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Hacking the Academy Program Series

The way in which scholars produce and publish scholarship is changing into a more open, collaborative, and iterative process.  Based on Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt's open access book by the same title,  the Hacking the Academy program series explores the evolution of scholarship and scholarly publishing.  This program series will highlight trends in how scholarship is produced, archived, evaluated, and reused through a series of interdisciplinary showcases, discussions, and lectures.  Have an idea for a Hacking the Academy program topic?  Contact us at digisch@uw.edu.

Fall Quarter 2017 Program

Simpson Center Summer Fellows Showcase

October 16th, 11:30am-12:20pm

Research Commons, Green A

Join us for short talks by this year's Simpson Center Summer Fellows and learn about graduate student and faculty funding opportunities available through the Simpson Center.  Project presented will include:

  • Feminist Politics of belonging: Participatory Culture and Youth Digital Video Production, Negin Dahya (Information School)
  • Monumental Ephemeral: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art, Sasha Welland (Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies)
  • Digital Trace of Iraq's Cultural and Political History, Michael Degerald (Interdisciplinary Near & Middle East Studies)
  • Mapping Northlake: Seattle's Hinterlands in Global Perspective, Roneva Keel (History) and Eleanor Mahoney (History)
  • The Original Seattle Gayborhood: A Public Historical Walking Tour of Seattle's Lesbian & Gay Past, Julian Barr (Geography)

Julian Barr is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Washington Seattle. He has a BA in history and a MS in geography both from the St. Louis area. He is interested in queer-feminist geography, qualitative methodology, and cultural geography with a focus on place studies and popular culture. His research is focused on the historical geography of lesbian and queer women in Seattle with a focus on place/community development. His secondary research interests include researching issues of representation of identity and place in popular culture. He and a co-author were recently published in the Journal of Popular Film and Television.

  • See Shanties: Carto-visual Narrative in Public Science, Lauren Drakopulos (Geography)

Lauren is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of Washington. Broadly Lauren is interested in the politics of science in the context of environmental management. Her research examines the co-production of science and regulation in the West Coast commercial fisheries, and the social and political impacts of new scientific and monitoring technologies on commercial fisherman. Lauren also works at the nexus of digital humanities and science communications to understand how conservation discourse is produced and circulated on the web through social media and emerging practices of geospatial digital storytelling and carto-visual narrative.

Join us for presentations and time for brief discussion!


Open in Order to...

October 23rd, 11:00am-12:00pm

Research Commons, Green A

Celebrate Open Access Week with us by hearing how and why campus colleagues share their work openly.  Join us for short talks by Sharon Kioko, Evans School, on co-authoring an open textbook, Ben Marwick, Anthropology, on publishing pre-prints, and Michael Degerald on his digital scholarship work making rare and hard to locate Iraqi texts publicly available.  Short talks will be followed by time for your questions.

Digital Safety & You!

November 7th, 12:00-1:00pm

Research Commons, Green A

Are you concerned about your own digital safety, but don’t know where to start? Join UW Librarians in an interactive conversation on safeguarding your personal data. We will create personal information maps to track our data and learn to identify risks and questions. Participants will leave with a better understanding of where their information lives and what safety priorities are most important to them. Bring your lunch and join us!

