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For information about the HCIL, contact lab director Jen Golbeck at (301) 405-7185 or Many of the faculty are available for interviews, comments, etc. Contact the faculty directly, or contact the director to find the most relevant person.

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Press Coverage in 2007

The HCIL has a tradition of celebrating the important work of the lab. Now the world can celebrate with Ben Shneiderman as he turns 60, with a special issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. This unique publication, highlights the contribtions of a man who was there to start the field of HCI." Allison Druin, HCIL Director, 2007.

Ben Shneiderman and Adam Perer's research on social networks, Social Action, was featured in Slate Magazine, December 2007.

Jimmy Lin's research on Cloud Computing was featured in the Washington Post and NY Times,October 2007.

HCIL in blog, "Covering Digital Culture", September 2007.

HCIL was featured in the Orlando Sentinel, September 2007.

Cynthia Parr was interviewed about her ecological semantic web work in the NY Times, September 2007.

Ben Shneiderman interviewed for User Experience Pioneers, July 2007.

Ben Shneiderman supports web design guidelines in Government Computer News, 2, 3, June 2007.

The Cyber Psychologist is in! 
Kent Norman was featured on Channel 4 NBC News discussing the issues surrounding dangerous Internet stunts. He also held an Online chat the following day, June 6, 2007.

The Computer Guy & Gal on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show  
Ben Bederson and Allison Druin talked with Kojo about everything from why people are taking laptops out of schools, to Microsoft's new surface computer, June 2007.

Poets on Poets
The "Poets on Poets" section of HCIL faculty Neil Fraistat's Website Romantic Circles was recently featured on the CBS radio network's Weekend Roundup program, May 2007.

Ben Shneiderman commends good work on data visualization in Technology Review, April 11, 2007.

Campus Emergency Preparedness in the news:
Jenny Preece talked with Fox 5 News. Allison Druin talked with WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi, April 2007

HCIL Faculty on the Kojo Nnamdi Show
Ben Bederson and Allison Druin joined the Tech Tuesday team to talk about tech trends, April 3, 2007.

HCIL faculty Ben Bederson’s new company, ZenZui, is in the news
ZenZui is making zoomable interfaces for mobile, and showed up in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, and PC World, March 2007 Proposal for Community Response Grids
Ben Shneiderman drums up press for his new project, Spring 2007,
Science, BBC, New Scientist, MIT Technology Review, Discovery Channel, Nature, World Changing, Online Spin, PC World Ars Technica: The Art of Technology, ZD-NET Government, Computerworld, Newsweek International WUSA TV9

HCIL/MITH Faculty receive prestigious Mellon Foundation Award
Matthew Kirschenbaum, Catherine Plaisant and Martha Nell Smith will lead research on a humanities text-mining project called MONK, February 2007

The International Children's Digital Library is in the news,
Thanks to its new partnership with the One Laptop Per Child Foundation ($100 computer project). This includes: Washington, ABC News, CBS News,, January 2007

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