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Rameerah Anderson is a senior majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a concentration in Identity, Diversity, and Aesthetics. She is working with Michael Levin and the Rebooting History project to restore and revitalize archival photographs of Whiskey Gulch in East Palo Alto. Rameerah is excited to work with the Spatial History Project as its interdisciplinary focus will allow her to fuse her passion of photography with developing a more in-depth understanding of East Palo Alto through visual documentation.
Alice Avery is a recent graduate from Stanford in History. She is working with Maria Santos on the project "Reconstructing California Conservation History," and is excited to explore and become involved in the realm of digital humanities.
Sam Azure is a senior majoring in American Studies: Native American Studies. Sam began working with Professor White on the Shaping the West project in spring 2008. Sam has helped digitize the railroads by tracing railroads, adding stations, and entering names. Sam enjoyed the lab's opportunities to think about things in new ways.
Tara Balakrishnan is a freshman from Seattle, WA, at Stanford University. She is a prospective Computer Science and Economics major, though she is also interested in Political Science and Sociology. Tara is thrilled to be working with Cameron Blevins on georeferencing and georectifying post offices and postal routes onto historical maps, which intersects her many academic passions. In her spare time, Tara enjoys participating in hackathons on campus and reading books. She also dances for Stanford's Basmati Raas, a competitive Garba/Raas team in performances across the nation.
Vincent Bell is a senior majoring in History, having recently made the switch from Symbolic Systems. He finds the Spatial History Lab to be an uncanny match with his academic interests, and he is looking forward to crunching numbers as historical research. He is working with Jon Christensen on the Critical Habitat project.
James Bennett is a senior, majoring in International Relations. He is continuing research on the Chilean Aquaculture Industry for Zephyr Frank and Andy Gerhart, which he began in the fall of 2009 when studying in Santiago. He loves working at the Spatial History Lab, primarily because of the animated lab staff and research assistants and secondarily because of the hands-on learning that combines historical research with digital literacy. He cherishes the opportunity to be involved in producing "the future of historical education" with the Spatial History team.
Emily Brodman is a senior majoring in history. This year, she's working primarily with Richard White's forthcoming book on the transcontinental railroad: designing illustrations, conducting background research, and preparing the book's online supplement. Emily enjoys the lab's mixture of traditional historical research with design, as she happily splits her time in the lab between old books and Adobe Illustrator software.
Camille Brown is a rising junior at Stanford University. Currently majoring in Science, Technology, and Society (with a concentration in Information Technology, Media and Society), she is also contemplating declaring an additional major or minor in Drama. She is working with Scott Saul’s team to develop an interactive supplement to his biography of comedian-actor Richard Pryor (HarperCollins, forthcoming). As an actress with a fascination for the performing arts and the ever-evolving systems in place for the effective communication of art across genres in today’s society, she is thrilled to be working on a project that intersects with so many of her personal and academic passions.
Rosie Cima is a Journalism-track coterminal Masters student in Communications. She did her undergraduate degree at Stanford in Symbolic Systems with a concentration on Human Computer Interaction. Cima is particularly interested in exploring data-visualization as a narrative medium. She is a founding member of and blogger for the Stanford Design Initiative.
Amanda Cravens is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford after completing a Masters degree at the University of Canterbury where she wrote "Stories about pristine mountains: History, visitor interpretation and conservation in New Zealand 's Te Wahipounamu world heritage area." Amanda is working on the Tooling Up for Digital Histories and Critical Habitat projects.
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Michael De Groot, a History major and German Studies minor, worked with Erik Steiner from 2010 to 2011 on the Holocaust Geographies project and focused his efforts on visualizing European borders during WWII.
Ryan Delaney is senior majoring in History (of the Middle East) and minoring in Middle Eastern Literatures, Languages, and Cultures. Ryan has just begun working with Profess Frank on the Terrain of History project.
