Louis M. Gomez is an associate professor of Learning Science and Computer Science at Northwestern University. He codirects The Learning Through Collaborative Visualization Project (CoVis) at Northwestern, focusing on bringing next-generation computing and communication technologies, along with open-ended scientific inquiry, to high school classrooms. During his initial visits, Louis met with research staff and their colleagues on a broad range of research topics, including informal learning theory and practice, mobile and online learning, digital fluency, and museum schools. He gave an insightful and well-attended brown bag discussion on his experiences with the Chicago schools to increase basic literacy as a step to facilitate science learning and the useful partnerships that can be developed with commercial companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Louis was invited by Dennis Bartels to participate in the visioning process in anticipation of our move to the piers. He was also the featured speaker at the January 2007 Meet the Minds, in which he challenged the education field and social science researchers field to create more effective and targeted research programs for improving public education in urban school districts.