News

2015

  • 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!”
  • 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.”