I established the BioPUNKS research group in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Maine in January 2018, and am currently leading the group in weekly meetings as well as consulting with senior capstone projects in the department in electronic systems fabrication.
Based on core values of Sharing, Learning, and Curiosity, the goals of the BioPUNKS group are to:
- Learn from each other
- Develop unique student-led projects at the frontier of bioengineering and electronics
- Develop open-source tools for the larger DIY community.
The importance of new technologies and platforms in cultural production inspires me to work as an educator in fields related to these topics. Through making, it is important for students makers to consider the political implications of their methods of production in order to respond to the moral and physical needs of our worlds. I often want to address how makers can acknowledge technological privilege, assumptions about what is a technology and who uses it, and to make strong aesthetic work with social impact through these challenges.
I’m a feminist who is vocally intersectional, constantly looking for new ways to incorporate overlooked, under represented voices in academic settings.
What I wish to instill most in my students is the confidence that with the right thinking and research, anything can be learned and accomplished. As such, it is important to teach students to seek out knowledge and experience above and beyond the classroom in order to meet their creative and technical ambitions. My hope is that students will come away from my classes with an expanded perspective on what is possible in digital practice, as well as what discussions are most useful and productive in communal critique. I believe that firm rooting in conceptual roots of creative work is crucial to stretching students beyond what they think they are capable of, as well as critical exploration of what qualities of interactivity and engagement are inspiring, compelling and challenging. My hope is that these experiences will continue to inspire students for the rest of their careers, whether as makers, critics, audiences or marketers of creative culture.