Taylor Jackson Scott, 4th year PhD student in the HCDE department and HDS Lab member, was recently nominated for the annual university-wide Excellence in Teaching Award for his outstanding contributions to the University of Washington and the department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering as both an instructor and teaching assistant. In his time at the UW, Taylor has worked closely with faculty and staff to foster creative and innovative learning environments for seven different courses, while serving as a mentor and collaborator to students progressing through the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He is currently the instructor for HCDE 411 Information Visualization where he teaches undergraduate students the fundamentals of visualization for use across a wide variety of disciplines. Asked about the nomination, he noted, “I am incredibly honored to be considered for the award, and grateful to those that have helped me along the way.” The winners of the award are expected to be announced in the Spring quarter of 2015. Way to go Taylor!
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News / Comments Off on Katie Kuksenok’s Article on Social Media in Ukraine Shared on Medium
Katie Kuksenok, SCC lab member and CSE PhD student, recently shared an article titled Hope, Lies & The Internet: Social Media in Ukraine’s Maidan Movement on the online journalism platform Medium. Kuksenok was a visiting scholar at the Central European University Center for Media, Data, and Society this past year, conducting research in Kyiv on online activism campaigns, and multilingualism in social media, connected to the Maidan movement.
When asked about the effects of social media on political movements, Kuksenok notes that “a political movement is a physical phenomenon, not just an online one. Real-world action and discussion is the critical outcome, not the virtual interaction that helps organize or inform. Measuring online activity, the numbers of Likes and Shares, is a truly tiny fragment of the picture. A video shared on social networks, created by journalists, re-appropriated by individuals engaged in truth-finding campaigns has an impact not because of how much it is Liked and Shared, but because it gained critical mass and became a catalyst for discussion beyond the technology.”
The article is an introduction to the role of social media in the Maidan movement. The intersection of multilingualism and online engagement will be the subject of her contribution at the upcoming international SOYUZ meeting on post-socialist studies.
The entire article Hope, Lies & The Internet: Social Media in Ukraine’s Maidan Movement by K. Kuksenok can be read on Medium: https://medium.com/what-about/
News / Comments Off on Taylor Scott’s HCDE Inspired Comic ‘Not Quite Human’ in UW Today
What can a life-sized robot named Pal teach us about human centered design methods? Apparently quite a bit when interacting with its creator in the comic strip Not Quite Human, authored by lab member and HCDE PhD student Taylor Scott. The comic was borne out of HCDE professor Charlotte’s Lee’s directed research group Comics Made by You: HCDE for Everyone, which seeks to make the topic of HCDE accessible to a broader audience through the use of comics. Scott’s work was recently featured in a UW Today article about the class. Great work Taylor! We can’t wait to read more of Pal’s future adventures.
News / Comments Off on Lab Director Cecilia Aragon Receives Award for Data Management Project
SCC Lab Director and HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon and collaborators at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab recently received a $300K award from the US Department of Energy to research and develop tools for improving scientific workflows and the use of massive supercomputers. The project, Usable Data Abstractions for Next-Generation Scientific Workflows, will utilize user-centered design processes and an ethnographic approach to study the hardware and software tools used to harness large scale scientific data. The project will initially focus on the climate sciences and combustion physics.
A further description of the project can be found on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab website.
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News / Comments Off on Daniel Perry Leads Game Design Workshop for STARS Engineering Program
HCDE PhD student and SCCL member Daniel Perry led an afternoon workshop titled “Game Design for Science Learning” for students as part of the first STARS engineering program in mid-September. The STARS program provides a specialized first-year engineering-focused curriculum for highly motivated Pell-Grant-eligible students from high-needs high schools. The workshop introduced students to the science learning game MAX5, and provided techniques for designing, building, and evaluating their own science-themed video games. Human centered game design techniques were discussed and applied in smaller groups, and rapid prototyping methods were used by students for their own designs.
News / Comments Off on SCCL Welcomes Postdoc Fellow Brittany Fiore-Silfvast
We extend a warm welcome to Brittany Fiore-Silfvast, who joins the SCCL as a postdoctoral fellow. Brittany joins the lab as a fellow with the Moore/Sloan Foundation Data Science Environment grant, working as a data science ethnographer. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington and an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her research focuses on the social and organizational dimensions of data-intensive transformations in arenas such as scientific research, healthcare, global development, design and construction, and warfare. We’re excited to have Brittany on board!
News / Comments Off on Lab Members Publish Concurrency and Computation Journal Article on Game Design
SCCL members and HCDE PhD students Daniel Perry and John Robinson, and SCCL Director Cecilia Aragon, are co-authors on a recently published article in the September issue of the Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience journal. The article, Game Design for Bioinformatics and Cyberinfrastructure Learning: A Parallel Computing Case Study, reports on data collected during a year-long human-centered game design process, in which design ideas generated by high school students were bridged with bioinformatics and parallel computing learning concepts. They provided a human-centered game design methodology, as well as a case study, in which this methodology is applied to the design of parallel computing-focused mini-games. Co-authors of the paper also include Stephanie Cruz, University of Washington Center for Workforce Development; Jeanne Ting Chowning, University of Washington’s Institute for Science and Math Education; and Mette Peters, Sage Bionetworks.
News / Comments Off on SCCL Celebrates with End of Year Party
SCC lab members, families, and friends enjoyed food, drink, and good company at a potluck at Lab Director Dr. Cecilia Aragon’s house this past week. Grilled meats, salmon, and veggie dishes made for a delicious way to celebrate another successful year, and we noshed with views of Lake Washington in the background. Many thanks to everyone who made this event possible!
News / Comments Off on Daniel Perry Receives UW Presidential Dissertation Fellowship
HCDE PhD student and SCC lab member Daniel Perry has been awarded a UW Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. The Graduate School Presidential Dissertation award was established with support of the University President and assists PhD candidates in the final stages of completing their dissertations. He is the first HCDE student to receive the award.
Perry’s dissertation examines how game-based learning experiences vary based on the specific perceptual, affective, and computational capacities of each learner. His research builds upon a co-design process and studies he conducted with high school students as he developed the game MAX5, a computer game where players use bioinformatics tools to stop a lethal influenza outbreak in the game. He hopes that his research will be of use to other game designers and educators who want to broaden participation to reach diverse types of learners. Perry is advised by SCC Lab Director Dr. Cecilia Aragon.