writing history: The Recursive Nature of Ideas
I began my writing career by studying poetry as both an undergraduate and graduate student. As a kid, however, I was interested in both creative writing and science. I whiled away many hours during school drawing and designing underwater research stations for my future marine biology career. I was an active participant in Pennsylvania's Junior Academy of Science throughout my late middle school and high school career, presenting at both the local and state levels on the results of my experiments such as the effects of alcohol and caffeine on rats (psychology) and the best design for lightning rods (physics). But I was also tempted by a career path in creative writing. Creative writing won out exclusively, at least for a little while. (Sometime, ask me about my tragic attitude towards Biology as an undergraduate).
At Binghamton University, where I studied for my M.A. and Ph.D., I found a way to merge my interests in creative writing and science by writing a dissertation and collection of original poetry on the subject of HIV/AIDS. Both my critical and creative work on HIV/AIDS merged a lifelong interest in science, technology, and writing through the study of one of the most defining medical crises of our times.
Once I joined the faculty at LaGuardia Community College, I discovered a new passion: thinking about how writing and teaching are being shaped by technology. For the past several years, this has been my main area of research, writing, and presenting. You can see a full list of my creative and critical publications on my curriculum vitae.
Today, I am thinking and writing about the confluence of technology, pedagogy, and writing. I am currently focused on two projects: one about the changing shape of writing programs as writing programs grapple with emerging technologies and a second about the role of hacking as a critical competency for student learning.
I am also focused on a direction that is both new and old: telling stories about science for kids. Everyday the world around us is changing because of climate change. Our choices matter. So, in writing stories that matter, I am centrally focused on the relationship of my characters to the world they live in.