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Press Coverage in 2013

November 20, 2013. Catherine Plaisant and co-authors from the University of Maryland, UTexas, UKentucky, Yale, and MedStar's paper, "Novel user interface designs for medical reconciliation," on Twinlist won a Distinguished Paper award at the American Medical Informatics Association Conference.

October 30, 2013. Ben Shneiderman was a guest speaker on the Kojo Nnamdi Show's program on "Improving Electronic Health Records."

October 24, 2013. Kotaro Hara, Jon Froehlich, Vicki Le, Sean Panella, and Robert Moor's paper "Improving public ransit for blind riders by crowdsourcing bus stop landmark locations with Google Street View" won best paper at ASSETS'13.

October 3, 2013. The Chronicle of Higher Education published Jason Farman's "A Manifesto for Active Learning," featuring his theories on active learning as a fellowship awardee of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland.

September 19, 2013. Ben Shneiderman's Treemap Art Project was displayed in the Computer Science Instructional Center.

September 18, 2013. The University of Maryland's vimeo chanel featured a video overview of the HCIL's work to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

September 18, 2013. To celebrate the HCIL's 30th anniversary, Interactions Magazine featured the HCIL in an article entitled, "30 Years at the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab."

August 23, 2013. An iPad app that Kidsteam developed in partnership with Nickelodeon won an Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media-User Experience & Visual Design.

August 21, 2013. Allison Druin was appointed Chief Futurist for the Division of Research at the University of Maryland for her work as co-director of the Future of Information Alliance with Ira Chinoy.

June 4, 2013. Ben Shneiderman was selected as Distinguished University Professor for his work in Human-Computer Interaction.

May 22, 2013. Senator Barbara Mikulski sent the HCIL a congratulatory letter on 30 years of "ingenuity and innovation."

May 17, 2013. Ben Bederson was appointed Special Advisor to the Provost on Technology and Educational Transformation.

May 7, 2013. Ben Shneiderman awarded Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award by the University of Maryland.

May 2, 2013. HCIL received 2 Best Paper Awards and 2 Honorable Mention Awards at CHI 2013. Jon Froehlich and co-authors received a Best Paper Award for "Mind the Theoretical Gap: Interpreting, using, and developing behavioral theory in HCI research." Yoojin Kim, Leah Findlater, and co-authors received a Best Paper Award for "Analyzing User-Generated YouTube Videos to Understand Touchscreen Use by People with Motor Impairments." Leah Findlater, Jon Froehlich, Kays Fattal, and co-authors received Honorable Mentions for "Age-Related Differences in Performance with Touchscreens Compared to Traditional Mouse Input." And Tom Yeh, Rahmatri Mardiko, and co-authors received Honorable Mentions for "Predicting Users' First Impressions of Website Aesthetics with a Quantification of Perceived Visual Complexity and Colorfulness."

May 2, 2013. Cody Dunne and Ben Shneiderman's work on motif simplification was featured in the online blog Visualization Business Intelligence, "From Giant Hairballs to Clear Patterns in Networks," by Stephen Few.

April 23, 2013. Ben Shneiderman's article, recommending against separating basic and applied research, "Toward an Ecological Model of Research and Development," appeared in The Atlantic.

April 15, 2013. Brenna McNally, Leah Findlater, and Mona Leigh Guha's research was a TC Cross Cultural Games Incubator Finalist for Scenic Words 2013.

April 10, 2013. Jason Yip took second place at UMD's Graduate Research Interaction Day for his Education: Pedagogy and Learning presentation.

February 19, 2013. Kidsteam design ideas provide the premise for "research" described in The New York Times, "Nickelodeon Hopes Its App Wins Hearts."

February 15, 2013. June Ahn, Mike Gubbels, Jinyoung Kim, and Jason Yip were finalists for the iConference 2013 Social Media Expo Award for SINQ.

January 16, 2013. John Alexis Guerra-Gomez, Audra Buck-Coleman, Michael L. Pack, Catherine Plaisant, and Ben Shneiderman received the 2013 Greg Herrington Award for Excellence in Visualization Research from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies for their paper, "TreeVersity: Interactive Visualizations for Comparing Hierarchical Datasets."

Throughout the year, Allison Druin was featured monthly on WAMU 88.5's Kojo Nnamdi Show as the "Computer Gal," as a technology correspondent for "The Computer Guys & Gal."

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