Instructor for IST 301


I’m continuing my work as a teacher by serving as an instructor for IST 301 through Penn State’s World Campus. I’m particularly excited for this opportunity as a Master’s student, as I feel it demonstrates my commitment to both research and teaching early in my career. It is also the culmination of over two and a half years of involvement in IST 301, from taking the class as a student to serving as both a learning and teaching assistant to now teaching the course.

Thanks to Dr. Rosalie Ocker and Amy Stever for this amazing opportunity!


Graduate Assistantship with Penn State Libraries


I’ve been selected to receive a full graduate assistantship working in the Eberly Special Collections Library in the Penn State University Library system. I’ll be working under Ben Goldman on a variety of projects, starting with an archival project involving collecting tweets on the 2016 election in Pennsylvania.

I’m very excited to be working in the libraries, given information sciences birth from the library sciences. I think this will expose me to a variety of valuable tools that I will be able to use for long after the conclusion of this assistantship.

Media coverage about Penn State Heart Assistant Project


Penn State News recently did an article about the Penn State Heart Assistant, a project that I was involved in during the past academic year:

“The Penn State Heart Assistant was developed by a team of researchers, clinicians, nurses and students at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. It seeks to empower heart failure patients to take control of their health and self-care routine.”

The full text of the article can be found here:

iAnnotate 2016


For a first conference, iAnnotate 2016 was everything I could have wanted and more. Through the generosity of my advisor and the conference, I was able to travel abroad to the conference at very little cost to myself. Additionally, the conference provided much of the food and drink for three days, limiting the amount of personal funds I had to devote to food and entertainment. I’m incredibly grateful to all involved, particularly Dan, Jeremy, and Peg at, for this opportunity.

At the conference itself, I was offered the first-hand opportunity to see the cutting edge of annotation technology on the Internet. I learned about the Annotate All Knowledge coalition, and I fully intend to pass this on to as many individuals as I can (along with in general). My presentation and panel discussion went well, and I learned an immense amount about efforts that are being undertaken in the field of education and web annotation. This also led to the potential for collaborations with and researchers at a variety of institutions.

All-in-all, this was a great trip and conference experience, and I look forward to continuing my side-projects that involve web annotation.

Health Informatics Articles Submitted


My first two journal articles have been submitted as part of my work with The Penn State Heart Assistant research group. The two articles, two companion papers discussing the quantitative and qualitative results from the feasibility study, are entitled “The Penn State Heart Assistant: A pilot study of a web-based intervention to improve self-care of heart failure patients” and “Qualitative description of the technology end-user experience from The Penn State Heart Assistant web-based intervention”. More information, including links to these articles, are forthcoming.

Accepted to iAnnotate


I’m excited to announce that I will be attending iAnnotate 2016 to present and participate in a panel on educational uses of web annotation. I will be presenting on work that I did with Marc Friedenberg during the summer of 2015, entitled, “Using web annotation as an educational tool in the classroom”. This trip would not be possible without the gracious support of the conference organizers, (among others), and my advisor, Lynette Yarger.