Jacob G. Levernier
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Rm 335E, Van Pelt - Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2016
PhD, Personality and Social Psychology
Dissertation Title: "The Axiology of Necrologies: Using Natural Language Processing to Examine Values in Obituaries"
Advised by Gerard Saucier, PhD
Supporting Area in Data Science, including Data Management and Data Ethics
Advised by Sanjay Srivastava, PhD, and Brian Westra, MLIS
Graduate Certificate in New Media and Culture, 2014
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2012
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2010
BA, Psychology (4.0 GPA)
Minors in Neuroscience, Philosophy, Classical Studies
St. Ignatius Institute Great Books Program Certificate
Blackfriars, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., 2008 - 2009
Visiting Student Program (4.0 GPA), Philosophy and English Literature
RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS
- Morality Mining — Use of data mining to learn about value and moral priorities among groups and individuals.
- Data management education. Research ethics relating to data storage and use.
- Moral development throughout the lifespan, especially relating to conceptions of individuality and privacy.
- Open-source and open-access development and education, especially relating to research and academia.
- Development of imagination, specifically relating to memory, use in mnemonic devices, and mental simulation.
- Additional personal interest: Historical relationship of memory and imagination to Virtue Ethics.
The University of Pennsylvania, Library Technology Services Division
CLIR Bollinger Fellow in Library Innovation
Jan. 2017 - Present
The University of Oregon
Graduate Teaching Fellow, Graduate Research Fellow
Sept. 2011 - Dec. 2016
The Veterans Health Research Institute / San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Staff Research Associate II
Sept. 2010 - July 2011
Progress Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Aug. 2010 - Feb. 2010
Maureen O'Sullivan, PhD, University of San Francisco Psychology Department
Aug. 2009 - May 2010
Edward Munnich, PhD, University of San Francisco Psychology Department
Aug. 2009 - Dec. 2009
- Instructor, Data Carpentry, October 2016 - Present.
- Instructor, Software Carpentry, September 2014 - Present. Registered volunteer instructor for Software Carpentry's software and data management bootcamps, ready to teach on topics including the Unix terminal, Python, R, relational database design and SQL, version control with Mercurial and Git, regular expressions, automating data workflow, reproducible publication workflow, and related topics.
- Research Data Management Assistant, Science Library, University of Oregon, September 2013 - June 2014. Experience included developing instructional materials in support of research data management needs for faculty and graduate students in natural and social sciences, tracking changes in data management requirements and best practices for research data management, assisting in the evaluation and development of technical systems and tools for data management, assisting with depositing research data sets in the University of Oregon Institutional Repository, and supporting the University of Oregon Library System's data management advisory group.
- Recruitment Software Development as Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, June 2012 - January 2015. Led the design of and authored MoRES (Moral Recruitment for Ethical Studies), a PHP/jQuery/MySQL unified recruitment and participant allocation database system for Developmental Psychology research labs. The project is to be released under the GPL.
- Lab Manager, Imagination Research Lab, University of Oregon, June 2012 - March 2013. Experience included designing and implementing data storage and backup procedures; Research Assistant coordination tools through a private, customized WordPress system; and participant recruitment database systems.
- Graduate Research Fellow, University of Oregon, September 2012 - September 2013. Supported by John Templeton Foundation research grant as project lead on research study into children's development of mental worlds.
- Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, September 2011 - Present
- Software Carpentry (1 day, Bash, Python), Price Lab for Digital Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, May 2017.
- Python for Humanists workshop (3 days), Price Lab for Digital Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, May 2017.
