Welcome Jennie Gubner to UCSF Division of Geriatrics!

Please join me in welcoming Jennie Gubner to the Division of Geriatrics!

Jennie is our new UCSF Clinical Research Coordinator, who will be working on the music and dementia caregiving project with Dr. Theresa Allison.  Jennie is an ethnographer, violinist, and filmmaker with a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where her research focused on the politics of neighborhood tango music scenes in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She has published several pieces from this research, including her most recent article, "More than Fishnets and Fedoras: Filming Social Aesthetics in the Tango Scenes of Buenos Aires & The Making of A Common Place (2010)”, published in 2018 in the journal Sound Ethnographies.  Over the last two years, she designed and implemented a service-learning and filmmaking course in the Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology that brought undergraduates into long-term care facilities to implement a Music & Memory TM iPod project with people living with dementia.  As part of the course, students created short, experiential ethnographic films intended for public circulation about the process of building a music playlist with caregivers and people with dementia.  The course promoted intergenerational community engagement and knowledge of creative aging practices through the lenses of music and cinematography.  The resulting publication, "The Music & Memory Project: Understanding Music and Dementia through Ethnomusicology and Experiential Filmmaking," is now in press with the Yearbook for Traditional Music. Check out her website to see some of the resulting documentaries: http://www.jenniegubner.com/student-film-gallery/.  Prior to joining UCSF Geriatrics, Jennie was a Visiting Lecturer of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University.  We are delighted to have such an experienced ethnographer joining our team!

Jennie will be stationed at the VA (exact workspace TBD).  She can be reached via email at [email protected].  Her first day is today.  If you get a chance to meet her, please make her feel welcome to the team!