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May 11, 2017 

Cecilia Aragon to be Honored at Latinx Faculty Recognition Event

The University of Washington's Latino Center for Health is recognizing Cecilia Aragon, Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, as one of 18 Latina or Latino faculty members across all three UW campuses who made significant achievements during the 2016-2017 academic year.

 

May 3, 2017 

WiUX 2017 Conference

The Women in User Experience student group at the University of Washington is hosting its 3rd annual conference on May 13, 2017. The WiUX Conference features interactive workshops, lightning talks, and open networking with UX professionals and recruiters.

 

May 2, 2017 UW Today

Study Finds Period Tracking Apps Failing Users in Basic Ways

A new study authored by UW researchers including HCDE's Elena Agapie, Laura Pina, Julie Kientz, and Sean Munson, finds that smartphone apps to track menstrual cycles often disappoint users with a lack of accuracy, assumptions about sexual identity or partners, and an emphasis on pink and flowery form over function and customization.

 

April 28, 2017 

2017 Graduation Speaker and Mikey Award Recipient

Jerrod Larson (MS 2003, PhD 2010) will be the speaker at the 2017 HCDE Graduation & Award's Ceremony on June 9, and HCDE Professor Emeritus David K. Farkas will receive this year's Myron L. White Award aka "the Mikey," thanking him for his years of service to the department.

 

April 27, 2017 

HCDE Alternative Spring Break Recap

In Spring 2017, a team of Human Centered Design & Engineering undergraduate students and educators traveled to the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Washington, to participate in UW Pipeline Project's Alternative Spring Break, leading a week-long design thinking workshop for the local middle school students. HCDE Senior Lecturer Andrew Davidson organized the team, with the goal of sparking an interest in engineering within the local middle school students — introducing them to the ways human-centered design can solve a variety of community needs.

 

April 26, 2017 UW Today

Food Photos Help Instagram Users with Healthy Eating

A recent study by UW researchers including Christina Chung, Elena Agapie, and Sean Munson, looked at how Instagram helps people achieve their healthy eating goals. The team found that not only is Instagram valuable for people to visualize their food intake, the social network also provides a forum for receiving support and encouraging others in their goals.

 

April 24, 2017 

College of Engineering Awards

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering celebrates two department recipients of the annual faculty, staff, and student awards from the College of Engineering. Assistant Professor Sean Munson will receive the 2017 junior faculty award, and PhD student Kerem Özcan will receive the student award for excellence in teaching.

 

April 24, 2017 

HCDE Students win at UW Maker Summit

HCDE was well represented at UW's second annual Maker Summit on April 22, 2017. HCDE Professor Beth Kolko kicked off the event by delivering the keynote address; the HCDE master's capstone team of Sahil Anand, John Luetke, Nikhil Venkatesh, and Dorothy Wong took home first place in the Gizmos category for their social robot project; and HCDE master's student Max Lam won the prize for Drawing and Painting.

 

April 21, 2017 

Daniela Rosner Edits Journal on Repair Studies

HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela K. Rosner is co-editor of R3PAIR Volume, a special issue of continent. journal, issue 6.1 / 2017. This issue brings together nearly twenty articles and media pieces on the topic of repair studies. In addition to Rosner, contributing authors from the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering include Associate Professor David Ribes and Research Scientist Brittany Fiore-Gartland.

 

April 19, 2017 UW Engineering

New Engineering Admissions Process

The UW’s College of Engineering is taking a significant step to improve undergraduate engineering students’ educational experiences by offering Direct to College admission beginning with the entering freshman class of 2018.

 

April 11, 2017 

2017 Master of Science Capstone Projects

Students in the HCDE master's program spend their final two quarters researching, designing, and engineering a solution to an identified problem as part of their Capstone project. Get a sneak peek of the 2017 Master's Capstone projects here, and see them for yourself at the HCDE Open House on June 1, 2017.

