Crystal Maus (The gift of perspective, p. 30-37) grew up on the family ranch in Plentywood, Mont., and is the oldest of five. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from North Dakota State University in 2003, and has been working as an account manager at Flint Communications, a marketing and advertising agency in Fargo. In her precious spare time, she designs and sews for her online business, Two Peas. She and her husband Brock live in West Fargo with their sons Gavin and Nolan.
Andrew Mara (Social media, p. 8-11) is an assistant professor of English at North Dakota State University. A former web designer and technical writer for Sandia National Laboratories, he now teaches about and researches posthumanism, university innovation, and corporate and organizational use of new media. You can find him ruminating, arguing, and contributing to blogs, wikis, and message boards across cyberspace.
Dan Koeck a native of St. Paul, Minn., has a bachelor's degree in photojournalism with a minor in history from the University of Minnesota. He was a photographer at the Minot (N.D.) Daily News from 1984 to 1992 and joined NDSU in 1992. Koeck's assignment work has been published in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, and other national and regional publications.