Three illustrated monsters peeking from the corners of the image looking at a photo of a white woman with brown hair drinking a cocktail. The photo is in a frame and the monster on the right is thinking, "Who's that?"

Hello! My name is Lara.

I am a PhD student in the Human-Centered Computing program at Georgia Tech where I will work with the DataWorks team and Dr. Betsy DiSalvo. My research is about workplace learning, novice-friendly computational work, and other things TBD; you can see my evolving research direction here and keep an eye out for research-related writing on my blog.

Before changing careers to research, I worked as a software developer for about 10 years after getting my undergraduate degree in studio art. Outside of my work-self, I am a Nepali buhari (daughter-in-law), an artist, a cocktail and coffee enthusiast, and a lover of the outdoors.

On this website, I chronicle my career trajectory and share the things I make and learn.

At this point, I have well over 10 years of content!

As well as publishing periodic blog posts about things I’m working on or thinking about, I chronicle my current focus on my Now page, I log miscellaneous thoughts and musings on my Updates and Think-Alouds page, I chronicle my evolving career/research direction on my Compass page, and I keep a timeline of my career on my About page. Oh, and be sure to check out the Monsters.

Recent Updates

April 17, 2024 – I have officially passed my PhD qualifying exam!

January, 2024 – Submitted a paper to CSCW! Haven’t kept up with these updates…currently focusing on my qualifying exam and gearing up for v3 of Career Dev with DataWorks.

June 8, 2023 – My poster and lightning talk, “From Data Work to Data Science: Getting Past the Gatekeepers”, was accepted to ICER 2023!

April 1, 2023 – I was selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

March 23, 2023 – I submitted a journal article! Can’t say more about it yet, but need to write about it here, too.

August, 2023 – Moved to Atlanta and started a PhD!

Recent Blog Posts

Greatest Hits

From 2015-2021, I was active in the CSS and front-end communities, writing blog posts and speaking about CSS all over the world. What I learned during these years set me on my path to research, and I developed a following based on my conference speaking and writing on this blog. Here are some “greatest hits” from this period.

  • Is CSS Turing Complete?
    I took a deep dive into this question, and the answer is: kinda, mostly, yeah! CSS + HTML + user input is Turing complete. Is it possible to remove the user input part? Then I can re-title this post to be more, ahem, declarative.
  • Writing CSS Algorithms
    The methods for white-boarding algorithm questions serve us quite well when writing CSS algorithms. This post is a written portion of the second half of version 1 of the Algorithms of CSS.
  • CSS is a Declarative, Domain-Specific Programming Language
    Over the past year, I’ve been giving a talk called The Algorithms of CSS, originally created for CSSConf EU. This post covers the first part of my presentation, and breaks down how CSS fits into the categories of programming languages.

Thanks for reading!

Really, I put a lot of effort into my website, and it is forever in-progress. I work on it with the hope that others will read my content and find something interesting, inspiring, or worthy of a smile.

I do not allow comments on this site, but I am interested in what you think about my work, and I love to meet new people. Feel free to email me at lara notlaura dot com with any questions or comments.