Carrie Denning received her Bachelor's degree in Art History and History in June 2008 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Sociology. Carrie has been working with Jon Christensen on the Bay Area Conservation and Development and Tooling Up for Digital Humanities projects. For Bay Area Conservation and Development, Carrie is helping develop a regression-based simulation model to examine what would have happened to currently preserved land in the Silicon Valley had it been developed. For Tooling Up, Carrie wrote a paper on the technology constraints and opportunities for the Spatial History Lab. Her favorite thing about working in the lab is the opportunity to work with people who are fascinated by questions about space and how physical space alters larger research questions like land use policy, transportation, and historic trends.
Eric Eichelberger found his way to Palo Alto after 18 years of incubation amidst the humid sprawl of Atlanta, Georgia. At Stanford, he studies film as well as comparative literature, and at CESTA, he works primarily within Michael Levin's Rebooting History project, currently engaging with oral histories from East Palo Alto in an attempt to identify best practices for editing oral histories.
Anne Evered has lived in various corners of the United States, from Washington DC to Minneapolis to San Diego. She enjoys traveling and reading and is an avid board game player. She is fascinated by issues of design and how spatial arrangement affects how we conceive of the world, whether it be a website or the architectural design for a library. Anne is currently working on the Year of the Bay and 500 Novels projects, which seek to determine how crowd-sourcing might be used for research in the humanities.
Liz Fenje is a senior, majoring in History and minoring in International Relations. She is working with Andy Robichaud on the Animal City project, which is investigating the role animals played in shaping 19th century cities, with a particular focus on San Francisco. Liz is excited to work in the Spatial History Lab as its interdisciplinary nature fuses her interests of history and visual design.
Kevin Fischer loves maps, and anything to do with maps. He is currently a sophomore history major working on the Shaping the West project with Professor Richard White. Most importantly, he looks forward to applying his new-found GIS and research skills to integrating history and technology/science to modern world practices.
Katie Fite is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Art History. This is her second year at the lab working with Andrew Gerhart to study the impact of aquaculture and the salmon farming industry on Chilean society. This year, she looks forward to learning more about the complex interactions between global businesses, Chilean civil society, and the environment.
Victoria Flores is a senior majoring in Studio Art while also pursuing minors in Computer Science and Architectural Design. She is working with the Cigarette Citadels project, exploring the history of tobacco with special emphasis on its production and consumption as related to the industry's factories. She is particularly interested in data as a media for intelligent design and aesthetics.
Maxine Fonua is a sophomore majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is particularly interested in the impact of race in urban settings. After learning of East Palo Alto's history and redevelopment, she joined the Rebooting History project in hopes to further her understanding of residents' experiences and the impact urban change has had on youth.
Emily Francis is a rising senior at Princeton University majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with certificates in Environmental Studies and Dance. She is currently working as the teaching assistant for a Princeton Marine Biology field course at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Later this summer, she will join the Reconstructing California Conservation History project to analyze the carbon stock and sink potential of timberlands that were converted to state parks in the redwood forests of Santa Cruz and San Mateo County. Emily is excited to contribute to the work of the Spatial History Project and to use spatial analysis as a tool for understanding long-term effects of complex land-use histories.
Anne Fredell is a senior, majoring in International Relations with a specialization in comparative political and historical analysis. This summer, she is working with Martin Lewis to construct an atlas that depicts global economic and social data in a non-state-based framework. She is interested in international development and is excited to further explore this topic in the Spatial History Lab through GIS.
Jonathan Gelbart is a sophomore majoring in International Relations. He has just begun working with Professor Booker on the Between the Tides project. Jonathan hopes to use his ArcGIS experience to advance the lab's goal of better understanding and exploring history with visualizations.
Taz George is a Senior majoring in Sociology and Italian, and is working on the Reconstructing California Conservation History project. Before joining the Spatial History Project, his experiences with spatial analysis included examining the relationship between unemployment and public transportation access in Sacramento County. Taz is excited to further develop his GIS skills while addressing critical questions about the successes and failures of conservation efforts in California.
