2018 Recipients

Anastasia Biggs

Anastasia Biggs

Capella University, Minneapolis, USA

Anastasia Biggs is a PhD Candidate at the School of Business and Technology at Capella University, where she is a Flex Path Tutor for Master of Science student’s in Global Network Policy, Regulation, and Governance, and Electronic Health Records classes. She completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Information Systems from the University of Colorado in 1999, followed by her Masters of Science in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Anastasia’s doctoral work focuses on mobile technology as an employee training tool with an emphasis on corporate training. She presented her research on “The lack of Adoption of Mobile Technology as an Employee Training Tool” at the Social Sciences Conference and Research Network 2017 as a virtual lightning presenter.mShe is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Bentley University in Waltham, MA, and additionally, Adjunct Faculty at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University since 2016 focusing on Skype, Bring Your Own Device and Online Information Technology classes.

​Renalyn J. Valdez

​Renalyn J. Valdez

Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila, Philippines

Renalyn J. Valdez is an associate professor at Lyceum of the Philippines University, Intramuros and was Chair of the Mass Communication, Journalism, and Multimedia Arts Department from 2005- 2015. She is completing her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Communication at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE) from 2009- 2011 and of Asian Congress for Media and Communication (ACMC) from 2011- 2013. Some of her published works include, “The Integration of Mac Laboratory in the AB Mass Communication and AB Journalism Programs at the Lyceum of the Philippines University”, “A Television Portrait of Overseas Filipino Workers”, and “The Study of Mining as Negotiated by Selected Baguio Residents through Culture and Media Exposure”.

Cassandra Rivais

Cassandra Rivais

Albany Medical College, New York, USA

Cassandra Rivais, JD, MS, is a Senior Clinical Ethics Fellow at the Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI) at Albany Medical College. She is also an Adjunct faculty member of Maria College where she teaches healthcare ethics and health law. She also works Of-Counsel for Sholes & Miller, LLP doing medical malpractice defense. She earned her J.D. at Albany Law School and M.S. in Bioethics from AMBI, and prior to that she received her B.A.in English with honors and minors in Political Science and Biology from University at Buffalo.

In Their Words

There was a significant amount of learning as a result of attending and participating in the conference. However, the most important lesson was realizing the significant benefits that can be gained from interdisciplinary collaboration."

Reshma Prashad, 2017 Awardee

I gained unparalleled knowledge from the presentations from other participants while also gaining confidence and encouragement."

Ali Ahmed, 2014 Awardee