Forbes: “How SMEs Can Catch The AI Wave” (Gloria Mark mentioned)

August 7, 2018

According to an interview with Gloria Mark, a department of informatics professor at the University of California, Irvine, which was published by Fast Company, her research has found that each interruption can set back a worker for up to 20 minutes. Considering that employees are interrupted every three minutes, on average, it becomes clear how this seemingly innocuous occurrence can eat away at your productivity and efficiency levels.

Read the full story at Forbes.

Daily Bruin: “Comic-Con panel discusses Afrofuturism in ‘Black Panther,’ Octavia Butler’s works” (Roderic Crooks mentioned)

July 27, 2018

Five months after its release, scholars are still meticulously dissecting Ryan Coogler’s film in the hopes of gaining a thorough understanding of its impact on the black community. The 2018 San Diego Comic Convention panel “Beyond Wakanda: Intersectional Afrofuturism” analyzed “Black Panther” as well as the literary works of Octavia Butler, a black feminist and science fiction author, through the lens of Afrofuturism while encouraging audience engagement. Afrofuturism is a black aesthetic, philosophical and artistic movement that dates back to the mid-20th century, said panelist Dalena Hunter, an archivist and librarian at the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. Among other panelists discussing the movement were Shani Miller and Kelly Besser, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and Library Special Collections archivists, respectively, as well as UC Irvine assistant professor Roderic Crooks.

Read the full story at the Daily Bruin.

Wired: “Google Glass is back–now with artificial intelligence” (Gillian Hayes quoted)

July 25, 2018

Gillian Hayes, a professor who works on human-computer interaction at University of California Irvine, says the Plataine project and plugging Google’s AI services into Glass play to the strengths of the controversial hardware. … “Image and voice recognition technology getting better will make wearable devices more functional,” Hayes says.

Read the full story at Wired.

Bustle: “Why The Best Video Games Are The Ones That Make Men Cry” (Bonnie Ruberg quoted)

July 24, 2018

While Gone Home isn’t a new game (it debuted in 2013), it has set a new standard for role playing video games where the player embodies someone going through a realistic life experience. ….”You can still make choices you feel good about or feel bad about. There’s almost a moral component,” says Bonnie Ruberg, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine and a scholar of queer video games.

Read the full story at Bustle.

Platypus: “A Ludicrous Relationship? A Conversation between Anthropology and Game Studies” (Co-authored by Informatics Ph.D. Students)

July 20, 2018

Informatics Ph.D. students Spencer Ruelos and Amanda Cullen had their article titled “A Ludicrous Relationship? A Conversation between Anthropology and Game Studies” published on Platypus, the official blog of the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing. The blog post discusses the need for those who work in both game studies and anthropology to build deeper connections between the two disciplines in order to help scholars overcome finding themselves lacking a sense of academic belonging in either field.

Read the full blog post on Platypus.

Inside Higher Ed: “Melting Away Myths” (Kurt Squire quoted)

July 19, 2018

Kurt Squire, a former UW Madison professor who now teaches at the University of California, Irvine, thinks that the political and economic climate of the state has allowed the town-gown divide to grow. “There’s been a really strong effort by right-wing think tanks to create a division between universities and the public,” Squire said. “The animosity is really clear — there are members of the state Legislature that have it out for the university and they don’t really hide it.”

Read the full story at Inside Higher Ed.

SportTechie: “Esports Curriculum Meets High School Children Where They Play” (Constance Steinkuehler quoted)

July 17, 2018

“You see the same effects for esports leagues that you do in sports programs in general,” said Constance Steinkuehler, a professor at UCI and one of the main developers of the curriculum. “We’ve seen a decrease in absenteeism, an increase in feeling associated with school, and an increase in positive relationships with teachers.”

Steinkuehler is one of the leading researchers in this space. Before coming to UCI she served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House Executive Office. Now she studies how schools can connect esports and academics.

Read the full story at SportTechie.

U.S. News & World Report: “Schools Use Esports as a Learning Platform” by Constance Steinkuehler

June 13, 2018

Constance Steinkuehler, professor of informatics, writes: “Through the spring season, our research team at University of California—Irvine has carefully observed students, parents and coaches, and we’ve made some exciting discoveries. Already we have seen some students shift from a focus on their own individual glory to their team’s best interest, and from a reactionary stance toward their performance (“We lost and it stinks!”) to a proactive stance (“OK, that didn’t work. What can we do differently next time?”).”

Read the full story at U.S. News & World Report.

Digital Media Anthropologist Alexander Cho Receives President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Alexander Cho, whose research focuses on how young people use digital and social media, has been awarded a President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship within UCI’s Department of Informatics. The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP), originally established in 1984, supports research, teaching and services that promote diversity and equal opportunity.

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The Atlantic: “The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message” (Gloria Mark cited)

June 12, 2018

Research has shown that returning to email after a brief hiatus can be stressful. In a 2012 study, Gloria Mark, a professor at the University of California at Irvine who studies how information-technology use affects people, prohibited some office workers from using email at all for one workweek, and let others maintain their usual use. She strapped heart-rate monitors on all of them. Mark found that the participants who were cut off from email experienced significant reductions in their stress levels, as indicated by changes in their resting heart rates. When people return to their regular routine, so does the stress, she says.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.