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Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu

Research Associate

University of Kentucky

I am an interdisciplinary scientist interested in the research, design, and development of technological devices. I dream of augmenting higher education by providing tools for teachers to better connect with every individual student and inspire students to become intentional learners.

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University of Kentucky

Research Associate

• Independent research: Literature review, research design, quantitative methods, approval applications, data collection & analysis • Lab management: train & manage two undergraduate Psychology students in lab protocol, experimental procedures, and research methods • Technical Work: set up and customize Kinect-enabled gesture recognition within Second Life to create immersive virtual environment experiences • Research topics include creative thinking within virtual worlds and attribution of human control to avatars based on visual and linguistic cues

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Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation

Research Intern

• Data Management & Reporting: Exporting, cleaning, and aggregating statewide economic development data representing over 700 entrepreneurial clients and related networking, education, and business model competition events across Kentucky • Database Development: Implementing automated processes in Salesforce CRM platform to facilitate logging of organization activities and optimize database for collection and reporting of economic activity • Consulting on User Interface Design & Business Development

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University of Kentucky

B. A., Psychology major / Computer Science minor

Continuing on 3+ years of research experience in human-computer interaction, social interaction via computer-mediated communication, and psychological phenomena within virtual environments begun independently my second year. Presented at multiple regional and national conferences. Additionally, I minored in computer science as an undergraduate, writing code in C++, Python, and Objective-C.

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