National Labs. Jim currently serves on committees for the Association of University Technology Managers and the Certified Licensing Professional examination board, and reviews grant proposals for Science Foundation Ireland and the US Department of Defense.

David Ernst

David's career has focused on helping individuals and small-to-medium sized organizations harness the power of information technology in general, and the World Wide Web in particular. In the mid-1990's, when the Web was young, David worked at the United Way of Monroe County, helping local social service organizations develop their online presence. In 1998 he became the Executive Director and technology lead at HoosierNet, an internet service provider and community network based in Bloomington. Since 2006 he has been working independently, serving a long list of clients with an even longer list of technology needs.

Adam Hochstetter, BA, MA

Adam Hochstetter earned a BA from the University of Miami in history and religious studies and a MA in information science from Indiana University. His previous works include a major update to the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, and the creation of the virtual museum exhibit In Mrs. Goldberg’s Kitchen. His research interests include textual analysis, and data portability and interoperability.

Michael J. Stamper, BA, MFA

Michael J. Stamper is currently the Design Lead at the NIH/NIEHS National Toxicology Program. He has extensive experience in the graphical representation and visualization of data and other forms of information, having honed his skills and experience as the Senior Designer for Dr. Katy Börner's Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center (CNS) located at Indiana University's School of Computing and Informatics (SoIC). As a Masters student, he specialized in graphic and interactive design and studied human-computer interaction (HCI), user experience (UX) and interface design and information architecture at the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), SoIC. While at the CNS, Michael has concepted and implemented his vision on traditional design projects and on large-scale data visualization projects. He has traveled both domestically and internationally to presented the work of the CNS and collaborate with artists, designers, scientists, and academics throughout the world. Michael will bring his vast expertise and knowledge to the Center for Knowledge Diffusion during the summer of 2014.

Advisory Board

Elisha Allgood

Interaction Designer, HUGE

Elisha Allgood is an Interaction Designer at Huge—a New York City digital design firm.  Mrs. Allgood earned her Master of Science degree in Human Computer Interaction Design from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. Allgood specializes in contextual inquiry and has extensive experience as a senior graphic and interface designer with the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, Indiana University. She designed many of the images and nearly 1,000 layout mock ups for the Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know (MIT Press), the pioneering book introducing the science and visual display of quantitative information in the new geography of science map making. She also designed and curated Places & Space, a museum exhibition including 60+ maps, interactive light overlays, and hands-on science maps. She will produce the graphical outputs, including our science of science maps.

Pete Caruso

Senior Staff Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Pete Caruso is recognized as a technical leader in Aerospace Industry with more than 25 years of experience in structural risk analysis, applied fracture mechanics, and durability and damage tolerance certification. Pete has conducted design and testing on numerous Aerospace systems and developed novel methods to certify the safety of advanced material processes. Pete is a Senior Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and is responsible for providing technical leadership to manage and track the health of the F-22 Raptor. Pete has a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University.

Gemma Halton

Public Health Major, Indiana University

Gemma Halton is a senior majoring in Public Health and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She aspires to make transformative differences in the lives of others by mentoring, counseling, and engaging in developmental activities that culminate in the fulfillment of human potential.  In pursuit of this goal, she has recently been recognized as a peer mentor and leader in the FASE mentoring program that provides academic and social support services to underserved students. She collaborates with faculty in delivering student development services to students from diverse backgrounds.  In addition, she is researching inventor-protégé relationships an NSF funded project with Dr. Margaret Clements on knowledge diffusion.  She is also a certified peer health educator through planned parenthood and volunteers as an advocate in sexual health education. She looks forward to graduating and applying the leadership skills she has developed to improve health and wellness in her community.

Karen White

Research Developer/Commercialization Facilitator, IUPUI

Karen White is a Research Developer & Commercialization Facilitator at Indianapolis University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In this role, she serves as a champion and advisor to potential “inventors” at IUPUI, and focuses internally on growing the campus’s research capacity and serving as a direct advisor to faculty wishing to pursue commercial opportunities.  She serves the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she is responsible for faculty support in the areas of Research Development and Commercialization. Her focus is on growing the campus’s research capacity, and providing advice or support services to faculty wishing to pursue commercial opportunities arising from their research. Her specialties are:  Technology transfer, Intellectual property and licensing, Copyright licensing.