April Edwards

April Edwards (formerly Kontostathis) earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Lehigh University, as well as MA an BA in mathematics. Dr. Edwards is currently holds a position as Professor of Cyber Science at the US Naval Academy. Dr. Edwards is an expert in machine learning technologies related to the analysis of textual data, and has co-authored written numerous articles that describe methods for determining the most critical values in the reduced dimensionality matrix, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI). She has also authored many articles on using machine learning techniques to detect cyber predation and cyber bullying. Dr. Edwards began her academic career as a professor at Ursinus College and has served as department chair, associate dean, and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean of the College at Ursinus. She also served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Elmhurst College. Dr. Edwards has served as PI or co-PI for grants in excess of $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation.

Before returning to academia, April worked for 13 years for Electronic Data Systems (EDS), where she specialized in project management and database design and administration.

Lynne Edwards

Lynne Edwards is a Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Annenberg School of Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Edwards is the author of several publications, including “Victims, Villains, and Vixens: Teen girls and Internet Crime” in Girl Wide Web: Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity. Sharon Mazzarella, editor. (Peter Lang Publishing, 2005), “Black Like Me: Value Commitment and Television Viewing Preferences of U.S. Black Teenage Girls in Black Marks: Minority Ethnic Audiences and Media" (Ashgate, 2001), “Choices and Voices: Deciding Between Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies.” in Communication Impact: Designing Research That Matters. Susanna Hornig Priest, editor. Lanham: (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), and “Slaying in Black and White: Kendra as Tragic Mulatta in Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in Fighting the Forces: Essays on the Meaning of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). Dr. Edwards co-edited a volume about the final two seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television (McFarland Publishers, 2008).