Conference Program

Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ

Friday, October 18, 2013 – Bissinger Room (Howe Building – 4th Floor)

8:30-9:15 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15-9:30 AM: Opening Remarks by Lisa M. Dolling, Dean, College of Arts & Letters

9:30-10:45 AM: Session One: Blazing a Trail: Women in Computing Through the Ages
Moderator: Prof. John Horgan

Jenny Korn (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago)
“‘Genderless’ Online Discourse in the 1970s: Muted Group Theory in Early Social Computing”

Elise K. Burton (Ph.D. Candidate, Middle Eastern Studies and History, Harvard University)
“Power, Patronage, and Career Advancement for Women Scientists: A Historical Perspective from 20th Century Turkey and Israel”

Adriana Compagnoni (Associate Professor, Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology)
“Recent Innovative Connections in Biology and Computing”

11:00 AM-12:15 PM: Session Two: Steampunk Literature
Moderator: Prof. Andrew Russell

Lee Vinsel (Assistant Professor, Science & Technology Studies, Stevens Institute of Technology)
“Why Were Two 30-to-40 Something Science Fiction Writers Dreaming About a ‘Victorian Internet’ in 1989?”

Catherine Siemann (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences, Cooper Union and City University of New York/John Jay College)
“Some Notes on the Steampunk Social Problem Novel”

Elizabeth Bruton (Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Leeds and the Museum of History of Science, Oxford)
“‘In advance of that magnificence’: A Comparative Study of Fictional Depictions of Telecommunications in The Difference Engine and The Wireless World”

12:30-1:45 PM: Luncheon and Plenary Lecture
Moderator/Introductory Remarks: Prof. Lee Vinsel

Tom Misa (Director of The Charles Babbage Institute and Professor in the History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota)
“Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and the Bernoulli Numbers”

2:00-3:15 PM: Session Three: Art in the Digital World
Moderator: Prof. Jeff Thompson

Sydney Padua (Creator, 2D Goggles), Valerie Aurora (Executive Director, The Ada Initiative), and Robin Hammerman (Teaching Assistant Professor of The Freshman Experience, Stevens Institute of Technology)
“A Conversation with Sydney Padua”

Amy Cunningham (Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Design & Media, University of Brighton)
“Oracle: The Articulation of Promise”

3:30-4:45 PM: Session Four: Ada in the Literary World
Moderator: Prof. Anthony Pennino

Julia Markus (Professor of English, Hofstra University)
“Lady Byron’s Daughter”

Jonathan Farina (Assistant Professor, English, Seton Hall University)
“Lovelace and Dickens at the Victorian Salon”

Vicky Ludas Orlofsky (Instruction and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Stevens Institute of Technology)
Ada Lovelace, Steampunk Heroine: The Real as Fiction in Steampunk Literature

5:00 PM-6:00 PM: The Provost’s Lecture Series on Women and Leadership and Conference Keynote Address (Location: Babbio Auditorium)
Introductory Remarks: George Korfiatis, Ph.D., Provost and University Vice President, Stevens Institute of Technology

Valerie Aurora (Executive Director, The Ada Initiative)
“Rebooting the Ada Lovelace Mythos”

6:00-7:00 PM: Provost’s Reception in Babbio Atrium