Who Inspire Us
Burns is a professor of communications and chair of the Interactive
Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University's
Tisch School of the Arts. Founded in 1979, the program is an internationally
recognized incubator for new ideas on the creative use of digital
media, multimedia and telecommunications.
began her work in new media in 1971, when she co-founded the Alternate
Media Center, a research and implementation center for new technologies.
During the 1970s and 1980s, she designed and directed a series of
telecommunications projects, including two-way television for and
by senior citizens, telecommunications applications to serve the
developmentally disabled, and one of the first field trials of Teletext
in the United States. These projects led to the creation of ITP.
serves as a member of the Mayor's Council on New Media in New York
City. She also serves on Governor Pataki's Task Force on New Media
and the Internet and is a member of the board of New York New Media
recognized for her work, Burns has received a number of awards including
the Matrix, and Crain's All-Stars Educator's Award. She has also
been named one of Newsweek's 50 for the Future, one of Silicon Alley
Reporter's 100 Top Internet Industry Executives in New York and
one of Crain's 100 Most Influential Women in Business in New York.
She received the Mayor of New York's Award for Excellence in Science
current projects include a CD-ROM on chaos theory for Harper Collins
and the Electronic Neighborhood, an interactive cable-telephone
experiment funded by Nynex and Viacom.