2015 Rose Award Winners: Larry Gallery & Rob Semper
Larry Gallery, Manager, Membership Development, NYSERNet
Larry Gallery is the manager of membership development for NYSERNet, a non-profit organization that operates New York’s statewide research and education (R&E) network. In this role, he works with K-12 schools, higher education institutions, hospitals, museums, libraries and other non-profit organizations to deliver access to R&E networks, including Internet2.
As a leader within Internet2’s K-20 Initiative Advisory Committee since 2007, Gallery has demonstrated a tireless dedication to furthering creative uses of Internet2 connectivity in both formal and informal educational settings. As an example, he has spearheaded several collaborative projects allowing students from around the world to interact, debate and learn from each other via advanced network-enabled videoconferencing.
Gallery received his undergraduate degree from Utica College of Syracuse University and completed his graduate work at the University at Albany. In addition to NYSERNet, he is an international management consultant to global organizations. He is a former adjunct member of The Sage Colleges Math and Computer Sciences Department and guest lecturer for The University at Albany’s Communications Department. Gallery also has extensive experience securing extramural funding for technology initiatives.
Rob Semper, Associate Director and Director of Laboratory, Exploratorium
Rob Semper is the associate executive director and director of laboratory at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. His current areas of responsibility include the museum’s science and art development, public understanding of research activities and creative application development, as well as oversight for the museum experience. Throughout his career, Dr. Semper has developed effective partnerships with numerous scientific, research and cultural institutions that demonstrate the power of ultra-high-bandwidth networks to enable innovative science education opportunities and artistic expression. His dynamic leadership continues to inspire colleagues in museums and cultural organizations around the world.
Semper is the author of many journal articles and invited papers, and he has been the principal investigator on projects that include developing new Internet resources, experiments using technology to enhance the museum visitor experience, and programs for teachers and museum educators. He was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2006 and received the National Science Teachers Association’s Faraday Science Communicator Award the same year. Before joining the Exploratorium in 1977, Semper taught physics and conducted solid state and nuclear physics research. He received his Ph.D. in solid state physics from the Johns Hopkins University.