UMBC IT leaders honored for supporting student success through innovative data analytics

“The award shows how the collaborative spirit of UMBC is helping to improve the success of our students,” says Kevin Joseph, who received the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Leading Change recipient along with UMBC’s Jack Suess and John Fritz. Continue reading UMBC IT leaders honored for supporting student success through innovative data analytics

American Democracy Project honors UMBC’s Philip Rous for leadership in civic engagement

UMBC participants were involved with organizing and presenting sessions, tours, and special events throughout the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, which offered representatives from colleges and universities across the nation a chance to discuss forward-looking community-building and civic engagement strategies. Continue reading American Democracy Project honors UMBC’s Philip Rous for leadership in civic engagement

Helena Mentis examines how activity trackers can inform treatment plans for patients with Parkinson’s disease

Helena Mentis is seeing results in new research using activity trackers to assess movement and inform treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease, based in the finding that daily walking has been shown to benefit such patients. Continue reading Helena Mentis examines how activity trackers can inform treatment plans for patients with Parkinson’s disease

UMBC forum highlights need for interdisciplinary collaboration in aging research

“Health, we know, is not cardiovascular, is not neurological, is not pathological. Those are completely artificial distinctions,” shared keynote speaker Luigi Ferrucci, director of science at the National Institute on Aging. “It’s become very, very clear that everything interconnects.” Continue reading UMBC forum highlights need for interdisciplinary collaboration in aging research

Cyber Monday will soon be the biggest shopping day of the year, predicts e-commerce expert Ant Ozok

“[Cyber Monday] is no longer a day where shoppers look for electronics only or deals they missed during Black Friday,” Ozok says. “Now Cyber Monday is a broad shopping experience spanning every product category imaginable.” Continue reading Cyber Monday will soon be the biggest shopping day of the year, predicts e-commerce expert Ant Ozok

Ant Ozok explains challenges banks face in using social media to connect with customers

As more banks use social media platforms, they are encouraging consumers to view social media as a way to access resources and to have their questions answered quickly. Banks and retailers alike use social media to connect with consumers. However, they use it in different ways and have varying degrees of success, says Ant Ozok, associate professor of information systems, in The Daily Record. Ozok notes that mortgage services and credit cards are difficult to effectively promote on social media due to their complexity, including the regulations surrounding them. Consumers are also more likely to have a negative reaction to … Continue reading Ant Ozok explains challenges banks face in using social media to connect with customers

Amy Hurst, Information Systems, Describes “Making for All” in Huffington Post

The intersection of technology and do-it-yourself (DIY) culture, known as the Maker Movement, has been praised for encouraging Americans to be creative and resourceful. However, the costly technology associated with the movement has raised concerns about accessibility. Amy Hurst, information systems, spoke to the Huffington Post this week about how she is encouraging diverse populations to engage in making. Through working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and visual impairments, Hurst found that many DIY tools were difficult to use. Supported by a National Science Foundation grant, she started developing new tools and platforms to help people repair or customize objects, … Continue reading Amy Hurst, Information Systems, Describes “Making for All” in Huffington Post

CWIT, IS, and CSEE Faculty Receive NSF Grant for Transfer Scholars Community

Penny Rheingans, director of The Center for Women in Technology (CWIT), Susan Martin, associate director of CWIT, Carolyn Seaman, information systems, and E.F. Charles LaBerge, computer science and electrical engineering, recently received a $632,488 grant from the National Science Foundation to support transfer scholars in computer science, computer engineering, and information systems. The grant will continue the work of the Transfer Scholars in Information Technology and Engineering (T-Site) program. The program provides scholarship funds, academic and professional programming, and a supportive community to encourage transfer student success in computing majors. The program is open to transfer students from Maryland community … Continue reading CWIT, IS, and CSEE Faculty Receive NSF Grant for Transfer Scholars Community

Information Systems Ph.D. Student is Co-Developer of an iPhone App in iOS8 Package

Brian Frey, UMBC Ph.D. student in information systems, has been collaborating for the past several years with colleagues at Georgia Tech University on a very simple concept: How can one infuse braille communication with the iPhone? Over these past few years the team has been refining their Braille Touch App in support of that concept. Their efforts were validated with the recent release of the Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS8. Of the millions of apps that Apple has approved for release in the App Store since the release of the first generation iPhone, only a select few have been … Continue reading Information Systems Ph.D. Student is Co-Developer of an iPhone App in iOS8 Package

Helena Mentis, IS, Co-Edits a New Book on Computing in Healthcare

The Department of Information Systems is proud to announce the release of a new book co- edited by IS Faculty Helena Mentis, PhD. The book is a “first of two volumes designed as a collective graduate guidebook for conducting fieldwork in healthcare. This volume brings together the experiences of established researchers who do fieldwork in clinical and non-clinical settings, focusing on how people interact with healthcare technology, in the form of case studies. These case studies are all personal, reflective accounts of challenges faced and lessons learned, which future researchers might also learn from.” “Fieldwork in Healthcare: Case Studies Investigating … Continue reading Helena Mentis, IS, Co-Edits a New Book on Computing in Healthcare