Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

franapl@jmu.edu

Contact Info

EDUCATION
Postdoc University of Minnesota
Ph.D. Iowa State University
M.A. Iowa State University
B.A. Wartburg College 

RESEARCH
Past, present, and future of artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, and computational creativity. 

TEACHING
Life Among the Robots; The Artificial Other; Minds, Machines, and Meaning; Creativity, Innovation, and Human Fulfillment; Interdisciplinary and Independent Scholarship; Teaching Honors for TAs. 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
“Telematics and the Early History of International Digital Information Flows,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 40.2 (April-June 2018): 32-47.
“Best Practices in Two-Year to Four-Year Honors Transfers,” Honors in Practice 13 (2017): 9-20

RECENT PRESENTATIONS
“Why Are They Spiritual Machines? AI and Religion,” Museum of Science Fiction Escape Velocity Conference, National Harbor, MD, May 27, 2018.
“How Not to Create a Renegade Computer,” Museum of Science Fiction Escape Velocity Conference, National Harbor, MD, May 27, 2018.
“Gender Diversity in Honors Recruitment and Retention,” with Matthew Reed, Patrice Splan, Nina Schenk, Cynthia Zastudil, Lauren Palmieri, Matthew Best, and Jared Diener, Southern Regional Honors Council, Arlington, VA, April 6, 2018.  
“How Assessment Suggested a Change of Focus for James Madison University’s Independent Scholars Program,” Individualized Major Program Conference, Durham, NC, April 5, 2018.
Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Invited Lecture: “AI and Cognitive Computing: How Close Are We to Building the HAL 9000 Computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey?” Washington, DC, February 22, 2018.
“Social Media for Scholarship and Academic Twitter,” JMU CFI January Symposium, January 4, 2018.
“Best Practices in Two-Year to Four-Year Honors Transfers,” National Collegiate Honors Council, Atlanta, GA, November 11, 2017.
“A Second Chance at a First Shot: Collapse, Rebound, and Recovery in Honors College Building,” National Collegiate Honors Council, Atlanta, GA, November 10, 2017.
“From Science Fiction to Science Fact,” JMU MADTalk, October 3, 2017.
“Science Fiction as Science?” Museum of Science Fiction Escape Velocity Conference, Washington, DC, September 3, 2017.
“The (Virtually) Real Economy,” Museum of Science Fiction Escape Velocity Conference, Washington, DC, September 1, 2017.
“Dematerialization and Post-Scarcity,” Museum of Science Fiction Escape Velocity Conference, Washington, DC, September 1, 2017.
“The Science and Science Fiction of Matter Duplicators,” Museum of Science Fiction Escape Velocity Conference, Washington, DC, September 1, 2017. 

SERVICE
National Collegiate Honors Council Conference Planning Committee
NCHC Diversity Committee
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council (JNCHC) Editorial Board
Vice President, Virginias Collegiate Honors Council
Advisory Board & Programming Head, Museum of Science Fiction/Escape Velocity 

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pfrana/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ArtificialOther

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