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2016

  • November 10: Presented at in the Ross School of Business’ ICOS speaker series on “The sharing economy at work” with Alex Rosenblat at Data & Society. Special thanks to Lindsay Cameron for putting the panel together!
  • November 8: Presented “Investigating  Opportunities for Information and Communication Technologies to Address the Employment Needs of Underserved Populations” at UCBerkeley’s Berkeley Institute of Design (BID). Special thanks to Andrew Head for an exciting visit!
  • September 6: Congratulations to Joey Hsiao, my Ph.D. student, for having his first, first-authored paper accepted to CSCW 2017! Hsiao, C.Y., Dillahunt, T.R. (2017). People-Nearby Applications: How Newcomers Move Their Relationships Offline and Develop Social and Cultural Capital, CSCW 17 (to appear).
  • July 21st – July 27: Celebrated birthday week with family and friends. Great visits to Windsor and Amhertsburg, Ontario; the Ford Museum and Greenfield Village!
  • July 12 – 15: Attended the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, WA!
  • July 10: Attended Crystal’s wedding: Queens, NYC
  • June 28: Awarded an NSF EAGER Award as co-PI with Siqian Shen (PI) and Tanya Rosenblat (co-PI) entitled “Integrated Vehicle -and-Service-Sharing Systems (V3S): Towards Barrier-free Design and Operations for Engaging Underserved Communities”, $149,390!
  • June 22: Our MIDAS proposal, “Reinventing Public Urban Transportation and Mobility” was funded by U of M ($1.25M) – Awesome job Pascal for bringing us all together and for submitting a must fund proposal!
  • June 16 – 17: Attended the NSF Broadband 2021 workshop in Arlington, VA
  • June 7: Presented work, “Designing for Disadvantaged Job Seekers: Insights from Early Investigations” at the ACM Designing Interactive Systems conference (DIS) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia!
  • May 31: Presented work, “Addressing the Employment Needs of Underserved Populations with ICTs” to GroupLens at the University of Minnesota!
  • May 15: Took a Detroit Historic Neighborhood Tour hosted by the Southeast Waterfront Neighborhood Association (SWNA).
  • May 14: Toured the Ford Factory in Dearborn, MI with UMSI Faculty–all F150’s were being manufactured.
  • May 2-6 Explored the state on the Michigan Road Scholars Tour. Visited notable sites in Lansing (GM Plant and Capitol), Grad Rapids (Network 180, Grand Rapids Alum Club), Big Rapids (Wolverine Worldwide), Chase (Chase Creek Smoke House), Traverse City (the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Left Foot Charley), Leelanau Peninsula (Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center), Harbor Springs (Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa, Wycamp Lake), St. Ignace (Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Great Lakes Boat Building School), Hessel (Les Cheneaux Culinary School), Bay City (Old City Hall Restaurant), Detroit (Osburn Neighborhood Alliance, UM Detroit Center, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation and Belle Isle State Park)!
  • March 8: Our paper, Designing for Disadvantaged JobSeekers: Insights from Early Investigations was accepted to the ACM Designing for Interactive Systems (DIS) conference! Awesome work Nishan, Suleman, and Asha! Go SIG!
  • March 4-18: Travel – Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
  • March 1: Moderated the Panel: Does the Sharing Economy do any Good? at the ACM Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) conference 2016 in San Francisco
  • February 29: Presented “Do Massive Open Online Course Platforms Support Employability?” at the ACM CSCW) conference 2016 in San Francisco
  • February 25: Presented “Increasing Sociotechnical capital for Employment with Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)”  at Howard University in Washington, DC. This talk was hosted by Computer Science at HU.
  • February 22 and 23: Attended the biennial Career Mentoring Workshop offered by the Computing Research Association at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, V.A.
  • January 23: I drove to Flint, MI to help pass out over 24,000 bottles of water with some awesome kids from the community and from Our House. What’s happening in Flint is a tragedy—please keep the fine people of Flint in your thoughts.
  • January 23: Proposal accepted to the Development Consortium 2016: HCI Across Borders workshop! The proposed workshop paper is called: “Project Boost: Addressing the ’Socio’ in a Socio-Technical System to Improve Income-Earning Opportunities in Urban America”.
  • January 22: Visited Joe Gappy owner of Prince Valley Market to learn about their free ride home program for customers spending $50 or more in the store. Check it out here. Awesome store, awesome guy, AWESOME bakery! Thanks Joe!
  • January 7: Attended guest curator Ingrid LaFleur’s Afrofuturism Short Film Series at the DIA
  • January 1: Participated in Detroit’s Commitment Day 5k run in Novi, MI!

