Every Monday, we will be introducing a few of our CESTA Summer Research Assistants and their projects. This week’s spotlights are on Clare Tandy, Victoria Ding, and Ngoc Bui.
Clare Tandy is a rising junior majoring in Product Design and minoring in Classics. She is continuing to work on the CyberText Technologies project led by Professor Elaine Treharne, which seeks to use case studies of Text Technologies
stretching as far back as cuneiform tablets and into the present and the digital age to identify key cyclical attributes that can predict future successful text technologies.
Clare has been working on identifying these attributes and developing methodologies to quantify them, in addition to researching global text technologies and learning about new text technologies that are in the process of development. This quantifiable and data-driven way of studying the humanities has allowed her to see connections across diverse groups of objects and cultures. She has also been able to combine her love of technology and intentional objects with her love of humanities. She grew up in the Bay Area and loves hiking - whether around the Dish or through sheep fields on the Welsh border. She also enjoys baking gluten-free croissants, painting, and building castles and Roman villas on creative mode in Minecraft. She is excited to be back in CESTA for another summer, after having started Fall quarter her freshman year, and looks forward to seeing the new and interesting conclusions that can be drawn about the future of text technologies!
Victoria Ding is a sophomore from Saratoga, California, majoring in Symbolic Systems. She chose to join CESTA because she wants to explore how technology can influence humanities research and pedagogy. This summer, she started working on the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP) with Professor Alice Staveley of the English department.
The goal of this international project is to digitally consolidate and visualize metadata and thousands of documents from the modernist book publishing period. Victoria helps with digitizing order book data from Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press and with organizing the MAPP website. Through her work, she hopes to unveil obscure details about the modernist era and book history and share them with the rest of the world. At CESTA, she is constantly inspired by her fellow research assistants’ intellect and creativity, and she hopes to continue working with the digital humanities in the future. During the school year, you can find Victoria playing the flute in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, doing research at the Stanford Humanities Center, and napping in Meyer Green.
Ngoc Bui just graduated with a degree in Sociology, with honors in Education. She is working on the “Unequal by Design” project led by Matthew Kelly, which aims to digitize and analyze historical data on district funding within the Bay Area educational system to uncover the roots of educational inequity. She is excited by the opportunity to advance her research skills, which sparked her interest in CESTA as it provided an opportunity to learn about new methods and tools of inquiry. Outside of her academic interests, she loves hiking, exploring new places, and watching cheesy romcoms. But she loves nothing more than geeking out about music of all kinds so please don’t hesitate to send music recommendations her way!
From the writer’s desk
I’m Huanvy Phan, a rising sophomore majoring in Asian American Studies and Philosophy. I’m working as a Communications Assistant this summer, which involves helping with the day-to-day intercommunications between the RAs and managing this blog. I’m beyond thrilled to be working with CESTA and I’m eager to dive into the world of digital humanities.