Mara O.K. Solen

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incoming phd-track masters student at ubc

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about

Hi! I am a trans, non-binary, and queer white settler living and working on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish) people. I'm an undergraduate student at The University of British Columbia in the Honours Computer Science specialization. In September I'll begin a graduate program at UBC. I am and will be working under Tamara Munzner to study information visualization. I'm also lead TA for Computer Science 110, the main introductory computer science course at UBC.


interests

My main research interests are in data science, specifically information visualization, and how it intersects with computer science education. Specifically, I hope to make computer science education more effective, inclusive, and accessible by using information visualization techniques to teach complex concepts in a clear and intuitive way and to, in general, provide information to students in ways that support them. This goal would involve researching how people understand visualizations: which ones are most effective for which concepts, how they can be misleading, and how differences in educational background and socio-economic status can affect how people understand visualizations. As part of this, I am also interested in exploring bias and ethics in visualization. All of this work has the end goal of making educational environments and the world in general more inclusive and accessible.


contact

You can email me at marasolen@gmail.com or find me on github and twitter. Please feel free to reach out!

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