September 14, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Collaborative Design Thinking in Hospitals and the Value of the MVP

Design thinking can live anywhere — hospitals included. While divergent thinking and rapid prototyping might not always be a good fit for the operating room, there are spaces within the clinical setting that lend themselves to design collaboration and iteration that take place in design “sprints.” The 2002 “Kliv” case study from Malmö University Hospital in Sweden is illustrative of the opportunity for health professionals to engage in innovation and design. Malmö University Hospital has since merged with Lund University Hospital to form Skåne University Hospital, housing 12,500 staff and 1750 beds in one of the world’s most eco-friendly hospital complexes.

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May 3, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Out There/In You

Announcing the digital publication of my environmental justice zine!

Out There/In You is an exercise in creating the environmental justice knowledge exchange that Alaimo advises in Bodily Natures. The title of the text comes from the shocking call to awareness that Alaimo makes in her description of trans-corporeality: “Classifying human bodies as dangerous hazardous waste is a striking example of what many people already know but either cynically accept or try to deny—that all that scary stuff, supposedly out there, is already within” (18). The title reflects the underlying themes of toxicity and toxic bodies that Alaimo describes and that the zine reflects.

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May 3, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Finding a Niche: Patient-Centered Design

    At the beginning of the semester, our group was presented with the following problem: How might we redesign the clinical approach to nutrition to incorporate parents and provide optimal nutritional support? We were tasked with bringing nutrition to the forefront of care in the pediatric cardiac ICU at Texas Children’s Hospital, where patients’ heart conditions often make it difficult for staff to promote patients’ transition to bottle/breast feeding post-surgery and infant growth. A focus on including parents was important to our problem owner, so we identified them as an important aspect of our problem and a guiding consideration for our solution. Throughout our evaluation of the problem situation, we were careful to let our assigned problem and the stakeholders involved define the solution, rather than entering the problem with a solution in mind.

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April 5, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Human-Centered UX/UI Design: The Dashboard

Most of my experience with graphic design has come to me through the “jump in head-first” approach. Therefore, when my team in Medical Media Arts Lab was tasked with designing a prototype of our proposed design, I immediately began researching design methods and protocols for personal devices and interfaces.

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April 4, 2017Comments are off for this post.

My Hair is Brown, and so is my Skin

“I like your black hair.”

These words, which were intended to be complimentary, hit me like a ton of bricks. My body language indicated to my boyfriend that he had somehow said something wrong, but I remained silent. My thoughts were reeling.

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April 4, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Reasons you Should Ditch the To-Do List

What's on your to-do list right now? Do you even have an official to-do list? Who really has the time to keep an updated, ongoing list of tasks? The ever-elusive to-do list has spawned an entire category of task-tracking applications for your smartphone, but the list itself has yet to be reimagined. If to-do lists just aren't cutting it for you, I suggest you give the "I don't..." list a try. It's probably rare that viewing something from a negative perspective has a positive impact, but this is such a case.

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April 4, 2017Comments are off for this post.

We can Teach Preschoolers to be Good People

Teaching elementary-age students physics and literature is not likely to curb their likelihood to fall into aggressive behavior, but something about the classroom environment is leading students away from delinquency.

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April 4, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Can we Fight Crime on Campus with Culture?

No one wants to be told outright that their home isn't safe.

What's more likely on college campuses, however, is receiving text message updates or emails from the campus police alerting students that a crime has occurred on or near campus. In addition to a university's administrative actions concerning safety, a student body's collective reaction to crime on campus has the potential to create a safer living environment.

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April 4, 2017Comments are off for this post.

This Tweet Reminds us that Flint, MI is Still in Crisis

This tweet from a local musician from Flint, Michigan reminds followers that the town's water crisis, although improving, is far from over. The infamous crisis began in 2014, when city officials chose to switch Flint's water source from Lake Huron to water from the Flint River. The city's difficulties peaked in late 2015, when studies by Virginia Tech concluded that Flint's water contained lead and was ultimately not safe for human consumption, even after boiling.

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April 4, 2017Comments are off for this post.

How to Combat the ‘Oppressive Gospel of Minimalism’

I recently embarked on what some might call a "self-actualization" journey. It began quite typically — I started journaling, doing yoga, and reorganizing my living space. This process of desperately searching for a way to strip ourselves of the stressors that bog down our lives is not unique; I'd certainly been through a few in the past three years. This time, I tried focusing on making my life "minimal." I admit that I derived my version of a minimalist life revolution from those awful YouTube videos wherein young people discuss how they dropped out of their Ivy League universities and began living nomadically in Hawaii in a Volkswagen van. Ironically, a week after I really committed to my new stripped-down lifestyle, Kyle Chayka wrote an article for the New York Times entitled "The Oppressive Gospel of Minimalism."

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