About the Keynotes

Dr. Robert K. Greenleaf

Dr. Robert K. Greenleaf is a former professional development specialist at the Education Alliance at Brown University. Dr. Greenleaf has two decades of experience in public education ranging from teaching to serving as superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent of schools, elementary school principal, teaching principal, and special education assistant. His work and travel ranges across levels K-college. Topics include brain-based classroom applications for memory and recall, bi-modal memory formation, formative assessment, as well as areas on relationships and behavior. Dr. Greenleaf has authored eight instructional books on brain, learning and behavior. He earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Southern Maine and his Doctorate at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Rex Jung

Dr. Rex Jung is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, a research scientist at the Mind Research Network, and a practicing clinical neuropsychologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He studies both brain disease and what the brain does well—a field of research known as "positive neuroscience." His research is designed to relate behavioral measures, including intelligence, personality, and creativity, to brain function and structure in healthy, neurological, and psychiatric subjects. He has published research articles across a wide range of disciplines, including traumatic brain injury, lupus, schizophrenia, intelligence, and creativity. His body of work can be found at www.rexjung.com

Meredith Davis

Meredith Davis is Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Graphic and Industrial Design in the College of Design at North Carolina State University. Meredith holds an MFA in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BS and MEd degrees in education from Penn State University. Meredith currently supervises doctoral research, teaches master’s courses in design and design education, and teaches undergraduate courses in design and design theory. Her research explores the use of design in achieving the goals of educational reform in K-12 schools and the relationship between design and learning. Meredith is the AIGA representative to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and a former member of its Accreditation Commission.

Doris Wells-Papanek, MEd

Doris Wells-Papanek, MEd is the founder and executive director of the Design Learning Network, which fosters the K-12 design learning process through individual members as well as international partners and organizations. Anchored in an action research, human-centered, and sustainable approach, the aim of the network’s efforts is to mindfully enhance educational experiences for all educators and students involved. 

As principal of Tailored Learning Tools, Doris consults with companies and learning organizations to develop change strategies, conduct human-centered action research studies, and design and implement program evaluations. As partner of Greenleaf Papanek Publications, Doris and her partner, Dr. Robert Greenleaf, produce books that blend the best of educational practices with what the cognitive neuroscience and psychology literature has to offer to date. 

For more than twenty years, Doris worked for and collaborated with companies such as Xerox, Apple, Lotus, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, Philips, and Intuit where she designed interfaces, managed creative groups, and led technical teams. Wells-Papanek holds a master's in curriculum and instruction design with a focus on action research from National Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in product and environmental design from the Kansas City Art Institute & School of Design.