Francisca Gilmore is a junior majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. This summer, she is working on the Cigarette Citadels project, studying the historical development of cigarette factories and their impact on local economies and peoples. She is interested in studying the prevalence of cigarette consumption as it relates to cigarette factory location in Latin America, looking particularly at her home country, Ecuador.
Hannah Gilula received her Master's Degree in Sociology with a concentration on Inequality in June 2009 and her Bachelor's degrees in History and Spanish and Portuguese in June 2008. Hannah has been working with Professor Frank on the Terrain of History project since June 2008. She has been working on the Rio de Janeiro street centerline ArcGIS map as well as translating Portuguese to English for database development. Hannah enjoys working with Professor Frank to use various Brazilian sources and database information to develop and answer a variety of research questions. In February 2010 she will be going to Brazil on a Fulbright grant to pursue a research project which will explore how author Joao do Rio used the geography and space in Rio de Janeiro to tell his tales of the city. Click here to learn more about the outcomes of this research.
Karla Gonzalez is a junior majoring in History with a focus on global affairs. She is working with Lea VanderVelde's team on the Law of the Antebellum Frontier to map patterns of migration in and out of St. Louis during the 19th century. Karla is very excited to acquire GIS skills and delve further into the history of migration, a particular interest of hers.
Alexis Guadarrama is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Iberian and Latin American Cultures. This summer, he is working on the Terrain of History Project with Professor Frank analyzing character networks in 19th century Brazilian literature. Alexis admires the combination of historical research and visualization methods in the lab and hopes to continue his connection with Brazil through his honors thesis and beyond.
Kimia Habibi, a Classics major with a focus in Ancient History, worked with Professor White in the winter and spring of 2011 on the Shaping the West project. She used her existing knowledge of her home state to help further developing the "Railroad Repeats" Hart photo collection project. She hopes to apply skills and methods learned in the lab to form future teaching materials and research tools.
Leigh Hammel is a senior in Geological and Environmental Sciences. She is working with Michael Kahan on the Philadelphia Street Life project. Leigh is specifically looking at prostitution in Philadelphia between the years of 1912 and 1918. She is using GIS to map the distribution of prostitution looking at race, age, and year throughout the time period.
Allie Hausladen is a recent graduate from the Earth Systems program and will be continuing her Stanford career as a coterminal master's student in Earth Systems with a focus on water management. Previously, Allie has worked with spatial analysis using GIS to examine mechanisms of aspen decline in the West. This summer, she is working with Gregory Simon to explore the production of vulnerability in the Oakland hills by focusing on the historical development of water resources in the Bay Area.
Andy Hiller, a Political Science major, worked with Professor Jonathan Rodden on a project to create state maps with data from recent US national elections and the US census, aggregated to the census block group level.
Olivia Jackson is a senior majoring in Product Design and minoring in Computer Science. This is her first year working in the lab as a general visualization assistant. She is excited about applying design skills towards historical research and the opportunity to be involved in multiple projects.
Michelle Kahn is a first-year doctoral student in Stanford's History Department, focusing on twentieth-century Germany. She graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2012, where her senior thesis on the politicization of German and British colonial-era humanitarianism received the History Department's "Best Thesis" award. At the Spatial History Project, Michelle will work with her adviser, Edith Sheffer, on the Forming Selves project. She looks forward to integrating her research skills with her background in graphic design and publishing, as well as to potential dissertation work on Turkish migration to Germany using spatial analysis tools.
Eli Katz is a junior, majoring in History and minoring in Economics. He is working with Professor White on the Shaping the West railroads project. A longtime map and graphics enthusiast, Eli welcomes the opportunity to dive in to the sea of historical perspectives that is the Spatial History Lab.
Oliver Khakwani is a senior majoring in STS with a specialization in Product and Interaction Design. Last year he contributed to the Chinese Canadian Stories project. This year he will continue using data visualisation as a tool to identify and explore trends in large data sets for a variety of projects.
