SocialXLab News

Priya Rajbabu Becomes Governor Stem Scholar

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Priya Rajbabu, a junior at NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College, became one of the Governor Stem Scholars for 2018. The Governor Stem Scholar program selects student leaders interested in STEM and introduces them to opportunities to interact with STEM professionals, researchers, and policymakers. Congratulations, Priya!

 

 

 

 

 

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Presenting work on mobile telehealth perceptions at 10th Annual International Undergraduate Research Symposium

Basma Abukwaik, who received a Provost fellowship for summer research, participated in the NJIT 10th Annual International Undergraduate Research Symposium today. In collaboration with masters student Anchita komalchan Likhar, they talked about the survey they conducted with women in Newark about their perceptions about mobile telehealth (using a smart device to receive remote healthcare). The students put in a lot of legwork- attending public events, going to the park, local grocery, etc. to ask people to fill out paper surveys. The research was also featured on NJIT’s news page!

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Presenting at CHI 2017

CHI is one of the top conference on human-computer interaction, and our lab was able to present some of our research there.

  • In collaboration with Dr. Wei Peng at Michigan State University and Doug Zytko, a PhD student from NJIT’s Connection Lab, we presented research on how the use of different technologies for communication are related to one’s psychological wellbeing, such as feelings of life satisfaction, loneliness, and positive/negative moods

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Wohn, D. Y., Peng, W., & Zytko, D. (2017). Face to Face Matters: Communication Modality, Perceived Social Support, and Psychological WellbeingCHI 2017 Late-breaking work, 3019-3026[PDF]

  • In collaboration with Dr. Guo Freeman at University of Cincinnati, we did an overview of different definitions of eSports and its significance as a relative new area of research

Freeman, G., & Wohn, D.Y. (2017). eSports as An Emerging Research Context at CHI: Diverse Perspectives on DefinitionsCHI 2017 Late-breaking work, 1601-1608  [PDF]

  • Dr. Wohn moderated a panel about content curation and moderation on social media with researchers from UC Boulder, Georgia Tech, Illinois Institute of Technology, and MIT.

Wohn, D. Y., Fiesler, C., Hemphill, L., De Choudhury, M., Matias, J. N. (2017). How to Handle Online Risks? Discussing Content Curation and Moderation in Social MediaCHI 2017 panel, 1271-1276. [PDF]

 

Basma Abukwaik receives Provost Summer Research Fellowship

basmaLab research assistant Basma Abukwaik won the NJIT Provost Summer Research Fellowship Award for 2017. Her proposal was one of the top ranked proposals that were funded through a competitive process. Basma will be conducting research on “Telehealth: Improving Health Care Access to Minority Groups in Newark” where she will understand how people use smart application technologies and recruit minority women to use Maven, a mobile telehealth application.

Congratulations, Basma!

Graduates getting new jobs

We’re so happy to announce that our development team for the NJIT Buddy app have found jobs in New York City upon graduation.

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Leiping Gong, who worked on the backend of the NJIT Buddy app, will be at Synchrony Financial, and Atisha Poojary, who worked on the frontend of the app’s iOS version, is now a developer at Developing Now.

Huge congrats!

Lab members participate in Dana Knox Showcase

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Graduate student Indraneel Kulkarni and undergraduate research assistant Adam Spryszinski presented development and research related to Virtual Sisters at the Dana Knox Student Research Showcase. Virtual Sisters is a mobile application to helping women in computing/STEM to exchange social support. The NJIT Dana Knox Showcase is a selection of the best student research on campus and participants are chosen through faculty nominations and a subsequent competitive screening.

 

Lab receives two NSF i-Corps mini Grants

The Social Interaction Lab received two i-Corps mini grants this spring! The iCorps grants are sponsored by the National Science Foundation. With Professor Yvette Wohn as the faculty mentor, Adam Spryzinski received a grant for a Mood App that uses color and multi-input methods- Basma Abukwaik was also on this team. Indraneel Kulkarni received a grant for the Virtual Sisters app, a social support system for women in STEM/computing. The i-Corps mini grants will be used to conduct user studies and meet with users for further commercialization of these applications. The photos below show Adam and Indraneel presenting their idea to the judges and other grant recipients.

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