Laura is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences & Technology Design program at Stanford's Graduate School of Education. Her research interests consider the design and structuring of information, particularly in regard to primary source material, research, and scholarship. She works to improve educational practice in the areas of primary sources and technology and to help people find new ways of combining critical literacy and open access. She is currently researching the NIH Public Access Policy and working to assess its potential value for both physicians and patients. This National Science Foundation-funded effort considers whether access to published research can be expected to make a difference in the services physicians provide and the services patients opt to receive. Additionally, she works on a Media X-backed project to recast the history textbook as an on-demand, collaborative collection of historical narratives through primary documents and interactive, touch-based devices. The project explores the integration of primary source documents in a mixed-methods research effort for digital history and asks the question, Can student co-production of interactive digital textbooks help students engage in multiple-perspective taking?
Previously, Laura worked at Wired for eleven years (six years as a senior editor at the magazine and five years as an executive producer and editor for Wired Digital). Since 2006, Laura has worked as a contributing editor and writer at PBS Frontline/World and IDEO.