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Kumusta! I'm a postdoctoral researcher and Computing Innovations Fellow at the University of Washington's Code & Cognition Lab. I earned my PhD in 2021, my M.S. in 2020 from the University of Chicago, and my B.S. from the University of Virginia in 2017, all in Computer Science. My research interests include computing education and human-computer interaction, particularly in justice-focused computing education for youth. I have been named an EECS Rising Star and a Harper Fellow. My work has won Best Paper at the International Computing Education Research Conference (ICER) and an honorable mention for Best Paper at the conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (SIGCHI). I have also published my research at the conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE) and the Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).

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Select Publications:
Jean Salac, Cathy Thomas, Chloe Butler, and Diana Franklin. "Supporting Diverse Learners in K-8 Computational Thinking with TIPP&SEE." Research Paper in the Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 2021.

Diana Franklin, Jean Salac, Zachary Crenshaw, Saranya Turimella, Zipporah Klain, Marco Anaya, and Cathy Thomas. "Exploring Student Behaviors Using the TIPP&SEE Learning Strategy." Research Paper in the International Computing Education Research (ICER) Conference, 2020. Best Paper Award

Jean Salac and Diana Franklin. If They Build It, Will They Understand It?: Exploring the Relationship between Student Code and Performance." Research Paper in the 25th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE), 2020.

Jean Salac, Cathy Thomas, Chloe Butler, Ashley Sanchez, and Diana Franklin. "TIPP&SEE: A Learning Strategy to Guide Students through Use-->Modify Scratch Activities." Research Paper in the Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), 2020.
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