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Technology and the University

Hello everyone! My name is Jason Lipshin and I’m an undergraduate senior at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. I’m also a media scholar and designer interested in how digital technologies transform practices of pedagogy, preservation, and publishing.

As a research assistant at USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML), I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in a number of initiatives which have allowed me to interrogate these questions from the perspective of both theory and practice. Some highlights include the NEH-funded Vectors Institute and its electronic bookmaking platform, Scalar, the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab, and MovieTagger, an innovative crowdsourcing platform for tagging films. In my latest collaboration, I’ve been working with the Institute for Global Health to research the impact of information technology on the field of epidemiology in the interest of creating media tools and curricula which can be implemented across USC’s health and media studies departments. This collaboration has already proven extremely fruitful, bearing a number of reflexive projects including using the media-rich, mapping platform, Hypercities, to track the contemporary outbreak of cholera in Haiti.

I very much look forward to having some amazing conversations with all of you. :)

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