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Funded Research Projects

Digital Street Theater for Global Maternal and Child Health Education

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With a grant from the National Academy Keck Futures Initiative, UMSI's Kentaro Toyama is combining community-based content development with participatory technology design and deployment for maternal and child health education in low-literacy communities. 

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Using Learning Objectives for Visualization Design

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A grant from the National Science Foundation will help communicative visualization designers express how viewers should learn something with, or about, the data represented in their visualizations. 

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Drawing from Theories of Justice to Respond to Online Harassment

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Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, this project investigates the role that justice can play in responding to online harassment in order to promote perceptions of fairness and reduce likelihood of future harassment.

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Collaborative Research: Measuring and Promoting the Quality of Online News Discussions

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With the use of classifiers, a conversation finder tool, conversation coach, message assistant, and message impact assessor, this project will make it easier for people to find high quality online conversations.

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The Impact of the Academic Library on Learning in the University

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This project, centered at the University of Michigan, studies how libraries impact learning, with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

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Text Messaging to Improve Treatment Antiretroviral Adherence among HIV Positive Youth (TXTXT)

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The study, conducted in collaboration with UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond, involves semi-structured interviews with young Black men who have sex with men and transgender women who have used a text-messaging based service that aims to assist young people with HIV/AIDS in taking medications as prescribed. The study asks how users managed privacy concerns in using the service, how they integrated the service into their medication-taking practices and everyday lives, their response to the messages over time, and their perspectives on how the service could be improved in the future.

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Designing Next-Generation Digital Employment and Recruitment Tools

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UMSI's Tawanna Dillahunt is building next-generation tools and applications that address the needs of underserved U.S. job seekers

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Assessing the Effects of Social Norms on Adolescent Smoking in Schools

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Thanks to a grant funded by Queens University with funds from the Medical Research Council, two school-based interventions that aim to prevent smoking among adolescents will be compared and contrasted, to reveal potential differences in the social normsbased mechanisms of action.

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Predicting Drivers' Takeover Readiness and Designing Adaptive In-Vehicle Alert System

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In order to design adaptive alerts for highly automated driving, this project (funded by Mcity) proposes an indicator – takeover readiness – to quantify the extent to which a driver is ready to resume control of the vehicle.

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Improving Diagnosis in Emergency and Acute Care: A Learning Laboratory

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To improve the complex diagnostic decision-making process and reduce diagnostic errors in an emergency care, this research aims to collect and analyze data on diagnostic errors from both frontlines of care and EHRs, design, implement and evaluate interventions to improve diagnostic quality and safety.

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