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1. your name: Jane Meyers

2. the intended topic area for your PhD: HCI and Health Informatics

3. most important reason for you personally to get a PhD: to have the opportunity to work with a variety of very knowledgable people and make creative, innovative contributions to the field

4. name three computer scientist which YOU consider most important for the field and what you consider their contribution
4.1. Larry Tesler - participatory design and usability testing
4.2. Ivan Sutherland - father of GUI
4.3. Alan Cooper - visual programming and interaction design

5. name the three most important, professionally relevant books which you have read
5.1. The Inmates are Running the Asylum - Alan Cooper
5.2. The Design of Everyday Things - Donald Norman
5.3. Stumbling Upon Happiness - Daniel Gilbert

6. assuming you will collaborate with researchers and explore ideas outside of CS during your PhD studies which domains are the most likely candidates for this effort
6.1. Sociology
6.2. Cognitive Science
6.3. Digital Media

7. briefly characterize your own digital literacy:
7.1. which programming language do you know (mention them in an order of decreasing familiarity)
C++, SQL, VB, C, Java, Perl, PHP

7.2. describe the top three projects (problem, programming language used, for what) which you have done in the past
7.2.1. Creating a National Asset Database, SQL, merging disparate datasets void of unique identifiers and mapping results to Google Earth
7.2.2. Scholarship search engine for ETSU, Perl & PHP, allowed administrators to add scholarships and eligibility criteria to database and allowed students to search for funding opportunities online
7.2.3. CDIAC newsletter generator, XML & C++, a dynamically generated newsletter which took all submitted news/articles and formatted results by subject matter into a monthly online newsletter

7.3. which are the top three applications that you are familiar with (e.g. Photoshop, Canvas, Dreamweaver, iMovie, .)?
7.3.1. Macromedia Fireworks
7.3.2. Dreamweaver
7.3.3. Visual Studio

8. List your three favorite topics that you would like to see discussed in this course!
8.1. Ways to interact/communicate with various disciplines
8.2. Methods of organizing papers, research materials
8.3. What should we expect from the PhD program, what are recommended ways we can take advantage of experience (study abroad, summer research programs,etc.)

Last modified 4 September 2007 at 4:25 am by jane