Expertise: Data management, stata, R, online mapping tools, data processing
As the head of DVS, I lead the department, coordinate programs and services and act as a liaison with other data groups both at Duke and beyond. As part of the department's consulting services, I work with researchers on a range of questions about data management (both planning and implementation), data visualization and digital mapping projects.
I have been working in Data and Visualization Services since its inception in 2007 and currently serve as the subject librarian for economics and business, geographic information systems (GIS), geography, maps and U.S. federal government documents. I began working at Perkins Library in 1996, and from 1990-1996, I worked as a librarian specializing in government documents and maps at Texas A&M University. I earned a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Economics from Rice University.
Expertise: Software (Excel, Tableau, Python, SQL, Adobe Illustrator, Gephi, ArcGIS/QGIS, R), data processing, data visualization, network analysis, regular expressions, text analysis, web visualizations
I began working as the Data Visualization Coordinator for Data and Visualization Services in 2012. While pursuing my doctorate in Information Science from Indiana University, I spent three years as a research assistant, focusing on information visualization projects and instruction. My research spans a wide range of subjects and methods — from qualitative analysis of interview and observational data to pattern detection in large, quantitative datasets. I hold a Master of Communication from Cornell University and have complementary training in cognitive science and computer science. I am happy to help with all phases of the data analysis cycle, and I am especially familiar with data processing/formatting and the design of visualizations and interactive systems. I teach workshops on data visualization, text analysis and related software tools.
My current interests are helping researchers manage the lifecycle of data projects from gathering to cleaning, analysis to visualization; bootstrapping “Big Data” developments; helping library users implement new data tools and exploring data storage solutions. I earned a B.A in Sociology with concentrations in Computer Science and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and I earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Expertise: Software (Python, Tableau, Matlab, D3.js, Gephi, Adobe Illustrator, Git, ParaView), scientific and humanities data and visualization, web-based visualization, NoSQL databases, regular expressions, text analysis.
As the Data Visualization Analyst, I help students, faculty and staff with data visualization, organization, and processing for their research. My background is in the experimental sciences, where a PhD in Applied Physics led me to work on fluorescence microscopy, chemical nanosensors, and neuron-glial brain cell signaling. From 2007 until I joined DVS in 2015, I worked as a Research Scientist here at Duke, collaborating with faculty and graduate students from Math to Computational Biology to Art History, helping them visualize and understand their data. In my current position, I enjoy introducing people to important skills they need but were never trained in, whether that means teaching visual design and communication to Scientists, or helping Humanists incorporate technology into their scholarship.
I started working in the Data and Visualization Services department in 2015. I specialize in mapping environmental variables and spatial statistical analysis in ArcGIS, and creating online maps using ArcOnline. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Eastern Illinois University, and I earned a Master of Science from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Geographic Information Science.
Economics Data Interns
Our Economics Data Interns are current graduate students in the Duke Economics Department, and specialize especially with questions involving statistical software and economometric analysis.
I began the Duke Economics Master’s program in the fall of 2014 after getting a BS in Economics and a BS in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. My research interests lie in international trade and in finance. I joined the Data and Visualization Services as an Economics Department Graduate Student Intern in the fall of 2015.
As a second-year Master's student in Economics (started the program in the fall of 2014), I am passionate about applying my Economics and Statistics expertise to both academic and real-world settings. R and STATA are my primary statistical tools. I also have some exposure to SPSS, Excel, EViews, LaTex and databases including Bloomberg, CRSP, as well as Compustat. Before Duke, I earned my Bachelor of Economics in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of International Business and Economics in China. Outside the classroom, I worked as an audit intern at KPMG in China and as an investment analyst intern at a hedge fund in California. I joined the Data and Visualization Services as an Economics Department Graduate Student Intern in the fall of 2015.