Bonnie DeVarco is an interdisciplinary researcher, writer, curator and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar with the Media X Research Network at Stanford University. With an academic background in cultural anthropology, dance ethnology and archives management, she writes and lectures on Design Science, virtual worlds, next generation geographic information systems, information visualization and the culture of cyberspace. As an early pioneer of virtual worlds, she developed VLearn3D, one of the first international hubs for educators, and spearheaded the development of numerous virtual education environments in the past 12 years. She helped initiate virtual high school programs that serve college bound students throughout California through the UC College Prep Program (UCCP) and the BorderLink Project’s LinkWorld.
She currently serves on a variety of advisory boards, including the founding boards of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Prize and Places & Spaces - Mapping Science International Exhibition series. She served as archivist for the Buckminster Fuller collection from 1989-1995 and continues to work with the Fuller Collection at Stanford University. She is completing a book on Fuller titled Invisible Architecture II, is currently co-authoring Shape of Thought on the history and evolution of visual language with Eileen Clegg and is co-editing a book on Ludic Cartographies with Stanford University’s Humanities Lab. http://scaleindependentthought.typepad.com