UMSI Wire - May 2022
The ReConnect/ReCollect project, co-led by UMSI associate professor Ricky Punzalan and LSA associate professor Deirdre de la Cruz, is looking at the robust Philippine collections at U-M with fresh eyes. Their interdisciplinary team seeks to repair harmful curation practices, and strengthen community connections.
Assistant professor Barbara Ericson, an expert on computer science education and leader of numerous nationwide programs to increase diversity in CS, received the 2022 Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education award from the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).
Libby Hemphill, associate professor and Anti-Defamation League Belfer Fellow, explored the prevalence, speech style and reach of white supremacy speech online. In her report, Hemphill recommends what social media platforms can do to improve automated hate speech identification methods.
While remote work lingers, is there a subtle way to measure the emotional health of your coworkers? Professor Qiaozhu Mei and research fellow Xuan Lu found that by measuring emoji usage in work communications, they can predict worker burnout with 75% accuracy.
While sensational news reports have the potential to erode the public’s trust of journalism and science, a new study by assistant professor David Jurgens and doctoral student Jiaxin Pei put our mind at ease. Their large-scale study across scientific disciplines uncovered that journalists tend to temper, not exaggerate, scientific claims.
Assistant professor Robin Brewer received an NSF CAREER award for her work “Voice Technologies for Helping Older Adults Navigate Uncertain Information in Decision Making.” Her research will examine how to help older adults recognize mis/disinformation, and nudge them towards better decisions when using voice technologies.
How can I pay for that? Researchers seek technology solutions to provide real-time healthcare costs and affordability resources for U.S. patients
An interdisciplinary team of researchers, led by Professor Tiffany Veinot, tackles how the real-time costs of medical tests and prescriptions can be better communicated in healthcare settings. They published two papers from the patient and provider points of view, and discussed how information technology could provide clarity for cost-informed decisions.