Friday, September 2, 2011

Seeking participants for eye tracking security study

You are invited to participate in research on a new secure login technique based on eye tracking!

The study will take about an hour and you'll get to use an eye tracking machine.
In appreciation for your help, we will enter you into a drawing for one of two $25 gift cards.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Michael Brooks at (440) 865-2437, or by email at

The purpose of this research is to test the new biometric security system.
This system uses eye tracking technology to uniquely identify individuals, similar to a fingerprint or signature.

If you decide to participate, we will schedule an appointment with you in Sieg Hall at the University of Washington.
The appointment will last about 1 hour. You will use the eye tracking machine to test the performance of the security system.
You will also complete a questionnaire and short interview about the experience.

If you are over 18 and sighted, you may be eligible to participate.
Unfortunately if you have been involved in one of our prior studies, you cannot participate in this study.

This study is being conducted in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle campus.
Your participation in this research is voluntary, and you are free to refuse to participate or quit the experiment at any time without loss of benefits.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TA/RA Conference on Teaching, Learning and Research

                It may have been a year or two (or more) since you first attended the TA/RA Conference as a new grad student.  We want you to know that you are always
welcome to come to the conference again, to take a workshop you missed the first time, or to sample new technology workshops, or to be a part of a "special topic" workshop that appeals to you.

               This is your invitation to join us this year.  Workshops are being offered September 20, 21 and the  morning of the 22nd.  The full list of workshops can be found at:
TA/RA Conference on Teaching, Learning and Research

There are also links from there to the easy registration form, where  you can sign up for just one workshop, or as many as you have time for! Registration closes on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Think about it - we would like to see you again!

             Lana Rae Lenz and the Conference Staff

UW Information School Graduate Programs Information Session

The UW Information School is hosting an information session for the MLIS, MSIM and PhD graduate programs on September 7th, Mary Gates Hall Rm 389, 6-8pm,

There will be representatives from each program and we will cover the admissions process and requirements for each.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Call for applications: Undergraduate Research Leaders

Call for Applications: Undergraduate Research Leaders

Due Friday, October 7th, 2011

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers, scholars, and artists from all disciplines to be student leaders for the 2011-12 academic year. Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) will be pivotal in connecting undergraduates to URP. The goal for URLs is to increase awareness and participation of undergrads in research from a range of disciplines (e.g., humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, etc). The URL time commitment will be 1-2 hours per week on average and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

More information and a copy of the application can be found here:

Participants wanted for data visualization study

I’m a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering and I am currently looking for participants for a research study I'm conducting on the usability of data visualization software. The purpose of the study is to compare the usability of several data visualization tools. A session lasts approximately one hour. You would be asked several questions regarding your previous experience with data visualization tools (if any), and then asked to answer a series of questions based on the information presented on two software tools. No previous experience is needed to participate in the study. Compensation will be provided in the form of a gift card for $20.

Session times can be arranged for weekdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and weekends 2:00 - 3:00 PM (please let me know your availability during these times).

The study is being conducted by UW's eScience Institute and will take place in Sieg Hall in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle campus. You will be given further instructions and directions to the site should you decide to participate. Your participation in this research is voluntary, and you are free to refuse to participate or quit the experiment at any time.

If you have questions about the research, or are interested in participating, please contact Daniel Perry at 206-724-4236, or by email at The principal investigator at the eScience Institute is Dr. Bill Howe.

If you are over 18 and sighted then you are likely eligible to participate. Please let me know if you work for a company that designs or develops data visualization software as this could restrict your participation in the study. There are no foreseeable risks or benefits to you for participating in this research.