Conferences and Presentations


International Computing Education Research Conference, Glasgow, Scotland                                                                                                                     August 2014

            Lighting Talk: CodeSpells: Teaching Young Students Java – A Focus on Written Work - slides

            Participated in the Critical Research Review

Google IO, SF, CA                                                                                                                                                                                                             June 2014

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Toronto, Canada                                                                                                                        April 2014

Deeper Learning, San Diego, CA                                                                                                                                                                                       March 2014

Workshop: Computing as the 4th "R" - slides

Consortium for Computing Science in Colleges (CCSC-SW), Northridge, CA                                                                                                                      February 2014

            Presented paper:  Codespells: how to design quests to teach java concepts - slides

            Presented paper: A discussion on adopting peer instruction in a course focused on risk management - slides

            Coauthored paper: Children's perceptions of what counts as a programming language

MozFest, Atlanta, Ravensbourne, London, UK                                                                                                                                                                 October 2013

            Presentation: Learn to Program with Magic

NSF I-Corps Program, Atlanta, GA                                                                                                                                                            October and December 2013


Grace Hopper Celebration, Minneapolis, MI                                                                                                                                                                      October 2013

            Scholarship to attend

Latism Conference, New York, NY                                                                                                                                                                              September 2013



International Computing Education Research Conference (ICER), San Diego, CA                                                                                                                 August 2013

Co-Authored paper: Student Experience in a Student-Centered Peer Instruction Classroom

Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE), London, England                                                                                                            July 2013

Presented paper: CodeSpells: Embodying the Metaphor of Wizardry through Programming

Latism/Latino 2 Conference, GooglePlex, CA                                                                                                                                                                        May 2013

            Won Pitch Competition: $10,000, tablet and Chromebook

Google IO, SF, CA                                                                                                                                                                                                              May 2013

Sponsored to attend by Google Scholarship for Women in Computing

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Paris, France                                                                                                                             April 2013

Co-Authored paper: A Post-Broccoli Paradigm: Educational Games with Diverse, Sustainable Ecosystems

UCSD Jacob's School of Engineering Poster Expo, UCSD, San Diego, CA                                                                                                                              April 2013

Presented poster "CodeSpells: Learning to Program Through Immersive Gameplay"

Won "Best Poster" for Computer Science

Consortium for Computing Science in Colleges (CCSC-SW), San Marcos, CA                                                                                                                         April 2013

Special Interest Group: Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Denver, CO                                                                                                                       March 2013

Presented paper On the Nature of Fires and How to Spark Them When You’re Not There during Friday's "Underserved Populations" Session.


GE Global Research: Technology and Innovation Days, Niskayuna, NY                                                                                                                         September 2012

Nominated to attend by UCSD Corporate Affiliates Program, Sponsored attendance to the Tech and Innovation Days


International Computing Education Research Conference (ICER), Auckland, New Zealand                                                                                               September 2012

Attendance at Doctoral Consortium (DC) - included Scholarship to attend ICER

Presented poster and elevator pitch on 3D programming environments

Gave lighting talk on interactive programming environments

Presented Discussion Paper: Exploratory Homeworks: An Active Learning Tool for Textbook Reading

Co-Authored Research Paper: The Abstraction Transition Taxonomy: Developing Desired Learning Outcomes through the Lens of Situated Cognition


Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)                                                                                                                                                  May 2012

            Scholarship to attend CHiME Workshop and CHI Conferences


Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education Conference (TRUSE)                                                                                                                   June 2012

Scholarship to attend TRUSE Conference

Presented poster on research in formative vs. summative assessment in CS0


International Computing Education Research Conference (ICER)                                                                                                                                        August 2011

            Co-Authored paper: Computing as the 4th "R": a general education approach to computing education


Grace Hopper Conference                                                                                                                                                                                           November 2011

            Scholarship to attend through Google Scholars Program


Grace Hopper Conference                                                                                                                                                                                          September 2010

            Scholarship to attend