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August 22, 2014. Jen Golbeck’s social media research was described in Fortunearticle, “CONTAGION-From Justin Bieber to data scientists, how Twitter got hot in the academy.”

August 19, 2014. Tamara Clegg (PI), June Ahn (co-PI), and Jason Yip (co-PI) were awarded $1.3M NSF Cyberlearning DIP grant for “ScienceKit for Science Everywhere: A Seamless Scientizing Ecosystem for Raising Scientifically Minded Children.”

August 19, 2014. Jon Froehlich (PI) and Tamara Clegg (co-PI) were awarded $550,000 NSF Cyberlearning EXP grant for “BodyVis: Advancing New Science Learning and Inquiry Experiences via Custom Designed Wearable On-Body Sensing and Visualization.”

August 3, 2014. The Future of Information Alliance was featured in The Baltimore Sun article, “Programmers answer O’Malley’s challenge to create bay-friendly apps,” for its work in coordinating the hackathon.

June 20, 2014. HCIL grad student Meethu Malu and her partner Hitesh Maidasani, from Jon Froehlich’s CMSC838F ‘Maker’ course, won the Instructables Grand Prize in the “Maker Family Contest” for their StarryNight project.

June 6, 2014. June Ahn, Tamara Clegg, Michael Gubbels, and Elizabeth Bonsignore’s workshop on “Hack Education!: Designing learning futures” was blogged about in Bluknowledge: Desginged to Empower.

April 22, 2014. Kidsteam’s work and process were featured in UNICEF’s blog, Stories of Innovation, “Partnering with Children in Design (Part 1 of 2).”

April 22, 2014. June Ahn, Mega Subramaniam, Elizabeth Bonsignroe, Anthony Pellicone, Amanda Waugh, and Jason Yip’s paper, “‘I want to be a Game Designer or Scientist’: Connected Learning and Developing Identities with Urban, African-American Youth,” was nominated for ICLS 2014 best paper.

April 21, 2014. Jason Yip, Tamara Clegg, June Ahn, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Michael Gubbels, Emily Rhodes, and Charley Lewittes’ paper, The Role of Identity Development within Tensions in Ownership of Science Learning,” was nominated for ICLS 2014 best student paper.

April 8, 2014. Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant, and the HCIL were featured in “People of ACM: Ben Shneiderman” on ACM Digital Library for which Ben Shneiderman was interviewed about his research.

April 7, 2014. Slashdot article, “Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art,” mentions Catherine Plaisant’s work on toggle widgets and features a video demo of her work, which was being considered at potential prior art in the Apple patent infringement case.

April 7, 2014. Jen Golbeck spoke at TEDxMidAtlantic about “The Curly Fry Conundrum: Why social media ‘likes’ say more than you might think.”

April 2, 2014. Ben Bederson was appointed Associate Provost of Learning Initiatives and founding Executive Director of the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC).

March 27, 2014. Catherine Plaisant was featured in the Greenbelt News Review’s Women’s History Month Edition for her significant accomplishments in Human-Computer Interaction. [newspaper clipping]

March 3, 2014. Jimmy Lin was awarded the University System of Maryland Board of Regents 2014 Faculty Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for his early research on question answering and later applications to clinical domain at the National Library of Medicine.

February 21, 2014. Kotaro Hara was awarded the IBM PhD Fellowship for his “interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation.”

February 13, 2014. Some of Ben Shneiderman’s early photos were featured in the Computer History Museum’s online exhibit, “Computer Pioneers: Photos from the Field.”

February 11, 2014. Leah Findlater won the NSF Career Award to study “Scaling up Mobile Accessibility through Touchscreen Personalization.”

January 10, 2014. June Ahn and Mega Subramaniam’s NSF-funded Sci-Dentity research was featured in UMD Right Now’s article, “UMD Project Helps D.C. Students Build ‘Sci-Dentities.'”

January 1, 2014. Jessica Vitak was quoted in Oprah’s “17 Make-It-Happen Makeovers to Try Today: Your Online Persona” referencing her work on context collapse and impression management strategies.

Throughout 2014, Jen Golbeck periodically guest hosted on WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi Show for shows on a variety of topics.

Throughout the year, Allison Druin was featured monthly on WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi Show as the “Computer Gal,” as a technology correspondent for “The Computer Guys & Gal.”


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