Events

Summer 2018

NEH Summer Institute - The Book: Material Histories and Digital Futures [Summer Scholar]

My final project, Crystallized Intelligence, is on display at the Salt Lake Public Library. It is a selective academic memoir of my favorite courses at the University of Florida. Each page spread encapsulates some of the most memorable concepts learned in an assemblage of notes, quotes, diagrams, etc. The book is meant to represent my crystallized knowledge, an educational psychology concept in contrast with fluid intelligence. The handmade case is made with Tsunami marbled paper, black glitter paper, black bookcloth, and a crystal I made with Borax. The book is made with cotton paper, transparencies, and is a perfect binding. If you're interested in reading the pages, check out this PDF.

On March 28, I was notified of my selection as one of 25 summer scholars. We were evaluated based on an application essay and CV. The institute is from June 18-July 13 hosted by Salt Lake Community College. Week 1: Materiality & The History of the Book Form will feature Nicole Howard and Johanna Drucker; Week 2: Circulation & the Social Patterns of the Book will feature Jonathan Senchyne; Week 3: Embodied Perspectives will feature Mara Mills; and Week 4: Alterations and Experimentations in Book History will feature Anna Arnar. A huge thanks to Lisa Bickmore, Melissa Helquist, and Charlotte Howe for organizing this amazing opportunity! You can check out the institute website for more details.

ENC3310: Advanced Exposition: Makeademia [Instructor]

We are already in the habit of daily verbal and textual exposition: describing observations, narrating events, providing instructions, linking causes to effects, comparing and contrasting ideas, illustrating our points of view, defining moments, classifying new experiences, and making connections. We generate these strings of characters, syllables, words to make something that has never quite existed in exactly that combination before—just as makers use the same toolboxes, technologies, or raw materials to make new, unique artifacts. How is writing, then, a form of making? In this course, we will explore how humanist scholars experiment, create, and make things through research.

This course will teach you how to enhance your writing style (clarity, coherence, cohesion, concision, and elegance) and design thinking habits (color, typography, layout, visuals, and medium). You will read a style handbook and select chapters and project snapshots from Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities. Based on the readings, you will make things like zines, animated GIFs, and 3D prints and write 6000 words as blog posts and various expository exercises.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

English Department Graduate Student Teaching Award [Recipient]

On January 25, I was notified of my selection as one of eight award winners. We were evaluated based on a class observation, submitting course materials including syllabus and assignment descriptions, and graded student assignments. You can check out some amazing student projects from my Writing Through Media: Disney Then and Now course from fall.

Modern Language Association [Presenter]

On January 5, I presented Re(p)lic(a): Making 3D-prints of treasure bindings to explore historic bookmaking practices."

ENC3312: Advanced Argumentative Writing: Making Media Meta [Instructor]

In 1964, Marshall McLuhan declared, “The medium is the message.” Over 50 years later, this argument remains one of the founding principles of media studies. In this course, we will consider how arguments are crafted across the humanities. This course teaches students how to compose advanced arguments through an in-depth understanding of rhetorical persuasion (logos, ethos, pathos, telos, and kairos); a mastery of writing style (clarity, coherence, cohesion, concision, and elegance); and a command of design (color, typography, layout, visuals, and medium). We will first analyze exemplary arguments. Students will then determine best practices and apply their newly-gained knowledge to assignments considering these forms: rhetorical analysis, definition, evaluation, and proposal. Students must demonstrate their skills in research, organization, and design. For the final project, students will create a meta argument about their chosen material/medium, which might be a podcast, puppet show, pop-up book, board game, or choose-your-own-adventure.

Fall 2017

UF English Candidacy Exams [PhD Candidate]

On August 18, I presented my dissertation prospectus and passed my exams. Check out my reading list, annotated bibliography, and prospectus.

ENG1131: Writing Through Media: Disney Then and Now [Instructor]

What started off as a small studio venture between two brothers, Disney is now the second largest media conglomerate in the world. Ranging from production to distribution, many of us encounter Disney entertainment in some way on a daily basis. Disney, therefore, provides many relatable examples of the media shift we have seen in the 21st century. In this course, we learned how to analyze media, adapt rhetorical strategies to the process of writing about media through media, consider how media plays a role in our everyday lives and how media reflects and shapes our understanding of the world, and apply creativity and knowledge to make new media.

Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature Toy and Movable Books Intern [Intern]

During this internship, I searched the metatags Toy and Movable Books and Toy and Movable Books-Specimens, created a spreadsheet identifying types of movability, selected and prepared 15 items for digitization, and scanned the books to create animated GIFs. More information about this grant can be found here.

Summer 2017

Digital Humanities and Design Symposium [Participant]

From May 4-5, I attended the DH+Design symposium hosted by The Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC) at Georgia Tech. Read my reflections at my HASTAC blog post.

Gator Computing Camp Arduino Workshop [Instructor]

On June 6, I taught 24 high schoolers how to create a paper animatronic with Arduinos, servo motors, and a joystick. Watch a short video here.

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Conference 2017 [Presenter]

On June 12, I presented my paper, "Volumetric Captures: Digitizing Spatial and Temporal Shifts of Movable Books."

Children's Literature Association Conference 2017 [Presenter]

On June 22, Rebekah Fitzsimmons, Poushali Bhadhury, Kristen Gregory, and I presented our panel, "Digital Futures of Analog Histories: Data Mining, Digitization, and Digital Pedagogy in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature."

Science Quest Camp Arduino Workshop [Instructor]

On July 10, Shannon Butts and I taught 24 high schoolers how to create a paper animatronic with Arduinos, servo motors, and a joystick.

Girls Tech Camp Crafting With Technology [Instructor]

LED card

On July 20, I taught 22 middle school girls how to create simple circuits at Girls Tech Camp sponsored by the Marston Science Library. Campers learned how to connect their knowledge of electron shells and the periodic table of elements to how batteries work, how to create simple circuits using copper tape, coin cell batteries, and LEDs, and to turn their light on and off by opening or closing the circuit.

Marston Science Library Intern of Emerging Technologies [Intern]

During this internship, I created guides for students to learn how to use the available resources at the Marston Science Library, including Printrbot Play 3D printers, Structure Sensor 3D scanners, Arduino kits. More information about this grant can be found here.

Spring 2017

Modern Language Association [Presenter]

On January 6, I presented "Pat, Press, and Spot: Translating Tactility between Traditional and Technological Books."

Paper Circuit Greeting Card Training [Instructor]

Valentine's Day Light-Up Card

On February 14, Shannon Butts and I led a pop-up workshop sponsored by the Marston Science Library. Participants learned to create simple circuits using copper tape, coin cell batteries, and LEDs and took home the cards they made.

Morse Code Arduino Training [Instructor]

On February 22, Shannon Butts and I led the intermediate Morse code Arduino training sponsored by the Marston Science Library. Participants quickly learned about Morse code, to prototype using the Arduino and breadboard, to read code, use pre-existing and write new functions, and to use the Serial Monitor to send a coded message with the LED and piezo.

THATCamp Gainesville [Keynote Presenter]

THATCamp Gainesville 2017 was held on Saturday, April 21st at the Harn Museum of Art. Shannon Butts and I led the flipped keynote on teaching participants to use the Aurasma augmented reality app, and challenged participants to make the augmentations publicly available to inform, illuminate, and inspire future visitors to the site, to spark critical discussions of art, and to promote public humanities.

To read our session proposal, please visit http://gainesville2017.thatcamp.org/2017/04/17/augmenting-art-with-aurasma/

Fall 2016

AML2410: Disneyfication (Issues in American Literature and Culture) [Instructor]

During and after Walt Disney's lifetime, the studio made several adaptations (animated and otherwise) of historical and contemporary literature and events. In this course, we explored how these works and events as well as their Disneyfied adaptations shaped a nation at crucial moments in history. We also explored how Disney radically influenced major industries like animated films, television, and theme parks and changed the notions of copyright forever.

Paper Animatronic Arduino Training [Instructor]

On November 14 and 17, Shannon Butts and I led the beginning paper animatronic Arduino trainings sponsored by the Marston Science Library. Participants learned to power circuits, to prototype using the Arduino and breadboard, to read code, and to control their paper animatronic with two micro servo motors and a joystick.

