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As part of the Visualization and Modeling team at IDRE, Lisa creates interactive computer technology for research and teaching. Lisa is an architectural historian and holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from UCLA. She is a research scholar with UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) and an Associate Editor of Digital Studies / Le Champ Numérique. From 1996 – 2013 she was a senior member of the Urban Simulation Team at UCLA. Snyder’s primary research is on educational applications for three-dimensional computer models of historic urban environments. She developed the reconstruction model of the Herodian Temple Mount installed in 2001 at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem, and expanded the project in 2007 with a reconstruction of the early Islamic structures on the site during the eighth century. Snyder is currently working on a reconstruction model of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition that is shown intermittently at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. In 2010 she received an NEH-Digital Humanities Start-Up grant (HD-50958-10) for the development of a software interface (VSim) that provides users with the ability to craft narratives in three-dimensional space as well as the ability to embed annotations and links to primary and secondary resources and web content from within the environments. This work is continuing under an NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grant (HK-50164-14). Snyder is also co-PI on “Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites,” an NEH Summer Institute that was hosted at UMass Amherst in June 2015 with a follow-up symposium at UCLA in June 2016 (HT-50091-14).