The Conversation: “How Congress turns citizens’ voices into data points” by Informatics Ph.D. Candidate Samantha McDonald

September 17, 2019

Big technology companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google aren’t the only ones facing huge political concerns about using citizen data: So is Congress. Reports by congressional researchers over the last decade describe an outdated communication system that is struggling to address an overwhelming rise in citizen contact.

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Professor Gloria Mark Awarded Collaborative NSF Future of Work Grant

The future of teamwork will require the integration of technological advances to facilitate team performance, yet we are largely relying on tools and techniques from the 20th century for team facilitation. This is the problem to be addressed in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) collaborative grant awarded to Informatics Professor Gloria Mark in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program, under which the grant is awarded, is one of the NSF’s 10 Big Ideas.

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Join the Conversation on Inclusion in Live Streaming

September 4, 2019

This Friday, Sept. 6, the Inclusive Streaming Initiative is hosting a public panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in live streaming from 5-7 p.m. in Donald Bren Hall 6011. The panel is part of an intensive two-day workshop, “Video Game Live Streaming: Challenges and Possibilities for Diversity and Inclusion,” featuring leading scholars in areas ranging from game studies and esports to cultural anthropology.

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Forbes: “‘Robots And Algorithms And AI, Oh My!’ Careers Scholar Gina Dokko’s Take On What They All Mean” (Melissa Mazmanian mentioned)

September 3, 2019

Gina Dokko is a University of California Davis, career scholar who chaired a panel titled “Robots And Algorithms And AI, Oh My!” at a recent meeting of the Academy of Management. The panel involved three more scholars, a business school dean, a writer on work and technology (UCI’s Melissa Mazmanian), and a job market analytics CEO. Their charge was to look beyond the short-term advice commonly available, and to ask a series of deeper questions: “What do these technologies mean for careers? What does a good career look like now? How can people starting their careers prepare for a lifetime of work? How do people in the middle of their careers proceed along career paths that are shifting or buckling?”

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The Verge: “Gamergate Comes to the Classroom” (Bo Ruberg quoted)

August 21, 2019

[Bo] Ruberg, a UC Irvine assistant professor in the department of informatics, was teaching “Games & Society.” It was November 2017, and the course was a required class taught to 260 students, the majority of which are typically male freshmen. Ruberg kept a strict no-screens policy in their classes — an easy enough ask to keep students from texting or scrolling through Instagram when they should be paying attention. But this was different: a dozen or so people holding up their phones, recording their lecture on gender without even the effort of hiding it.

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Informatics Ph.D. Student Jazette Johnson Receives Community-Based Research Fellowship

August 19, 2019

The mission of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society, established nearly 20 years ago with an endowment by Martha and James Newkirk, is to “improve science’s response to community needs and to increase the effective uses of scientific information for the benefit of society.” In support of that mission, the center offers yearlong Community Based Research (CbRI) Fellowships to UCI graduate students from all disciplines. Recently, informatics Ph.D. student Jazette Johnson learned she had been named a CbRI Fellow for the 2019-2020 year, starting Sept. 15. As a fellow, Johnson will receive $5,000 and will work with a local community partner.

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Gillian Hayes Appointed Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division

July 12, 2019

On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, it is my privilege to announce that Gillian R. Hayes has been appointed vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate Division, effective Sept. 1, 2019.

A member of the UCI faculty since 2007, she currently serves as the Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist chair in Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences, with additional appointments in UCI’s School of Education and School of Medicine. Her research interests involve a range of disciplines and a focus on leveraging innovative information technologies to support vulnerable populations.

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The Atlantic: “The Slackification of the American Home ” (Melissa Mazmanian quoted)

Melissa Mazmanian, an informatics professor at UC Irvine, agrees. “The way that we imagine knowledge work and more and more kinds of work is really about coordination and collaboration across distance, across people’s different time commitments, managing attention, figuring out who’s going to do what when,” she says. “And that style of work … It’s very similar to family life, if you think about it.” Perhaps one’s children and direct reports are not so different after all.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.