Executive Board

Margaret M. Clements, M.S., Ph.D.


Margaret Clements, founder of the Center for Knowledge Diffusion, incorporates her research interests on innovation, mentoring, and opportunity with her international experiences in human resources management and development. Dr. Clements has conducted large-scale studies on academic patenting and innovation, mentoring and the doctorate, master teachers and the development of world-class talent, and various aspects of social stratification and mobility. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Honors English. After living and working in Italy for more than eight years, she returned to Indiana University to pursue her doctorate in Education Policy Studies and Higher Education Administration. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Jerry Horner, M.Mus

Professor Emeritus of Music, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jerry Horner holds the legacy as the longest serving violist of the Fine Arts Quartet, one of the most distinguished ensembles in chamber music today. Throughout his career, he enjoyed a distinguished international performance career and an extensive recording legacy. Prior to joining the Fine Arts Quartet in 1980, he was the violist of the Vermeer, Claremont and Berkshire quartets. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in the major musical centers of North America, Europe and Asia, collaborating with many of the outstanding chamber musicians and soloists of our time. Additionally, Prof. Horner held principal violist positions in the Pittsburgh and Dallas Symphonies and appeared as soloist more than fifty times with these and other orchestras. His teaching positions have included Professorships at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Indiana University, Bloomington, Northern Illinois University, The North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Prof. Horner was involved in the founding of two not-for profit organizations that teach stringed instruments to children, including inner-city youth. Now retired, Jerry Horner retains the honor of Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and devotes himself to performing, teaching viola and chamber music, giving master classes and coaching promising young musicians throughout the world. Currently he resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

John Kennedy, M.A., Ph.D.

Director Emeritus, Indiana University Center for Survey Research

John M. Kennedy was director of the Indiana University Center for Survey Research from 1987 through 2011. He was also an adjunct professor of sociology. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University in 1986. His undergraduate degree in sociology was earned at the University of Maryland. His professional career includes positions as a statistician in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Housing Division of the U.S. Census Bureau and as assistant professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Hartford. He is the Past President of the Society for Applied Sociology. He had one-year appointment as Visiting Sociologist at the American Sociological Association in Washington, DC. Dr. Kennedy's areas of expertise include survey research methods, demography, and applied sociology. He was involved in the Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Project from 1989 through 1998 and director the data collection for the National Survey of Student Engagement from 1999 through 2011. He served as chair of the Indiana University Bloomington Human Subjects Committee. He is the founding editor of a new publication on survey methods sponsored by the American Association for Public Opinion Research. His vita is available here.

Frank K. Lester, Jr., M.S., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education and Cognitive Science, Indiana University

Honored by his peers and colleagues, Frank Lester, was appointed to the distinguished rank of Chancellor's Professor at Indiana University in 2006. Additionally, he holds the lifetime title of the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair in Teacher Education in recognition of his commitment to the profession of teaching. Dr. Lester has served as the PI or Co-PI on numerous National Science Foundation funded research projects. In addition, he has served on the editorial boards of various high-impact national and international journals. He was the first recipient of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators for Excellence in Scholarship, and he was honored for his Lifetime Achievement through an Award by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In 2008 he was honored with an honorary doctorate by Abo Akademi in Finland for contributions to mathematics education in the Nordic countries. Dr. Lester joined the faculty at Indiana University in 1972 upon completion of his Ph.D. in mathematics education at the Ohio State University. He has held multiple international fellowships. His primary research interests lie in the areas of mathematical problem solving, metacognition, and the assessment of higher-order thinking.

Mark S. Long, M.S.

