Spring 2011 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Katherine Lawrence

ORG University of Michigan Title BIO Katherine Lawrence is a researcher and facilitator at the School of Information. Her current research includes a project, Opening Science Gateways to Future Success, funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure. The goal of this project is to identify characteristics of successful science and engineering portals or gateways that warrant long-term funding and fields ripe for transformation through new applications of gateway technologies. She also supervises community engagement initiatives at the Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure (within the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research), including the first Cyberinfrastructure Days. At the School of Information and the Ross School of Business, Lawrence has conducted research on collaboration, new product development, leadership, and creativity, with a particular interest in qualitative research methods. Since 2005, she has focused on the development of cyberinfrastructure and the social issues associated with the virtual organizations that build and use these systems. Lawrence''s interest in creative collaboration and improvisation has drawn her to work as a facilitator of the creative process in large groups. She has led retreats and brainstorming sessions for various units and groups at the university, and uses similar methods in her applied research projects. In addition, in 2009 and 2010, Lawrence designed and taught SI 422 Evaluating Systems and Services, an undergraduate Informatics course that introduces students to usability and user-centered design methods. Before moving to Michigan, she worked as a case writer at Harvard Business School, an educational technology developer, a graphic designer, and a wildlife documentary production manager.