I grew up in New Jersey – now I live in Illinois. My hobbies: yoga, biking, and reading.
Reading every day is an important routine in my life. I keep a list of quotes from books. Here’s one of my favorite science-related quotes:
“We knew that, though.”
“We suspected it.”
“Do we know it now?”
“We suspect it harder,” Elvi said. “We’re scientists. We only know things until someone shows us we’re wrong.”
This is part of a conversation between two scientists, who are married, from Leviathan Falls by James S. A. Corey. This is part of the Expanse book series (also made into a TV series):
My pronouns are:
There is WAY too much new information to keep up with! My work fights information overload in science and tries to help scientists find the best and most up-to-date information.
My Typical Day:
My work day involves a lot of reading and writing – mainly email, research papers, research proposals, and reports. I also have a lot of video chat meetings on Zoom. Some days, I teach university students.
What I'd do with the prize money:
Making a 2-minute animated video about information overload in science!
My 2-minute animated video would be about how science works, why there are so many documents that scientists need to read, and why answers in science can always be proven wrong when new information comes in.
St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (as an online student)
National University of Ireland, Galway
2014: Ph.D. in Informatics (Social Web & Linked Data), DERI, National University of Ireland, Galway
August 2008: M.S. in Library & Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (as an online student)
May 2002: M.A. in Mathematics, minor in Computer Science. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX Master’s Report: Modeling Traffic Flow with PDE’s.
May 1998: B.A. in Liberal Arts (Great Books curriculum), St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD
I’ve had a LOT of jobs – babysitting every Saturday for a year in high school gave me money to travel to France. My least favorite job every was as a dishwasher for a diner in college – the diner was great but dishwashing was not. I didn’t last 3 days!
My full-time jobs, outside of research, were:
Science Library Specialist, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Bookseller and Gift Buyer, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
Actuarial Analyst, MassMutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, MA
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
getting research jobs during college!
What was your favorite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
programmer, scholarly publisher, bookseller
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What is the most fun thing you've done?
swimming in the Baltic Sea