jessi moths

curriculum vitae

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, 2012

University of Chicago
The College, Departments of Environmental Studies and Linguistics
Bachelor of Arts with Honors, 2006-2010
Student Marshal, College Honors

Moths, J. 2012. “Feasibility of Grocery Cooperatives for Improving Food Access in High-Deprivation Urban Communities: A Case Study of the Altgeld Gardens Neighborhood; Chicago, IL.” Master’s thesis.

Moths, J. 2010. “Toward a Localized Analysis of Quality Food Access on Chicago’s South Side.” Bachelor’s thesis.

Forthcoming Publications
Moths, J., forthcoming. “Toward a Localized Metric for Urban Food Access.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

Feasibility of Grocery Cooperatives for Improving Food Access in High-Deprivation Urban Communities: A Case Study of the Altgeld Gardens Neighborhood; Chicago, IL.” Master’s defense.

Making Little Plans: A Planning Perspective on the Food Microbusiness Trend.” American Planning Association Annual Meeting, 2011, Boston, MA.

Toward a Localized Analysis of Quality Food Access on Chicago’s South Side.” Bachelor’s defense.

Research Experience
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Project Assistant, January 2012 – September 2012
Edited and added to an existing curriculum for high school students on sustainable agriculture, collected feedback from teachers employing the curriculum, and redesigned the curriculum website. Independently planned and executed regional conferences on artisanal pork production and Driftless Area agri-tourism. Created new websites for community outreach and education.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Independent Graduate Researcher, January 2012 – May 2012
Conducted independent research on the accuracy of food access metrics, including a corpus-wide literature review and qualitative/quantitative review of popular published metrics. Designed and undertook fieldwork on the feasibility of alternative food access solutions in a South Side Chicago underserved neighborhood, including identifying and interviewing stakeholders, performing analyses of existing food access options, and inventorying potential development resources. Composed a master’s thesis and a manuscript for scholarly publication. Advisors: A. Morales, H. Jacobs.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Graduate Student Researcher, July 2010 – May 2011
Created, standardized, and spatially and statistically analyzed an SPSS database of New York City street vendor citations; cleaned data for use in a mapped GIS application. Advisor: A. Morales.

University of Chicago Department of Environmental Studies
Independent Senior Research Project, September 2009 – May 2010
Designed and performed three-part localized analysis of access to food purchasing outlets and healthful foods on the South Side of Chicago: one component involving GIS analysis of pedestrian and public transit access to existing stores, a second using City of Chicago records to determine tenure of food stores on the South Side, and a third employing field visits to over sixty small groceries and corner food stores in six South Side neighborhoods for a qualitative analysis of products being sold. Advisors: P. Martin, A. Bauer.

University of Chicago Department of Geophysical Sciences
Research Intern, Feeding the City Farm Research Project, January 2008 – January 2009
Studied detailed energy inputs and outputs of small, sustainable, diversified farming operations in the Chicago metropolitan area. Responsible for maintaining accurate and detailed records of farm energy use, inputs, and harvests for one farm during one growing season, as well as quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing those records (calculating yields, composing Life Cycle Analyses for durables, etc.) and preparing a final farm season report. Additionally, participated in a year-long research colloquium on agriculture and food systems, including peer and community teaching opportunities, and performed one summer of farm tasks including selling at farmers markets. Advisor: P. Martin.

University of Chicago Department of Linguistics
Student Researcher, Semantics Lab, June 2008 – September 2008
As part of a larger project on the semantics of comparatives and intensifiers cross-linguistically, collected data on American Sign Language from one bilingual native speaker, performed preliminary analysis on data and undertook literature review. Advisor: C. Kennedy.

Other Experience
Epic Systems Corporation
Software Quality Assurance, September 2012 – present
Tested new development for and current versions of clinical electronic medical record software for functionality and usability. Additionally, took ownership of internal projects, such as documentation updates, clinician focus groups, new functionality demonstrations, and cross-application testing initiatives.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey Center
Interviewer, July 2010 – January 2011
Conducted telephone-based academic research surveys on behalf of government and university clients, ensuring quality data collection and confidentiality. Assisted in data entry of paper-based surveys for the Wisconsin Longitudinal Survey.

University of Chicago Survey Lab
Research Assistant, July 2009 – July 2010
Performed field-based and telephone interviews for a pilot health access study of difficult-to-contact South Side Chicago residents. Use SPSS to perform entry, cleaning, and analysis of survey data. Create deliverables for survey research clients.

University of Chicago Department of Psychology
Research Assistant, March 2007 – April 2010
Performed research support for a variety of projects related to speech development and gesture, including experiment design and administration, FileMaker Pro database creation and maintenance, coding of videotaped data, and Spanish transcription.

University of Chicago Department of Linguistics
Research Assistant, June 2008 – September 2008
Assisted the Chicago Language Modeling Lab with the development of CiteLing, a BibTeX-based bibliographic database of linguistics resources, using MySQL and PHP for database management and HTML/CSS for front-end design.

University of Chicago Hospitals, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Interim Administrative Assistant/Grants Clerk, September 2006 – July 2008
Performed secretarial duties for large medical research and clinical hospital section, including NIH grant-writing support, editing, submission assistance, and management.

Professional Skills
Technological: Mac OSX and Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite (including MS Access), Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS Desktop 9.3/10+, qGIS, R, SPSS, QuattroPro, FileMaker Pro, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript/jQuery, HTML5/CSS3, Crystal Reports, Epic Hyperspace and Clinical Administration, MediaWiki, Ruby on Rails, iOS mobile framework, Citrix applications (GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar), VMWare View, VMWare Desktop.
Other: UI/UX/usability, software testing techniques, statistical analysis techniques, qualitative fieldwork methods, survey research design and administration, documentation improvement, grant-writing and management.

Research Interests
Urban food access, urban agriculture, urban and regional food systems, food systems planning, food systems law and policy, nutrition policy, markets and mobile vending, alternative food access systems, affordable housing, adaptive reuse, sustainable and alternative transportation, place-making.

Memberships and Organizations
Wisconsin Student Planning Association, Communications Chair (2011-2012)
University of Chicago Alumni Schools Committee, Off-Site Student Interviewer (2010 – present)

Fluent (native): English
Proficient: Spanish
Intermediate: American Sign Language
Reading knowledge: German, Georgian

Dr. Alfonso Morales
Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Wisconsin-Madison
925 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53703

Michelle Miller
Associate Director for Outreach
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
1535 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Dr. Pamela Martin
Assistant Professor, Department of Geophysical Sciences
University of Chicago
5734 S Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

David Chearo
Director, University of Chicago Survey Lab
6030 S Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637