Jason Lipshin is a media scholar and practioner interested in how digital technologies transform practices of scholarship, pedagogy, and preservation. As a research assistant at USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML), he has participated in a number of initiatives related to these themes, including projects for the NEH-funded Vectors Institute, the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab, Critical Commons, and MovieTagger, an innovative crowdsourcing platform for tagging films. He has also won multiple awards for both his writing and multimedia projects, and his research has been funded by grants including the Provost Research Fellowship, the Undergraduate Research Associates Program, and the Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching.
In his senior honors thesis (created in the electronic bookmaking platform, Scalar), Jason sought to take a transmedia and interdisciplinary look at the computer virus, crossing the threshold between critical theory and design, as well as the disciplinary boundaries between biology, computer science, and the humanities. Directly stemming from this project, he was invited to collaborate with the Institute for Global Health to research the ways in which information technology transforms epidemiology, while also helping to craft a new interdisciplinary course at USC that will be available to both media studies and health students in Spring 2012.