Designing for Kids: A Youth-Centered Perspective for Tracking Health Data

March 29, 2023

Today, a wealth of personal, health-related data is readily available to us. “The use of wearable technology has more than tripled in the last four years,” reports Insider Intelligence, “in accordance with consumers’ increased interest in monitoring their own health and vital signs.” This intersection of technology and health has long been of interest to Yunan Chen, associate professor of informatics in UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). However, she is shifting her attention a bit with her latest research. “I’ve been working on health tracking for over a decade,” she says. “The majority of research has focused on the adult population, but not much on children.”

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ICS Students Win Grad Slam 2023 with Tech Applications in Health

March 28, 2023

Graduate students at UC Irvine are carrying out impressive research, but how does their work affect our daily lives? The Grad Slam competition bridges that gap between academia and application, helping scholars communicate how their research impacts real-world living. How can qualitative methods for assistive technology impact our lives and the lives of loved ones? Why should we care about spatially augmented reality on deformable surfaces?

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Postdoc Spotlight: Joey Huang Aims to Increase Inclusivity in Computer Science

A new, first-of-its-kind undergraduate course at UC Irvine is being offered through the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) this spring quarter. In “Info 190: Recrafting Tech Information,” students will construct and program a robotic loom to weave designs of their own making, blending mathematics, computing and textiles. Informatics Postdoctoral Scholar Joey Huang helped develop the course materials, including the Robo-Loom prototype, with funding from an NSF Postdoctoral Supplement Award. Her work is part of the larger “ReCrafting Computer Science: Concretizing Computational Thinking Through Tangible Fiber Crafts ” project, a collaborative effort between researchers from UCI and Carnegie Mellon University that has been supported through a $1.5 million NSF grant.

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Newsweek: “Our Attention Spans Are Declining, and Technology Is Not Solely To Blame” (Gloria Mark interviewed)

March 16, 2023

Gloria Mark, [is] a [Chancellor’s] professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Mark’s investigations explore the impact digital media is having on our lives. Her research has found evidence that attention spans appear to be declining. This theme and how we can reclaim our focus are discussed in Mark’s new book Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity, which draws on her years of research. … Mark said there are a number of factors that may be playing a role in our increasing distractibility, and our psychology is just as important a factor as technology.

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Future Squared with Steve Glaveski (Podcast): “Extend Your Attention Span with Gloria Mark” (Gloria Mark interviewed)

Gloria Mark is a Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics at UC Irvine. She’s been a visiting senior researcher at Microsoft Research since 2012 and is a recipient of the Google Research Award and the NSF Career award. She’s the author of the new book, Attention Span: Finding Focus for a Fulfilling Life, which unpacks how our brains operate in the digital world, why we can’t focus, and how we can take back control to find more success in our careers but also more health and wellness in our lives. We unpacked myriad topics, including the anatomy of attention and the forces of distraction.

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Informatics Ph.D. Candidate Bono Salazar Olgado Named a Distinguished Fellow

March 14, 2023

UCI Graduate Division named informatics doctoral candidate Benedict “Bono” Salazar Olgado as a 2022-2023 Public Impact Distinguished Fellow.

Olgado is a Ph.D. candidate in UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), with a graduate emphasis in global studies. He is co-advised by Geoffrey C. Bowker and Roderic Crooks within the Department of Informatics.

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The Darker Side of Play

February 21, 2023

Anyone who has been bullied on the playground knows that play can be more than just fun and games. So why have definitions of “play” in game studies largely focused on pleasure? Aaron Trammell addresses this in his new book, Repairing Play: A Black Phenomenology.

Aaron Trammell holding a copy of his book
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Informatics Ph.D. Student María José Anderson Coto Wins Miguel Velez Scholarship

February 16, 2023

Fifth-year informatics Ph.D. student María José Anderson Coto received the Miguel Velez Scholarship, which supports outstanding graduate students from Latin American countries. 

“I’m honored and so excited to be selected! I’m thankful that this scholarship exists since there are very few funding opportunities for international students, especially from Latin American countries,” says Anderson Coto. “I’m currently working on my dissertation proposal, so the Miguel Velez scholarship will be very impactful for supporting me and my research in this critical moment!”

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