Emily Kizzia is a senior in the Earth Systems Program. She has previously worked in her home state of Alaska for the National Park Service, the Pratt Museum, and as a bakery barista. This summer she is working with Gregory Simon from the University of Colorado Denver to study the production of vulnerability in the East Bay by examining historic logging and vegetation patterns, land use changes, and post-fire development as it relates to Oakland's 1991 "Tunnel Fire." She looks forward to using the myriad lab resources to tell the story of the fire from new, thought-provoking perspectives.
Ian Korn is in the final year of his Master of Architecture program at the University of Oregon. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he arrived in Eugene after studying at New York University, working for an architecture firm, and a brief stint teaching English in Spain. His work on the Forma Urbis Romae Project allows him to combine his loves of architecture, history, and urban design.
Maya Krishnan is a sophomore planning a double major in History and Mathematical and Computational Sciences. This summer, she is working with Zephyr Frank to see how network analysis can be applied to literary works. She is also interested in scientific research and building tools that promote code-sharing among researchers.
Jaslyn Law is a coterminal master's student studying Earth Systems with a focus on environmental geography. She works with Andy Gerhart on the Chilean aquaculture project. This summer, she is using GIS to do a comparative study of the Chilean and Norwegian aquaculture industries' responses to outbreaks of infectious salmon anemia.
Kelly Mabry is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Architecture and minoring in Multi-Media. She is working with Professor Jim Tice on the Forma Urbis Romae Project to create a layered history of Rome’s evolution. For the last four years, she has worked closely with Professor Tice on past and current GIS-related projects, including the creation of a three dimensional topographic map of Rome, Italy. She has recently returned from a quarter abroad in Rome where—under the supervision of Dr. Allan Ceen, Professor of Pennsylvania State and director of Stadium Urbis—she accumulated sources and continued research for the Forma Urbis Romae Project.
Lucas Manfield is a sophomore working on Professor Frank's Terrain of History project. Lucas has been developing a database model for storing and retrieving data collected during Professor Frank's research. Lucas's favorite thing about working in the lab is its collaborative atmosphere.
Alex McInturff is a Master's student in Earth Systems. In the spring of 2009, he walked from Oakland, California, to Yosemite National Park, retracing a trek that John Muir made in 1868. He is currently writing about that and creating a spatial history of this "California Transect" as part of the Critical Habitat and Tooling Up for Digital Histories projects.
Marco Medellin is a senior majoring in Chicano Studies. His research interests include migration and the development of identity. Some of his most recent work includes a presentation on differing perceptions of the United States and Mexico border region at the Association of American Geographers national conference. He enjoys the interdisciplinary atmosphere the Spatial History Project provides and hopes that his work on the Rebooting History project helps develop a better understanding of East Palo Alto.
Veriene Melo recently graduated from Stanford University with a Masters in Latin American Studies. She is also a research assistant at the Program on Poverty and Governance at CDDRL and is particularly interested in issues of criminal violence, local governance, and educational development in Latin America. She has been involved with the Terrain of History project since October 2011, mainly tagging nineteenth-century Brazilian novels. She enjoys the interdisciplinary atmosphere that the Spatial History Lab has to offer and hopes this experience will further her understanding of the history of Rio de Janeiro, the city where she was born and raised. She is now working with Professor Daryle Williams on a project about Free Africans in nineteenth-century Brazilian slave society.
Dan Meyer '08 is back on The Farm and excited to work with this summer's crop of RAs developing interactive Flash visualizations to enhance their research projects.
Julio Mojica is a sophomore double majoring in Anthropology and Science, Technology, and Society. He works with Professor Frank on the Chilean Salmon Project. This past summer he participated in an archaeological excavation in Chavin de Huantar, Peru. He hopes to continue working on archaeological projects in the near future and applying what he learns in the lab.
Sanaz Motahari is a second year graduate student in Electrical Engineering. Sanaz is working with Jon Christensen on the Tooling Up for Digital Humanities project. She is also involved in the Shaping the West project, and is collaborating with Killeen Hanson to best visualize the Hart Railroad Photos.
