ABOUT DOUG

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Doug and his co-author, Anna Leahy, write Lofty Ambitions blog and were Visiting Fellows at The American Library in Paris. They have published together at The Atlantic and in Airplane Reading, Air & Space Magazine, and Curator. They have a photo essay in Fifth Wednesdayand their photos and story of the end of the Space Shuttle program were picked up by the BBC HERE and HERE.

intertwingled-coverAlong with Chapman University President Daniele Struppa, Doug co-edited Intertwingled: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson, a collection of essays by computer visionaries based on the conference he coordinated. It was published by Springer.

craft-coverDoug also co-wrote The Craft of Librarian Instruction with Julie Artman and Jeff Sundquist.

Doug won a scholarship to attend a week-long workshop at the Norman Mailer Center to work on his novel-in-progress, The Watchmaker. This novel is a cross-country spy thriller set during the Manhattan Project. Doug has been awarded writing residencies at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and Ragdale to continue his writing.

At the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Doug presented as part of the “Purloining the Letter,” a panel with Diane Simmons, Rachel Hall, Louise Steinman, and Tyrone Williams in which writers examined the use of archival materials in creative projects. He presented again at AWP 2015 on the possibilities of interplay between creative writing and digital humanities with fellow contributors to the collection Creative Writing in the Digital Age.

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Doug (kneeling next to podium) with students in the Freedom Without Walls Poetry Reading (video HERE)

At the Modern Languages Association Convention, Doug presented a paper about Chapman University’s Freedom Without Walls, a month-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall that he co-directed in 2009 and that ties in with his interests in The Cold War. He and his co-authors published an article version in Teaching German.

Doug is the co-author of SQUEAK: A Quick Trip to Objectland. BUY THIS BOOK from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Pearson.

Doug helped coordinate the YA80 Conference to honor the accomplishments of physicist Yakir Aharonov in 2012 and the week-long Einstein’s Universe program in 2011, featuring physicist Brian Foster and violinist Jack Lieback. In January 2011, Doug led a GIS session at THATCamp SoCal. He was awarded a fellowship for THATCamp Victoria in 2011.

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Train depot at Lamy, NM, where scientists working on the Manhattan Project got off and on the Santa Fe Chief

Doug’s day job is as the Sciences, Digital Humanities, and English Librarian at Chapman University in Orange, California. Doug is also the Curator of the Roger and Roberta Boisjoly Challenger Disaster Collection. With the university library’s archivist, Doug works on a collection of NASA artifacts and documents and on a traveling exhibit and presentation based on this collection.

Previously, Doug worked as a Research Computer Scientist for Tech-X Corporation, where he was based at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He has worked as an Abstractor/Indexer at the NASA Center for Aerospace Information (CASI), where he helped maintain the space administration’s online database RECON.

Doug earned his MSLIS from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, his PhD in computer science from Oregon State University, and his MS in math from Ohio University. He is an alum of Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, that ranks in the top 3% nationally for proportion of graduates who go on to earn PhDs.