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Participate in our annual MISC Retreat!

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2015-05-08 12:45
Date: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
RSVP and add to calendar. Light lunch will be provided. Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested!

MISC will hold its annual one-day retreat this semester on 05/12 from 11 am to 4 pm in the Ehrlicher Room (NQ 3100). The agenda for the annual retreat includes updates on the current status of MISC, town hall meeting, keynote speech, and future planning for MISC. Our keynote speaker this year is Prof. Jose A. Bauermeister from the School of Public Health. He will be giving a talk entitled (tentative) ‘Get Connected! A Tailored, Web-Based Adaptation of Project Connect for Young MSM in Southeast Michigan.’

Here is the information about the keynote speech.

[Talk] James Herbsleb: Socio-Technical Coordination: How Millions of People use Transparency to Collaborate on Millions of Interdependent Projects on GitHub

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2015-04-22 19:18
Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
RSVP and add to calendar. Light lunch will be provided. Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested!

Title: Socio-Technical Coordination: How Millions of People use Transparency to Collaborate on Millions of Interdependent Projects on GitHub

[Talk] Jasmine Jones and Tawfiq Ammari

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2015-04-08 20:36
Date: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
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Jasmine Jones
Counteracting Dampeners: Understanding technology - amplified capabilities of people with disabilities in Sierra Leone

Abstract:
This paper, to be presented at ICTD'15, presents an ethnographically-based account on the impact of technologies appropriated in the livelihood strategies of people with disabilities (PWDs) in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In contrast to other developing countries, Sierra Leone presents a situation where people with disabilities are socially marginalized but not necessarily wholly disadvantaged. Through a lens of technology-amplified capabilities we show how PWDs leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to counteract social dampeners they regularly experience that prevent their participation in society.

[Talk] Julia Kamin and Youyang Hou

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2015-04-04 14:42
Date: 
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
RSVP and add to calendar. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested!

Julia Kamin
Polarization of political information on social networks: Selective exposure or “selective sharing”?

[Talk] CHI Student Design Competition Presentation (04/03 @noon, NQ 3100)

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2015-03-31 18:55
Date: 
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: The Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
Add to calendar. Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested!

On Friday (04/03 @ noon, Ehrlicher Room NQ 3100), MISC, in partnership with SOCHI, will host 3 student teams that are the finalists of the CHI 2015 student design competition to present their work before they head to CHI. Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested!

Here are the 3 teams and their projects:

[Talk] Brian McDonald: The Transition to e-Braille in the Digital World: The Pros and Cons of Technology and the Development of a Tablet for the Blind

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2015-03-14 16:23
Date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: The Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
RSVP and add to calendar. Light lunch will be provided. Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested!

Abstract:
The rapid advances in technology have created the next industrial revolution that is providing many benefits to society. Newspapers and magazines have been struggling for years to find a business model that can sustain them when access to information is readily available in the palm of your hand, with free resources.

For a braille publisher like National Braille Press (NBP), technology has been just as much of a double edged sword as it has partly contributed to a decline in braille literacy and even questioned the need to learn braille at all. In this talk, Brian MacDonald, President of NBP will discuss the realities facing braille and will also outline the work they are doing with NBP’s Center for Braille Innovation.

[Talk] Pernille Bjørn: Sociomaterial-Design: Bounding Technologies in Practice

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2015-03-14 15:53
Date: 
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
RSVP and add to calendar. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested!

[Talk] Andrea Barbarin and Jeff Bardzell

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2015-03-01 14:58
Date: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
RSVP and add to calendar. Light lunch will be provided. Please help forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested!

Andrea Barbarin
Taking our Time: Chronic Illness and Time-Based Objects in Families

[Talk] Kentaro Toyama: Needs versus Aspirations, or Why Mobile Phone Apps to Save the World Rarely Work

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2015-02-11 20:58
Date: 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI

Abstract:
The funding for a community-radio program intended to address agricultural needs is cut off when the community decides it most wants to air local music. A computer-based program intended to improve language skills ends up enabling a career upgrade. A mobile operator in India says that while people claim to need health and education, what they pay for are the “ABCs”: astrology, Bollywood, and cricket.

These examples could be interpreted as a clash between the two sides of “needs and aspirations,” a phrase that is commonly invoked to indicate the areas that social policies and interventions should address. In this talk, I present some preliminary thoughts on the difference between needs and aspirations, and I suggest that while needs are well-understood and operationalized, they are not as powerful a motive force as aspirations, which are under-theorized and often overlooked in practice.

[Talk] Lightning Talks and First Meeting

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2015-01-27 01:21
Date: 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 1255 North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI

This Tuesday (01/27@noon, NQ 1255), MISC will host another lightning talk session featured 3 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers. We will also provide a recap of last semester and discuss the events we have planned for this semester (e.g., presentations, brown bags and the retreat). We welcome any suggestions for other events.

Here are our speakers:
Sangseok You, Doctoral Candidate
Theresa Velden, Research Fellow
Christopher Brooks, Research Fellow

Bring your lunches and join us!

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