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Gaboury Awarded Tomash Fellowship

GabouryWe are delighted to announce that Jacob Gaboury, a Ph.D. candidate at New York University’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship. His dissertation — “Image Objects: Computer Graphics at the University of Utah, 1965-1979” — focuses on the research and development of 3D computer graphics at this pioneering department, and on the influence that technical paradigms, resulting from this early graphics R&D, had on the field of computer science.  Specifically, Gaboury argues that it is “through graphics that computing transforms from a technical object for mathematical calculation into an interactive medium.”  His dissertation benefits from recently available archival material at the University of Utah — most significantly the David C. Evans Papers that detail the founding of the Utah Computer Science Department as well as Evan’s later work at Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation.  In addition to his extensive research on site at University of Utah, he has also conducted research at Stanford University, the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Computer History Museum.    In December he plans to make a research trip to CBI to examine the Carl Machover Papers, a vast and important collection on the history of computer graphics, where he is particularly interested in materials documenting the development of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM).


Gaboury completed a B.A. at the University of Puget Sound in Spanish Language and Literature, and a M.A. in Cinematic Studies at NYU, before beginning his doctoral work within the university’s Media, Culture, and Communication Department.  In 2013-2014 he was the recipient of the IEEE Life Members Doctoral Fellowship in the history of electricity and electronics as well as a Lemelson Fellowship to do research within the archives of the museums of the Smithsonian.   He has also received support for his research from the Association for Computing Machinery and the Social Science Research Council.  Gaboury has presented his work widely at prestigious annual scholarly conferences, universities, and museums including the Society for the History of Technology, American Studies Association, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Smithsonian, MIT Media Lab, and Duke University. 

Jeffrey R. Yost

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