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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
"My capstone project gave me a taste of true product design from a blue sky," writes Dorothy Wong (MS '17). "Seeing the impact we’ve made from that project serves as my main motivation for continuing as a product designer today as well as a guide to what I look for in a design job." Read more about Dorothy's experience in the HCDE master's program in a new alumni Q&A.
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Friday, September 20, 2019
Alison Buchanan, a Master's student in HCDE, is wrapping up a summer Internship on the user research team at Twitter. She recently used a Twitter takeover of the @TwitterResearch handle to walk us through a day-in-the-life of a Twitter intern, or Tern.
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Monday, September 16, 2019
HCDE is pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Kientz is stepping into the role of Department Interim Chair, effective September 16, 2019. Dr. Kientz, a Professor in HCDE, is succeeding Dr. David McDonald, who has completed his 5-year term as Chair and is returning to the faculty as a Professor.
HCDE Interim Chair Julie Kientz
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
"There was always a learning opportunity from peers in each class I took," writes Hannah Nursalim (MS '19). "It truly is a collaborative program, and I enjoyed supporting others and receiving support." Read more about Hannah's experience in the HCDE master's program in a new alumni Q&A.
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Friday, August 30, 2019
Watson is among 1,000 students across the country selected by Forbes in recognition of his academic work and leadership experience. Watson will travel to the Under 30 Summit in Detroit, MI, which features industry networking sessions, presentations from A-list speakers, investor speed-pitching, industry-focused field trips, a music festival, and a day of community service.
Khyree Watson in Forbes Under 30
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019
After earning her Master's in HCDE, Andrea Chin went to work at McGraw Hill Education, where she ensures that the the design of learning experiences are grounded in research and accessible to the broadest range of users.
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
"Writers in the Secret Garden," a new book by HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon and Katie Davis, explores the ways in which young people support and learn from each other through participation in online fanfiction communities.
Aragon publishes book on fanfiction
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Dr. Nancy Allbritton has been named the next Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards announced. Dr. Allbritton's appointment will start November 1, 2019.
Allbritton named Engineering Dean
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
In a pilot study led by HCDE Research Scientist Elin Björling, researchers explored art-based mindfulness activities that schools could use to reduce headaches, a common side effect of stress in adolescent girls. After three weeks of twice-weekly mindfulness and art therapy sessions, eight teenage girls reported experiencing significantly fewer headaches.
Art therapy study
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Friday, July 26, 2019
Josh LaMar (MS '06) is working as a Principal Design Research Manager at Microsoft, leading a team of researchers behind the Outlook platform. Catch up with LaMar as he describes his day-to-day at Microsoft in this video.
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon was an invited panelist at the Latina Leaders Summit, held on July 24 in Washington DC. Watch the full panel discussion, Breaking the STEM Barrier, here.
Aragon at Latina Leaders Summit
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Monday, July 22, 2019
Kate Starbird, Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, is a Founding Co-Principal Investigator on a new center at the University of Washington to study the role of information in American democracy and the changing conditions of an informed society.
Center for an Informed Public
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
HCDE research project unearths and celebrates the forgotten histories of women who helped shape the early days of Atari — and the computer gaming industry ever since.
Atari Women
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Friday, July 12, 2019
The award-winning paper titled "Timescales and ideaspace: An examination of idea generation in design practice" is co-authored by HCDE Research Associate and Master’s alumna Terri Lovins (MS ‘16), HCDE Professors Jennifer Turns and Cynthia Atman; and Professor Monica Cardella, School of Engineering Education at Purdue University.
Shroyer receives Best Paper Award
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Sunday, June 30, 2019
Aleenah Ansari (BS 2019), received a Library Research Award from the University of Washington Libraries for her project Gentrification, Displacement, and the Question of Responsibility.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
John Porter, PhD student in Human Centered Design & Engineering, is recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of its 35 Innovators Under 35. Porter's work focuses on accessibility in video game design, and he is currently creating a system to help game developers build accessibility into the beginning stages of their designs.
Porter in MIT 35 under 35
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The 2019 HCDE Open House & Capstone Showcase was held June 7, 2019, at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. View the recipients of HCDE's annual Capstone awards and photos from the event here.
2019 Open House recap
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
HCDE alumna Tsewone Melaku (BS '18), now a consulting analyst at Accenture, talks with The Seattle Globalist about hurdles she faced in pursuing Engineering, and how she's helping to remove barriers for the next generation of STEM professionals.
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Thursday, June 13, 2019
HCDE held its 2019 Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 11. See the 2019 HCDE Award of Excellence recipients and a full list of graduates here.
2019 Graduation
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
HCDE is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Leah Findlater to Associate Professor with tenure, effective at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Findlater directs the Inclusive Design Lab, where she works with students to ensure that the next generation of mobile and wearable technologies are designed to meet the needs of the broadest range of users.
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Friday, May 31, 2019
Jing de Jong-Chen, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has established an endowed fund to support HCDE in developing new programs related to human-centered security and privacy.
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Friday, May 31, 2019
HCDE PhD student Sarah Inman is studying the social dimensions of environmental data science. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) catches up with Inman to hear about her work as a data ethnographer on the State of Alaska’s Salmon and People project.
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Friday, May 31, 2019
The Atari Women 8-bit Heroine Costume, a project created by HCDE students in the Atari Women research group, will be exhibited on June 6, 2019, as part of Hypnotica 2019: a DXARTS technological wearables fashion show.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
After stints in law school and at Wikimedia, Ada Lovelace fellow Os Keyes is challenging tech companies to rethink the gender binary hardwired into their code. Read a new interview with HCDE PhD student Os Keyes on Crosscut.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
D'Marcus Butler, President of the HCDE Graduate Student Association, shares his story about how finishing his master's degree helped him reach new levels of personal growth, and how the UW's Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) program helped him find a core community from which he can advocate for change to benefit future UW students.
D'Marcus Butler on GO-MAP
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