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Jodi Schneider

Watching Sir Tim Berners-Lee talk about crisps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga1aSJXCFe0

Favourite Thing: Traveling the world to talk about science!

My CV

Education:

National University of Ireland – Galway (2009-2013); University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2006-2008); University of Texas at Austin (1998-2002); St. John’s College (Annapolis, Maryland, USA) (1994-1998)

Qualifications:

PhD – informatics; MSc – library & information science; MA – math; Bachelor’s – Great Books

Work History:

MassMutual Financial Group (insurance math); Odyssey Bookshop; Amherst College Science Library; Appalachian State University; National University of Ireland-Galway; INRIA

Current Job:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Employer:

INRIA — The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation

Me and my work

I develop new ways for on-line communities to organise information in group projects.

My Typical Day

Typical? What’s that?

Today I’m at a conference in Seattle. I meet with other scientists to tell them about my work. At talks, I tweet soundbites. And I sneak a peak at what’s going on elsewhere in the conference — if what’s going on in another room sounds particularly interesting, I move there to hear more! I’m always looking for new ideas and for new people to collaborate with. At the end of the day I have dinner with old friends or try to make new ones!

In the office, every day is different. I’m in France this year so the ONLY constant is lunch with the whole group. We talk about movies, politics, philosophy… anything but work.

Most days I:
– talk with colleagues (often online — I work with people in different countries!)
– read lots of email
– download the latest updates from other scientists (scientific papers)
– write about my work

What I'd do with the money

Train experts how to use Wikipedia in order to improve the quality of medical information the public has access to

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

focused, persistent, enthusiastic

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel)

What's your favourite food?

saag paneer — Indian spinach & cheese (yum)

What is the most fun thing you've done?

swimming in the Baltic sea!

What did you want to be after you left school?

a science fiction writer

Were you ever in trouble at school?

no (unless, do overdue library books count?)

What was your favourite subject at school?

French, quite useful I’m now living in France

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Teaching people about how people argue, greatest feeling was reaching people about my work.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Winning an invention contest when I was 12. (I made a velcro sleeping bag.)

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

a librarian — because I love books

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Travel to India to study yoga; Own a teleporter (so I could live anywhere in the world & still see my nieces every weekend); To be able to download the whole Internet into my brain

Tell us a joke.

More an amusing observation: during the royal wedding a Wikipedia article on the “Wedding dress of Kate Middleton” appeared. People tried to delete it. Instead, we now we have a whole CATEGORY “Royal wedding dresses”.

Other stuff

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