UMSI WIRE - Winter 2015

Now that Mom's on Facebook

Associate professors Nicole Ellison and Cliff Lampe's new study, developed with the Pew Research Center, finds that over half of US adults are now on Facebook, maintaining its number one ranking for social media use. But other platforms, like Pinterest, show growth while Facebook has stalled. Read more.

Teachers get their A-GAME on
A just-released report from the A-GAMES project, a collaboration between UMSI's Barry Fishman and NYU, reveals that a majority of the K-12 teachers surveyed use  digital games in the classroom, and 18% use them daily. What's most interesting, says Fishman, is how teachers are using these games to monitor and track students' progress toward learning goals. Read more.

Self-paced Internet history tour
Charles Severance's immensely popular MOOC, "Internet History, Technology and Security," was one of Coursera's first 20 offerings back in 2012. It's now one of the first  to be offered in a self-paced format that allows students to start at any time.  (An early chapter includes a walking tour of Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing's team created one of the world's first computers.) Read more.

Paper tigers
Congratulations to two UMSI assistant professors, Silvia Lindtner and Katharina Reinecke, for their award-winning papers at the CSCW 2015 conference (March 14-18).
Lindter's paper on elderly electronic hackers in China took a Best Paper award, while Reinecke's paper on her LabintheWild project received an Honorable Mention.
Read more. 

Vast and fast

Professor Paul Edwards, author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press 2010), was tapped to explain global temperature in half a minute for the NBC series "Thirty Seconds to Know." See how he did it.

Asking the wrong questions
Kentaro Toyama, who joined the UMSI faculty in January as the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information, writes frequently for The Atlantic. In a January article, he explains why he thinks some scholars are asking the wrong questions about the power of the Internet to effect social change. Read the article.

Star in his eyes
Assistant Professor Joyojeet Pal, whose research interests include the depiction of information workers in Indian cinema, has a not-so-secret passion for Tamil cinema and its superstar Rajinikanth. Pal is producer and researcher of For the Love of a Man, a forthcoming documentary on the actor and his diehard fans. Read  more.