Upcoming Panel Discussion: Information in Motion

This session will examine how animation and motion graphics can be used to visualize and explain data. Our speakers come from different backgrounds in animation, as well as journalism, science, and graphic design. See how the worlds of science and art collide when it comes to how we absorb data.

Our panelists will be:

Whitney Beer-Kerr, science producer at Pixeldust Studios. Whitney is a producer who specializes in science, education, and natural history. With a strong science and medical academic background, Whitney excels at communicating dense technical information to audiences at every level. At Pixeldust, Whitney manages a team of editors, writers, animators, and production coordinators. She writes, produces, develops, and directs visual effects for a wide range of non-profit, corporate, and scholarly projects. Her work for PBS, NOVA, and National Geographic has taken her from the tribal villages of Papua New Guinea to the bow of an Inuit whaling boat off the north coast of Alaska. Recent projects include Ancient Earth, a 3-part fully animated series about evolution and mass extinction from the Permian through the Cretaceous, and an animated video about what happens inside the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s Disease using the latest research from the NIH.

Donna Desmet, medical illustrator & animator at the Mayo Clinic. As a part of the Medical Illustration and Animation division of the Creative Media department, she collaborates with physicians, researchers, or other internal staff to create educational visuals for a variety of initiatives in service of the entire enterprise. Working independently or as a part of a team, Donna participates in all aspects of animation development: collaborating with clients, researching content, conceptualizing, script writing, and storyboard development, as well as animating. Before the Mayo, Donna spent 17 years developing visual medical content in New York, where she helped establish Jane Hurd Studios, which delivered educational and promotional medical animations for clients such as Novartis, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Merck, and Genentech.

Donna is a Professional Member of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She received her MA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Josh Gunn, the founder of Planet Nutshell, a design studio that does animation for nonprofits, business, healthcare, and education. Some notable examples include shorts teaching kids about physics and Math for PBS Learning Media, a narrative for McLean Hospital to help people understand the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, and an explanation of the “The Connected Economy” for the Harvard Business Review.

Josh began his career teaching creative writing at The University of Washington. He then worked at Amazon.com as a content producer, editor, and writer. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The University of Washington and he received his BA in English from the Colorado College. In his spare time, he works as a journalist, short story writer, and essayist. His work has appeared in leading publications, including The Atlantic and Vox.com. He has also lectured at MIT on digital storytelling.


Please join us on March 30, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library Lecture Hall (Room 303). The event is free and open to the public, but please register. If you are a student interested in learning about the details of a career in animation – from collaborating with clients, researching content, conceptualizing, script writing, storyboard development, and animating production – stay for an informal session with our panelists for their insider insight at 2:00 PM in Room 205.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to March 30.

Meet Hillary Miller

hillary miller portraitToday’s the big day! The next Digital Pragmata panel is happening today at 12:00: “Framing the Digital.” At 2:00 we’re hosting a Publishing Makerspace, an informal working group led by VCU Libraries’ Hillary Miller. She is the Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian at VCU, and works regularly with the VCU community to talk about issues and opportunities in the scholarly publishing ecosystem. Hillary earned her MLS from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015 and has experience with digitization and archives on top of her scholarly communication expertise.


Please join us on October 5, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (Room 250). The event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to register, but also fell free just to come see what it’s all about. If you attend the panel and find yourself eager for more, stay for our collaborative Publishing Makerspace.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 26.

Meet Jeremy Boggs

photo of jeremy boggsThe next Digital Pragmata panel is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, 2016: “Framing the Digital.” Jeremy Boggs, who will speak at this event, is Design Architect at the Scholars’ Lab, focusing on front-end development, user interface, user experience, and aesthetics. He is currently researching methods for doing distant reading of comic books using computer vision. He has been a practicing digital humanist for a little over a decade, holds a Master’s degree in History, and has taught courses in history, graphic design, new media, and American studies. He serves as the Communication Officer for the Association for Computers and the Humanities.


Please join us on October 5, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (Room 250). The event is free and open to the public, but please register. If you attend and find yourself eager for more, stay for an informal working session at 2:00 in the same location, and take part in a collaborative Publishing Makerspace.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 26.

Meet Greg Crawford

greg crawford headshotThe next Digital Pragmata panel is coming this Wednesday, October 5, 2016: “Framing the Digital.” Greg Crawford, who will speak at this event, is a native of Alabama. He is a graduate of Auburn University where he received a B.A. and M.A. in History. Greg was hired as a Local Records Archivist at the Library of Virginia in 1999 to process local court records, mainly chancery causes. He is currently the Local Records Services Program Manager responsible for managing the processing of local circuit court records and the Circuit Records Preservation grants program.