CEO, Long Performance Advisors, LLC

Mark Long is the President of Long Performance Advisors, LLC, a consulting company focused on accelerating efforts in incubation, technology transfer, sales, marketing, business creation, and economic development. Prof. Long is also currently a visiting faculty in Entrepreneurship and Management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Prof. Long is the former President and CEO of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC), which owns and operates the Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center (IUETC), a life sciences incubator. In those positions, Prof. Long facilitated Indiana University/Industry research and technology collaborations and oversaw the business incubation and development of new companies for the economic growth of the state of Indiana. In addition, Mark Long served 2 years as President and CEO of the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute, a cancer treatment facility located at the cyclotron facility at Indiana University. Prof. Long was the former Director of Technical Operations at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was responsible for business development activities in biomedical sciences, including marketing inventions, promoting licensure of discoveries, evaluating patentability, and promoting University/Industry collaborative research projects for the clinical and biotechnology industries. Mark. Long holds a Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Florida State University.

John R. Thelin, M.A., Ph.D.

Research Professor, University of Kentucky

John Thelin is widely celebrated as one of the most distinguished historians of higher education and public policy of our time. Bringing historical writing and research to contemporary discussions about significant, enduring higher education issues, his authoritative book, A History of American Higher Education, was published in November 2011. As a research scholar, he has received multiple awards, grants, and honors. His excellence in research has been heralded by his peers and colleagues on multiple occasions. In April 2007, the American Educational Research Association conferred on him the Exemplary Research Award. In November 2011 Dr. Thelin received the Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). In addition, he has received multiple awards for his excellence in teaching. He is author of six books also writes articles, book reviews and reviews manuscripts for prestigious scholarly journals. Dr. Thelin has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation, to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and has been a member of Washington D.C.'s American Enterprise Institute's higher education working group since 2006. A 1969 alumnus of Brown University, John concentrated in European History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an M.A. in American History and a Ph.D. in the History of Education and was a Regents Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he has served as an advisor and reviewer in collaboration with the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Advisory Board

Elisha Allgood

Interaction Designer, HUGE

Elisha Allgood is an Interaction Designer at Huge—a New York City digital design firm.  Mrs. Allgood earned her Master of Science degree in Human Computer Interaction Design from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. Allgood specializes in contextual inquiry and has extensive experience as a senior graphic and interface designer with the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, Indiana University. She designed many of the images and nearly 1,000 layout mockups for the Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know (MIT Press), the pioneering book introducing the science and visual display of quantitative information in the new geography of science mapmaking. She also designed and curated Places & Space, a museum exhibition including 60+ maps, interactive light overlays, and hands-on science maps. She will produce the graphical outputs, including our science of science maps.

Pete Caruso

Senior Staff Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Pete Caruso is recognized as a technical leader in Aerospace Industry with more than 25 years of experience in structural risk analysis, applied fracture mechanics, and durability and damage tolerance certification. Pete has conducted design and testing on numerous Aerospace systems and developed novel methods to certify the safety of advanced material processes. Pete is a Senior Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and is responsible for providing technical leadership to manage and track the health of the F-22 Raptor. Pete has a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University.

Gemma Halton

Public Health Major, Indiana University

Gemma Halton is a senior majoring in Public Health and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She aspires to make transformative differences in the lives of others by mentoring, counseling, and engaging in developmental activities that culminate in the fulfillment of human potential.  In pursuit of this goal, she has recently been recognized as a peer mentor and leader in the FASE mentoring program that provides academic and social support services to underserved students. She collaborates with faculty in delivering student development services to students from diverse backgrounds.  In addition, she is researching inventor-protégé relationships an NSF funded project with Dr. Margaret Clements on knowledge diffusion.  She is also a certified peer health educator through planned parenthood and volunteers as an advocate in sexual health education. She looks forward to graduating and applying the leadership skills she has developed to improve health and wellness in her community.

Karen White

Research Developer/Commercialization Facilitator, IUPUI

Karen White is a Research Developer & Commercialization Facilitator at Indianapolis University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In this role, she serves as a champion and advisor to potential “inventors” at IUPUI, and focuses internally on growing the campus’s research capacity and serving as a direct advisor to faculty wishing to pursue commercial opportunities.  She serves the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she is responsible for faculty support in the areas of Research Development and Commercialization. Her focus is on growing the campus’s research capacity, and providing advice or support services to faculty wishing to pursue commercial opportunities arising from their research. Her specialties are:  Technology transfer, Intellectual property and licensing, Copyright licensing.