For release: October 19, 2009
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The University of Memphis has appointed Dr. Danielle S. McNamara as director of the
Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS). She replaces Dr. Art Graesser and Dr. Stan
Franklin, who led the Institute for 24 years. They will continue their teaching and
Dr. Danielle S. McNamara
A professor of psychology at the U of M, McNamara has published more than 150 papers
and brought in more than $8 million in project funding since she joined the U of M
Her work involves the theoretical study of cognitive processes as well as the application
of cognitive principles to educational practice. She serves as associate editor for
three top journals in the field and has served on numerous society governing boards,
funding agency review panels, and editorial boards. Her academic background includes
a B.A. degree in linguistics from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in clinical
psychology from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. degree in cognitive psychology
from the University of Colorado.
The IIS is an interdisciplinary enterprise comprising researchers and students from
the fields of computer science, mathematics, cognitive psychology, physics, neuroscience,
education, linguistics, English, philosophy, engineering, and business. The Tennessee
Board of Regents recognized the success of the IIS with its prestigious Academic Excellence
Award in 2007.
Under the leadership of Graesser and Franklin, IIS faculty have given thousands of
conference and workshop presentations and garnered more than $40 million in external
funding over the past two decades. More than 150 postdoctoral fellows, graduate students
and undergraduate students have been trained and funded on these grants.