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Thursday, July 9, 2020
HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird and her collaborators with the UW’s Center for an Informed Public received a rapid-response research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation to study how scientific knowledge, expertise, data, and communication affect the spread and correction of online misinformation about an emerging pandemic.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
HCDE Research Scientist Dr. Scott Miles is on an interdisciplinary team of researchers awarded a one-year Rapid-Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Seattle region.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
HCDE Research Scientist Dr. Sonia Savelli has received an NSF rapid-response grant to study how people make decisions based on complex risk information, and how communication about risk can help people make more informed decisions.
Study on risk communication
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Monday, July 6, 2020
HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird was interviewed by Seattle Times about the spread of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and leading up to the 2020 election.
Kate Starbird in Seattle Times
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Friday, June 26, 2020
Dr. Shana Lee Hirsch, a postdoctoral research scientist in HCDE, will work with PMEC to understand and facilitate university-industry collaboration in the marine energy industry in the US.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
K-12 Outreach in HCDE is constantly evolving, and our department’s efforts in this area have been expanding. In order to understand how our program has changed over the years, let’s take a look back at its journey to date.
State of K-12 HCDE Outreach
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Dr. Elin Björling, senior research scientist and lecturer in HCDE, has received an Innovation Gap Fund grant from CoMotion and the Population Health Initiative. The one-year, $50,000 award will support Björling and Maya Cakmak, assistant professor in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, to develop a robust prototype for their Project EMAR social robot project to enable school implementation studies in the fall.
Elin Björling receives CoMotion award
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Friday, June 19, 2020
Department alumnus Phil Spencer delivered the Graduation Address at the HCDE 2020 Graduation & Awards Ceremony. Spencer spoke about the power of technology to bring people together, and the critical role today's graduates will play in designing a more just future.
Graduation Address by Phil Spencer
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Nadya Peek, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, is one of 35 innovators recognized in the annual MIT Technology Review "35 Innovators Under 35."
Nadya Peek: MIT Innovator Under 35
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Dr. Sarah Coppola is joining the HCDE faculty as an Assistant Teaching Professor in September 2020. Coppola comes to HCDE from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she is a postdoctoral fellow in Human Factors Engineering.
Sarah Coppola joining HCDE faculty
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
HCDE held a virtual Capstone Showcase on Monday, June 8, where graduating master's and undergraduate students presented their final capstone projects to the community. View all 2020 capstone projects here.
HCDE Capstone Showcase
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
HCDE welcomed alumna Tamara Adlin, President of Adlin, Inc, for a hybrid "AMA" + words of wisdom on job salaries, negotiation, and titles. Tamara is a C-level strategy and user experience consultant to startups and companies that want to behave more like startups.
HCDE AMA with alumna Tamara Adlin
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Today HCDE participated in the #ShutDownAcademia / #ShutDownSTEM strikes in support of racial justice. Using the time to reflect on our practices and goals, the HCDE faculty generated a list of both long-term and short-term actions we are taking in support of becoming an anti-racist community. Read a message from HCDE Professor & Chair Julie Kientz.
Message from HCDE Chair Julie Kientz
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
HCDE is proud to present the recipients of our 2020 Student Awards of Excellence. The HCDE faculty annually recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of academics, leadership, and innovation. 
HCDE Awards of Excellence
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Sunday, June 7, 2020
HCDE Master's students Jazz Ang, Ana Liu, and Della Sigrest received a fellowship from Jumpstart, a recruiting platform for students and companies in tech, to reimagine communication between students and employers in the time of online meetings.
MS students receive Jumpstart Fellowship
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Friday, May 29, 2020
Emerita Professor Jan Spyridakis is receiving the department's 2020 Myron L. White Award. Better known as "The Mikey," named after the co-founder of the department, it is presented annually by the faculty to a leader in the field and a dedicated friend of the department. The award will be presented at the HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony on June 9, 2020.
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Friday, May 29, 2020
HCDE announces that Phil Spencer, Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft and department alumnus, will deliver the guest commencement address at the HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Phil Spencer delivering Graduation Address
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Thursday, May 28, 2020
Today UW is announcing the new Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE), led by an interdisciplinary team including HCDE Associate Professor Leah Findlater, and powered by a $2.5M inaugural investment from Microsoft.
New CREATE Center
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Interactive Technologies and Autism, Second Edition, a new book by HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz, is out now from Morgan & Claypool Publishers. The book provides a comprehensive background for understanding what work has already been completed and its impact, as well as what promises and challenges lie ahead for designers, researchers, autistic people, and their advocates.
Kientz: Interactive Technologies & Autism book
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Thursday, May 21, 2020
During a time of physical-distancing, what can we do to promote meaningful and productive civic engagement? This was the inquiry at the heart of HCDE's Democracy Design Jam, held May 16-17, 2020. View videos of the plenary session with industry experts and elected leaders, and discover the future civic engagement opportunities prototyped by HCDE students.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Video: Human Centered Design & Engineering alumna Rebecca Destello discusses mentorship, getting involved with professional organizations, and tips for networking outside of your comfort zone.
AMA with Rebecca Destello
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Friday, May 15, 2020
Taryn Bipat, a PhD student in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, announced UW Provost Mark Richards at the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Bipat named Outstanding Mentor
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
HCDE PhD student Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang, together with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, has published "The Essential Guide to Older Adult-Centered Design" for designers, researchers, and developers interested in developing health information management technologies for an aging population:
Guide to Older Adult-Centered Design
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Friday, May 8, 2020
On May 7, HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird joined iSchool Associate Professor Jevin West and Hanson Hosein, director of the Communication Leadership program, for a discussion about how we can be best informed in the face of conflicting information about the pandemic.
Covid-19 and the Truth
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Monday, May 4, 2020
HCDE students Arpita B, Ashley Boone, Saralyn Hormachuelos Santos, and Catherine Zeng are among the 100 University of Washington students named to the 2020 Husky 100 cohort, an honor given to just 100 students across all UW's degree programs and 3 campuses annually.
HCDE students in Husky 100
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