I'm Kat! I'm a media studies major at MIT, from Lowell, MA. At college, I hang out in several clubs (like interfaith dialogue and Asian dance) and have a pipe dream of taking a course in every department.
I'm a web developer who enjoys CSS and design. React is my bread and butter and I interned at Gatsby last summer. I visualize data with D3 and Mapbox and analyze data with Python and R. I attended and organized a dozen hackathons in high school, am participating in a Recurse Center retreat, and take CS classes at MIT.
I'm interested in data journalism and newsroom engineering and product. I'm editor-in-chief at Chroma, MIT's science and humanities magazine, and webmaster for We Are America, working with classrooms across 28 states to share students' stories and teach the parts of American society that’ve been scrubbed from history.
I founded Science and Us, the first science communication organization for and by high schoolers. During my time there, we organized local events introducing teens to enthusiastic people in science communication, policy, and art. I view this work as part of an anti-disciplinary movement to broaden how people think about their identities and careers.
My experiences inspire my interest in several academic research areas:
I currently work in CSAIL's Visualization Group and previously in the Senseable City Lab. In high school, I spent a summer in a bioinformatics lab analyzing how DNA methylation shapes duplicate gene evolution, and I've worked on projects in computational biochemistry and applied physics.