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Nicole Kuhn

Informatics

 

I am currently a Senior in the Informatics program at the University of Washington, which has given me the opportunity to deepen my understanding about the issues that exist at the intersection of computer science, information science, and social science.  I am currently involved in two research projects at the iSchool.  The first is part of the iSchool’s Native North American Indigenous Knowledge Initiative and focuses on Tribal research review boards.  These boards have been created by sovereign tribal nations to oversee the academic research that is conducted with their tribal members and on their tribal lands.   I am researching the different types of tribal research review boards, where they exist in the U.S., and how they are similar and different from one another and from non-tribal review boards.  My second project has been focused on research to assess the ability of a phone app, called Nature Collections, to connect children to nature.  This summer I will continue to work on both projects through summer research internships.  In the future, I plan to continue my research on the intersection of information and technology within communities, particularly within Native American communities in the U.S. and Canada.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my children and family.