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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS

Dr. April Edwards
April Edwards (formerly Kontostathis), is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Elmhurst College. She earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Lehigh University. She has written numerous articles that describe methods for determining the most critical values in the reduced dimensionality matrix, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI). She has also authored many articles on using machine learning techniques to detect cyber predation and cyber bullying. While Dr. Edwards' primary research interest is in the theory and practice of information retrieval and textual data mining, she also has an investment in undergraduate research, and has co-authored many articles with her students at Ursinus. Currently, Dr. Edwards is the Principal Investigator, with Dr. Lynne Edwards, on a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study and prevent cyber-bullying and cyber-predation. She was also the Co-Principal Investigator, with Dr. Mohammed Yahdi, on a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduate Sites grant that began in Summer 2010.


Dr. Lynne Edwards

Lynne Edwards is a Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. She is the author of several publications, including “Victims, Villains, and Vixens: Teen girls and Internet Crime” in Girl Wide Web: Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity. Sharon Mazzarella, editor. (Peter Lang Publishing, 2005), “Black Like Me: Value Commitment and Television Viewing Preferences of U.S. Black Teenage Girls in Black Marks: Minority Ethnic Audiences and Media" (Ashgate, 2001), “Choices and Voices: Deciding Between Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies.” in Communication Impact: Designing Research That Matters. Susanna Hornig Priest, editor. Lanham: (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), and “Slaying in Black and White: Kendra as Tragic Mulatta in Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in Fighting the Forces: Essays on the Meaning of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). Dr. Edwards co-edited a volume about the final two seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television. (McFarland Publishers, 2008).

OTHER COLLABORATORS

Dr. Brian D. Davison
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Lehigh University.


STUDENT RESEARCHERS

Jennifer Bayzick, Elizabeth Chamberlain, Christine Dobisch, Andy Garron, Nicholas Hanford, Emerson Hawkins, Emma Jakubowski, Rosalie Kress, Amanda Leatherman, Elizabeth Lopez, Alexandria McBride, India McGee, Kristina Moore, Kelly Reynolds, T. Reynolds, Chris Rountree, Paloma Sonzogni, Pearl Steinberg, Lauren Tedesco, Brett Thom, William West, Zhenzhen Xue, Dawei (David) Yin.