Summer 2016

Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication [Student]

From June 13-17, our class learned about prototyping with Arduinos, 3D modeling with Autodesk's 123D Design, 3D scanning with photogrammetry, fabricating in slices with 123D Make, and documenting using GitHub.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium [Presenter]

On June 15, I presented, "The Digitization and Dissemination of Movable Books Data."

Children's Literature Association Conference 2016 [Presenter]

On June 9, Casey Wilson, Rebecca McNulty, and I presented our panel, "Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressing in Young Adult Literature."

Marston Science Library Girls Technology Camp 2016 [Instructor]

On July 28, Sara Gonzalez, Shannon Butts, and I taught Crafting with Technology. http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/girlstechcamp

Spring 2016

HUM 6836: Digital Humanities Graduate Studio [Student]

In this course, we explored the impact of digital humanities in various fields like English, History, Anthropology, Musicology, and Art + Technology, and shared research in progress.

Pseudo Theremin Arduino Training [Instructor]

On April 13 and 14, Aaron Beveridge, Shannon Butts, and I led the beginning pseudo theremin Arduino trainings sponsored by the Marston Science Library. Participants quickly learned to identify different sensors, to prototype using the Arduino and breadboard, to read code, and to make "music" with the photocell and piezo.

Harn Museum Access Art Touch Tours [Artist]

3D printed clear lithophanes of flowers

On March 12, 2016, my 3D printed lithophanes were on display at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, FL.

Featured on Twitter.

Want to know more about the exhibit?

See more by following me on Thingiverse.

THATCamp Gainesville [Presenter]

THATCamp Gainesville 2016 was held on Saturday, April 23rd at Santa FE CIED. Shannon Butts and I led a session on low-tech public humanities, making mini-zines about making in the humanities to leave around Gainesville.

To read our session proposal, please visit http://gainesville2016.thatcamp.org/2016/04/23/low-tech-public-humanities/

Featured on Twitter.

If you're interested in learning more about this awesome unconference, you will want to visit http://gainesville2016.thatcamp.org/

Fall 2015

AML 2070: Survey of American Children's Fantasy Literature [Instructor]

In this course, we examined the impact of American children's fantasy authors like L. Frank Baum, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein on the genre and studied the visual rhetoric of illustrated and picture books.

Piezo Arduino Training [Instructor]

On November 3 and 5, Aaron Beveridge and I led the beginning piezo Arduino trainings sponsored by the Marston Science Library. Participants quickly learned to identify different sensors, to prototype using the Arduino and breadboard, to read code, and to make "music" with the piezos.

South Atlantic Modern Language Association [Presenter]

On November 13, I presented, "The heART of the LAM: Cultural Heritage Preservation with 3D Technology."

Spring 2015

ENG 1131: Writing Through Media: The History (and Future) of the Book [Instructor]

In this course, we read and discussed concepts found in excerpts from The Book History Reader, visited Special Collections, learned to make different book forms, and envisioned what the future of books might look like.

ENC 6428: Data Mining and Digital Poetics [Student]

In this course, I collaborated with Computer Science and English colleagues to create an interactive endless maze. Using data mining, we pulled terms from the William Blake Archive which were then used to generate the walls of the maze, as well as prints as textures.

ART 5930C: Letterpress [Student]

linoleum cut of azalea

In this course, I learned how to set type, design photopolymer plates, and use a Vandercook letterpress to design cards, prints, and macaron pop covers.

Photocell Arduino Training [Instructor]

On April 1 and 2, Aaron Beveridge and I led the beginning photocell Arduino trainings sponsored by the Marston Science Library. Participants quickly learned to identify different sensors, to prototype using the Arduino and breadboard, to read code, and to make a light that shines in low-light conditions.

Edible Book Contest [Artist]

On April 7, I entered my "Cookie Monster Book of Cookie Monsters" playing on Harry Potter's Monster Book of Monsters and Sesame Street's Cookie Monster to make an edible book made out of chocolate chip cookie cake and icing. For more information, view this PDF.



Current Positions

PhD Candidate in the English department @UF. NEH Summer Scholar 2018. HASTAC Scholar 2016-2018. Guest Editor of Trace: Innovation Initiative. Graduate Student Representative on the Digital Humanities Certificate Committee @UF. Co-instructor of Arduino trainings at the Marston Science Library @UF. Lead Graphic Designer/Technical Editor at The Athena Group, Inc.

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