Dr. Robert M. Panoff is founder and Executive Director of The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc., and has been a consultant at several national laboratories. He is also a frequent presenter at NSF- sponsored workshops on visualization, supercomputing, and networking, and continues to serve as consultant for the education program at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the advisory panel for Applications of Advanced Technology program at NSF. Dr. Panoff received his M.A. and Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Washington University in St. Louis, undertaking both pre- and postdoctoral work at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.
Dr. Panoff will engage in a discussion on "Search and Research: Inquiry as a Lifestyle." Research is the heart and soul of the human endeavor to learn while creating new knowledge. Lest we allow our lives to be compartmentalized, the habits of mind that one can master in a research experience can and ought to carry over to all aspects of our lives. Highlighting the role of pattern recognition and characterization, along with new forms of visualization, we will leverage the example of computational thinking to highlight the process of science from expectation to observation to reflection. In so doing, we will better understand the power of inquiry, the excitement of discovery, and the joy of learning.
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