High School Research Assistant Naomi Bashkansky Named Coolidge Senator

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 22, 2020

Makeability Lab high school research assistant extraordinaire Naomi Bashkansky named Coolidge Senator—a tremendous honor: only 100 of 3,400 applicants received this award. Coolidge Senators receive a one-time $1,000 college scholarship and are invited to take part in an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual Coolidge Senators Summit in Washington, D.C. 

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The Makeability Lab Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 02, 2020

We are experiencing a historic moment: a worldwide pandemic, record-breaking unemployment rates, glaringly anti-education and anti-immigration rhetoric and policies from the White House (link), and now, protests and rightful anger about the unjust death of George Floyd and the systemic racism that plagues the US.

The Makeability Lab stands with the Black and African-American communities. We must all work together to combat the hate and racism and the social and economic injustices in our society. We must hold each other accountable—from our friends to our family members to our institutions. We must do more.

As an educator, as a father, and as a human, I am morally obligated and emotionally bound to proactively fight for a better future and help positively shape society.

I will use my privilege to fight. 


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CREATE Center Launches!

Jon E. Froehlich May 28, 2020

We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE), which is fueled by a generous $2.5 million investment from Microsoft and helps amplify and unite UW's strength and leadership in accessibility research, education, and translation. The Makeability Lab is a co-founding member and Professor Froehlich is co-founding associate director. 

Read more here.

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Congrats Liang on DUB DC Acceptance

Jon E. Froehlich May 15, 2020

Congratulations to Liang on being accepted to the DUB DC!

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Liang Participates in PPE Fabrication for Covid-19 Pandemic

Jon E. Froehlich May 05, 2020

Liang He has joined an interdisciplinary team comprised of faculty, students, and staff from UW Medicine, UW College of Engineering, Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Design that Matters, and the Global Innovation Exchange to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for the UW Medicine hospital system. 

Liang has been taking shifts to ensure that the 3D printers run 24x7. Read more here.

This is an amazing, important effort.

Picture of a PPE mask part on a 3D printer bed

Box full of 3D printed PPE equipment

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Project Sidewalk in UW Daily

Jon E. Froehlich Apr 30, 2020

Anh Nguyen of the UW Daily wrote an article about Project Sidewalk and using "big data for pedestrian accessibility." The article features PhD student Manaswi Saha. Check it out here.

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Dhruv Jain's Autoethnography Research in UW Daily

Jon E. Froehlich Apr 16, 2020

Dhruv Jain's Deaf Travel Autoethnography was covered by the UW Daily. Read the article here.

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Professor Matt Mauriello!

Jon E. Froehlich Apr 07, 2020

Makeability Lab PhD alumnus and current Stanford post-doc, Matt Mauriello, will be joining the University of Delaware as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences. Congrats Matt!

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UW Reality Lab Funding for Moving Beyond Speech Transcription in AR

Jon E. Froehlich Apr 03, 2020

We are excited to receive UW Reality Lab funding to support our research proposal entitled Moving Beyond Speech Transcription: Designing New Sound Feedback Visualizations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Users. This proposal was led by PhD student Dhruv Jain with co-PIs Froehlich and Findlater.

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Liang He Awarded GPSS Travel Grant to Attend CHI!

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 03, 2020

Liang He has been awarded a UW GPSS Travel Grant to attend CHI where he will present PneuFetch. Congrats Liang!

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