Winter Quarter 2017 Program

Hacking the Academy: Data Science for the Social Good

January 24th, 4:00-5:00pm

Research Commons, Green A

Sarah Stone, Executive Director, eScience Institute

The University of Washington eScience Institute runs an annual Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program. Modeled after similar programs at the University of Chicago and Georgia Tech, with elements from our own Data Science Incubator, the eScience DSSG brings together data and domain scientists to work on focused, collaborative projects that are designed to impact public policy for social benefit. Previous projects (4 in each year) have involved data analysis and visualization on topics such as transportation, public health, sustainable urban planning, homelessness, and social justice. DSSG projects are executed by a team consisting of: an external Project Lead, two Data Scientists from the eScience Institute, and four Student Fellows (graduate and advanced undergraduate) who apply through a competitive, national call. Project Leads submit the project proposals and bear primary responsibility for project design and execution. The Data Scientists provide guidance on methods, technologies, and best practices in extracting knowledge from large, noisy, and/or heterogeneous datasets, as well as general software engineering. Student responsibilities vary from project to project, but include developing code, selecting methods, conducting analyses, contributing to design, and incorporating stakeholder perspectives into the project. A team of data science ethnographers is also embedded in our program, observing and interacting with participants on a daily basis and providing valuable insights for program improvement as well as scholarly contributions to the evolving field of Data Science Studies. Throughout the summer Student Fellows and Project Leads have opportunities to participate in technical tutorials and research talks. Our recent experience running this program supports the notion that DSSG programs can both effectively impact social good and provide data science training for students across diverse domain fields. Differences in prior experience and training among student fellows can pose a challenge, but often becomes a strength in the context of project work. We have also found that stakeholder identification and involvement with end users is important to project success and longevity. We are currently accepting applications for Student Fellows for our summer 2017 DSSG program, for more information visit http://escience.washington.edu/dssg/.


Hacking the Academy: Citizen

February 21st, 4:00-5:00pm

Research Commons, Green A

Learn how UW researchers use citizen volunteers to create scholarship and how scholarship can effectively reach the public in this public scholarship themed program.  We'll begin the program with a series of short talks followed by discussion around the theme Citizen.  Come ready to learn and share your ideas and experiences with citizen science and public scholarship!

Speakers include:

  • Julia K. Parrish, Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Biology, COASST Executive Director, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, College of the Environment
Julia K. Parrish is an ecologist whose research follows three major routes: marine conservation, seabird ecology, and the ways that fish and seabirds behave when they’re in groups. A committed advocate of citizen science, she is the Executive Director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a project that enlists volunteers all along the U.S. west coast to walk beaches in search of dead birds. Additionally, she is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Washington College of the Environment. She holds the Lowell A. and Frankie L. Wakefield Endowed Professorship, is a Leopold Leadership Fellow, and more recently was one of 12 “Champions of Change.” For this she was invited to the White House to speak on public engagement in science, and scientific literacy.

Dr. Parrish will speak on citizen science and the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team.

  • Sara Vannini, Lecturer, Department of Communication

Dr. Vannini will speak on her work with the FotoHistorias, a participatory photography project.

  • Derek Fulwiler, Project Director the University of Washington's Population Health Initiative

Derek Fulwiler is the Project Director for the University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative. He possesses more than a dozen years working in marketing, communications, and operational roles in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining the initiative, he served as Director of Communications and Marketing for the UW’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences, responsible for overseeing all of the Institute’s marketing, communication, and human resource functions.

Mr. Fulwiler will speak on the UW's Population Health Initiative.

  • Sarah Stuteville, Co-Founder & Education Director, Seattle Globalist
Sarah Stuteville is a print and multimedia journalist and a cofounder of The Seattle Globalist. Stuteville won the 2014 Educator of the Year award from the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest, and her journalism has been honored with numerous awards including the 2014 SPJNW award for best online column, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award for magazine writing.
She writes a weekly column on our region’s international connections that is shared by the Seattle Globalist and The Seattle Times and funded with a grant from Seattle International Foundation. She is a former board member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Western Washington chapter, and of Short Run Seattle.

Ms. Stuteville will speak on the The Seattle Globalist's work to incorporate underrepresented voices in media reporting through training of citizen journalists.

Fall Quarter 2016 Program

Hacking the Academy: Simpson Center for the Humanities 2016 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows Showcase

October 24th, 4:00-5:00pm

UW Seattle Allen Library Research Commons, Green A

UW Bothell and Cascadia College Library, Room LB2-318

Learn more about the Simpson Center Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship program and hear three 2016 Summer Fellows talk about their work.