 

April 10, 2017 

Gary Hsieh Promoted to Associate Professor

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is pleased to announce the promotion of faculty member Dr. Gary Hsieh to Associate Professor with Tenure, effective at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

April 8, 2017 

HCDE MS Student Jihoon Suh at TEI2017

HCDE graduate student Jihoon Suh shares his experience presenting his work at the 11th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions, TEI 2017, held in Yokohama, Japan.

 

April 6, 2017 

HCDE Professor Starbird is Uncovering a War on Information

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird’s research into crisis informatics uncovered a vulnerable system susceptible to conspiracy theories, political propaganda, and disinformation.

 

April 3, 2017 

HCDE Alumnus Startup Featured on King 5 News

HCDE alumnus Mark Laughery works at the University of Washington's CoMotion Labs for Pear Med, a virtual reality healthcare startup for doctor and patient education that he co-founded. Watch a video of Laughery and the Pear Med team by King 5 News.

 

March 29, 2017 

Pokemon GO for Parents and Kids

Together with researchers in the UW Information School, HCDE doctoral students Kiley Sobel, Arpita Bhattacharya, Alexis Hiniker, and Professor Julie Kientz, researched how parents use Pokémon GO with their children. The researchers discovered that parents who played “Pokemon GO” with their children reported increased exercise, outdoor experiences, and family bonding.

 

March 29, 2017 

Seattle Times Interviews Kate Starbird on Alternative Media

The Seattle Times reports on HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird's discoveries into the emerging phenomena of the spread of "fake news" and alternative narratives. Starbird will present her paper, "Examining the Alternative Media Ecosystem through the Production of Alternative Narratives of Mass Shooting Events on Twitter," at the International Conference on Web and Social Media in May.

 

March 23, 2017 

HCDE Comics Book Release Party

Join HCDE on April 14 as we celebrate the third in an annual series of comics books released by HCDE students. See art from the book, talk to the students involved, and pick up your own copy. Refreshments will be provided.

 

March 21, 2017 

HCDE at CSCW 2017

Students and faculty from across the UW's Design, Use, Build (DUB) community came together at the 2017 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing in Portland, Oregon.

 

February 21, 2017 

Remembering Lee Paul Sieg

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the United States presidential executive order 9066, the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering celebrates our building's namesake, University of Washington President Lee Paul Sieg, a leader who demonstrated compassion for the University’s Japanese American students during World War II.

 

February 13, 2017 

HCDE Student Project to Compete at CHI 2017

HCDE seniors Runyuan (Jason) Chen, Aaron Joya, Leena Choi, and ShinYoung (Lucia) Choi will present their project “An Exploration of Self-Transcendence Through Solo-Travel” at the CHI 2017 Conference Student Research Competition.

 

February 7, 2017 

Google Brings Design Sprint Workshop to HCDE

On January 31, 2017, HCDE welcomed representatives from Google Sprint Master Academy for a Google Design Sprint workshop for HCDE students. The goal of the event was to provide HCDE students with the tools necessary to conduct Design Sprints in the future to make sure they are building the right thing for the right person.

 

February 2, 2017 ParentMap

Andrew Davidson Discusses K-12 Engineering Education

HCDE Senior Lecturer was recently interviewed by ParentMap.com about the importance of computer science in K-12 education. Davidson stresses that college graduates will need to know how to create software if they want to survive in today's job market. Read the full story on Parentmap.

 

February 2, 2017 

HCDE Graduate Student Develops Accessible Map App

AccessMap, a trip-planning app offering safe solutions for people who need accessible or pedestrian friendly routes, recently launched from the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology. HCDE graduate student Veronika Sipeeva collaborated on this project with a cross-disciplinary team of students from UW's Electrical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Urban@UW.

 

January 24, 2017 

Professor Starbird on Fighting Fake News

Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Kate Starbird recently sat down with KING 5's New Day Northwest to discuss "fake news" and our current information climate. In Starbird's Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation Lab, HCDE researchers study online rumoring during disaster events. On how consumers should navigate today's news cycle, Starbird advises a little skepticism. "Learn to say 'hey, let me double check something before I pass this along, and before I absorb this information.'"

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