Lightning talks offer quick intros to faculty research

For several Fridays in August and September, SILS faculty members gave online lightning talks, introducing themselves and their research interests to students and anyone else who wanted to tune in. The talks were recorded and posted on the SILS YouTube channel. The following questions contain details faculty mention during their talks. See if you know who said what, or use the answer guide to decide which talk to watch first.

Which faculty member moved to Prague in the early 1990s and developed historical walking tours using “state-of-the art Walkman technology?”

In addition to developing her historical walking tour business, Megan Winget worked with the Czech National galleries to develop an education program for their collection, sold real estate, and worked briefly for Radio Free Europe during her time living in Prague.

Which two faculty members are a deep sea divers?

Who studied biology as an undergraduate with the intention of becoming a geneticist, but instead caught a glimpse of her future through a work-study job in the bio-sci library?

After some frustrating years as a middle school teacher, Casey Rawson eventually saw library science as a way to combine what she liked about teaching with what she liked about her job at the bio-sci library. We won’t mention at which university she earned that undergraduate degree, but she now holds an MSLS and PhD from SILS.

Which faculty member used ethnographic methods to study how alligator hunters in Louisiana bayous think about their representation on the television series Swamp People?

Francesca Tripodi found that while the show portrayed alligator hunting as a male-only space, women were an integral part of the industry and it’s very often a familial enterprise. 

Which faculty member became a champion of open-access after learning it would cost the University more than a thousand dollars to make a paper he wrote available to his students electronically?

Whose interest in electronic health records grew from her experience obtaining medical records related to her son’s broken arm in preparation for a cross-country move?

Who advises students, “Try to be okay with not understanding things at first. If you don’t feel unease and confusion, then I haven’t taught you anything that you didn’t already know.”

Jaime Arguello says this philosophy grew from his own challenging experiences as an electronic engineering major.

Who was delighted and intrigued by the acronym FOOSH early in her research on natural language processing and electronic health records?

Stephanie Haas eventually learned that FOOSH stood for “Fell on Outstretched Hand” a term that helped convey both the urgency and type of injuries involved.

To help explain her book on everyday data stories, who relates an anecdote about a MasterCard data entry error that resulted in an alternate version of her name?

Melanie Feinberg greatly appreciates the mistake that resulted in her “Meanie Feinberg” MasterCard, which she felt was a great reflection of her “crotchety and cussing” inner self?

Who advises students, “When you take a course with me or we work together on a project, I’m going to be all about the context.”?

Tressie McMillan Cottom says she is always pushing students and collaborators to think about “Who’s here and who’s missing? How can we better understand this if we change the context or problematize the context?”

Who did his dissertation research on applying Toyota production systems, also known as lean concepts, to health care?