The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named our very own Beth Mynatt as an 2015 ACM Fellow for her contributions to human-centered computing and to the development of health information technologies! The ACM Fellows Program honors the top 1% of the ACM membership - celebrating the exceptional contributions of its members to the field of computing. Congratulation Beth on well-deserved achievement!
We introduce a new area of interaction research, everyday computing, by focusing on scaling ubiquitous computing with respect to time. Our motivations for everyday computing stem from wanting to support the informal and unstructured activities typical of much of our everyday lives. Our goal is understanding the transformation of everyday life as computing is ubiquitously integrated into informal, daily activities and routines.
The ECL was invited to present their work at the National Institute of Health for the conference on Wireless Health. Maia Jacobs presented the paper, "Lessons learned from a yearlong deployment of customizable breast cancer tablet computers". Dr. James Clawson and Dr. Beth Mynatt are also authors on the paper.
Abstract: Patient-centered technologies demonstrate great promise for users, however they often focus on solitary moments or singular tasks within a broader healthcare journey. We utilized a technology probe to investigate how patients managing long-term diseases use flexible health tools throughout their health journeys. Through a yearlong deployment, we provided 36 cancer patients with a suite of resources on customizable mobile tablets. The majority of our participants did engage with the technology throughout treatment and into survivorship. We analyzed participants' tablet adoption, usage patterns, and customization and describe how each of these influenced technology engagement and changes in use. Finally, we identified a set of lessons researchers can use to guide the design of future patient-centered technologies. Specifically, we discovered that customizable tools reveal insights into patients' goals and values, integrating health and non-health resources encourages participants to return to health resources when needed, and a need exists to expand our definition of health resources.
The Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund presented Beth with their Smart Woman Award for her leadership at the GT Institute for People and Technology and for impacting lives through personal health informatics and human-computer interface design. The Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and support to low-income women 35 and older across the US to build better lives through college completion. Congratulations Beth!
Congratulations to both Maia and Jessica for being finalist for the 2015-16 Foley Scholars Program . The Foley Scholars for 2015-16 included Jessica, Barbra Ericsson, and Tanushree Mitra. This was the first time that since the inception of the award program that all finalist were women. Congrats again Maia and Jessica!