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RA Spotlights: Cathy, Dylan, Tiffany

Jun 11 2018

Continuing our showcase of incredible undergraduate research assistants at CESTA, today, we invite you to meet three more members of the team: Cathy Yang, Dylan Bedford, Tiffany Zhu.

Cathy Yang is a sophomore majoring in Art Practice and minoring in East Asian Studies. She is currently working on the Sites of Slavery project supervised by Professor Grant Parker. The project’s goals are to map, document, and connect important sites and historical events connected to the South African slave trade, which is a relatively understudied part of slave histories. Cathy works on cataloging and organizing various information sources as well as gathering primary sources for research. She would like to eventually create a 3D model of the Slave Lodge, an important site located in Cape Town. Cathy is fascinated by the ability of CESTA to bridge technology and the humanities. Outside of CESTA, she enjoys sketching, reading, and drinking tea.




Dylan (he/him) is a third-year undergraduate from Rhode Island majoring in English. His academic journey has been a meandering one, exploring everything from detective novels to Medieval Studies to electrical engineering—even a class on wandering. He first learned of the field of digital humanities at Stanford, and is especially excited about the digital preservation and archiving of physical texts. At CESTA, Dylan works on the CyberText Technologies project, which involves research of the history of text technologies to determine patterns of the past and envision the future. As a Research Assistant (RA), he mainly works on finding and analyzing examples of textual objects. As a new RA, he’s had to do some catch-up work to learn about all the research that’s already been done on the project, but has found it fascinating to consider the physical media of communication and its history. Outside of work, Dylan enjoys unicycling, baking, and aimless wandering.



Tiffany Zhu is a freshman interested in economics and planning coursework in MCS. At CESTA, she is helping create data visualizations for Lacuna, an online learning platform specially designed for the needs of teachers of literature. Currently she is learning d3 Javascript, the language in which she will create the visualizations. Though she didn’t come in expecting to work in programming and development, she loves the problem-solving component of development so far and especially appreciates the opportunity to integrate literature learning with digital platforms. She came to CESTA because of its often unconventional approaches to integrating humanities study with the Internet and other technologies, which always provide the chance to learn something totally new. Outside of CESTA, Tiffany is an enthusiast of Russian literary classics and considers herself an expert solitaire player.