Dr. Lowes serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Learning Technologies in Teachers College at Columbia University. She conducts research at both the university and K-12 levels, focusing on technology’s impact on teaching and learning, and directs evaluations of multi-year projects funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, the National Science Foundation, state and local departments of education, and private foundations. Dr. Lowes is interested in online learning and evaluates online professional development initiatives for teachers and administrators, as well as online courses and programs for students. Her recent focus is using LMS data to discover patterns of student-teacher and student-student interaction. Dr. Lowes is also Adjunct Professor in the Program in Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design at Teachers College, teaching courses on online schooling and research methodologies. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.