Information Resources Staffing Updates
Dr. Jessica Blickley
Dr. Jessica Blickley will join the Instruction + Research team in Scholarship Technology to serve faculty and students across the sciences. Dr. Blickley earned her PhD in Ecology from UC Davis and her BS in Biology at Pomona College. She brings experience in mentoring undergraduate student research and instructional design through her work at UC Davis and in the Los Angeles Community College District. Her skills in science-related techniques and technologies range from computer programming (Python) to statistical analysis (R, Matlab, GIS) to field research devices (for collecting geospatial and audio data).
Samuel Boland ‘13
Sam Boland is Oxy’s first CDLR postbaccalaureate fellow in a position funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sam is a self-taught programmer who has worked on multiple research projects with Occidental faculty members. He will play a vital role in critical making projects, the digital production studio, and Global Crossroads.
Dr, Christopher Gilman
In October of 2012, Dr. Christopher Gilman joined the CDLR as our Visual Information Specialist/Instructional Designer (VIS/ID). Chris comes to Occidental with a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures and a specialization in early Soviet visual and material culture. He spent a number of years at the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML), with USC's Labyrinth Project, and at the LAUSD Arts Education Branch. In these positions Chris designed software, advised faculty, conducted research, planned symposia, and taught classes. As a member of the Center for Digital Learning + Research, Chris works with faculty, staff, and students to develop scholarly work that is created and accessed in a technologically innovative 21st-century teaching, learning and research environment. Chris has played a large role in shaping the Global Forum and Global Crossroads, and will play a similar role in the development of the Academic Commons.
Dr. Wendy Hsu
In August, Dr. Wendy Hsu left the CDLR to accept an appointment as an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow. Wendy was selected for this prestigious fellowship from a competitive national pool of applicants, and will serve her fellowship tenure as the Arts Manager with the City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs. In many ways, this new position will allow Wendy to continue focusing on the kind of practice- and community-based learning that she promoted and supported while with the CDLR. While at Occidental,Wendy helped to design and deliver two Mellon Digital Scholarship Institutes, engaging eighteen Occidental faculty around topics such as multimodal and geospatial scholarship. In addition to this kind of work with Oxy faculty, Wendy taught a CSP course, a course on Webmaking, and an introductory course in the music department in her two years at the College. In each case Wendy encouraged her students to apply their developing critical skills in the creation of their own media-based projects. For example, last semester Wendy partnered with Oxy's Center for Community Based Learning to launch the Sounds of Learning project, a 6-week collaboration between sixth graders from Annandale Elementary School and students enrolled in MUSIC 112 Digital Music-Cultures.
At the beginning of Summer, the Networking, Operations and Systems group added Michael Jacobacci to our team. Mike brings much-needed expertise with enterprise storage and open source technologies. In addition, Mike has been a valuable contributor to ongoing projects surrounding our network health monitoring and alerting processes, wireless network infrastructure, server virtualization infrastructure, and administration of our Linux servers.
Michael Kerwin, Media Services Manager, resigned at the end of May. He is moving on to new opportunities on the East Coast. He served the college for more than 25 years in the LIbrary and Media Services and he will be missed.
Gabriela Ortega has assumed the executive assistant duties for our Information Resources Leadership Team (Bob Kieft, Marsha Schnirring, and James Uhrich). As executive assistant, Gaby will serve as the liaison for the Information Resources Leadership Team with senior administrators, their staffs, the Occidental College community, and other entities.
Rebecca Rossignoli was promoted to Information Resources Budget and Project Manager. Rebecca has successfully managed the Information Resources budget for several years and was instrumental in our work with the Business Office over the last year to address some long standing structural problems with the ITS budget. Her new role will allow her to continue assisting IR leadership to make sure we are meeting the needs of the campus while at the same time working on campus-wide projects. Rebecca’s organizational skills coupled with her financial management expertise will be a value to the entire campus.
Dr. Suzanne Scott
When her two-year term as Mellon Digital Scholarship Fellow came to an end, Dr. Suzanne Scott accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University. She reports that the skills, conversations, and pedagogical experimentation that her position as a Fellow at Oxy involved undoubtedly helped her secure her new appointment and will continue to inform her work. Currently, she is finalizing two articles for publications that formally reflect on her work at Occidental: (1) a submission co-authored with Associate Professor, Dr. Kristi Upson-Saia, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, on the learning benefits of a color-coded feedback model developed in iAnnotate for first-year writing courses and (2) a code of best practices for video essay assignments in media studies courses.
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