On Monday, I’m defending my dissertation. I have many people I’d like to thank, and yet I know that I’ve not even begun to thank everyone. The eight years I’ve spent immersed in graduate school have changed my brain and who I am as a person. Going back to school in my thirties meant leaving… Continue reading Dissertation acknowledgements
The week that I’m starting to teach Media Fluency for the Digital Age, this is perhaps fitting… Webzine 99. I’m in this video twice.
I’ve done it! I just moved back to Madison, Wisconsin, almost exactly 18 years after I left. I have joined the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor, where my focus is digital media studies. I’m surrounded by an outstanding group of colleagues and students and can’t… Continue reading Welcome to Madison!
So exciting: 99% Invisible interviewed me about pneumatic tubes for the first episode of their new season! If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a wonderful podcast by Roman Mars, with help from Sam Greenspan on architecture and design. It became the most funded journalism Kickstarter project ever a few months ago (2nd in publishing). Want… Continue reading 99% Invisible!
As of January 2013, I will be joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication faculty as an assistant professor, where my focus will be on digital media. I could not be more delighted. In 1994, 18 years ago this month, I did my first web project in that program; now I… Continue reading Big news and updates
A list I started before I turned 40 on November 26: 40 things that have made me who I am that I did before turning 40 1. Becoming fluent in German 2. Becoming fluent in other languages (French, Dutch, Italian), though I don’t maintain them 3. Living many places that weren’t home, not at first,… Continue reading 40 things
Above: a beautiful and violent sunrise at 8:15 am (the picture was taken from my bed!). No snow yet, which is rare, but the light is really something—that is, until the sun sets at 2:30 in the afternoon. For the last three weeks, I’ve been a visiting researcher at the HUMLab digital humanities lab at… Continue reading Report from Umeå
Left, age 29. Right, age 39. Today, I am 39. Tomorrow, I will be 40. A decade ago, I was miserable. I had just met people who would become dear friends (Louisa, Tom) in Chicago and who I still adore, but didn’t know them well yet. I’d been laid off twice in a year. My… Continue reading My last note of my 30s
Hello again, Girlwonder! This missive reaches you from Sweden, where I’m on my way to Umeå. I’ll be spending a month here doing a fellowship with the HUMLab at the University of Umeå. Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking at the Umeå Institute of Design fall conference organized by Matt Cottam, along with Russell Davies, Dave Vondle… Continue reading Sweden!
My friend Fred Scharmen and I wrote a piece for Domus titled “Architecture Needs to Interact,” about better crossovers between architecture and interaction design — or for that matter, all of the design disciplines. It gave us a chance to reflect upon some of what he learned as an master’s in architecture student at Yale,… Continue reading A little op-ed in Domus