German | Advanced/Fluent
- Attended two full years of university in German language
- Hold degree in German Literature
- Hold German language certificate from Philipps Universität Marburg and from the Carl Duisburg Gesellschaft International
Spanish | Advanced/Fluent
- Worked part-time, contractually in university department various years
- Freelance translator/editor for multiple companies
Chinese | Elementary
- Attended year of Chinese language classes at Chinese university, gained lower-intermediate level certificate
- Spoke daily Mandarin Chinese on the street, in the student's residence, etc.
French | Intermediate Reading
Machine Learning, Text/Data Mining, Semantic Annotation |
Advanced GATE Certified Text Analyst, GATE 6.1 (June, 2011)
Weka Data Mining & Machine Learning
General | Macintosh, PC & Linux platforms; MS Office/Open Office suite, FTP protocols, telnet, basic UNIX; Virtual PC (Parallels, VMWare)
Asset Management & CMS | Extensis Digital Asset Management, Apple Aperture, Sinar CaptureShot; Drupal CMS, WordPress CMS, DSpace, ContentDM
Database | Intermediate SQL/MySQL, phpMyAdmin, Microsoft Access, Filemaker Pro, SPARQL
Design | Intermediate Adobe CS3: Photoshop & Illustrator; GIMP; iMovie
Library & Metadata | OCLC Connexion, RefWorks, EndNote; MARC, Dublin Core, RDF, OWL, Sesame, Protogé, Oxygen XML, Proton
Statistical | SPSS, JMP, StatView, LISREL, SAS
Other | Psychology Measurement (PsyScope, EPrime)
My work at NameMedia, Inc. is a contractual, part-time tele-commuting position. NameMedia purchases, manages and sells Internet domain names, and advertises the domains it parks. It runs and operates sites like www.BuyDomains.com and www.Afternic.com for domain buyers, but also many enthusiast websites such as www.photography.com, www.photo.net, www.geek.com, www.flyfish.com, www.photography.com, and www.davesgarden.com, among others.
My responsibilities include weekly taxonomy updates. The taxonomy system is a two-level (parent-child) hierarchy of terms into which each domain name is classified accordingly. Each domain name is assigned to one (and only one) position in the taxonomy. Employees and potential buyers can browse these categories on, for instance, www.BuyDomains.com.
The uploaded names first require auto-categorisation: a set of ML algorithms word-split and stem the compound domain names using lexical analysis (using WordNet); then, based on internal dictionaries and thesauri, appropriate categorisation within the taxonomy is machine-inferred. My main task is to manage this output and correct for category/classification errors when necessary; to update the dictionary/thesaurus for more accurate classification, and serve to advise other employees at NameMedia regarding the taxonomy system. Additionally, I collaborate on other taxonomy-based jobs, such as image-classification and the streamlined classification techniques of large private client domain name portfolios (e.g., taxonomy mapping).
Full-time, two months. Position included the operation of production-level studio photography equipment (Sinar CaptureShot software suite) for the digitisation of historical documents. Responsibilities included the photography of maps and travel posters, but mostly the photographic plates of the Boston Herald-Traveler photojournalist Leslie Jones (whose work spans from 1917 to 1956). Additionally, I helped/learned about the development and application of metadata schemes, color-management and digital reproduction standards.
As a self-initiated extension of this project, I solely and voluntarily developed a digital library of Leslie Jones’ life work using the Drupal CMS into which I import the 30,000+ images and associated metadata that comprise the collection. The digital library website can be found at:
Work included the development of all stages of the digital library website. This included the overall design (CSS) of the site, and the Drupal configuration of the content fields, image views and slideshows; this includes the taxonomic vocabularies, faceted search mechanisms, tagging/tag clouds, jQuery menus, and site indexing. More about the project can be found here.
Responsible for photographic and text archiving of newspaper publication across three daily editions. Used Extensis Portfolio Digital Asset Management System. Duties included organising, uploading, archiving and indexing daily staff/AP photos with associated metadata by employing library-developed standards and a controlled vocabulary to facilitate search and identification. At times, assisted writers in library research.
As a continuation of my graduate studies in cognitive psychology, I went to do research in mental models and deductive reasoning with Juan Garcia Madruga of the UNED in Madrid, Spain. I continued to carry out some of my own research in cultural psychology and counterfactual/verbal reasoning, but also assisted Professor Madruga in the online implementation of his own studies. Here, I wrote basic Perl/CGI scripts embedded in HTML controlled questionnaires for what was then quite innovative in social scientific data collection.
In 2006 I decided to finish my graduate studies ABD in cognitive psychology for a career in digital information and library management. To fund these changes, I work to this day as a Spanish-English translator and editor. Professor Madruga's team (and often his colleagues from similar institutions) send me academic articles for publication, posters, announcements and letters for either substantial English language editing or Spanish to English translation. I usually charge between .05 to .09 cents a word (Euros) for translation and receive anywhere from approximately 50 to 300 pages (single space) in a year. Samples are available.
Taught English to adolescents and adults at the upper-intermediate and advanced level. Often, this work consisted of freelance jobs around Madrid, to individuals and companies. My most stable business clients consisted of PlasticsEurope España, SAP, Lubrizol, and Clean Tech Consulting. Some contacts still available.
