Geoffrey Bowker, informatics professor and EVOKE Lab and Studio director, has been named a UCI Chancellor’s Professor. Granted for a five-year term, the distinguished title recognizes UCI professors who have demonstrated unusual academic merit and who continue notable achievement in scholarship.
A leading international scholar of informatics, Bowker’s research focuses on web and digital resource uses and how these new classification systems transform our understanding of classic knowledge. He is noted for merging literary and social theory, art and history, and policy studies with computer science to create new technologies and digital experiences.
GeekEd #2: Shall We Play a Game?:
A panel of game scholars discuss how building better games, identifying the biases within them, and the act of “play” helps people empathize with others and provides them with a guideline for this work on college campuses. This panel of scholars will explore the intersection of games, learning and inclusivity in the context of curriculum development, activism, policy, history and game design. Panelists include Constance Steinkuehler (UC Irvine; Senior Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy 2011-2012), Bonnie Ruberg (UC Irvine), Kurt Squire (UC Irvine), Amanda Cullen (UC Irvine) and Aaron Trammell (UC Irvine).
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All of these adventures are video-enabled, thanks to a handful of sophisticated educational games designed for college classrooms. Used in conjunction with a textbook and traditional lectures, the games are “like a lab experience,” said Kurt Squire, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, who helped design the astronomy video game At Play in the Cosmos when he was with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Read the full story at Inside Higher Ed.
Informatics Ph.D. student LouAnne Boyd has received the 2017 Fred M. Tonge Endowed Graduate Award for the 2016-2017 academic year. The award, named in honor of founding ICS and UCI faculty member Fred M. Tonge, gives recipients $1,000 toward their education.
Assistant Professor of Informatics Bonnie Ruberg had her article, “What Is Your Mother’s Maiden Name? A Feminist History of Online Security Questions,” published in the Summer 2017 issue of Feminist Media Histories. This special issue of the international journal focuses on data and feminism. By tracing the evolution of the security question, Ruberg’s article surveys industry writings on authentication protocols from the 1850s to the present, arguing for a re-evaluation of the often-unquestioned logics that perpetuate discrimination through technologies of data.
Parents fret about their kids spending too much time with digital devices, but many don’t realize that their efforts to limit screen time can backfire. Experts have reversed earlier guidelines about screen time, and recent research suggests that strict time-based rules can be harmful.
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Informatics Professors Aaron Trammell, Kurt Squire, Constance Steinkuehler, Katie Salen Tekinbaş and Bonnie Ruberg, along with Informatics Ph.D. student Amanda Cullen, will be on a game studies GeekEd panel on Sunday, July 23 from 12-1 p.m. during the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians, a five-day conference that takes place at the San Diego Public Library and is affiliated with Comic-Con International. This is the second year that Comic-Con and the San Diego Public Library have teamed up for the five-day conference that explores the role comics play in promoting education and literacy for all ages.
If you are constantly checking your Facebook on your phone or browser, then there’s one thing you need to know: You’re not getting enough sleep, according to a recent research done at the University of California. Professor Gloria Mark, who led the study, asked students to fill out a sleep survey; activity was monitored on their phones and computers—logging when they switched from one window to another, texted or made a phone call.
“There have been lots of studies on how information technology affects sleep,” Mark was quoted in an article published by The Independent. “We did the opposite: We looked at how sleep duration influences IT [iformation technology] usage.”
Read the full story at BusinessMirror.
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has chosen five papers led by Ph.D. students in the Health and Information Lab within UCI’s Department of Informatics to be presented at the upcoming AMIA Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C., in November.
“We’ve had a very productive year and our students have some truly excellent work to present at the symposium,” said Kai Zheng, associate professor of informatics.
Two student teams from UCI took the top two spots in this year’s IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) GameSIG Intercollegiate Computer Game Showcase on June 10 at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union Pavilion.