Monthly Archives: August 2020

Informatics Professor Kai Zheng Helps UCI Leverage Health Data

August 27, 2020

UCI’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) is part of a nationwide Clinical and Translational Science Awards program aimed at advancing scientific discovery and medical breakthroughs, and the ICTS Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI) is a key enabler of this work. CBMI leverages informatics to transform how biomedical data is collected, shared and analyzed, helping researchers in health sciences realize the potential of big data.

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Ph.D. Student Lucy Pei Wins International Scholarship for Research into Tech for Social Good

In 2019, Zonta International launched a new Women in Technology scholarship program, and Lucy Pei, an informatics Ph.D. student in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), was awarded $1,000 from the Zonta Club of Newport Harbor. Pei then went on to win a districtwide Zonta scholarship of $2,000 and was one of just six selected for the international scholarship of $8,000.

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KQED: “How Fan Fiction Inspires Kids to Read and Write and Write and Write” (Rebecca Black quoted)

August 25, 2020

One unique element of fan fiction is the community that coalesces in support of writers. The feedback writers get in fan fiction communities helps them get better. Professor Rebecca Black learned about how helpful fan fiction communities can be when she studied English Language Learners who write fan fiction. These students felt insecure about their language skills in school, but developed confidence by practicing writing in fan fic forums and getting feedback.

Read the full story at KQED.

Scientific Inquirer: “Beneficial Aspects of Social Media Use Among Children and Adolescents” (Mimi Ito interviewed)

August 3, 2020

While it feels like social media has been around for an eternity, the truth is that it’s still a fairly recent technology. That means that we are only beginning to understand how it affects its users on individual  and group levels. Even less is understood about how children, teens, and tweens interact with platforms such as TikTok, Twitter, and Snapchat. Fortunately, researchers are beginning to address the paucity of information. SCINQ discussed the findings of a recent report (Youth Connections for Wellbeing) on social media use with its authors from the University of California, Irvine, Mimi Ito and Stephen Schueller.

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