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Jeff Sale
"Lines Composed A Few Miles Above the Center for Really Neat Research..."

Brief Biographical Sketch

Jeff received a B.S. in Physics with an emphasis in condensed matter from San Diego State University. After graduation, Jeff did two years of graduate research in neurophysiology as a student at Loma Linda University and was a research assistant at the Parkinson's Research Center (PRC), Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Tosk in the research wing of Dr. Ross Adey. Jeff's researched focused on the biophysical basis of Parkinson's Disease and related movement disorders. His research included in vitro cell culture work with dopaminergic neurons, using HPLC to measure dose-response to amphetamine, photoacoustic spectroscopy work on the optical absorption properties of neuromelanin, and chemiluminescent studies of oxidative burst in J774 macrophage cells as a model for microglial cell death.

While a graduate student, Jeff also supported clinical neuroscience research under Dr. A. Douglas Will and alongside Dr. Dave Warner at Loma Linda University Medical Center's Neurology Research Center (NRC). During this time he helped pioneer new ways of integrating and applying virtual reality technologies and data visualization techniques to the clinical setting in areas such as quantitative assessment of movement disorders (Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, ALS), physical rehabilitation (augmentative communication, environmental control), and electrophysiological measurement and analysis of bioelectromagnetic data (EEG, ECG, EMG, MEG). The NRT Lab was the focus of numerous news reports and were included in in the first SAMS publication on Virtual Reality back in 1993.

At the same time, Jeff was also Co-Director of a medical education computer-based learning center where he collaborated with physician/mentors on a wide range of medical education courseware development projects and he was a member of the IMED medication education consortium. This experience led to a change in career direction.

During the next several years, Jeff served as a multimedia consultant for the San Diego State University College of Sciences. Through workshops and online instructional materials He assisted faculty with web-based course delivery and smart classroom presentations.

Jeff then spent five years as Supervisor of the SDSU Education Center on Computational Science and Engineering where I directed work on the incorporation of high-performance computing including modeling, simulations, visualization and data-intensive computing into the undergraduate curriculum.

Jeff currently works full-time as an Learning Design Technologist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the UCSD campus. He works to promote the use of cyberinfrastructure within the K-12 and undergraduate education community through workshops, training, and curriculum development in collaboration with a talented group of co-workers and educators.

Jeff also teaches part time at Cuyamaca College. He has taught Flash Web Animation (GD222), CSS/XHTML (CIS211), JavaScript (CIS215), and PHP/MySQL Dynamic Web Apps (CIS219).

Jeff has a Master's Degree in Learning Design Technology from the SDSU Online Education Technology Master's Program. He has extensive experience in education courseware development with emphasis on challenging concepts in science. He has published and presented work in visualization of electrophyisological data, virtual reality technologies applied to neurorehabilitation, distributed medical intelligence, and instructional design of CD-ROM video-based case studies for pre-service teachers in math and science education. His CV is available on request.

Jeff enjoys hiking, biking (road and mountain), all kinds of art, gardening/composting, all things 3D, and above all else, life-long learning.

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