I joined UFAS during the pandemic when I saw the Moral Restart being put forward by the various unions, and just how much more sense it made than the awful "Smart Restart" response. I've been somewhat active in local politics and activism since starting work at the university in 2019, but I'm ramping up. I came from working a long time for a non-partisan at-will legislative agency which really limited what I was able to talk about in public. I worked for that agency all through Act 10 and on, so I got to see the attacks on workers... but I never participated back then. Now I've been getting involved on the UFAS equity and diversity committee, learning more about abolition, and trying to find the ways we can make positive change for better systems. I'm also helping with the #DerailTheJail movement to stop the county from spending millions on a new jail and instead invest in the community. We're all embedded in these racist, capitalist systems and we have gotta find ways to do better, y'all!
What I do at UW
I work as a programmer and sometimes-hardware person at the Center for Healthy Minds, on a team of research support folks who glue systems together and make the tools for the Center's research click. The Center's goal is to improve well-being and reduce suffering, but my daily level is more just trying to help build the infrastructure for smarter people than me to do good science, and keep it running. At a high level, we're currently trying to figure out what community engaged research looks like, exploring large-scale studies in the shifting landscape of the pandemic, and the ethical questions around machine learning and systemic bias in areas like affect recognition... while also trying to migrate all our wacky scientific pipelines and infrastructure to better methods.
In my free time
I play a lot of weird music: guitar, trumpet + mellophone, percussion, modified voice. Noise and rhythm are cathartic, my connection to the non-thinking lizard-brain flow state. I love science fiction and writing, so I'm always reading and writing stories. Cooking is a big hobby; our house pandemic project has been attempting to master pizza. Board games -- my partner and I designed a game during pandemic too. I've taken up writing some local journalism lately. Uhh, most of my friends would probably say I have too many hobbies. But I'm always having fun.