Otto Murphy is a sophomore probably majoring in Symbolic Systems and definitely interested in bringing historical data to life in captivating visualizations. He will be working to that end with various groups within the lab throughout the summer. In his spare time he will watch MGMT videos on Youtube.
Nick Murray, an Earth Systems and Latin American Studies major, worked on the Terrain of History project and made some contributions from his recent research in the Brazilian Amazon. Nick is interested in Latin American history, especially that of Brazil, and is a huge fan of Brazilian culture. Nick is looking forward to helping develop Prof. Frank's projects in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, and is eager to continue working with Brazil after graduation.
Bugei Nyaosi is a sophomore majoring in Management Science and Engineering. He works with Professor Dan Edelstein on the Mapping the Republic of Letters project. He is excited to work on creating Java Script visualizations for this particular project.
Cameron Ormsby, a History major, worked on the Shaping the West project with Professor White from 2010 to 2011. Her work included digitizing and georeferencing maps of Tulare, Fresno, and Kings Counties as part of her research in land speculation and the development of the Central Valley.
Sophia Paliza-Carre is currently a senior majoring in History with a focus on global affairs. She is working on the Shaping the West project with Richard White, and will be working to help represent and analyze railroads as spatial patterns in the 19th century American West. Her interest in GIS was piqued by a class in ArcGIS software she took in which she mapped the suitability of Syrian refugee camps in Turkey. In her spare time, she is also an associate producer for the Stanford Storytelling Project and loves coffee.
Toral Patel graduated from Middlebury College with a joint degree in Geography and Political Science. She is working on the Terrain of History project this fall, and looks forward to exploring new ways to apply GIS to interdisciplinary research.
Alexandra Peers is a junior majoring in Human Biology, with a concentration in Human Ecology, looking at the interactions between people and their environments. Working on the Reconstructing California Conservation History project, she is researching how the unique ecosystems and biodiversity of California are interwoven with the state’s conservation history. She’s very excited to learn GIS, as this is the first time she had the chance to work with spatial analysis.
Aaron Peterson is a senior majoring in History of Science and Medicine and minoring in Creative Writing. This summer he is working with Professor White on Shaping The West, analyzing how 19th and early 20th century railroad development influenced land usage in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and exploring implications for future environmental challenges. Aaron is excited to engage with spatial analysis to draw connections between the environmental and social sciences and to visually communicate complex concepts in an easily comprehensible manner. He loves reading, writing fiction and nonfiction, and anything to do with the outdoors, especially the ocean, and looks forward to integrating spatial analysis into a career in environmental/social justice law or academia.
Jess Peterson worked in the lab from 2010 to 2011 on the Shaping the West project, and is currently studying Economics and History. He loves trains and has crossed the country several times by rail. Professor White's Shaping the West Project has been the perfect place for Jess to combine his interests in American history and railroads.
Miriam Pollock is a sophomore from San Francisco and Seattle majoring in Classics. She is working with Professor Christensen on the Year of the Bay project, which seeks to use crowdsourcing to gain an in-depth understanding of different narratives of environmental history. Specifically, the project prompts users to engage with photographs and maps that explore the history the San Francisco Bay. She is excited to combine her interests in her history, maps, and data visualization through this project. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, spending time with friends, and caffeine.
Anna Ponting is a senior majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Modern Languages. She is working with Professor Jim Tice on the Forma Urbis Romae Project to create a layered history of Rome's evolution. As a lover of both cities and Italy, where she spent a quarter abroad, she is thrilled to work on a project that also incorporates her interest in GIS and humanities visualization tools. She has worked on past GIS-related projects with the Center for Education Policy Analysis, the Center for Poverty and Inequality, and as a teaching assistant for a course on GIS fundamentals.
Claudia Preciado is a senior majoring in Urban Studies with a focus on Urban Society & Social Change. She will be completing a Masters in Urban Planning this upcoming fall. Her research interests include sustainable land use planning, environmental history, climate change impacts on coastal cities, and international environmental policy. She is currently working on a City Nature project through the Bill Lane Center for the American West with Jon Christensen, in collaboration with the Spatial History Project's Maria J. Santos. Through the use of spatial analysis tools and techniques, they will answer a range of questions from park conservation to access and equity in the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Her specific focus will be on answering these questions for the Los Angeles region. Her ultimate career goal is in International Sustainable Development, focusing on Latin American countries.