- Data Visualization Best Practices (1.5 hours), The Wharton School Customer Analytics Initiative, University of Pennsylvania, Mar. 2017. In collaboration with Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez, PhD
- Project Management best practices (1 hour), CLIR Postdoctoral Program webinar, Mar. 2017. In collaboration with Kieran Healy, PhD
- "Building Book Scanners without Breaking the Bank" (1.5 hours), introduction to hardware engineering and software availability for creating document and book scanners
- Ms. Fembot un-conference event, sponsored by the Fembot Collective and Ms. magazine, University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Mar. 2016
- Digital Scholarship Center, University of Oregon, Nov. 2015
- "R for Librarians in the Humanities" (three hours), Digital Scholarship Center, University of Oregon, Mar. 2015
- "An introduction to R for the Digital Humanities" (one hour), Digital Scholarship Center, University of Oregon, Jan. 2015
- "Time Travel for Academics: Get Your Digital Life in Order, and Protect Yourself from Yourself" (one hour), introduction to version control with Git
- University of San Francisco (Psychology), Sept. 2015
- University of Oregon Methods Laboratory (Psychology, Biology, and Neuroscience), May 2015
- Grader, Advanced Data Analysis (412/512 Course number, for graduate and Honors undergraduate students), University of Oregon, 2016
- Teaching Assistant, Introductory Psychology (203 Course number), University of Oregon, 2016
- Lab Instructor, Research Methods (303 Course number), University of Oregon, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Lab Instructor, Advanced Data Analysis (412/512 Course number, for graduate and Honors undergraduate students), University of Oregon, 2015
- Lab Instructor, Teaching Assistant, Graduate Statistics (612 Course Number), University of Oregon, 2015
- Guest Lecturer on Bayesian Modeling, Graduate Statistics (612 Course number), University of Oregon, 2014, 2015
- Co-Founder, Lecturer, Bayesian Modeling in R Club, University of Oregon, Jan. 2014 - June 2014
- Administrator, R Club, University of Oregon, Jan. 2014 - June 2014
- Guest Lecturer on Moral Development, Child Development (476 Course number), University of Oregon, 2012, 2013
- Guest Lecturer on Mnemotechnics, Human Learning and Memory (433/533 Course number), University of Oregon, 2012
- Grader, Imagination (461 Course number), University of Oregon, 2011
- Guest Lecturer on Personality Theories and Memory, Motives, Emotions, Traits (399 Course number), University of Oregon, 2011
- Teaching Assistant, Motives, Emotions, Traits (399 Course number), University of Oregon, 2011
- Guest Lecturer, Research Design (265 Course number), University of San Francisco, 2011
- Teaching Assistant, Research Design (265 Course number), University of San Francisco, 2011
- Guest Lecturer on Mnemotechnics and Writing, St. Ignatius Institute, University of San Francisco, 2009
- Guest Lecturer on Mnemotechnics, Gonzaga Preparatory School, Spokane, WA, 2008
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Graduate Affiliate, Digital Scholarship Center, University of Oregon, 2014 - 2016
- Gregores Graduate Research Award to fund training in Bayesian analyses, University of Oregon, 2013
- John Templeton Foundation research grant, "Children's imaginary worlds and the development of creativity and moral judgment," with Marjorie Taylor and Candice Mottweiler, 2012 - 2014
- Graduate School Research Award, University of Oregon, 2012
- Marthe E. Smith Memorial Science Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2012
- Valedictorian in Arts and Social Sciences, University of San Francisco, 2010
- Dean's Medalist in Arts, University of San Francisco, 2010. First USF student in 13 years to be both Valedictorian and Dean's Medal recipient
- Fr. Hubert Flynn, SJ, Award, University of San Francisco, 2010, for maintaining highest cumulative GPA in graduating class
- Vice-President, Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology, University of San Francisco Chapter, 2009 - 2010. Member of University of San Francisco Psi Chi Chapter, 2007 - Present. Chapter distinguished with Regional Model Chapter Award during time in office
- Member of Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society, 2008 - Present
- Recipient (twice) of Fr. Urban Grassi Award, highest honor granted by Rhetoric and Composition Department, University of San Francisco, for writing in Psychology, 2007, 2008
- Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2007 - Present
- University Scholar, University of San Francisco, 2006 - 2010
- Dean’s List, University of San Francisco, 2006 - 2010
- Researcher, 2013 - Present: Leading data aquisition and automating processing for "Speaking Well of the Dead," a project to determine the accepted virtues of communities across the United States through text mining of obituaries. In collaboration with Mark Alfano, PhD, Delft University of Technology Department of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology; Andrew Higgens, PhD, University of Illinois Department of Philosophy; Veronica Alfano, PhD, Delft University of Technology Centre for Languages and Academic Skills and Department of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology; and Yu Feng, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University.
- Programmer, Sept. 2014 - Dec. 2015: Leading code development for a novel behavioral measure of intellectual humility. In collaboration with Mark Alfano, PhD, and Kathryn Iurino, MS.
- Programmer, Sept. 2014 - Oct. 2015: Working in a two-person development team to automate acquisition and processing of PubMed data for text mining and calculating publication statistics. In collaboration with David Shofler, DPM, Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine; and John Flournoy, MS, University of Oregon Department of Psychology.
- Researcher, 2012 - 2013: Conducted initial data-driven development of a new measure of moral judgment for children, based on Moral Foundations Theory (Haidt & Joseph, 2004). In collaboration with Marjorie Taylor, PhD, and Candice Mottweiler, MS.
- Researcher, 2011 - 2013: Managed study exploring the creation of imaginary worlds ("paracosms") in middle childhood, and the relationship of paracosm creation to cognitive, emotional, and moral development. In collaboration with Marjorie Taylor, PhD, and Candice Mottweiler, MS.
- Researcher, 2011: Contributed to study exploring young children's ability to understand symbolic representations through pretense. In collaboration with Marjorie Taylor, PhD, Susan Gelman, PhD, and Naomi Aguiar, MS.
