Monthly Archives: July 2020

Informatics Ph.D. candidate Phoebe Chua welcomed as an affiliate to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

July 15, 2020

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce incoming and returning fellows, faculty associates, and affiliates for the 2020-2021 academic year. Together with BKC faculty, staff, and alumni, the incoming cohort will pursue research, collaborations, and community-building to address issues at the intersection of technology and society, with a commitment to the public interest. 

Read the full story at The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Informatics Capstone Team Designs PengWin Prototype for Children with Autism

July 14, 2020

Since 2013, the Innovation Institute has been collaborating with healthcare providers and the general public to bring new ideas to market that help transform care delivery. This year, the institute tested out a new kind of collaboration, partnering with UCI students working on senior capstone projects. In particular, its Innovation Lab sponsored two student teams through the Informatics Senior Design Project course in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) and sponsored a third student team through the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Samueli School of Engineering.

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Informatics Ph.D. Candidate Daniel Gardner Leads Teams Looking at Representation in Games

July 8, 2020

The general research focus of Informatics Ph.D. candidate Daniel Gardner is the social implications of various interfaces on the periphery of games — interfaces such as character configuration and microtransaction storefronts. “These are the kinds of interfaces that might be considered in the realm of usability, but I look at the ways they mediate different trade-offs for users/players, and sometimes reproduce certain broader inequalities,” says Gardner, who is collaborating with undergraduate and graduate students to advance this work. These partnerships originate from his involvement with the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) at the University of Pittsburgh, a leadership program that helps students from traditionally underrepresented groups prepare for graduate school and research professions. Gardner is advising two groups of i3 scholars.

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Professional Program Delivers: One ‘Jam-Packed Year’ Lands Megan Matsumoto in a New Career as Product Designer at Alation

July 2, 2020

After graduating from UC San Diego in 2013 with a degree in biology, Megan Matsumoto spent a few years working at various tech and biotech companies before finding her passion in human-computer interaction and user-centered design. Yet stepping into a career path based on her newfound interest required rebuilding her educational foundation. She started that journey four years ago as an inaugural member of UCI’s professional master of human-computer interaction and design (MHCID) program. She closed out the one-year program in 2017 with a capstone project that gave her real-world experience and an internship that helped her get a foot in the door at Alation, where she’s now a senior product designer.

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Psych Central: “Teen Use of Social Media for Social Support – Tips to Optimize Benefits” (Mimi Ito cited)

July 1, 2020

For parents, it goes without saying that youth are using social media to connect and support each other. The embrace of social media has been extraordinary among adolescents well before COVID-19 precautions. With the current need to social distance, a new paper explores how teens support each other through digital media during times of stress and isolation.

Read the full article at Psych Central.