Jonathan Proctor is a junior majoring in Earth Systems with a concentration in Energy Systems. He is working with Andrew Gerhart to investigate Chile's Aquaculture Industry from1950-2000. Jon is excited to work with the spatial history lab because it offers a unique view of historical and scientific events!
Allen Roberts is a sophomore majoring in Biology. He worked with Professor Booker on the Between the Tides project between fall 2008 and winter 2009. Allen georeferenced an early 20th century archaeological map of Native American oyster shell mounds to modern digital photos of the San Francisco Bay area. He and Professor Booker also incorporated this into a larger project that studies how the Bay shaped the economies of local inhabitants, from shell mounds to Silicon Valley. Allen's favorite thing about working in the lab was its innovative and new way of approaching history with GIS. He also enjoyed the fun and useful cooperation between projects.
Alexis Z. Romero
Alexis Z. Romero is a senior double-majoring in Political Science and Iberian & Latin American Cultures. He is working with Professor Frank on the Rebooting History project. Some of his most recent work includes a research project assessing the performance of Guatemala's conditional cash-transfer program. In his spare time, you can find him dancing, running, cooking or playing soccer. He is excited to work with the Spatial History Project and explore the realm of spatial analysis.
Eric Ross is a Master's student in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Colorado Denver and is working with visiting scholar Gregory Simon on the Vulnerability in Production at the Wildland/Urban Interface project. His recent undergraduate studies in geography and criminal justice concentrated on urban studies with a focus on GIS applications. He has been a professional research assistant for the past two years implementing GIS for a variety of university projects including health, historical geography, and planning.
Melissa Runsten is a senior majoring in Human Biology (with a concentration in Environmental Change and International Health) and minoring in Creative Writing. She has just begun working with Jon Christensen on analyzing and visually representing national conservation and development trends, with an emphasis on the western US. She appreciates the interdisciplinary nature of the lab and looks forward to exploring environmental change from historical, technical, and spatial perspectives.
David Sabeti is a junior, majoring in Mathematical and Computational Sciences with a minor (or double major, if he's feeling ambitious) in history. He's working with Professor Frank on the Terrain of History project, spending most of his time working with the project's database. Unable make up his mind between the humanities and the sciences/technology, David's disciplinary indecision feels right at home in the Spatial History Lab, and he can't wait to apply new tools to old questions.
Jeremy Schreier is a rising junior majoring in History and minoring in Music Composition. This summer he is working on the Shaping the West Project with Professor White, examining the environmental implications the expansion of railroads held on the California Delta region. He is an avid jazz pianist, and enjoys performing with his band at various events on and off campus. Jeremy is excited to work with spatial analysis tools for the first time, and looks forward to expanding current knowledge about the relationships between the American West, railroads, and environmental conservation.
Julia Schubach started working in the lab with the Shaping the West project in 2011 as a freshman intending to major in Product Design. She assisted with the preparation of the website for Richard White's latest book, Railroaded.
Peter Shannon is a fifth year senior majoring in Music and minoring in Film Studies. He worked at the Spatial History Lab last summer on developing a dynamic Flash-based program for visualizing GIS data (codenamed Project Steel). This summer, he is focused on creating interactive Flash visualizations for specific research projects across the Lab.
Gabriel Shields-Estrada is a sophomore majoring in Biology and Management Science & Engineering. He has been working with Jon Christensen primarily on the Critical Habitat project. Gabriel has been completing mathematical and statistical analyses of factors that correlate to extancy of Bay Area Checkerspot butterfly populations. Gabriel has also helped conduct research for the Tooling Up for Digital Humanities project. His favorite thing about working in the lab is the dynamic intellectual environment with a focus on exploration.
