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Blythe Scherrer

Blythe Scherrer

Adjunct

306 Bowne Hall | Phone: 443-2759

bjscherr@syr.edu

overview

I have 18 years of experience in the field of information management in the corporate sector and in higher education. I’ve worked as a database developer / analyst in cancer genomics research, automotive controls manufacturing, and currently oversee data and technology for the Renée Crown Honors Program at Syracuse University as a functional business analyst. Ok so now you know what I do for a living, here’s some info about me, and why/how I teach.

I was practically raised by computers as the daughter of a self-taught software programmer. Fun fact: my dad turned down an offer to work at a little software company called ‘Microsoft’ in 1981. True story. BUT our family owned one of the first PC's even before it was officially released, the 1982 DEC Robin. Look at this enormous thing

I spent a lot of time growing up playing all kinds of computer games and learning BASIC programming. Even before gaming graphics there were text-based adventure games (Colossal Cave Adventure).  This is relevant because I've found that designing systems is a lot like playing my favorite early computer games.  It is a practice that requires the same skill sets, and the same approaches,. creativity, and resourcefulness. So basically database programming for me is like getting paid to play the games I did when I was 8 years old. Ok so it's not 'Zelda' but it pays.

Despite my obsession with video gaming, I went to the University of Washington and graduated in 1999 with a degree in Marine Biology, but again I was more interested in making a website to display my historical data-mined shorebird data than I was in the actual field, so I quickly found myself working in the Seattle 'dotcom' space, and was thrilled that I got paid to write web surveys (back then it was cutting edge, don't judge).  I also earned my Masters in Information Management from the iSchool in 2015, and am happy to be teaching here as well!

As a consequence of all this, technology does not intimidate me, nor should it you. I try to bring that approach to my teaching. You should be patient and resourceful enough to hunt for your own solutions, curious enough to just click that button you're wondering about, and persistent enough to just keep messing with it until it works. If you take my class, chances are you will hear me say to you that getting 'stuck' is part of the process, and like my dad used to say to me "Just try it, you're not going to break it!”

Teaching


Teaching History - 2019-2020
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2019 IST359 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Fall 2019 IST335 M005 Intro/Info Based Organizations
Spring 2020 IST335 M002 Intro/Info Based Organizations
Spring 2020 IST359 M003 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Teaching History - 2018-2019
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2018 IST359 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Fall 2018 IST335 M005 Intro/Info Based Organizations
Spring 2019 IST335 M002 Intro/Info Based Organizations
Spring 2019 IST359 M003 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Summer 2019 IST359 M800 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Teaching History - 2017-2018
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2017 IST359 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2018 IST359 M003 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
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