We are eight summers of undergraduates exploring digitized texts and building tools. Michael Drout, Scott Kleinman, Mark LeBlanc are blending start-up and research cultures to build and apply tools for introductory explorations of your favorite collection of texts.
Dr. Michael Drout. Anglo-Saxon scholar, Professor of English at Wheaton College. Mike enjoys the study of really old writing, writing from way, way before you were born. Drout has written extensively on medieval literature, including articles on Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon wills, the Old English translation of the Rule of Chrodegang, the Exeter Book ‘wisdom poems’ and Anglo-Saxon medical texts. Drout’s English grammar book, King Alfred’s Grammar, is available at his website, www.michaeldrout.com, where you can hear him read you some Anglo-Saxon as a bedtime story.
Dr. Scott Kleinman. Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Digital Humanities at California State University, Northridge. Scott is a classic digital humanities professor: studying Middle English verse one moment and cutting code the next. Scott is lead developer in the latest release of Lexos software as well as a client, sharing effective practice with Lexos in his graduate and undergraduate courses.
Dr. Mark D. LeBlanc. Professor of Computer Science at Wheaton College. LeBlanc teaches ‘computing for poets’ (an undergraduate introduction to text mining experiments, currently taught using Python) and has supervised the development of many software tools and computational experiments in genomics and lexomics. Throughout the year, Mark tries to manage the software-types.
Kate Boylan, Director of Archives & Digital Initiatives at Wheaton College. Kate is helping the group manage our research data, including repositories that capture some of our hours of previous work spent finding, scrubbing, and cutting texts and entire corpora in special ways, for example, Shakespeare’s plays.
Weiqi Feng ’19. Weiqi is our Summer 2018 software lead. Following his work in summer 2017, Weiqi worked through the Fall 2017 semester to continue the back-end refactoring work. A computer science and mathematics major at Wheaton, Weiqi is curious about the world around him and is passionate about writing elegant code.
Cheng Zhang ’18. Cheng led our recent back-end (Python) refactoring efforts, prompting the group of eight developers to adopt PEP8 standards, type hinting, unit testing with code coverage, and continuous integration. Cheng is heading to Boston University for his Ph.D. in Computer Science.
Previous Research Groups:
2009-2010: Christina Nelson ’11 and Neil Kathok ’10
2008: Christina Nelson ’11 (see article about our founding student researcher)