Dr. Liu is the Director for Virtual Medical Environments at the National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center (SimCen). He is involved in defining the SimCen’s strategic research goals, and directing the development of the SimCen’s computer-based medical training systems. Dr. Liu is the principal developer of the center's pericardioentesis and diagnostic peritoneal lavage simulators. They are the world’s first computer-based trainers for these procedures. These simulators were used in the nation’s first Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course conducted without animals or cadavers. Dr. Liu is also the principal architect for the center's cricothyroidotomy simulator. Dr. Liu has conducted numerous tutorials and workshops on medical simulation, including tutorials and workshops at MICCAI 2003, HICSS 2003, IEEE CBMS 2006, and MMVR 2002-2007. He was an invited speaker at the 2002 United States Medicine Institute for Health Studies forum on Computers, Robots, and Cyberspace in Washington D.C. Dr. Liu’s current research focus includes the development of the SimCen's WAVE, a 1000 sq. ft. total immersion virtual environment for mass casualty training, with applications in military medical readiness, and homeland defense.
Dr. Claudia Johnston has served as the Associate Vice President for Special Projects at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi since September 2004. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Texas at Austin and holds degrees from Central Texas College (AAS), the University of Texas at Arlington (BSN) and the University of Texas at Austin (MSN).
Prior to accepting the Special Projects role, Dr. Johnston served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean for the College of Science & Technology and the Coordinator of the Graduate Programs for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She holds the rank of Professor in the College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Clinical Associate Faculty in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
Her current focus is establishing the Virtual Learning Space Project with funding from the Office of Naval Research in the Department of the Navy to lead the design and creation for Pulse!!–A Virtual Clinical Learning Laboratory Program.
Dr. Johnston is a Fellow in the inaugural class of the Executive Nurse Fellowships for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her awards and honors include recognition for excellence in leadership and research as well as special acknowledgment by women’s groups for her work focused on breaking barriers for women in leadership arenas. She serves on the Board of the South Texas Public Broadcasting Corporation and in her service as a Board Member for the Lone Star Education and Research Network, she is involved in constructing the next generation of optical networking for the State of Texas.
In her professional career, Dr. Johnston has been called upon to provide briefings about the composition, capacity and reformulation of the delivery of education, with an emphasis on the role of technology, in the health professions for members of the United States Congress (both House and Senate), the Department of Defense and the command staff of the United States Air Force, Army and Navy.
Nate Smith is the co-founder and CEO of SilverTree Media, a software media company located in Pittsburgh, PA and creator of Rapid Response Simô a networked 3d simulator dedicated to improving communication in hospital code situations. Prior to starting SilverTree, Nate worked in entertainment, banking and consulting. His latest role was for Warner Brothers International Television as a business development executive for Asia-Pacific in Sydney, Australia. He has also worked for Merrill Lynch in institutional fixed income sales and trading as well as for Ernst & Young in their information systems consulting department. In addition to studying at Hertford College at Oxford University, Nate has a Bachelors degree from the University of Rochester in Political Science and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).
Dr. Bowyer is the Surgical Director of the National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery, and the Chief, Division of Trauma and Combat Surgery at the Uniformed Services University. He is board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and actively practices trauma surgery at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Bowyer is the current Chair (Air Force), American College of Surgeons Military Region Committee on Trauma. He has been on the forefront of adopting the use of surgical simulators as a replacement for animals in the teaching of the Advanced Trauma Life Support course. Dr. Bowyer has been involved in the teaching of medical students and residents since 1990. He is integrally involved in developing simulation based curriculum for medical students starting their surgical rotation. Dr. Bowyer has an ongoing interest and involvement in developing and validating robust trauma, laparoscopic, triage, and critical care based simulators.
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