Monthly Archives: December 2022

Informatics Ph.D. Student Yawen Guo Wins 2nd Place at AMIA Student Paper Competition

December 13, 2022

Second-year informatics Ph.D. student Yawen Guo won second place in the American Medical Informatics Association 2022 Annual Symposium Student Paper Competition in November. Her paper, titled “Public Opinions toward COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: A Machine Learning-based Analysis of U.S. Tweets,” studied a large volume of tweets “to examine the beliefs held among Twitter users toward vaccine mandates, as well as the evidence that they used to support their positions.”

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Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard (Interview: Gloria Mark)

Gloria Mark is a professor, author, and researcher. Gloria joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what attention is, how email can be a main source of stress, and what the study of Informatics is. Gloria and Dax talk about the concept of flow, what social capital on the internet is, and what the fallacy in multi-tasking is. Gloria explains how being an artist prepared her for studying psychology, how well-being should be prioritized over productivity in the workplace, and how self-interruption is a major culprit of distraction.

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EdSurge: “How Gaming Creates Opportunities for Learning That Endures” (Mimi Ito interviewed)

December 5, 2022

Mimi Ito, [informatics professor in residence], is a cultural anthropologist and learning scientist at UC Irvine. She’s been sharing her observations with EdSurge readers for nearly a decade now, reflecting on young people’s interest-driven and playful engagements as they relate to education. Recently, we were fortunate to speak with her at length on the topic of game-based learning. Here, she comments on the history of gaming in education, its limitations and its potential—when done well—as a conduit for deep connections with learners.

Read the full interview on EdSurge