Bruce is the founder and current executive director of the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute in Santa Barbara. He is a PI on an NIH project; working with the Mayo Clinic to bring medical scanning visualization tools into the classroom. He is the project manager for DigitalOcean, an emerging social networking/social media software platform for science. He is also the project director on Sampling the Sea, a MacArthur Foundation funded Digital Media and Learning effort based at UC Santa Barbara. He is leading a public awareness action in Santa Barbara, lightblueline.org, which proposes to paint the seven-meter elevation contour on that city's streets, to mark the vulnerability the community faces due to human induced climate change. He was the PI on a NASA ACCESS project, the Data and Information Application Layer (DIAL), which used forefront technology to bridge between commercial off the shelf data access/visualization software and multimedia authoring software. In 2010 he was awarded the Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award from the ESIP Federation. He recently finished a novel, Junana, which outlines an alternative present, where the promise of educational gaming turns the world on its head as hundreds of millions of teenagers know more than their parents, teachers, and the marketplace.
Bruce was trained as a social anthropologist and an urban cultural geographer. He is skilled in a variety of multimedia authoring tools, and completed the first multimedia dissertation at UC Santa Barbara. Through the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute, he is realizing the goal of bringing new tools and skills to the public to help democratize the technological advantages of the digital revolution. Bruce has a wide-ranging academic background in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and has been active for several years in issues of digital libraries, the use of multimedia in education, and the theory of digital media. Bruce has taught at colleges and universities in Japan, and at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California and has served as the president of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners, the chair of the DLESE Data Access Working Group, on user working group for SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center) at Columbia University, and as an elected member of the National Science Digital Library Policy Committee.
Helped create bridge between research data access and educational application authoring: In 1999, Dr. Caron was the PI on an NSF sponsored project that created the first plug-in to Macromedia Director to access runtime code from a research-level data access/visualization software product (IDL). This project created a fundamental technology model for COTS software use in education. He is currently working to build similar technologies for GIS and engineering applications.
Helped to build the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners. Dr. Caron was one of the architects of the governance for this organization (http://esipfed.org) and led the working groups that created the commercial development committee and the Foundation for Earth Science, of which he is a founder, and was the first Chairman. He also was elected as President in 2001.
Authored the first multimedia disseration at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Caron developed the first multimedia dissertation submitted at UC Santa Barbara in 1997. Combining text, video, and audio, the work was extensively hypertextual, demonstrating how a digital text might explore the connections between theory and observation in a novel manner. This work has been redone as an interactive web-book entitled Community, Democracy, and Performance: <http://junana.com/CDP/corpus/>
Classification of treated wood using Fourier transform near infrared spectroscopy and multivariate data analysis