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HCDE News Archive

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Over the next two months, HCDE Master's student Della Sigrest and fellow finalists in the IxDA's Student Design Charette will work to address the challenge: "How might we achieve greater collective wellbeing through the power of our individual data?"
Della Sigrest in IxDA SDC
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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering welcomes the members of our Chair's Student Advisory Board: Jessica Douma, Sourojit Ghosh, Vijayalaxmi MP, Nisha Rastogi, Dena Sabha, Tiffany Truong, Melinda Haughey, and Josephine Hoy. The Board provides feedback to department leadership on issues affecting students and provides input on strategic decisions.
Chair's Student Advisory Board
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Monday, November 30, 2020
In November 2020, HCDE hosted a conversation about black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) experiences in the HCDE graduate programs. In this webinar, hear from current HCDE graduate students about their experiences inside and outside of the classroom; admission requirements and deadlines for the PhD and Master’s programs; and community-wide efforts to make HCDE more inclusive.
Video: Supporting BIPOC students
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Sunday, November 22, 2020
On November 19, 2020, HCDE hosted a webinar about the state of HCDE today—what our operations look like during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how HCDE researchers have pivoted to pandemic-responsive research. In a conversation moderated by HCDE Teaching Professor Brock Craft, hear from HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz about how families are using technology at home during the pandemic; Associate Professor Charlotte P. Lee about how employees and employers are adapting to remote work; and Associate Professor Kate Starbird about how misinformation and disinformation related to the pandemic is spreading online.
Video: HCDE Today webinar
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Sunday, November 15, 2020
In October 2020, several HCDE students received department grants to attend and present at the Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). Students Michael Beach, Andrea Figueroa, and Sourojit Ghosh reflect on their experiences.
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Friday, November 13, 2020
A new grant will support HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek and Joshua Smith, Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, in the development of open-source, customizable co-bots to enable experts to develop their own automated processes and experiments.
Peek developing robotics for scientists
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Thursday, November 5, 2020
HCDE Associate Professor Leah Findlater, PhD students Lotus Zhang and Steven Goodman, PhD alumna Cynthia L. Bennett received awards at ASSETS 2020, the International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility.
HCDE at ASSETS conference
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
A team of researchers including HCDE Associate Professor Leah Findlater and PhD student Steven Goodman have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app that alerts people who are d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing to nearby sounds. The team is presenting this work this week at the ACM conference on computing and accessibility.
SoundWatch project
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek is on an interdisciplinary team of chemical engineers and chemists to create and demonstrate modular bioreactor technologies that can allow biorefineries and fermentation facilities to repurpose infrastructure and resources for distributed bio-manufacturing.
Nadya Peek SynBio manufacturing project
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Thursday, October 15, 2020
HCDE PhD students Caitlin Lustig, Andrew Neang, Will Sutherland, Michael Beach, and Associate Professor Charlotte Lee are recognized with paper awards at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW).
HCDE CSCW 2020 Awards
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Wednesday, October 7, 2020
HCDE Professor & Chair Julie Kientz welcomes HCDE’s returning and incoming students, and shares opportunities for alumni and friends to connect with the Department in the coming months.
Chair's welcome message
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020
HCDE Senior Research Scientist Scott Miles is on an interdisciplinary project to track the pandemic's impact on Seattle. The researchers are capturing images all over the city to document recovery and better understand resiliency.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
HCDE welcomes its newest faculty member, Assistant Teaching Professor Sarah Coppola. Dr. Coppola came to HCDE from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was a Human Factors Engineering postdoctoral fellow. In this Q & A, Dr. Coppola talks more about her background and what she is looking forward to in her new role at the University of Washington.
Meet Professor Sarah Coppola
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Monday, September 28, 2020
HCDE Assistant Teaching Professor Kristin Dew is a co-Principal Investigator on a project to support a community-science network among residents of Seattle’s Lower Duwamish River area.
Dew on Duwamish Community Science project
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
HCDE PhD candidate Rafal Kocielnik and incoming postdoctoral researcher Abigale Stangl have received Computing Innovation Fellowships from the Computing Research Association and its Computing Community Consortium. These fellowships were created with support from the National Science Foundation to connect recent (or soon-to-be) PhD graduates in computing disciplines with postdoctoral research positions at other academic institutions.
Computing Innovation Fellows
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Monday, September 14, 2020
In the space of a few years, HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon went from being a self-doubting, decidedly Earthbound dreamer to become a pilot, then a teacher of flying, and then the first Latina pilot on the United States Aerobatic Team — an honor akin to competing in the Olympics. Read a new Q&A with UW News' Peter Kelly.
"Flying Free" with Cecilia Aragon
https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/09/11/dancing-in-the-sky-uw-professor-cecilia-aragon-tells-of-beating-fear-becoming-competitive-pilot-in-memoir-flying-free/
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Friday, September 4, 2020
Nadya Peek, assistant professor in HCDE, and her collaborator Jennifer Jacobs, assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara, have received a new grant from the National Science Foundation to research digital fabrication tools for low-volume manufacturing.
Nadya Peek NSF award for digital fabrication
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Thursday, August 27, 2020
HCDE Research Scientist Sonia Savelli is the principal investigator on a new grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study how people interpret and use evolving tornado forecast information and how forecast communication can be improved.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon is co-principal investigator on AccessADVANCE, a new project awarded $1 million by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation and advancement of women with disabilities in academic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
Aragon on $1 million NSF project
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Monday, August 24, 2020
The HCDE Alumni Leadership Board welcomes nine new members: Daniel Aldridge, Ankur Agrawal, Josh Baker, R. Jill DeMarco, Alex Fromm, Sarah Kepa, Hannah Nursalim, Rigo Ordaz, and Veronika Sipeeva. The new members join inaugural Board members Sharla Akers (Board President), Gary J. Anderson, Kendall Avery, Michael Berg, Nathan Bilbao, Hasani C.M. Burns, Matthew Carthum, Paula Chuchro, and Matt Reynolds in service to the Department as they continue to plan events, continuing education opportunities, and publish observations from the field on the ALB Blog. Meet our new board members here.
New Alumni Leadership Board members
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Thursday, August 20, 2020
HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to research methods for testing and verification in distributed production. Support from the award enables Peek and students in her research lab, Machine Agency, to research what quality control could look like for production with widespread and distributed digital fabrication equipment. Peek asks, “If open source hardware designs can easily be widely shared, how do we ensure that they can also safely be widely produced?”
Nadya Peek receives Sloan Foundation award
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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Dr. Zakiya Hanafi, an affiliate faculty member in HCDE, has spent the last decade of her career translating works of philosophy from Italian and French into English. In a new blog post on the Columbia University Press Blog, Dr. Hanafi shares the observations that inspired her to become a translator and discusses why translation is so important today.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Since 2013, STARS — the Washington STate Academic RedShirt program — has provided the extra support that underserved Washington students need to succeed in engineering. HCDE alumna Tuyen Truong (BS '17), now a product designer at Dropbox, reflects on how she's using her degree and how STARS helped get her there.
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Monday, August 3, 2020
The climate change impacts of drought, wildfire, and extreme flooding can destabilize the daily work of scientists. In Anticipating Future Environments, HCDE Research Scientist Shana Hirsch tells the story of how ecological restorationists working to recover salmon in the Columbia River Basin are adapting their scientific practices to deal with climate change.
Hirsch book on scientists & climate change
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Thursday, July 23, 2020
Julie Kientz, Professor & Chair of HCDE, and her husband Professor Shwetak Patel are establishing an endowment to support HCDE students facing unexpected financial hardship.
Kientz & Patel Emergency Student Fund
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