Classroom teaching began at Ready English Centre (now defunct) for one year, and then continued at United Languages Madrid for 3+ years (www.unitedspain.com). This entailed approximately 16 contact hours a week and included full preparation and evaluation for classes of 5 to 12 students each. Classes were composed of listening and reading comprehension, as well as writing and conversation exercises from material ranging from systematic textbook/workbook guidance to more naturalistic materials and settings (newspapers, reports, essays, literature and film etc.). Teaching included private individual and group classes on TEFL and Advanced Certificate exams, and/or more specialised interest including résumé and interview preparation, phone and college/university interviews, and business/academic presentations.
I gained expert knowledge of English grammar. My teaching style utilised methods of linguistic analysis, such that students were encouraged to find rules/exceptions themselves through example generation and critical thinking. Strong use of etymological patterns, metaphors of mind (esp. for phrasal verbs), and cultural knowledge in idiomatic expressions.
Designated ABD (Ph.D. candidate) in cognitive psychology. Research in multiple laboratories conducting studies in causal/counterfactual and analogical reasoning, behavioral law & economics, and cultural psychology. Significant coursework in social psychology and statistics, including multivariate, linear and dynamic modeling (structural equation modelling), SAS programming, and various experimental/survey methodologies. Master’s thesis entitled: Structural Factor Modeling of a Disgust Sensitivity Scale.
Taught laboratory component of Research Methods & Statistics class for psychology undergraduates (five semesters), instructing students in experimental design, statistics with SPSS, data collection and presentation, and scientific writing; also served as a teaching assistant for introductory courses.
Oversaw creation of comprehensive archive of PDF files of over 500 scientific articles in social and cognitive psychology for internal laboratory use. Made resource available as both a searchable Microsoft Access database as well as an Endnote library (reference management system). Maintained laboratory of eight Macintosh OS9 computers, installing firewalls, updating software, and securing data and file-sharing networks and led transition to OSX.
Main researcher responsible for project on deception in human participants as alternative to conventional lie-detection. This resulted in a publication documenting the differences between episodic autobiographical spontaneous lying versus self-focused rehearsed lying, as per activation in relevant brain areas.
My task was to develop the overall methodological apparatus, mostly consisting of self/other-directed stories crossed with spontaneous/rehearsed stories regarding well known life-episodes (e.g., vacation stories). I trained and tested participants on the protocol; programmed/recorded the resulting individually tailored audio-video stimuli (using PsyScope software) and its synchronisation--to the millisecond--with fMRI technology activation at McLean Hospital; scheduled/tested participants while being scanned; and conducted preliminary data analysis in SPSS/StatView.
Assisted with other mental imagery studies; helped create and maintain a database of laboratory participants; wrote various grant proposals and scientific reports; assisted professor with presentations and bibliographic research; helped write Internal Review Board/Human Subject protocols. Also, supervised 5+ undergraduate thesis students doing research work on topics affiliated with lab research.
Campaigned for the initiation of a social responsibility pledge taken at university graduation across the country. Personally responsible for the creation of Graduation Pledge chapters at Harvard University, Tufts, MIT and University of Virginia. The Pledge began as an initiative at Manchester College in Indiana, where I graduated as a pledging student.
Participated in the Summer Institute in Political Psychology in 2002, then held at the Mershon Center for International Security at the Ohio State University. Attended the month-long training institute with global leaders in political psychology. My studies focused on counterfactual thought experiments and trade-offs in world politics.
In January of 1995 I traveled with a delegation from my Alma Mater, Manchester College, to assist both physicians and dentists with the health of a rural village in Nicaragua called Mulukukú. This included the organization of medical supplies and the transport of these supplies to what was then a very inaccessible region of Nicaragua. For one month, I assisted in the daily intake, processing and care of hundreds of rural Nicaraguans.
In January of 2000, I traveled again with the same delegation to the same village. This time, I assisted in the re-construction of a one-room library, and began the process of acquiring its first books and starting a literacy program.
For photos of both experiences, click here.
I moved to Salzburg, Austria as the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Linguistics. As part of my application, I proposed working as a language assistant to teachers in a secondary school (Wirtschaftliches Bundesrealgymnasium) neighbouring the Department of Linguistics, Universität Salzburg. Thus, while studying formal syntax, semantics, second language acquisition, and child language development full-time, I assisted approximately 8 hours a week in English literature classes, and also edited and helped translate (German to English) articles for academic journals in linguistics for Professors Hubert Haider and Manfred Sellner.
Youth summer program counselor for troubled adolescents (summer, 1995). Then, served as a replacement counselor for a colleague on leave to co-manage an Adult Community Support Program for co-morbid adult psychiatric in- and out-patients. Mostly deployed community initiatives (visits to parks, communities, shopping centers and stores) to integrate individuals into their community and teach them life and social skills, leading to potential occupational integration. Led daily group meetings and conferred with social workers and psychologists.
Also served as the night manager for a housing re-integration program, during which I often assisted individuals in their domestic organisation and living, not to mention had the fire brigade out a few times for emergency situations.
During this experience, I learned I had strong skills for communicating and identifying with individuals with strikingly different systems of mental presuppositions and explanations (e.g., schizophrenics, a synesthesic). A very formative factor in my continuation in the study of languages and linguistic/cultural models of societal differences, as well as my penchant for living in various cultures and mixing socially with various subcultures.
To advance German language skills, attended summer course at Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft in Cologne, Germany. This course operated in conjunction with a summer rotation at Bayer Pharmaceuticals. My job was in import/export returns, and included learning about the logistics of packaging and processing various returned items.