Other interests

Music Composition

I’ve been honored to perform with John Rutter, Nina Nastasia, Ellen Fullman, Kelly Rossum, and many others in venues ranging from the grungiest of bars to Carnegie Hall in NY.  I explore elements of chamber music, folk traditions, and found-sound, often incorporating electronic instruments.

Some of my less academic musical pieces can be heard online, including a full-length album from 2010. I was part of a boisterous klezmer ensemble that recorded an album in 2012. I played regularly at the Hyde Park Salons with Alex Edelman from 2013-2018, and a few of these pieces are here. Before 2013, I worked as a musician and composer for a dance department and taught lessons on guitar & drum set.

Science communication

Some highlights from mentoring youth in science and technology include:
Instructor, Artifice Tech Education Program, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016, weekly. Co-led after school courses on coding, electronics, and robotics for ages 12-15 at UChicago Woodlawn Charter School.
Instructor, Science and Technology Outreach Mentoring Program, Oct. 2014-June 2015, weekly.  STOMP staffs the science component of an after-school program at the North Kenwood Oakland (NKO) and Donoghue elementary schools.  Instructors design engaging education science and technology activities for students in K-5th grade.
Organizer and Instructor, Bike Physics With A Bang! June-July 2015, July 2016. Using bicycles as a centerpiece for demonstrating the principles of physics, this program targets underprivileged preteens on Chicago’s South Side. Activities explore energy, angular momentum, pressure, and concepts from materials science. (Four sessions / year)

Some photography