About

Me

I'm a Master's student in the Library and Information Science program at Simmons College in Boston. My interests are information organization and metadata, web design, databases, information architecture, usability and UX design. I have a background in linguistics, research and teaching.

I'm a detail-oriented perfectionist and nitpicker. I like finding the underlying logic in complex systems and keeping things organized.

Skills:

  • HTML5, CSS3, responsive design
  • Working knowledge of XML, SQL, PHP, Python
  • Metadata and taxonomies; Dublin Core, MODS
  • Usability testing; Morae software
  • Wireframing (Mockingbird, Cacoo)
  • Information organization and architecture
  • Conceptual and logical database design
  • Information behavior and UX research

I grew up in the Detroit area and have been drifting eastward ever since. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my husband and dog, cook, read, watch TV, collect nail polish, and attempt to grow herbs (I have a chartreuse thumb). I love all things British, especially comedy and period dramas. I'm an avid Tolkien fan and occasional conlanger.

Work

2016-presentText Analysis Intern, AOL/Relegence
  • As part of an international team, create training datasets for automated subject tagging algorithm
  • Research topic in AOL’s taxonomy, collect relevant URLs, test and modify model
2015-presentGraduate Student Assistant, Simmons College School of Library and Information Science
  • Work one-on-one with a professor to further his research projects; conduct literature reviews, organize data, write and revise paper sections
  • Assist in development of course materials
2013-presentSole Proprietor, ALIQUID Lacquer
  • Design and create nail polish to sell online; handle all aspects of production, inventory, shipping, website maintenance, advertising, customer service, and finances
  • About $20K in gross sales in 2015
2016Research Assistant, Simmons College School of Library and Information Science
  • Assisted two Simmons professors in conducting diary study on mobile news information behavior
  • Developed online surveys, recruited participants, organized data, conducted post-diary interviews
2014-2015Latin Tutor, Wyzant.com
  • Worked one-on-one with high school students in first- and second-year Latin
  • Focused on translation strategies and study skills
2009-2012Teaching Assistant/Instructor, Cornell University Department of Linguistics
  • Led multiple weekly discussion sections of about ten students each; designed and graded assignments, projects and tests; assisted students one-on-one
  • Designed and taught own first-year writing course (“How to Build a Language”)
2007-2008Manager, Kenyon College Craft Center
  • Organized open houses, class sign-ups, and other events; managed e-mail account
  • Helped with general upkeep/cleanliness of Craft Center
2006-2007Apprentice Teacher, Kenyon College Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
  • Led three sections per week of intensive introductory Russian, including grammar and vocabulary drills, dialogues and student presentations

Education

2017 (expected)M.S., Simmons College
Library & Information Science
  • Information Science & Technology concentration
  • Relevant courses: Theories of Information Science, Evaluation of Information Services, Web Development & Information Architecture, Metadata, Introduction to Programming, Usability & User Experience Research, Database Management, Digital Libraries
2013M.A., Cornell University
Linguistics
  • Focused on diachronic phonology, evolutionary phonology, Latin, Northern Atlantic languages
  • 3.945 GPA
2008B.A., summa cum laude, Kenyon College
Classics; Modern Languages & Literatures
  • Studied German, Russian, Latin, Greek and Sanskrit
  • 3.91 GPA

Projects

Publications

  • (2015). Lenition and gemination in Northern Atlantic roots. In R. Kramer, E. C. Zsiga & O. T. Boyer (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (pp. 84-97). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. (PDF available here)
  • With Tilsen, S., Zec, D., et al. (2012). A cross-linguistic investigation of articulatory coordination in word-initial consonant clusters. Cornell Working Papers in Phonetics and Phonology. (PDF available here)
  • With Browne, W., Cooper, A., et al. (Eds.). (2010). Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics: The Second Cornell Meeting, 2009. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications.

Organizations and Honors

2016-presentAssociation for Information Science & Technology
2015-presentDorothy Budlong Scholarship, Library Science Fellowship, Elsa Ruth Olson Schlotterbeck Scholarship (Simmons College)
2014-presentIndie Business Network
2010-2011President, Cornell Linguistics Circle
2008-2014Linguistic Society of America
2008Brain Prize in Classics, Russian Prize, Sigrid Lanzrath Prize in German (Kenyon College)
2008elected to Eta Sigma Phi
2007elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Ohio chapter