- Staff Research Associate II, NCIRE — The Veterans' Health Research Institute / San Francisco Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, 2010 - 2011: Experience included database design and management, participant recruitment for clinical research trials, designing of training in recruitment data storage and analysis, writing recruitment portions of IRB submissions, working with marketing coordinator to develop recruitment collateral, and designing and building recruitment websites for the research program and program studies.
- Research Assistant, Project Manager, Maureen O'Sullivan, PhD, Department of Psychology, USF, 2009 - 2010: Experience included assisting in research on emotional components of human lie detection; developing a novel coding scheme for new “Reactions to Lying” questionnaire measuring effects of deception; and designing and implementing an original study.
- Research Assistant, Kent Hoffman, PhD, Circle of Security, Spokane, WA, 2008: Experience included production of promotional video for the Circle of Security parenting intervention, viewable at http://tinyurl.com/CircleOfSecurity.
- Research Assistant, Edward Munnich, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of San Francisco / Numerical Reasoning Lab, University of California, Berkeley, 2007: Experience included editing articles for publication; participating in meetings as member of University of California, Berkeley, Numerical Reasoning Lab; and conducting literature reviews and article summaries.
OTHER RELEVANT SKILLS
- Data Analysis: Fluency with R, Python, Bash scripting, SPSS, and HLM. Fluency with the use of Vim- and Perl-style regular expressions. Intermediate knowledge of Stan and JAGS (for Bayesian modeling).
- Data and Workflow Management: Fluency with standard data security and archiving procedures; version control systems (Mercurial and Git); relational database setup and querying (with both SQL and FileMaker Pro implementations); PGP/GPG, LUKS, and ecryptfs encryption tools; and incremental data backup tools and management. Fluent with Neo4J graph database setup and query-writing; familiarity with other NoSQL (non-relational) database setups.
- Web Development:
- Fluency with HTML/CSS, jQuery, PHP, and SQL (specifically using MySQL and SQLite).
- Fluency with installation, customization of, and development for Pelican, Ghost, Concrete5, and WordPress Content Management Systems.
- Academic Publishing: Approaching fluency with LaTeX. Fluency with RMarkdown workflows.
- Linux System Administration: Strong grasp of procedures for setting up and adminstrating virtualized Ubuntu Server and openSUSE instances. Experience includes setting up and administrating SSH proxy servers, Dovecot mail servers, OwnCloud instances, LAMP development environments, and Docker-containerized environments.
- Using both Emacs and Vim.
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
- Alfano, M., Higgins, A., & Levernier, J.G. (forthcoming). Mapping human values: Enhancing social marketing through obituary data-mining. In L. Kahle & E. Attay (eds.), Social and Cultural Values in a Global and Digital Age.
- Alfano, M., Higgins, A. & Levernier, J. (2017). Identifying virtues and values through obituary data-mining. Journal of Value Inquiry. doi:10.1007/s10790-017-9602-0.
- Alfano, M., Iurino, K., & Levernier, J.G. (2015, May). Constructing and Validating a Scale of Intellectual Humility. Presentation at John Templeton Foundation Intellectual Humility conference.
- Taylor, M., Mottweiler, C.M., Naylor, E.R., & Levernier, J.G. (2015). Imaginary worlds in middle childhood: A case study of two pairs of coordinated paracosms. Creativity Research Journal. doi:10.1080/10400419.2015.1030318
- Levernier, J. G., Alfano, M., & Higgins, A. (2015, February). Speaking Well of the Dead. Poster presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference.
- Eanes, R., Pittman, M., & Levernier, J. G. (2015, February). Secrets in Plain Sight: Mining Datasets in the Social Sciences. Panel discussion on data ethics, Graduate School Research Forum, University of Oregon.
- Levernier, J. G. (2014, February). The Dirt on Data: Data Management Fundamentals. Poster presented at Graduate School Research Forum, University of Oregon.
- Alfano, M., & Levernier, J. G. (2013, December). Speaking Well of the Dead. Presentation invited by San Francisco State University Department of Philosophy.
- Levernier, J. G., Mottweiler, C. M., & Taylor M. (2013, July). The Creation of Imaginary Worlds in Middle Childhood. Paper presented at Making Sense of: Play, an Inter-Disciplinary.Net conference.
- Levernier, J. G., Magid, A. J., Kloeris, M. P., & O'Sullivan, M. (2010, April). Upon My Soul, a Wicked Lie: Emotional Reactions to Lying. Poster presented at Western Psychological Association conference.
OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
Delegate, National Conference on Ethics in America, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 2009. Selected by Dean of College of Arts and Sciences as the sole representative of University of San Francisco at the United States Military Academy's undergraduate conference on Ethics.