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Recognition of Leonardo’s Outstanding Peer Reviewers

By Nick Cronbach

As a result of 50 years of publishing work on the cutting edge, Leonardo has become the leading international peer-reviewed journal on the use of contemporary science and technology in the arts and music and, increasingly, the application and influence of the arts, design and humanities on science and technology.

Constructive peer reviews are critical to Leonardo’s publication process. Leonardo relies on its expert peer reviewers to address work across disciplines with academic rigor and a sympathetic intelligence that provides our authors with insights that allow them to present their work as strongly and clearly as possible.

In 2017 we commenced a quarterly recognition of exceptional peer reviewers in our network. This month we extend our gratitude and congratulations to the following for their in-depth and deeply constructive feedback on papers under consideration for publication.

Mike Bryant is faculty member in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. He is a biologist and a statistician. His research has appeared in several scientific journals: Science, Nature, American Naturalist, Ecology, PLoS, Animal Behaviour and Environmental Biology of Fishes. Mike’s research interests in biology include functional anatomy, animal behavior and life history evolution. One unexpected discovery was that female Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata) have a prolonged post reproductive lifespan (AKA: menopause). Mike has put the analytic tools used to study and make comparisons of the lives of freshwater fish to conduct longitudinal studies of students in the California’s primary schools as part of an NSF funded study on how to improve K12 mathematics and science education. He is currently looking at the interface between Darwin's theory of Sexual Selection and the algorithmic world of the internet. He is also continuing his data driven investigations of the California Public School system with a focus on Arts education.

Nathan Jones is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Digital Media) at Lancaster University. His work combines methods from new media cultures, art criticism and literary practice. This hybrid artistic research, including insights on language AI, speed reading, and distributed networks has appeared at transmediale, NEME Cyprus, and Liverpool Biennial, and international journals. He is co-founder of Torque Editions, editing collected interdisciplinary editions on new technology, such as Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain (2017) and BiblioTech (2024). His monograph Glitch Poetics (2022) was nominated for the N. Katherine Hayles Award. Currently, Jones’ “distributed critique” project explores how today’s formally and conceptually complex new media art works demand a new kind of ‘specialist audience’ cutting across humanities and science disciplines.  

Zachary Loeb is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Purdue University. He studies the history of technology, the history of disasters, and the history of technological disasters. He is currently working on a book on the year 2000 computer problem (Y2K).