2015

  • December 19: Selected to participate in the 2016 Michigan Road Scholars Tour, which takes UM faculty on a five-day traveling seminar across the state of Michigan!
  • December: Invited to moderate the panel submitted to CSCW 2016: “Does the Sharing Economy do any Good?”
  • Friday, November 6: Invited to interview with Paul Chislett on CJAM 99.1. CJAM 99.1FM is a social justice campus/community radio program at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario.
  • August 27: Our paper “If God Gives Me The Chance I Will Design my Own Phone”: Engaging with Kenyan Mobile Phone Repairers on Their Own Terms” received honorable mention at UbiComp 2015! This indicates that our paper was among the top 5% of all UbiComp submissions this year!
  • August 18: Attended Knowledge of the Margins conference held at Michigan State University
  • August 17: Our paper “Do Massive Open Online Course Platforms Support Employability?” was accepted to CSCW 2016 in San Francisco, CA!
  • July 25 – August 3, 2015: Attended the Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium in Makassar, Indonesia.
  • July 20 – July 24, 2015: Attended the 2015 Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) Summer Research Institute at The Nature Place, near Colorado Springs, CO.
  • June 25, 2015: Research mentioned here: http://cacm.acm.org/news/188770-the-filter-bubble-is-it-real-does-it-matter/fulltext. “The Filter Bubble: Is it Real? Does it Matter?” By Tom Geller
  • May 20, 2015: Our paper “If God Gives Me The Chance I Will Design my Own Phone”: Engaging with Kenyan Mobile Phone Repairers on Their Own Terms” was accepted to UbiComp 2015 in Osaka, Japan!
  • May 18, 2015: Selected as a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for 2015! The Kavli program honors young scientists who are considered leaders in their fields and have made significant contributions to science. Fellows are invited to attend, present and network at U.S. and international Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia, at which some of the world’s brightest young scientists convene to share the exciting research taking place in their fields.
  • April 17-24, 2015: Flew to Seoul, Korea for CHI to co-present “The Promise of the Sharing Economy among Disadvantaged Communities” with Amy Malone
  • Some press in Med City News: http://medcitynews.com/2015/03/10-observations-sxsw/!
  • March 13-15, 2015: Flew to Austin for SXSW- Panelist on the Future of Human-Computer Interaction session
  • February 25, 2015: Presented Fostering Social Capital in Economically Distressed Communities at the Focus Hope Village Initiative Leadership meeting in Detroit.
  • February 2, 2015: Our work in progress paper, “Detecting and visualizing filter bubbles in Google and Bing” was accepted to CHI 2015!
  • January 26, 2015: Our work in progress paper, “Learn with Friends: The Effects of Student Face-to-Face Collaborations on Massive Open Online Course Activities” was accepted to the Learning at Scale Conference 2015!
  • January 17, 2015: Attended the Auto Show in Detroit (my first auto show ever)! If you’ve never been, be sure to go at least once!
  • January 16, 2015: Our paper, “The Promise of the Sharing Economy among Disadvantaged Communities” was accepted to CHI 2015!

