Recent News

  • I attended InfoSocial graduate research conference for the second time (April 12-13, 2019, Evanston, IL). Brooke Duffy’s keynote on social media production was very interesting, and it was fun to learn and discuss about student research on various topics such as social media posting and regrets, social media micro celebrity, and online games as charity events.
  • Jan 13, 2019: My JASIST article “Small Worlds in a Distant Land: International Newcomer Students’ Local Information Behaviors in Unfamiliar Environments” is now published in Early View: https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24185
  • My dissertation-based manuscript “Small Worlds in a Distant Land: International Newcomer Students’ Local Information Behaviors in Unfamiliar Environments” that I co-authored with Brian Butler has been accepted for publication at the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST).
  • I have had two posters accepted for ASIS&T 2018 (November 10-14, 2018, Vancouver, Canada).
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  • In April, I successfully defended my dissertation entitled Who was a Neighbor to Those from the Other Side of the Globe?: International Newcomer Students’ Local Information Behaviors in Unfamiliar Environments. Big thanks to my awesome advisor Brian Butler and all of my committee members Paul Jaeger, Beth St. Jean, Jessica Vitak, and Kent Norman! 🙂
  • I received a Research Improvement Grant for my project “Examinations of International Students’ Information Challenges and Everyday Life Information Seeking (Principal Investigator: Chi Young Oh)” from the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • I presented my work on international newcomer students’ social information practices at InfoSocial 2018 conference at Northwestern University.
  • In March, I presented an invited talk at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • In Spring 2018, I am co-teaching a master’s level HCI course INST702 Advanced Usability Testing with Professor Vera Rhoads.
  • ALISE 2018 was such a great time to catch up with colleagues, other researchers and educators. Volunteering at the Doctoral Research Poster Competition was really rewarding and fun! I am thankful to the co-chairs Dr. June Abbas and Dr. Pnina Fichman for this opportunity.
  • I will be attending ALISE 2018 (Denver, CO, February 6-9) and assisting with the ALISE Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Research Poster Competition, at which I received the third place award last year. 🙂 I look forward to meeting great researchers, educators, practitioners, and future colleagues at ALISE 2018.2018 alise logo horizontal500

2017

  • At ASIS&T 2017 (Washington, DC, October 27-November 1), I served as a co-chair for the SIG-USE symposium with Leslie Thomson (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Stan Karanasios (RMIT University, Australia). I am thankful for the excellent help and guidance from Dr. Heather O’Brien, Dr. Beth St. Jean, and many other senior members of the SIG-USE and ASIS&T. 150931477494220171028_140008.jpg(Keynote speech by Dr. Paul Jaeger)
  • Spring 2017 was another great semester!
    I really enjoyed teaching INST362 User-Centered Design and working with my 43 students. Their UX design projects were fascinating. Special thanks to our awesome guest speakers Karen Holtzblatt (yes, Karen, co-author of “Contextual Design”!) and Luke Miller (UX Director, National Geographic)! I am also really thankful for Karen giving us a signed copy of her book (the newer, second edition) as a gift! The raffle winner was one of our passionate future UX designers. 🙂20170209_153238
  • At ALISE 2017 Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Research Poster Competition, my research was recognized with the Third Place Award!

    I am so thankful for this award and for those who provided great feedback and encouragement during the process! 🙂

  • In Spring 2017, I will be teaching a new undergraduate introductory HCI/UX course INST362 User-Centered Design as the primary instructor at University of Maryland, College Park. (Can’t wait!)
  • In January 2017, I will be attending ALISE 2017 to be held in Atlanta, GA and presenting my dissertation research at the doctoral poster competition.

2016

  • In Fall 2016, I co-taught a graduate level user experience (UX) research course INFM605 Users and Use Contexts with Professor Vera Rhoads at University of Maryland, College Park.
  • I presented my research poster, entitled “Newcomers from the other side of the globe: International students’ local information seeking during adjustment” at ASIS&T 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark. I am very thankful for renowned scholars and great colleagues for their helpful feedback.
  • I applied and was invited to attend the Doctoral colloquium at ASIS&T 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark. It was such a great experience to meet with excellent researchers in our field. I am so grateful that I was able to learn a lot from my doctoral colloquium mentor Dr. Gary Burnett.
  • For 2016/2017, I was appointed to serve as a graduate assistant for UMD iSchool doctoral program committee, working with Dr. Katie Shilton and Dr. Katy Lawley. It has been a great opportunity to learn more about academic program development and management.
  • In Spring 2016, I co-taught a graduate level online course INST652 Design Thinking and Youth at University of Maryland, College Park (Instructor: Professor Tamara Clegg).
  • In February 2016, I gave a guest lecture for LBSC602-0101 Serving Information Needs at University of Maryland, College Park (Instructor: Professor Beth St. Jean).

2015

  • In November 2015, I presented a poster, entitled Different geospatial information behaviors of new domestic and international graduate students, at the ASIS&T 2015, November 6-10, St. Louis, MO.
  • For the 2015-2016 academic year I was selected as an International Teaching Fellow at University of Maryland, College Park.
  • In Fall 2015, I am co-teaching a graduate level course LBSC602 Serving Information Needs at University of Maryland, College Park (Instructor: Professor Beth St. Jean).
  • In May 2015, I received the Dean’s Award for an Outstanding iSchool Doctoral Student Paper at University of Maryland, College Park.
  • In March 2015, the paper I co-authored with Jinyoung Kim and Myeong Lee was nominated for the Best Paper Award at the iConference 2015!