B.S., Cornell University; M.S., Stanford University; Ph.D., University of California (San Diego)
Senior Instructor in Computer Science Laboratory
Interested in the intersection of cognitive science and computer science as well as the development of introductory computer science curriculum.
My research background is in cognitive science. I'm fascinated with how the brain works and how computational models, along with neurophysiological data, can facilitate understanding of how things such as short-term memory work. I'm also interested in how best to teach computer science at the introductory level and how to promote CS, especially among female students.
My most recent honors thesis student examined the influence of the programming environment─a graphical drag-and-drop setup versus typing text into an editor window─upon retention of programming knowledge.