Kinnis Gosha, PhD

Morehouse College CS Department

CRC Lab Presents at Regional Conference

Four members of the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab presented their research this weekend at the ACM Southeast Conference. The title of the poster presentation was entitled “Introduction to Computer Science for Urban African American Students Using Sphero Robotics Workshop”. The four students consisted of Trey Ridley, Ernest Holmes, Kevin Womack and Jordan Scott from Morehouse College. An abstract from the submission is provided below:

This paper introduces the use of an all-day coding workshop as an intervention to introduce and expose African American high school students from a southeastern urban school district to coding and computing careers. The workshop is held at a local HBCU and led by African American undergraduates computer science majors who attend that HBCU. The workshop is focused on a robotic ball called an Sphero that allows users to control its motion and color by writing lines of code. Results from workshop showed an increase of interest in pursuing a career in computing after graduation compared to interest before the start of the workshop.

South Atlanta High School Attends Sphero Coding Workshop

A group of 25 students from South Atlanta High School participated in the Sphero Coding Workshop today at Morehouse College. Students learned how to write code in in the morning session, ate lunch in Morehouse’s Dining Hall and competed against each other in coding challenges in the afternoon. The Sphero Coding Workshop is lead by Dr. Kinnis Gosha and his Culturally Relevant Computing Lab. The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab is represented by students from Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. Sponsorship for the workshop was provided by Boeing and the National Science Foundation.

Gosha Interviewed on Georgia Public Radio

Dr. Kinnis Gosha was interviewed by Georgia Public Broadcasting on his work funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives Annual Reporting Tool, built by Gosha and his research lab, handles the annual data reporting and visualization for over 200 youth detention center across the nation. Hear the interview here.

Stephenson High School Participates in Coding Workshop

SHSBowlingTeam120170215_132033 (1)A group of 50 students from Stephenson High School participated in the Sphero Coding Workshop today at Morehouse College. Students learned how to write code in in the morning session, ate lunch in Morehouse’s Dining Hall and competed against each other in coding challenges in the afternoon. The Sphero Coding Workshop is lead by Dr. Kinnis Gosha and his Culturally Relevant Computing Lab. The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab is represented by students from Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. Sponsorship for the workshop was provided by Boeing and the National Science Foundation.

 

Quoted in January Issue of Communications of the ACM

Dr. Kinnis Gosha has been quoted in the January 2017 issue of the Communications of the ACM magazine about challenges for African Americans in Computer Science and in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The article is entitled “Bias in Technology“.

CRC Lab Award Grant from Annie E. Casey Foundation

Morehouse College has been awarded a grant of $60,011 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation with Dr. Kinnis Gosha as the Principal Investigator. The award is another renewal award from a long-standing relationship between Gosha and the Casey Foundation. The primary task of this grant is to continue to further develop the data analysis functionality of the annual JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives) results portal. The portal is one of the largest databases of juvenile detention data in the nation, collecting data from over 200 youth detention facilities. The portal as well as the grant was feature on the CBS46 Atlanta website.

Clemson Researchers Talk to Students about Graduate School Opportunities

Drs. Molly Kennedy (Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and Victoria Corbin (Associate Professor of Biological Sciences) from Clemson University came to Morehouse College as a guest of Dr. Kinnis Gosha to give a talk about graduate school, summer research programs and research in general. Students who attended from the computer science department learned about how to pay for graduate school, what students do in graduate school and why they should consider a PhD in computing.  Dr. Gosha was the inaugural graduate of Clemson University’s Human-Centered Computing Doctoral program in 2013.

Paper Accepted to Top Computer Science Education Conference

A manuscript co-authored by Dr. Kinnis Gosha entitled “Holistic Development of Underrepresented Students through Academic – Industry Partnerships” has been accepted for publication in the conference proceedings of the ACM Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education Conference. The conference will be held in Seattle, Washington on March 8th – 11th, 2017. Co-authors include Marlon Mejias (Howard University), Legand Burge (Howard University), Kamar Galloway (Google) and Jean Muhammad (Hampton University). More information about the conference can be found at http://sigcse2017.sigcse.org.

NBC Universal Visits Morehouse

A team of representatives, lead by Morehouse College Alum Seldric Blocker,  from NBCUniversal came to Morehouse College to talk to students about opportunities in media + technology. Last year eight Morehouse College students were interns for NBCUniversal including three technology interns from the Computer Science department.

APS Students Participate in Morehouse Coding Workshop

A group of 50 students participated in a workshop at Morehouse College to learn about coding using Sphero Robotics. The Culturally Relevant Computing Lab, directed by Dr. Kinnis Gosha, hosted the all-day workshop for the students who all attended Maynard Jackson High School. Students learn not only some fundamental programming knowledge, they also learned about the many opportunities in computer science and had a chance to interact with members of the CRC Lab who attend Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. The workshop was funded by the Boeing Company and the National Science Foundation (Award #1042468).

 

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