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Olivia Banner is an assistant professor in the Emerging Media and Communication Program at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she researches and teaches on the intersections of media, health/illness, and digital culture. Her book Communicative Biocapitalism: Designing the Voice of the Patient in Digital Health and the Health Humanities (under contract with the University of Michigan Press) examines digital media’s incorporation into neoliberal frameworks for health and illness and the implications of this incorporation for the health humanities. Her work has appeared in Signs, Discourse, and Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online (University of Wisconsin Press) and is forthcoming in Literature and Medicine.

Nathan Blake is an assistant teaching professor in the Media and Screen Studies Program at Northeastern University. He received a PhD in visual studies from the University of California, Irvine. Blake is currently revising a manuscript on the legacy of photographic, cinematographic, and prosthetic limb technologies developed in Europe and the United States during World War I.

Scott Curtis is associate professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, director of the Communication Program at Northwestern University in Qatar, and president of Domitor, the international society for the study of early cinema. He is the author of The Shape of Spectatorship: Art, Science, and Early Cinema in Germany (Columbia University Press, 2015) and has published extensively on the history of animation and on scientific and medical uses of motion picture technology. [End Page 301]

Alla Gadassik is assistant professor of media history and theory at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her research bridges the disciplines of cinema studies, the history of technology, and genealogies of media practice. Gadassik is particularly interested in the kinesthetic dimensions of early cinematography, film editing, and animation production methods. She has published research on digital animation, stereoscopic 3-D cinematography, experimental animation, and early film editing history.

Oliver Gaycken is an associate professor in the Department of English and a core faculty member of the Film Studies Program and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Devices of Curiosity: Early Cinema and Popular Science (Oxford University Press, 2015). Gaycken’s articles have appeared in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television; Science in Context; the Journal of Visual Culture; Early Popular Visual Culture; Screen; and the collection Learning with the Lights Off.

Andrew R. Johnston is an assistant professor in the Department of English Film Studies Program and the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University. His forthcoming book Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation (University of Minnesota Press) examines the history of abstract animation in cinema and computational media in the mid-twentieth century. Johnston has also published essays on animation, avant-garde film, color aesthetics, and the history of digital technology and computer graphics in venues such as Animating Film Theory (Duke University Press, 2014) and Color and the Moving Image (Routledge, 2013).

Ariana Killoran is an illustrator and animated filmmaker. She has created more than fifteen Internet films on various topics related to genetics, disease risk, and human prehistory for 23andMe, a Silicon Valley personal genomics company. Her films have received accolades from the Genetic Alliance and Wired and are used by science educators and students around the world. In addition to her video work, Killoran provides illustrations for a range of print media including books, magazines, and apparel. She holds a BA in anthropology from Yale University, a BFA from the California College of the Arts, and an MA in African history from the University of California, Berkeley. [End Page 302]

Robert Lue is a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University and the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, where he is responsible for fostering innovative teaching in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Lue earned his PhD in biology from Harvard and since 1988 has taught undergraduate courses acclaimed for their innovative and interdisciplinary approach. In 2012, Lue’s extensive work on using technology to enhance learning took a new direction when he became faculty director of HarvardX...


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