(short) biographical sketch for Deane Merrill
Deane Merrill came from a background in experimental high energy nuclear physics - his Ph.D. (1967) was in the group of Nobel prizewinner Luis Alvarez at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL).
In 1973 he changed direction and became a computer scientist, then a Census data expert. In the 1980's he helped develop the LBNL Socio-Economic Environmental Demographic Information System (SEEDIS), which became the largest integrated collection of historical data from the 60's, 70's and 80's. The SEEDIS data now reside at the Census Bureau, where they will be integrated with future Census data systems.
In the 1990's Deane developed a CD-ROM information system and 1990 Census LOOKUP, which was adopted as the Census Bureau's Web-based system for delivery of 1990 U.S. Census data.
For 20 years, Deane collaborated with Steve Selvin, UC Berkeley Professor of Biostatistics, in the Populations at Risk to Environmental Pollution (PAREP) project. The major focus of their research was the development and application of Density Equalizing Map Projections (DEMP).
In May 1998, Deane completed a second doctorate - in Epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He retired from LBNL and moved to western Massachusetts, where he and his wife opened a small Bed and Breakfast in their home. (http://bearhaven.com) From his new location, Deane maintained an active Internet presence and further developed the SEEDIS and PAREP project resources in collaboration with his former colleagues.
From 2001 until 2006, Deane taught math and science at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. In July 2006 he and his wife sold the B&B and moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Since 2006, he has taught physics and math at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and at South College, both in Asheville.