News

2014

  • 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 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!”
  • 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. 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!
  • 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.”