James Mason Bower (born February 17, 1954 in Northampton, Massachusetts , USA) is an American neuroscientist and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Numedeon Inc., creator of the Whyville .net educational virtual world. He graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York attending Antioch College and Montana State University as an undergraduate and then received his PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison , US in 1982. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Rodolfo Llinas atNYU School of Medicine and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole , Mass. And then took a faculty position at the California Institute of Technology where he was promoted to Professor of Computational Neuroscience . From 2002 to 2014 he held the position of Professor of Computational Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Texas at San Antonio Since 1999, Bower has been CEO and Chairman of the Board of Numedeon Inc., founders of Whyville.net Whyville . In 2015 Bower founded and became the CEO of Virtual Worlds IP Inc., based inAshland, Oregon .

Scientific Research

His research is focused on the structure / function of cortical structures in the mammalian brain, both with the olfactory system , and the cerebellum . [1] His laboratory uses a wide range of experimental and model based techniques and has the use of realistic modeling techniques in computational neuroscience . [2] Bower’s educators are now found in scientific institutions around the world [3]

Scientific Infrastructure

He has also been involved in numerous science infrastructure efforts, including establishing and maintaining the GENESIS (software) simulation system. He has also been involved in a number of conferences and meetings, including in 1987 co-founding the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), founding and directing for its first 5 years in the Computational Neuroscience Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory. in Woods Hole , MA., [4] starting the European Union’s Methods in Computational Neuroscience Course, and also helping to organize the first Latin American Course for Computational Neuroscience (LASCON). He was also one of the founding editors of the Journal ofComputational Neuroscience , and the Annual International Meeting in Computational Neuroscience, which he directed from 1991 to 2001 and again in 2010. [5]

Efforts in Education

Bower has been involved in educational reform efforts since he was President of the Teen League of Rochester (NY) as a high school student from 1970 – 1971. While at Caltech, he was founded and directed the Caltech Precollege Science Initiative (CAPSI). He has been a member of numerous national advisory groups on education, including within the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science , the National Science Foundation and the Society for Neuroscience . He is regarded as one of the leading innovators in online game based learning and education. [6] [7] [8]He is also one of the founders of Whyville.net, one of the leading innovators in online learning. [9]

Business efforts

Bower is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Numedeon Inc . A company founded in 1998 to develop educationally related virtual worlds . The company’s flagship effort, Whyville .net is now one of the largest education sites for young adults on the World Wide Web, with a player base of more than 7 million in 2006. [10] Whyville has been particularly successful in attracting young teens. [11] Whyville is a leader in the field of innovation in game-based learning design [12] [13] Whyville has been active for many years. careers.[14] In 2015, he was founded and became CEO of Virtual Worlds IP Inc. [15]

Publications

  • The Book of GENESIS: Exploring Realistic Neural Models with the GEneral NEural SImulation System , Springer Verlag , (1998), ISBN 978-0-387-94938-3
  • Computational Modeling of Genetic and Biochemical Networks , MIT Press , (2004), ISBN 978-0-262-52423-0
  • “Rethinking the Lesser Brain”, Scientific American , August 2003.
  • 20 Years of Computational Neuroscience , Springer , (2013), ISBN 978-1461414230

References

  1. Jump up^ “Purkinje cell model” . YouTube Video . 2007-12-25 . Retrieved 2007-12-25 .
  2. Jump up^ “Who’s News: Renowned James Bower Computational Neurobiologist Joins Research Imaging Center” . The News . 2002-03-22 . Retrieved 2007-07-06 .
  3. Jump up^ “Bower Academic Lineage” . Neuro-tree . 2013-07-31.
  4. Jump up^ MBL (2013-06-22). “History of the Marine Biological Laboratory” . Methods in Computational Neuroscience Course History .
  5. Jump up^ James M. Bower (2013-06-22). “20 Years of Computational Neuroscience” . 20 Years of Computational Neuroscience .
  6. Jump up^ Connie Yowell (2009-10-01). “Whyville – Video for NRC” . Interview with Connie Yowell, director of education at the MacArthur Foundation . Retrieved 2009-10-01 .
  7. Jump up^ Heather Chaplin (2013-07-09). “Q & A: James Bower on Good Game Design and Learning” . MacArthur Foundation Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning . Retrieved 2013-07-09 .
  8. Jump up^ James M. Bower (2011-11-27). “Whyville and Virtual World Learning” . 140 Conference .
  9. Jump up^ Alda Aki (2015-12-04). WhyVille Whyville Still Inspires . Voice of America .
  10. Jump up^ Cliff Zintgraff (2013-02-06). “THE WHYPOWER PROJECT: CROSSING GAMES TO STANDARDS” . Next Generation Learning Challenges .
  11. Jump up^ Michelle Thaller (2002-08-16). “Whyville: the place girls love to go for science” . The Christian Science Monitor . Retrieved 2002-08-16 .
  12. Jump up^ Heather Chaplin (2013-07-09). “Q & A: James Bower on Good Game Design and Learning” . MacArthur Foundation Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning . Retrieved 2013-07-09 .
  13. Jump up^ Connie Yowell (2009-10-01). “Whyville – Video for NRC” . Interview with Connie Yowell, director of education at the MacArthur Foundation . Retrieved 2009-10-01 .
  14. Jump up^ Alda Aki (2015-12-04). WhyVille Whyville Still Inspires . Voice of America .
  15. Jump up^ “Spherix Announces New Clients in the $ 100B Online Learning Business” . 2017-02-27.