Research Associates

Patsy Baudoin, MLS, Ph.D.

Patsy Baudoin, MLS, Ph.D.

Research Affiliate

After retiring from the MIT Libraries in January 2016, where she was most recently digital humanities librarian and librarian to the Media Lab at MIT, Dr. Patsy Baudoin established her own developmental-editing and translating business. Past experience includes co-managing Schoenhof’s Foreign Books, documentary filmmaking, TV production, software project management, teaching French language and literature, and consulting in digital archiving. She has edited and translated books and articles, and enjoys writing book reviews, too. She is one of the co-authors of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1));:GOTO10 (MIT Press, 2012).

David Chang

Alumni: Research Affiliate
Alumni: Undergraduate Research Intern
Graduate Research Intern

David Chang is a 2017 Harvard graduate, majoring in Social Studies. He is a past member of the research program as a summer intern where he studied privacy, informational, harm and geographic discrimination. He is currently working as a Research Affiliate and furthering his work in data privacy, specifically around aggregate genomic information. He hopes that this work will help prepare him for addressing present-day problems of big data ubiquity and a lack of legislation to address its accelerated growth.

Jessica Chapel

Graduate Research Intern
Jessica Chapel is a second-year student in the Simmons SLIS program focusing on digital libraries and archives. Previously, she worked as a digital producer and editor for an international sporting event, the Breeders’ Cup, and and for publications such as the Daily Racing Form, American Prospect, and the Atlantic. Her research this summer will concentrate on identifying progress in digital preservation research and practices.

Alexandra Chassanoff

Research Affiliate
Software Curation Postdoctoral Fellow, alum

Alexandra Chassanoff has joined the MIT Libraries as the software curation postdoctoral fellow.  This position is a part of the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Chassanoff is a recent graduate of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her dissertation examines the information experiences of historians using digitized archival photographs as evidence. Her broad research interests concern the creation, transmission, and reception of scholarly knowledge in the digital age, and the ways in which infrastructures can support emerging practices.  

Chassanoff was recently the project manager at BitCurator Access, a Mellon Foundation-funded initiative to develop open-source software providing web based and local access to born-digital content held on disk images. From September 2011 until October 2014, she was the project manager at the BitCurator Project, which consisted of conceptualizing and building an open source digital forensics software environment for archivists working with born digital materials.

At MIT, Chassanoff works to investigate and make recommendations for models and strategies that the Libraries can adopt for managing software as complex digital objects across generations of technology.

 

Chassanoff received a Ph.D. and an MS in Information Science from UNC Chapel Hill and a BA from Brandeis University.

Kit Haines

Kit Haines

Undergraduate Research Intern

Hi! I'm Kit! I'm a mathematics major with minor obsession with open source software, digital security, personal privacy, and organizational transparency. I work as a senior software engineer for Cambridge Semantics (which makes open anzo), and during my free time, enjoy trying to learn as much from data as I can.

Richard Landau

Research Program Affiliate

Richard "Rick" Landau holds a Masters (ABD) in statistics from Princeton,  and has had long and varied experience with many types and many aspects of computer systems, computer languages, networks, and architectures. 

He has lead the development of numerous public computing standards through DEC, Dell and DMTF, and holds two patents.

Zachary M. Lizee

Graduate Research Intern

Zachary Lizee is a graduate student in the Simmons College Library and Information Science program.  Zachary will be graduating in December 2016 with a MS from Simmons.  Previously, Zachary studied Italian Renaissance socio-political patronage networks and the effects of political power networks on the recording of historical events during the Italic Wars (1494-1530).  Zachary wishes to use his experiences as a researcher to aid and facilitate libraries and their staff in increasing information literacy skills and electronic resources skills with the goal of increasing user accessibility and comprehension.

Katherine H. Montgomery

Graduate Research Intern

Katie is a soon to be graduate of the Library & Information Science program at Simmons College.  She loves to play with ideas that can improve human interaction with information and streamline the learning experience.  Her research this year focuses on user interface affordances using embedded sensors.

Jessica Polka, Ph.D.

Jessica Polka, Ph.D.

Research Affiliate

Jessica Polka, PhD is a visiting scholar at the Whitehead Institute and director of ASAPbio, a biologist-driven project to promote the productive use of preprints in the life sciences. She performed postdoctoral research in the department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School following a PhD in Biochemistry from UCSF. She also serves as president of the board of directors of Future of Research, a steering committee member of Rescuing Biomedical Research, a member of the NAS Next Generation Researchers Initiative, and a member of ASCB's public policy committee.

Margaret Purdy

Graduate Research Intern

Margaret is a currently pursuing her master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, with a research interest around technology and library innovation. Prior to entering Simmons, she worked in digital advertising and legal information services, and will bring aspects of each of those to her project in data privacy and policy.

Travis Rich, Ph.D.

Travis Rich, Ph.D.

Research Affiliate

Travis Rich focuses on designing and building technologies that enable large-scale collaborative learning and discovery. He completed his MS and PhD at the MIT Media Lab developing tools for collaborative scientific publishing and has previously served as Director of Technology for the Andorran Government Smart Country project and co-founder of ByteLight. Travis received an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. 

David S. H.  Rosenthal, Ph.D.

David S. H. Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Research Affiliate

Dr. David S. H. Rosenthal recently retired after nearly two decades as Chief Scientist of the LOCKSS (Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program at the Stanford University Libraries, which he co-founded with Vicky Reich.

The LOCKSS Program pioneered the distributed approach to digital preservation, providing open-source software that communities can use to build networks that preserve digital content such as journals, books, web archives, data and digitized collections against a broad range of threats.

Dr. Rosenthal has an M.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge and a Ph.D. from Imperial College, London.  He was part of the IBM-funded Andrew Project at Carnegie-Mellon University, which pioneered campus-wide networking.  As a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, he played a major role in developing Version 11 of the X Window System, only now being phased out after 30 years providing the user interface technology for Unix-like systems such as Linux.  He also worked on Sun's GX series of graphics chips, which led to becoming employee #4 and Chief Scientist at NVIDIA, by far the world's most successful graphics chip company.

He has published extensively on computer graphics, operating systems and digital preservation, is a named inventor on 24 US patents, and blogs on digital preservation and scholarly communication.

Dylan Sam

Undergraduate Research Intern

Dylan Sam is a research assistant and rising second year student at Brown University, currently studying Computer Science and Applied Math. He is interested specifically in the fields of Data Science, Machine Learning, and Computational Chemistry. He is an organizer of the Brown Data Science club and Head Teaching Assistant for Computer Science. He also is the part of the Club Tennis Team and a blog writer for the Ursa Sapiens Blog.

Ada van Tine

Ada van Tine

Graduate Research Intern

Ada van Tine is a Library and Information Science Masters student at Simmons college. She is passionate about social justice and helping to make libraries more inclusive and innovative. She currently lives in Cambridge with her husband and dog. 

Sara Wilson, '20

Sara Wilson, '20

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program - Spring 2018

Sara is an undergraduate in the Class of 2020 studying Materials Science and Engineering.  She a research assistant for the joint project between the Jaramillo Group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Libraries Program on Information Science.  This project explores new ways of improving the publication, discovery, and use of experimental data in materials science with the overall goal of developing the future of open materials science.