Back at Cornell

Thanks to a Doctoral Dissertation Grant from the National Science Foundation, this summer's research travel took me across the United States, from California to DC with stops in Arizona, Missouri and Ohio, to visit Rover scientists in their workplaces and watch them work with digital images from Mars to do their science. A thousand digital photos, hundreds of recorded interviews and ten full research notebooks later, I am fortunate to have the intellectual and physical space at the Society for the Humanities to turn this great material into a dissertation over the course of this academic year.
Although writing is my focus this fall, I will be speaking on my dissertation work periodically: first at the Society for the Social Studies of Science conference in Montreal in October, then at the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts conference in Portland, Maine in November, and finally at my department's Science Studies Research Group series. I am also an invited speaker at the upcoming "Educated Eye" workshop at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin in February. To achieve some kind of balance, I continue to play with the Cornell Jazz Ensembles with a wonderfully talented group of students -- catch our upcoming performance on November 17 at the Carriage House Cafe! -- and serve on the Graduate Community Initiative working group based on the report authored last spring.