Academic Year: 2015-2016

My department requires that every Spring I complete a “mini-cv” and a brief analysis of my academic year. To help log my academic development I have included them below.


My summary of the year

During the academic year 2015-2016 I was in my third year in the History of Science program at the University of Oklahoma. During this time, I have worked on narrowing a dissertation topic, forming a dissertation committee, as well as preparing for general exams. I have continued my research into science in the Renaissance and Early Modern periods, focusing on theories of light and optics. Dr. Vermij has overseen my progress in this as chair of my dissertation committee.

In addition to narrowing my dissertation topic, from which my main general exam field will be drawn, I have also worked on organizing my three other general exam fields: History of the Book, History of the Reformation and Counter- Reformation, and Islamic Science in the Renaissance period. I have already identified advisors who have agreed to help me with these fields, as well as an outside member to my committee, Dr. Jane Wickersham, who is a professor in the History Department of OU.

I have also made progress on my language skills. I have continued to refine my Latin ability, even developing a degree of medieval paleographical aptitude with the instruction of Dr. Livesey. I will also complete my second language requirement, Arabic, with the completion of my Intermediate Arabic course this Spring.

In addition to my formal academic development, I have also had the opportunity to continue working with Dr. Magruder on the Galileo’s World exhibition. I have given tours to groups of all ages as well as represented the Library and History of Science Collections at a few conferences.


My mini-cv for the year

1. Progress in Academic Program


Dr. Vermij is my PhD committee chair; Dr. Livesey, Dr. Barker, Dr. Crowther, Dr. Magruder, and Dr. Wickersham are all members

Courses taken during fall 2015

  • HSCI 5513 – Seminar: Advanced Studies in the History of Ancient and Medieval Science, Dr. Steven Livesey
    • Paper: Transcription and Preliminary analysis of the four manuscripts of William of Ockham’s “Brevis summa libri physicorum.”
  • HSCI 5960 – Seminar: Directed Readings in the History of Science, Dr. Rienk Vermij
  • ARAB 2113 – Intermediate Arabic, Ms. Aicha Moujane

Courses taken during spring 2016:

  • HSCI 5613 – Issues and Methods in the Digital Humanities, Dr. Katherine Pandora
    • Paper: Developing a Digital Pedagogical Exhibit about Early Modern Optics: Issues & Methods
  • HSCI 5970 – Research, Criticism and Analysis (History of the Book), Dr. Kathleen Crowther
    • Paper: François de Aguilón’s Opticorum Libri Sex in seventeenth-century Antwerp
  • ARAB  2223 – Intermediate Arabic Continued, Mr. Hossam Barakat

2. Teaching Assistantships

  • None during the 2015-2016 academic year.

3. Scholarly Activity

  • Conference Presentations
    • “Libraries as makers of OER: A Pilot Project,” with Kerry Magruder, OpenEd 2015 Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C., 11/19/2015.
    • “The Open Educational Resources of Galileo’s World,” K20 Innovative Learning Institute, Norman, OK, 12/3/2015.
    • “Galileo’s World Exhibition Site – An Open Educational Experience,” with Twila Camp, University of Oklahoma Academic Tech Expo, Norman, OK, 1/15/2016.
    • “The Role of Proclus within Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Ontology of Mathematics,” Midwest Junto for the History of Science, Norman, OK, 4/2/16.

4. Academic Activities and Service

  • 2015-2016, Member, Oklahoma History of Science Students’ Association.
  • 2015-2016, Graduate Student Member, History of Science Department Graduate Studies Committee
  • 2015-2016, Research Assistant for Dr. Magruder
    • Helped in the creation and implementation of the education programs for the Galileo’s World exhibition.

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