Charlotte Lee and Julie Kientz Awarded NSF Career Awards

Sunday, January 10, 2010

HCDE Professors Charlotte Lee and Julie Kientz have each been awarded NSF Career Awards. This is a superb honor for them both. The awards are for 4-5 years and will help support these young faculty members pursue their research interests and help establish them as premier researchers in their respective areas. "The NSF Career Award is a desirable prize for up and coming academics," said Lee. "We'd like to think that our research speaks for itself, but sometimes it can speak a little more loudly if you have an award like this."

Dr. Lee's award is entitled: Interacting with Cyberinfrastructure in the Face of Changing Science.

With this award, she will be developing a framework for understanding the set of sociotechnical relationships that comprise cyberinfrastructure (CI). The technical challenges of cyberinfrastructure are already so demanding that projects often have little time to engage reflexively on how cyberinfrastructures are used and created in the current state of rapid scientific change in which the necessity of data sharing and multidisciplinary approaches is putting pressure on disciplinary boundaries.

Dr. Lee’s project will study:

  • How scientists and engineers decide which cyberinfrastructure resources (e.g., databases and tools) to use and under what circumstances
  • Under what circumstances do scientists and engineers decide to create their own resources
  • How are scientists and engineers mixing disciplinary practices within their own laboratories
  • When do scientists and engineers adopt hybrid identities

Dr. Kientz's award is entitled: Healthy Families: Technology to Support the Health and Wellness of Young Children

Dr. Kientz's research will involve the design, development, and evaluation of the effectiveness of computing interventions to assist parents in ensuring the healthy development of their child. The research questions explored focus on whether new computing technologies can improve parent record-keeping and knowledge. Specifically, the research will result in three outcomes:

  • Discovery of design requirements for technologies to support the health of young children, especially for families from diverse and underserved populations.
  • A suite of three new technologies based on the design requirements that leverage mobile and social computing technologies for assisting parents of young children with tracking their child's health information and learning about children's health.
  • Validation of computing technology as a viable means of supporting parent recordkeeping and method to increase in parent knowledge and confidence in their child's developmental progress and improve parent-pediatrician communication.