Keepin’ it Fresh

In anticipation of spring (which can never come fast enough), I thought it might be a good time to air some updates around here.

In the last few months I:

  1. Attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, where I met some really excellent people.
  2. Also attended the ACM (SIGCHI) CHI Play conference, where I again met some really excellent people–and saw some fabulous games and games research.
  3. Saw the publication of my  contribution to the CHI Play conference, “Considering Diversity in Collaborative Video Game Design Work,” in the OFFICIAL ACM DIGITAL LIBRARY. OFFICIALLY.
  4. Dislocated my knee and fractured my kneecap. 😦
  5. Took–and passed–some important exams while on pain medication. (See #4) 🙂
  6. ~Successfully~ completed the first semester of my totally new online course, Academic Success in the Digital University (and started the second, EVEN MORE FRESH, semester).

And now, until summer fun in the sun comes again–

Stay warm, stay dry, and (above all)

stay fresh!

Teaching Tweeting: Recommendations for Teaching Social Media Work in LIS and MSIS Programs

I’m pleased as punch to (belatedly) announce the publication of some key findings from our work on the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project: “21st Century Information Workers: What Core Competencies Should MSIS Students Learn?” (Conducted through the UT-Austin iSchool.)

Teaching Tweeting: Recommendations for Teaching Social Media Work in LIS and MSIS Programs focuses on the results from the module of the project that looked specifically at curricula recommendations for future information professionals working with social media.

Thanks and congratulations also go to my two co-authors–Melissa G. Ocepek and Dr. Lecia J. Barker–and to the rest of the research team.

This paper was first published online in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) in Volume 57, Number 1 (Winter 2016).

“Internet harassment and online threats targeting women: Research review”

My early pass at a literature review on gender-based online harassment that I prepared for my iConference 2015 poster (“Addressing Gender-Based Harassment in Social Media: A Call to Action“) was recently included in Journalist’s Resource’s online roundup of publications on the topic. I’m honored to be included with such great writers and researchers, and I highly recommend reading Journalist’s Resource’s summary on the topic and checking out the other (fabulous and fascinating) cited articles.

Most of these articles were published within the last year–several were even completely new to me. Now to add them to my own on-going, ever-growing, all-consuming literature review…

SXSW 2015 and iConference 2015

A science fiction double feature:


First, I’ll be soaking in the sights over the next week at South by Southwest (particularly Interactive) here in Austin. I’ll be primarily attending sessions most closely related to my developing research topic, gender-based online harassment (in social media). I’m especially looking forward to seeing Allyson Kapin, Emily May, Katherine Cross, and Rinku Sen at “Sex, Lies, and the Internet” and Christopher Gandin Lee, David Tuck, Emily Lindin, and Jamia Wilson at “Feels X Gains: Emotions, Masculinity, and Support.”

I’ll also be trying to catch some other great SXSW events around various diversity and ethics in IT and Tech. (Like “Innovating Diversity and Inclusion in Tech” with Rev. Jesse Jackson and “Technicians of the New Sacred: The New Native Apps” with, among others, Lauren Chief Elk of the Save Wiyabi project.)  Because diversity just never goes out of style, really.

And maybe I’ll even squeeze in some cool gaming stuff at the gaming expo & sessions.


For my next act, I’ll be a bit more actively involved: attending this year’s iConference in (hopefully) sunny Newport Beach the following week. I’ll be both presenting a poster (Addressing Gender-Based Harassment in Social Media: A Call to Action) and jointly leading a “conversation” session (21st Century Information Workers: What Core Competencies Should MSIS Students Learn?).

The poster will be a great opportunity to get some feedback on my developing research design and projected project, based on my existing literature review and a recent grant proposal. The session should be a lively conversation based on some of the qualitative results of our large survey of various types of information workers, mostly graduates of our iSchool–my section of the survey dealt with social media professionals or other informational workers who use social media as part of their job.

I’m also super excited to be participating in the all-day workshop on “Exploring Gender, Race, and Sexuality with Social Media Data.” (That was not sarcasm, although “all-day workshop” may sound like hell itself to some people.) I should get a great level-up on both my methodological skills and theoretical/critical approach and I can’t wait to “help build a community of researchers working on issues of gender, race, and/or sexuality within the information sciences.”


So that’s my next two weeks, overflowing. How’s yours?

Pleased and thank you to be attending GRACLS Conference 2013

I will be presenting a talk very soon (perhaps too soon!) with Clay Templeton at the Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin: “What We Read.”



You can READ/SEE/HEAR/PLAY/ATTEND the conference in the Liberal Arts building (CLA) on the UT main campus this October 11-12.

Our talk is (loosely) titled “Automating Ontography” and will be a discussion of the research that we have been working on recently. (Think “agency” and “scientific citation” and maybe “Stanford Parser” and then we’ll go from there.)

I’m actually very excited because many of the presentations/topics sound quite unique. In a good way. (You can see some samples on the Conference page.)

Also,  N. Katherine Hayles is going to be the keynote speaker. Which is pretty boss.

Dr. Done-little

I’m kind of a n00b at these things:

  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Most Computer Technology
  • Most Technology
  • Writing about anything other than media (let’s be honest–mostly books and film) or cats
  • Actual research of, you know, things and stuff–and maybe people

That’s why I thought it would be such a great idea to enter a PhD program which focuses on all of the above items.

Fortunately (for me, and probably him), my old friend Kevin T. Baker is somehow a couple steps ahead of me in an alternate-reality version of my own academic career path. Maybe he inspired me, or maybe he has, in fact, invented a time machine in that alternate world (where physics allows such things). At any rate, he has written a wonderful guide to using a qualitative data analysis (QDA) software suite to organize, conceptualize, and collectualize the mind-numbing number of reading notes required by [insert any field other most literature/media studies] programs.

You should check it out. (I mean, if you’re interested in any items in the above list. Except maybe cats.)


Then, while you’re there, you could check out this other post. It schools you (and by you, I mean mostly me) on “Automating Basic Research Tasks with OpenRefine and Freebase.”

And because he’s cool like that, it’s all published under the Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

I’m just lucky to have him in my personal reality before I really start collecting all those notes, before it turns into a classic “Why the F— didn’t I think of that? And F—ing sooner?” moment. ‘Cuz I actually wouldn’t have thought of it. F—ing ever.

Christopher Kiel “gives awesome testimony to the Senate Committee”

This testimony is in response to the proposed Texas Senate Bill #1 (aka House Bill #2), the infamous “omnibus” abortion “regulation and safety” bill. The testimony was given around 10:45 pm (CDT) on July 8, 2013 in front of the Texas Senate Committee of Health and Human Services.

Although SB1/HB2 was (despicably) passed on a final vote yesterday from the Texas Senate, Christopher’s testimony was one of the many valuable voices of the people that needed to be heard and I’m proud to have had a small hand in it. (I’ll have more to say about my experiences with the public testimony later.)

Many people thanked him in person for his rhetorical points (and for the LOLZ), even several days after giving this testimony. But as he says, it was a much easier testimony to give than many of the stories we heard over the 16 or so hours of the committee. (It helps to be speaking from a position of dominant identity.)

But for now, you can just call him Mr. Southern White Man.

Thanks to Bethany Bannister (@bethanyswrld) for editing this footage and posting it on YouTube.