2014

  • December 11-18, 2014: Seoul, South Korea (CHI PC Meeting & Travel)
  • November 14-16, 2014: Attended Carnegie Mellon University’s HCII 20th Anniversary conference (happy birthday HCII)! Presented “Connecting disadvantaged populations to ICTs” to address issues of sustainability on the Ph.D. Alumni in Academia panel.
  • November 5: Our article, “Democratizing Higher Education: Exploring MOOC Use Among Those Who Cannot Afford a Formal Education”, is now available on the IRRODL site (link)!
  • September 26: Our research was mentioned in a BBC article, “Forget the MBA” by Ronald Alsop!
  • September 22, 2014: Our article was accepted to The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL): Special Issue: Research into Massive Open Online Courses: “Democratizing Higher Education: Exploring MOOC Use Among Those Who Cannot Afford a Formal Education!”
  • September 2, 2014: Started Assistant Professorship at University of Michigan’s School of Information!
  • June 25-27: Attended a workshop sponsored by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico to brainstorm ways to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in STEM education.
  • June 15, 2014: Invited to give a keynote for the Pittsburgh Science and Learning Center’s (PSLC’s) professional development workshop at Carnegie Mellon University.  Presented work entitled “Unlocking the Hidden Potential of Massive Open Online Courses”
  • June 6, 2014: MOOC Research Initiative Final Report entitled “Understanding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as a Pathway for Low-Income Populations,” submitted: http://www.moocresearch.com/reports
  • May 2014: Took my first trip to the African continent to visit Nairobi and rural Kenya. I went on my first safari!
  • Attended CHI 2014 in Toronto, Canada
  • Invited to be a panelist for the session, “Can you do good and do well? Exploring HCI Careers for Societal Impact”, May 1, 2014, 2-3:20 PM, Room: 715A , Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Attended the Academic Careers Workshop in Evanston, IL at Northwestern University
  • Gave a guest talk on Fostering social capital in economically distressed communities at the Technology and Social Behavior group at Northwestern University
  • Attended Learning at Scale Conference conference in March, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Attended CSCW 2014 conference of computing in February, Baltimore, MD
  • Attended Richard Tapia 2014, in February, Seattle, WA
  • Our WIP paper, “Analyzing employment technologies for economically distressed individuals”, was accepted to CHI! Great job Ben, Jashanjit, and Jon!

2013

  • December 9: Our MOOC research receives some press in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Paper “Fostering Social Capital in Economically Distressed Communities” accepted to CHI 2014 in Toronto, ON!
  • Conference Travel: December 4 – 6: MOOC Research Initiative Conference, Arlington, TX
  • Conference Travel: November 18 – 20: Behavior Energy and Climate Change Conference, Sacramento, CA
  • October 25: Invited speaker: Proactive Health Informatics Speaker Series and Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington
  • September 25: Received notification for MOOCs Research Initiative (MRI) grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (as PI) to do work entitled, “Understanding Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as a Pathway to Employment for Low-Income Populations”! Co-PI: Stephanie Teasley, Award amount: $20,344.
  • Travel: September 18 – 22 (RIT Future Faculty Career Exploration Program)
  • September 4: Received an NSF EAGER Award as PI (ID: 1352915) to do work entitled “Identifying Barriers and Opportunities for Building SocioTechnical Capital”!  Award amount: $149,942.
  • Our paper, Understanding factors of successful engagement around energy consumption between and among households was accepted to CSCW 2014.
  • Travel: July 2 – 11, 2013 (Italy: Verona, Padova, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome, Pompei)
  • Travel: June 5-7, 2013 (Washington, DC)
  • Attended my hooding ceremony at Carnegie Mellon University on May 18
  • Attended Google I/O in San Francisco, CA May 16-17, 2013
  • Attended CHI 2013 in Paris, France from April 27 – May 2.
  • April 12: Received first grant as PI to do work entitled, “Exploring Downward Mobility among Middle-Income African Americans: Interpretations of Social Mobility and the Impact of Information and Communication Technologies,” with Jessica Welburn (Co-PI). Award amount: $7500.
  • Attended the Building Future Faculty workshop at NCState from April 3rd – April 6th.
  • Attended the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference in Washington, D.C. in February.
  • Our paper, “Deep Conservation in Urban India and its Implications for the Design of Conservation Technologies was accepted” to CHI 2013.
  • In January 2013, I started my postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Michigan’s School of Information with Paul Resnick.
  • In November 2012, I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation entitled, “Using Social Technologies to Increase Sharing and Communication around Household Energy Consumption in Low-Income and Rental Communities.”