SILS alumnus and Poet Laureate of Carrboro, published

January 19, 2010

photo of Patrick Herron, poet laureate of CarrboroPatrick Herron, SILS alumnus (MSIS 2006) and research analyst and technologist for the Jenkins Chair for New Technologies in Society at Duke University, has been published in a wide variety of places recently.

Herron published a book, which he describes as “a descendant of my SILS master’s thesis,” called Text Mining for Genomic-based Drug Discovery. He has also published his first research paper on the rapid rise of pharmaceutical nanotechnology, entitled “Tracking the Current Rise of Chinese Pharmaceutical Bionanotechnology,” which was published in Neil Smalheiser’s Journal for Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration.

Poet Laureate of Carrboro, Herron has published a volume of poetry entitled Be Somebody.

At Duke, Herron has served as a collaborator and project leader for a MacArthur/HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Innovation project.

In addition to being a research analyst and technologist, Herron also works for the NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society.

While at SILS, his main research focus was on automated classification and clustering of large heterogeneous consumer health Web collections. His current research interests are focused on text-mining innovation.