Miriam Forman-Brunell is Professor of History at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. She has contributed to numerous journals, edited volumes, and encyclopedias and lectured internationally on topics in children's history. She is author of Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of American Girlhood, 1830–1890, general editor of Girlhood in America: An Encyclopedia, and coeditor of a forthcoming twovolume reader on girls' history and culture. Her latest book, a history of storytelling, is scheduled for publication in 2009. Julie Eaton is a graduate student at Ohio State University, where she is comparing classic and contemporary princess literature and examining the impact of the retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale on girls today. She has presented at a number of conferences.
Julie Sarama is Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction and Douglas H. Clements is Distinguished Professor of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. Sarama has taught at every level from kindergarten to university, and Clements is a member of the president's National Math Advisory Panel. Both are widely published authors of books and articles, and they have received numerous large research grants for such projects as Building Blocks-Foundations for Mathematical Thinking, Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2: Research-based Materials Development, funded by the National Science Foundation, and Scaling up TRIAD: Teaching Early Mathematics for Understanding with Trajectories and Technologies, funded by the federal Interagency Educational Research Institute. The latter project, supported by an award of $6 million, is a national study of the authors' integrated early childhood mathematics curriculum and professional development innovations.
Jacob Sattelmair is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and one of the first three recipients of fellowships from the school's $5 million Donald and Sue Pritzker Nutrition and Fitness Initiative. Previously, Sattelmair studied the science and medicine of athletic performance at the University of Oxford in England. John J. Ratey is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His numerous publications include Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain and A User's Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain, plus cowritten works such as Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder. In 2006 Ratey received the Excellence in Advocacy award from the nonprofit group PE4Life in recognition of his efforts supporting the adoption of regular, aerobic-based physical education.
Dorothy G. Singer is Senior Research Scientist and Jerome L. Singer is Professor Emeritus of in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, where they are codirectors of the Family Television Research and Consultation Center. Dorothy G. Singer's research areas are early childhood development, effects of television on youth, and parent training in imaginative play. Jerome L. Singer is a specialist in the psychology of imagination and daydreaming. Their joint publications include Handbook of Children and the Media; Make-Believe Games and Activities for Imaginative Play: A Book for Parents, Teachers, and the Young Children in Their Lives; and Imagination and Play in the Electronic Age. Each of the Singers has also written, cowritten, and coedited numerous other works, among which are: Imagery in Psychotherapy; Play=Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth; and A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence. Heidi D'Agostino is a marketing specialist and Senior Vice President at StrategyOne, a New York–based market research and communications firm, where she leads its global research and white paper practice, including managing research engagement with scholars and industry. Raeka DeLong, formerly a senior account supervisor at StrategyOne, is currently a senior manager for national and international branding, attitudinal, and behavioral studies at the Nielsen Company.