Congratulations to Amanda Lazar who successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Using Technology to Engage People with Dementia in Recreational Activities."After conducting a systematic review of the literature in the area of informatics for dementia, Amanda designed and implemented a longitudinal quasi-experimental study with older adults with dementia, their family members and staff members of an assisted living facility which led to a series of design recommendations for future systems. Her innovative work is a significant and impressive contribution to informatics and gerontology.
George Demiris was a keynote speaker for the 2015 University of Minnesota Center on Aging Summer Institute on Using Technology to Improve the Care of Older Adults on May 28 in the Twin Cities. His presentation was entitled “Imagining Technologies of the Next Decade.”
The Eighteenth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Washington was organized by the Undergraduate Research Program, which facilitates research experiences for undergraduates in all academic disciplines. The Symposium, which this year took place on May 15th at Mary Gates Hall, is a chance for undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a broader audience on campus. It also provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. HEALTH-E was represented through team members who provided mentoring for undergraduate students, with the following posters:
Lau T, Sung M, Hall A, Thompson H, Demiris G. Robots of the Future: Design Considerations for the Healthcare Domain.
Lu J, Thompson H, Demiris G. Strategies and Challenges for Recruitment of Older Adults in Fall Prevention Research.
Liu J, Lazar A, Demiris G, Thompson H. The Role of Voice in Attitudes Towards Robotic Pets.
Dr. Demiris was an invited speaker at an NCI/NINR Sponsored Meeting on Informal Cancer Caregiving on May 4 and 5 at the NCI campus. The Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP) at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) convened a meeting of stakeholders to review the state of the science of informal cancer caregiving, identify gaps in the science from the perspectives of patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers, and determine what is unique about caregiving in cancer. Dr. Demiris’ presentation focused on “Informal cancer caregiver interventions in home and hospice care.”
Laura Kneale was selected for the UW retirement association fellowship! The UWRA Graduate Student Fellowship supports graduate students of outstanding academic merit who have a demonstrated academic and personal interest in aging-related issues or concerns.
Congratulations to Laura!
Shomir Chaudhuri successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Examining the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Fall Detection Device.” Dr. Chaudhuri completed a series of significant studies exploring usability and feasibility of fall detection devices for older adults involving real world testing and longitudinal data collection.
Dr. Demiris is teaching a collegium seminar on Technology and Aging in the Winter Quarter 2015. Collegium Seminars are faculty led discussion-based seminars designed to introduce freshman students to the excitement of ideas and the richness of academic discovery. The seminar (SLN 14681) entitled “Technology and Aging: New Challenges and Opportunities” showcase examples of current information technology systems to support aging, and calls for imagination and innovation for a better future for older adults.
Thai Le successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Design and Evaluation of Health Visualizations for Older Adults.” Dr. Le completed a series of important studies examining visualization needs and design for older adults.
Dr. Hilaire Thompson has received the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) Protégé Award. The award honors distinguished nurse investigators who show great early career promise in advancing science.
Nai-Ching Chi is one of 12 students to be awarded the King County Nurses Association Scholarship for the 2014-15 year. In addition, she has been awarded Taiwan Ministry of Education Cutting-edge Technology Personnel Training scholarship!