Darren Byler (Anthropology)

The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: A Repertoire of Uyghur and Han Migrant Popular Culture

Following a series of riots in 2009, officials in Xinjiang, an ethnically diverse province in Northwest China, announced multi-million yuan investments in "creative industries" across the region which address official goals of “ethnic harmony” and "anti-terrorism." By centering on Uyghur and Han art collectives, literary salons, film and photography studios that have been created as supplements to secular urban development, this project focuses on the way cultural expression responds to social precariousness across and within ethnic and class divides. Aimed at the intersection of urban studies and expressive culture, this digital project considers how Chinese urban minority and migrant life give rise to new forms of ethics and aesthetics.

Josephine Ensign (Psychosocial & Community Health)

Soul Stories: Health and Healing through Homelessness

Soul Stories is a transmedia critical policy narrative that includes a print book and a long-form digital scholarship online project. It is an exploration of the boundaries of narrative within health and healing in the context of homelessness. Soul Stories deepens our understanding of trauma and resilience, the role of narrative in health, and ways we can humanize health care for patients, providers, and communities. The Soul Stories digital online project includes a collection of essays, poems, photographs, and participatory digital storytelling (DS) videos. For this fellowship, Ensign expands the scope of the digital online component and complete the series of community-based participatory DS videos.

Minda Martin (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Seattle’s Freeway Revolt

Seattle’s Freeway Revolt is a short documentary and an interactive digital archive illuminating the historical, social, and political contexts of the freeway revolts in Seattle and beyond. The interactive digital archive will feature oral histories—short, edited video interviews with activists, politicians, and others involved in the freeway revolt—and will serve as a repository of video and audio recordings of citizen testimony, maps, and other illustrative and written documents, with links to related resources.

Hacking the Academy: Open in Action

October 26th, 4:00-5:00pm

UW Seattle Allen Library Research Commons, Green A

UW Bothell and Cascadia College Library, Room LB2-318

Celebrate Open Access Week by hearing how faculty on-campus are working to keep their work open.  We'll begin the program with some short talks followed by time for discussion around the theme "open in action."  Come ready to learn and share your ideas!

Rachel Arteaga currently serves as Assistant Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities and Assistant Program Director for “Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics,” a new initiative at the Simpson Center funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She completed the Certificate in Public Scholarship in 2015 and the PhD in English in 2016 at the University of Washington. Her work extends new approaches to reading texts developed in the digital humanities to the high school English classroom through collaborative curriculum development with teachers in rural southwest Washington, an area of the region that has been historically disconnected from higher education.

Dr. Arteaga will be speaking on public scholarship.

  • Steven Roberts, Kenneth K. Chew Endowed Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Steven Roberts, the Kenneth K. Chew Endowed Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, received his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Notre Dame in 2002. His main research interest is the physiological response of aquatic species to environmental change with a particular focus on environmental epigenetics, reproductive biology, and aquaculture.

A large part of his lab's research activity includes analysis of large genomic datasets. In doing this, they practice open notebook science, strive to make all data analysis easily reproducible, and hold open online lab meetings.

Dr. Roberts will be speaking on open science.

  • Dan Berger, Assistant Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UW Bothell

Dan Berger is an assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies at UW Bothell and adjunct affiliate professor of history at UW Seattle. His most recent book is Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era.

Dr. Berger will be speaking on public scholarship.

  • Justin Marlowe, Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement, and Associate Dean for Executive Education Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
He has published four books and more than 75 articles on various topics in public financial management, including capital budgeting and finance, state and local tax policy, public pensions and legacy costs, government financial transparency, and public-private partnerships, and his work has appeared in the top scholarly outlets in public finance, public administration, health care management, transportation finance, and governmental accounting. Several foundations and professional associations have supported his work, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the International City/County Management Association. His column in Governing magazine is read by thousands of state and local policymakers, and he is lead author of Governing's popular Guide to Financial Literacy series for public officials.

Professor Marlowe will speak on his work designing an open textbook.

  • Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement, and
    Associate Dean for Executive Education
    Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and GovernanceEndowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement, and     Associate Dean for Executive EducationDaniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance