A Former Fellow’s New Adventures in Data Science

Hello All. I’m happy to report that after several years away, I’ll be blogging at the Slab again this year. Thanks in large part to my experience with the Praxis Fellowship, I was selected to participate in the UVa Presidential Fellowship in Data Science. Over the course of the next year, I will be collaborating…. Continue reading “A Former Fellow’s New Adventures in Data Science”.

Preserving, Reconstructing, & Teaching in 3D

The destruction of historic monuments has been a frequent topic in the news lately due to the Syrian and ISIS conflicts. The destruction of historic mosques and, most recently, the Temple of Baal in Palmyra have sent shockwaves through the international community. The public outcry for cultural casualties has been so overwhelming that it has prompted backlash and criticism questioning the value of…. Continue reading “Preserving, Reconstructing, & Teaching in 3D”.

Introducing the 2015-2015 Scholars’ Lab Fellows

The Lab has been a busy place lately with 8 new fellows from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences!  Our Graduate Fellows in the Digital Humanities and Praxis Program Fellows join a distinguished community of past fellows. Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities This year, we are delighted to work closely with Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati and Brandon Walsh. Veronica is…. Continue reading “Introducing the 2015-2015 Scholars’ Lab Fellows”.

Music Genre and Spotify Metadata

Cross-posted on my personal site For the last couple weeks, I have been exploring APIs useful to sound studies for a sound recording and poetry project I am working on with former Scholars’ Lab fellow Annie Swafford. I was especially drawn to playing around with Spotify, which has an API that allows you to access metadata for the large catalog…. Continue reading “Music Genre and Spotify Metadata”.

Announcing 2014-2015 Fellows!

We are thrilled to announce the 2015-2016 Scholar’s Lab fellows for both the Praxis Program and the Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities. We are welcoming 8 fellows from 5 disciplines from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Our graduate fellows are joining a robust and vibrant community of past fellows! Graduate Fellows in the Digital…. Continue reading “Announcing 2014-2015 Fellows!”.

Expanding Our Makerspace Community

Are you a UVA graduate student or upper-level undergraduate in the humanities?  Interested working in our Makerspace? Our Makerspace is designed to foster experimentation with 3D modeling and printing, physical computing (e.g. Arduino, wearables) and more.  We are seeking part-time student consultants to help maintain the public space, field users’ basic maker and general computing…. Continue reading “Expanding Our Makerspace Community”.

Task Management & Bullet Journal

Confession: time management has always been a challenge for me. I’m easily distractable, and I’m exceptionally bad at attempting to do more than one thing at a time. When multiple “fires” get lit I lose most of my productivity on task switching and to overwhelm. I’ve tried several time management apps for computer and phone.…. Continue reading “Task Management & Bullet Journal”.

Validating Data with Types

Validating Data with Types Recently, I had to opportunity to help J. Warren York, a graduate student in the Department of Politics here at UVa. He’s looking at how tax law affects political contributions and advocacy, so this was an interesting project that may tell us something useful about how the US government works [insert…. Continue reading “Validating Data with Types”.

On Sharing Credit and Courting Trolls

The Praxis team was invited to two presentations the last week. The first at the Moving People/ Linking Lives Page-Barbour Symposium, and then at UVa’s Huskey Research Exhibition. With a lot of help from Praxis teammate Jennifer Grayburn, I prepared a slideshow showcasing a brief history of Ivanhoe and the work of the two Praxis…. Continue reading “On Sharing Credit and Courting Trolls”.

Novice struggles and expert blindness: How my discomfort with PHP will make me a better instructor

It was my third blank screen. I switched back over to my text editor and tried again. I looked at the format of my PHP, looked at my functions. I looked up the PHP documentation, deleted elements that did not seem right, and saved again. Back in my browser, the screen was still blank. Last…. Continue reading “Novice struggles and expert blindness: How my discomfort with PHP will make me a better instructor”.