NOTE: I will be on leave from UCSB from 1 July 2015 until the start of the Fall 2016 quarter; I’ll be in Washington DC as the Lindbergh Chair at the National Air and Space Museum.

Personal Statement:

I research and teach about the history of technology and science in the 20th century. For more information about me and my work, see my off-UCSB website. It also is the home of my blog, Leaping Robot.

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Current Projects:

I have several new projects underway. I recently started writing a new book for The MIT Press called Re-Wiring Art. It looks at art-technology collaborations during the 1960s-90s with the focus being the perspective & experience of engineers and scientists who paired up with artists. Connected to this, I have a courtesy appointment with UCSB’s Media Arts and Technology program.

As a follow-up to an earlier book, I’m looking at how astronomers’ view of the night sky changed from an era of photographic plates to one mediated by digital technologies.

Finally, with UCSB graduate student Brian Tyrrell, I’m exploring the emergence of the “DNA nanotechnology” community; the focus is how scientists and artists have taken this iconic molecule and transformed it from a “blueprint” to “bricks” they could use to bioengineer objects on the nanoscale.

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Courses Taught:

My research informs my teaching. I offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including:

  • Science and the Modern World (History 20)
  • The Atomic Age (History 105A)
  • The Space Age (History 105B)
  • The Information Age (History 105C)
  • Technology and Modern America (History 109T)
  • Science and Modern America (History 109S)

In addition, I teach some more specialized small-enrollment undergraduate courses as well as graduate readings and research seminars.

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