I recently joined The Narrative Trust
as an interviewer. The company conducts and captures oral histories of institutions, communities, and individuals.
My oral history experience dates back to 9/11, when I repurposed my interviewing skills as a journalist. I conducted interviews for three projects at Columbia University’s Oral History Research Center:
• 9/11 Narrative and Memory Project
• International Psychoanalytic Institute for Research and Training’s oral history
• Washington Press Club Foundation’s oral history project, Women in Journalism.
9/11 Interviews (selections):
Washington Press Club Foundation, Women in Journalism Oral History:
Helen Thomas Interviews
In 2005 I interviewed the renowned White House correspondent Helen Thomas in Washington, DC. At that time she was 86. There are two audio tapes and one video tape of our conversation.
Geneva Overholser Interviews
In 2003 I conducted three two-hour oral history sessions with Geneva Overholser, former editor, The DeMoines Register, who became known for choosing to print the name of a rape victim, with her permission, so that readers could absorb the personal, violent nature of the crime.
Overholser is now Director of the Annenberg School of Journalism, USC.
Pew Biomedical Scholars
Between 2005 and 2007, I also conducted 18 interviews for The Pew Trusts Biomedical Sciences Oral History and Archives Project while it was under the auspices of UCLA, and then when it moved to the Chemical Heritage Foundation
Links to transcripts are available for the following scientists I interviewed:
John D. Altman
, Emory Vaccine Center, Yerkes Regional Primate Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States
Michael J. Berry II, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Edwin R. Chapman
, Medical School of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States
Kathleen L. Collins
, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Julia P. Cooper
, London Research Institute, London, England, United Kingdom
Mark D. Fleming
, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, United States
Mark W. Grinstaff
, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Roy M. Long
,Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Kun Ping Lu
, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Matthew L. Meyerson
, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; and Broad Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Dimitar B. Nikolov, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, United States
, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Hao Wu, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York City, NY, United States
Phillip Zamore, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, Unites States
Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg Businessweek, Businessweek.com
A company tackles the wasteful data center industry with a new business model.
The fashion industry goes tech in order to step up efficiency when it comes to ordering threads.
Hudl's software lets coaches edit athletes' plays and use them for training. But the company must psych out coaches from different cultures to learn how they train to win.
New-fangled milk crates designed for college students, with the incite of the crowd and made in the U.S.A.
Blue Microphones has expanded its reach, making mics for iPhones, iPods, and iPADs and any other USB device.
The University of Illinois engineering professor creates self-healing materials, and has successfully applied the idea to electronic circuits
Automating recruiting with anonymous job references
A textile company aims for sustainability.
Saving power for supercomputers, laptops, and now data centers.
A new smartphone app that suggests routes to drivers, saving them time and fuel.
"Our fundamental advance allows us to deliver devices that can provide cooling for refrigeration or waste heat recovery and efficiently convert it into power," says Phononic Devices Chief Executive Officer Anthony Atti.
Pressed for time, doctors are less and less amenable to face-to-face meetings with pharma reps. Viscira's biomedical computer animation reach tech-savvy MDs.
Tech from Plextronics Could Replace Lightbulbs, ’Do Away With iPads’
Influential Black women in tech and an entrepreneurial mother-daughter pair.
An unusual gift, an unusual heritage
Memories, triggered by Hurricane Sandy, of storms of the past.
A true short story from and to Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Is the Web a Threat to Creativity and Cultural values? One Cyber Pioneer Thinks So.
Troubled teens benefit from role-play in virtual worlds with their therapists.
Special imaging technology shows the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.
Posthumous emails, videos, and animations.
KNO goes up against TOMS, asking to buy more, give more.
Kids use the kit, called Hummingbird, to build whatever they imagine.
Engineer and entrepreneur Karen Purcell highlights some of strategies for women in STEM in her book, Unlock Your Brilliance.
Email reminders help people keep track of their spending.
A new company, Yapp, helps you create your own app.
At-risk students thrive with a new style of learning.
An Interview with Encyclopaedia Britannica President Jorge Cauz.
Cyber Monday's best day ever and why.
The Murray/Jackson trial showcases iPhone forensics, experts comment on the state of the art.
Researchers find privacy breeches possible.
A 1989 interview with the late, titanic visionary while he was CEO of NeXT,Inc., in which he discusses the Mach OS, robotic manufacturing, mentoring employees, digital Shakespeare and Webster's...
U. S. News and World Report and InsideScience.org
Robotic camera technology inspires virtual exploration by students around the world.
Science Magazine and Science NOW
Scientists shoot gigapixel panoramas to make discoveries
The First Conference on Computational Sustainability
Scientific American MIND
Scientists debate how synapses work
A New Algorithim Could Soon Vanquish Go Pros
The Village Voice
Three neurological studies reveal that traumatic memories of those near the site and bereaved children affect functioning of parts of their brains.
The New York Times
The making of the first fully computer-generated cartoon feature film.
Why online shoppers abandon their shopping carts.
Two books look for answers in the lives of a few who succeeded.
Robots in myth, sci-fi, and factories
Communications of the ACM