Dr. Aaron Mauro is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He is the director of the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab and teaches on topics relating to digital culture, computational text analysis, and scholarly communication. His articles on U.S. literature and culture have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Mosaic, and Symploke among others. He has also published on issues relating to digital humanities in both Digital Studies and Digital Humanities Quarterly.
Sydney Sample is a senior at Penn State Behrend, studying professional writing, mass media communication, and public relations. As a writer and editor, her work experience includes projects ranging from corporate newsletters to newspaper articles. Her words have been published throughout Erie and Crawford Counties and have also been recited on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. In the past, Sydney has had the privilege of working for the Sam and Irene Black School of Business, The Titusville Herald, The Behrend Beacon, and the Learning Resource Center at Penn State Behrend. She is currently working as a Web Developer and Social Media Strategist in the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab. She is actively developing the Greater Erie Arts Rental (GEAR) website and conducting a full service social media campaign.
Scott Moon is a pure mathematics major at Penn State Behrend. He enjoys the campus for its rich opportunities for involvement and holds officer positions in the math club, the philosophy club, and the musician’s club. In addition, he is the founder and president of Bread Circus, a club which is dedicated to all mediums of creativity and encourages its members to try new modes of expression. In the fall of 2016, he researched mathematical possibilities for interpolating hyperoperations, but has since shifted his research interests to how computers can learn to understand human speech. Scott is developing an intelligent assistant with various open AI chat bot technologies.
Bridget Jenkins is an English and Professional Writing major, graduating in the spring of 2016 from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. She is currently the Managing Editor at her college newspaper, The Behrend Beacon. Her work with the paper has enabled her to travel to Los Angeles for the Associated Collegiate Press College Journalism Conference. In the summer of 2015, Bridget will be conducting research on the Masonic Temple of Erie, PA. Working in conjunction with the 12th Street Project, her work will be published in a collection that aims to record the history, culture, and contemporary voices of those living in the Erie area. Bridget’s multimedia project will include a visual and oral history of the Masonic Temple, which represents a prime example of the architecture of the early 20th century and the economic and cultural prosperity that made such structures possible. She argues that this building represents an enduring link between the early 1900s and today.
Eric Dye is a photographer, graphics designer, and journalist. While pursuing liberal studies at Penn State Behrend, he is also working at The Behrend Beacon as the Creative Director and Opinion Editor. He has spent over 8 years independently studying photography and is now using those skills for portraiture, photojournalism, and running a small business. Eric also regularly blogs about photography at etdphotography.com. He attended ACP National College Journalism Convention in both the Fall 2012 and Spring 2015 Eric will be conducting research in the summer of 2015 to review and analyze the history of the locomotive industry in Erie, PA with funding from the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship at Behrend. The research will be compiled and represented through a photo essay to be disseminated through the 12th Street Project and hosted by the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab at Behrend. This research seeks to provide a resource for the past and future members of the locomotive industry on behalf of the local community as well as inspire new industry enthusiasm.