James Bower, PhD
James M. Bower Ph.D. is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Visionary Officer of Numedeon Inc. which in 1999 launched Whyville.net as a tween learning environment and one of the Internet’s first virtual worlds. Whyville.net currently has more than 7 million registered users who spend on average over 35 minutes on the site per login. Whyville has worked with a wide range of partners to influence and engage tweens including Dell, Scion (Toyota), The Getty Museum, the Field Museum, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Disney. Whyville remains focused on ‘blending’ virtual and real lives. Dr. Bower is also a computational neurobiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (bower-lab.org) and has served on education and technology advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

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