Please join us on October 5, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (Room 250). The event is free and open to the public, but please register. If you attend and find yourself eager for more, stay for an informal working session at 2:00 in the same location, and take part in a collaborative Publishing Makerspace.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 26.

Meet Kathy Jordan

kathy jordan, lvaThe next Digital Pragmata panel is coming October 5, 2016: “Framing the Digital.” Kathy Jordan, who will speak at this event, joined the Library of Virginia in 2000, after receiving her MA in history from Lehigh University and her MLS from Rutgers University. Hired as a Research Archivist, Kathy became the Library’s first Electronic Records Archivist in 2004. Currently, as a member of the Information Technology division, she serves as the agency’s Digital Initiatives & Web Services Manager, leading a team devoted to the Library’s web presence and digital collection management efforts.


Please join us on October 5, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (Room 250). The event is free and open to the public, but please register. If you attend and find yourself eager for more, stay for an informal working session at 2:00 in the same location, and take part in a collaborative Publishing Makerspace.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 26.

Upcoming panel discussion: Framing the digital

dp logoWelcome back to another year of Digital Pragmata! This year we are focusing on “seeing data,” and what it means to make content visible. How do we foreground the narrative of digital projects? How do we make data make sense? How do digital project interfaces embody the stories that they are designed to tell?

Our panelists will be Jeremy Boggs, Design Architect, Scholar’s Lab, University of Virginia; Greg Crawford, Local Records Services Program Manager, Library of Virginia; Kathy Jordan, Digital Initiatives & Web Services Manager, Library of Virginia.

Please join us on October 5, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (Room 250). The event is free and open to the public, but please register. If you attend and find yourself eager for more, stay for an informal working session at 2:00 in the same location, and take part in a collaborative Publishing Makerspace.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 26.

Getting to Know Claire M. L. Bourne

photo of Claire M. L. Bourne

The next Digital Pragmata panel is coming this Thursday, April 28, 2016: “Print+Web 2: Texts, Publishers, Books.” Last week you met Claire M. L. Bourne, assistant professor of English here at Virginia Commonwealth University. Would you like to learn more about what our moderator does?

¶ * ☞ ‽ ♡ ! ≫ #glyphsinthewild” from Of Pilcrows, April 2016

“‘Beloveed Plays’: A Sammelband of 1680s Quartos & Its Readers,” from The Collation, September 2015

Dramatic Pilcrows,” from The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, December 2014


Please join us this Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303). The event is free and open to the public, though we welcome you to register.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 26.

Getting to Know Robert K. Nelson

 

robert nelson u of r dslThe next Digital Pragmata panel is coming April 28, 2016: “Print+Web 2: Texts, Publishers, Books.” Last week you met Robert K. Nelson, the director of the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab. Would you like to learn more about what this panelist does?

UR’s interactive historical mapping project earns national distinction,” from RVANews, April 2016.

Meet the (Digital) Historian: An Interview with Robert Nelson,” from Erstwhile: A History Blog, September 2014.

Of Monsters, Men, – and Topic Modeling,” from The New York Times, May 2011.


Please join us on April 28, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303). The event is free and open to the public, but please register.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 26.

Getting to Know Gita Manaktala

Gita Manaktala photoThe next Digital Pragmata panel is coming April 28, 2016: “Print+Web 2: Texts, Publishers, Books.” Last week you met Gita Manaktala, the Editorial Director of The MIT Press. Would you like to learn more about what this panelist does?

$682,000 Mellon Grant to Help Academic Publishers Increase Workforce Diversity,” from UW Today, January 2016.

At 50, MIT Press Looks Forward,” from Publishers Weekly, August 2012

What Is the Future of Academic Publishing? An Interview with Gita Manaktala from MIT Press,” from The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2012

 


Please join us on April 28, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303). The event is free and open to the public, but please register.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 26.

Getting to Know James D. Jenkins

photo of james d. jenkins

The next Digital Pragmata panel is coming April 28, 2016: “Print+Web 2: Texts, Publishers, Books.” Last week you met James D. Jenkins, the publisher of Valancourt Books. Would you like to learn more about what this panelist does?

Post-Halloween Hangover Cure: 80s Horror Novels” from Acculturated, November 2016

“In Search of Lost Literature,” from Caffeine & Concrete, August 2015.

James Jenkins: Publishing Lost Gay Classics” from Lambda Literary, August 2014.

 


Please join us on April 28, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303). The event is free and open to the public, but please register.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed or to register by phone, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to April 26.