Sarah has a BSc in Biology with Honors, in addition to her Ph.D. in Philosophy. Both her interests and research focus on the intersection of science and ethics. She is currently working on topics such as medical resource allocation, the evolution of the female organism, notions of scientific progress, biological species concepts, and the use of Citizen Science. Sarah teaches classes at SCSU that also emphasize the intersection of science and ethics, such as Bioethics and Philosophy of Science. She has always believed that a balance between the humanities and the sciences is the most comprehensive route to knowledge, and both her pedagogy and research interests mirror that sentiment.
Terry has a BSc in Chemistry with Honors and Distinction. In his Honors Thesis, he derived a complex acid-base algorithm from the laws of thermodynamics using symbolic logic. He has four degrees in Philosophy, including the Ph.D.; and, for many years, he was a member of the Editorial Board of the scholarly journal Science and Engineering Ethics. He has many publications and keynote addresses in the field of Computer Ethics, and he has won all three of the highest awards in that field. He also has publications on artificial intelligence, developmental psychology, the metaphysics of physics (quantum mechanics and entropy), and the history of mathematical logic, His book on Frege’s logical foundation for mathematics is an Oxford University Press Classic (to be published in perpetuity). At Southern, Terry has taught the course “Science and Technology: Triumph or Tragedy” in the Honors College with colleagues in the Biology, Earth Science, and Physics departments. In the Philosophy Department, he has taught an experimental course, “The Ultimate Nature of the Universe”, in which he explored a number of models of the cosmos from ancient Greece to today’s physics.
Matthew is a Professor and the Chair of Physics at Southern Connecticut State University. He received his BS in Chemistry and his MS and Ph.D. in Physics. After completing his Ph.D. at UC Davis, he worked as a post-doctoral research at the University of Waterloo, Ontario for three years. He joined the Physics Department at Southern in 2003. Matthew’s research interests are in theoretical condensed matter physics with a focus on many-body systems and frustrated magnetism. He uses a range of numerical techniques and analytic methods to study complex phases of matter that arise in select parameter regimes of strongly correlated models. The motivation for his research is derived from observed phenomena in material systems and a curiosity in purely theoretical questions. Matthew’s research has been published in leading journals such as Physical Review Letters and Physical Review B. At Southern he has taught a wide range of physics courses at the undergraduate and masters levels
Computer Science Department
As Professor and Chairperson of the Computer Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Lisa leads 12 full-time faculty in their offering of two undergraduate majors and a Master’s degree with specializations in Software Development and Cybersecurity. For the past 20 years, Lisa has taught a range of courses in both the undergraduate and graduate curricula which include: CS1, CS2, Data Structures, Digital Systems, Software Engineering, Advanced Software Engineering, Computer Graphics, Information Security, Web Security and Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking. Lisa is passionate about Computer Science Education and in trying new technologies and pedagogical techniques in the classroom. Lisa’s primary area of interest is in Cybersecurity and exploring the Dark Web and its technologies as well as research in continuous user authentication on mobile devices. Lisa is currently one of SCSU’s Executive Champion for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Pacesetter’s program which is committed to significantly increasing the number of women in computing at SCSU over the next two years.
Heidi Howkins Lockwood is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University and a key member of the Women’s Studies program. Heidi’s research interests lie at the intersection of logic, metaphysics, mathematics, and epistemology; she has developed a proof for a new fixed point theorem that is prompting philosophers and logicians to rethink the criteria for proof in formal systems, and is currently working on the question of whether mapping or representation – and in particular the representation or mirroring of information via quantum entanglement – can provide an objection to arguments for the existence of spatiotemporal regions that are in principle inaccessible or ineffable. Heidi was co-chair of the 22nd annual Women’s Studies conference at Southern, “#FeministIn(ter)ventions: Women, Community, Technology,” which explored how women and girls use technology and participate in technology-dependent fields, and looked at the ways in which issues and barriers to participation intersect with studies of gender, race, class, and sexuality. She teaches hybrid and online courses at Southern. Among her contributions are a popular new philosophy course titled “Death and the Meaning of Life,” an online graduate-level course titled “Feminist Pedagogy,” and a frequently requested special topics course in advanced formal logic.
Krystyna Górniak -Kocikowska is a Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University, and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University. She has an MA in German Philology and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, as well as an MA and an ABD in Religious Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her main interest in the area of emerging and converging sciences and technologies is the global impact they have on social justice issues, and how they change the economy (especially the knowledge economy) and social life. Since 1995, Dr. Górniak-Kocikowska has presented regularly papers on the abovementioned topics at international conferences on Computer Ethics – ETHICOMP and others; and she has published articles in this field in the USA and in Poland. She co-edited (with Andrzej Kocikowski and Terrell Ward Bynum) a collection of “milestone” papers on Computer Ethics translated from English into Polish, Wprowadzenie do etyki informatycznej (Introduction to Information Ethics). Most recently (2015), she presented a paper on Chinese Philosophy and computer ethics at an international conference in Hong-Kong; and she was invited to contribute a chapter Education of Computer Scientists in the era of emerging and converging sciences and technologies to a book
to be published in Polish. She teaches occasionally Computer Ethics at SCSU. Dr. Górniak-Kocikowska is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society.