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!

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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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Summer research with Brazilian students & App development

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This summer, three students from Brazil joined our lab to work on understanding how to make a social support app for women in STEM. From left, Felipe, Cassio, and Roseli were funded by their government to work at NJIT. They learned how to conduct interviews and analyze qualitative data. Adam, an NJIT student, also worked on the user research, while Atisha (far right), an NJIT masters student, developed the iOS version of the mobile app. The research results were presented at a conference at NJIT attended by the Brazilian Consulate.

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Talk at Cornell

Dr. Wohn was invited to Cornell University, where she gave a talk about her research on paralinguisitic digital affordances and social support. She also met with PhD students to discuss academic publishing and preparing for the academic job market.

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Dr. Wohn and Dr. Sue Fussell, who hosted the talk

 

Attending Grace Hopper

22185722689_1470bfb969_zDr. Wohn and research assistant Mary Schneider had a great time at the 2015 Grace Hopper conference for women in computing. This was the first time for both of them, and they were a part of a larger group of students and faculty who were supported by the BRAID initiative– an initiative led by the Anita Borg Institute and Harvey Mudd College, and funded by Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, CRA and NSF, to increase diversity in computing.

Grace Hopper was a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, be empowered, and learn from great female tech leaders such as Sheryl Sandberg and Megan Smith. The conference also has a huge career fair, making it a must-go event for students, both graduate and undergraduate!

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Here’s NJIT’s news story on the event.