Evgenia Shnayder is a Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant on Shaping the West. She has been working with Professor White on the project since April 2008. Evgenia graduated from Stanford University in June 2010 with university distinction, a B.A. in history with a focus on American history and with departmental honors, and a minor in Political Science. Evgenia has helped organize and acquire historic documents, develop base data by digitizing rail lines, stations, and quads, create visualizations of Nebraska, stockholder data, California railroad construction dates, American Railway Union growth, and Colorado railroad accidents. She is also the author of "When the Loss of a Finger is Considered a 'Minor' Accident" and "A Data Model for Spatial History: The Shaping the West Geodatabase." She enjoys the supportive lab environment and freedom to pursue her own research questions.
Moritz Sudhof is a junior majoring in who-knows-what. He is working with Jon Christensen (and other fabulous friends) on the Botanizing California and Tooling Up for Digital Histories projects. Moritz thinks plants are just about the coolest things ever, and he enjoys engaging with questions of design and visual story-telling.
Alex Tarr is a PhD Candidate in geography at UC Berkeley. He is working with Scott Saul’s team to develop an interactive supplement to his biography of comedian-actor Richard Pryor (HarperCollins, forthcoming). As a geographer with a background in multimedia scholarship, he comes to the Spatial History Project with a passion for combining space-based and digital/interactive research methods, and is looking forward to applying both the history of Richard Pryor in Peoria, Illinois.
Noemi Walzebuck, an Urban Studies major and minoring in International Relations, worked with Zephyr Frank on the Terrain of History project in the winter and spring terms of 2011. Her involvement in the project provided an opportunity to analyze her home city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and to further her statistical research skills in the lab. She hopes to go into urban planning in the international development sector someday.
John Watson is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Engineering and Art History. He has been working with Professor White on the Shaping the West project since June 2008. John has helped develop base data by digitizing rail lines and stations, create a quad index, digitize historic documents, and design a visualization to illustrate the way the railroad freight rate manipulations distorted time and space. John's favorite thing about working in the lab is the camaraderie among faculty, staff, and students.
Natasha Weiss is a sophomore from San Francisco, likely majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Creative Writing. She is working alongside Nicholas Bauch on the Enchanting the Desert project, which aims to allow viewers to enter the world of 1930's photographs of Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks by way of digital, multi-media interaction. She is a lover of the American West and is fascinated by the ways in which people shape and are shaped by the landscapes that are their homes.
Melissa Wiggins is a senior at the University of Colorado Denver, majoring in Geography with an emphasis on GIS. She is particularly interested in human geography, focusing on human interaction with the natural environment. Throughout the summer, Melissa will be working with Gregory Simon to tell the story of the Oakland Hills region and its vulnerable landscape.
Eleanor Wilking recently graduated from Harvard College where she majored in Economics with a secondary field in History. She is working primarily on quantitative data analysis for the 'Shaping the West' and 'Terrain of History' projects this summer. In addition to the outstanding weather at Palo Alto, she appreciates the lab's integration of new statistical technologies with more traditional methodology in pursuit of historical answers that remain salient to modern questions concerning space, society and economic development.
Anne Winslow is a senior, majoring in Earth System and minoring in Geology. This year she has begun working with Andy Gerhart to study the impact of the aquaculture industry on Chilean society. She is excited to work with the Spatial History Project and delve deeper into the realm of spatial analysis.
Lowry Yankwich is a freshman interested in the intersection of the humanities and computer science. He will be working on the Living Railroads Project, using crowd-sourcing techniques to facilitate inquiry about the history of the railroad system in the western United States. Lowry loves studying 19th century American History, and is excited to combine his interests and the expertise of railroad buffs to produce an innovative historical research project.
Andre Zollinger is a senior majoring in International Relations and co-terming in Latin Americans Studies, with an emphasis on Brazilian history and culture. He is working with Professor Frank on the Terrain of History project, currently focusing on mapping 19th century Brazilian urban novels. This year, Andre looks forward to begin analyzing the data collected from each novel and organizing it into a visual presentation.