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Design Lab Community Team UG Summer Volunteers 2020

The UCSD Design Lab’s Community Team has openings for undergraduate student researchers interested in advancing their skillset in human-centered design, with a particular emphasis on supporting our university-community partnerships with diverse public and private sector organizations. Please note these summer positions are unpaid.

Under general supervision, the Undergraduate Student Researcher will gain experience supporting the development and implementation of key ongoing Design Lab projects spearheaded by the Community Team. The role will primarily focus on supporting coordination of our human-centered design community-facing programs, as well as conducting primary and secondary research for specific partner projects intersecting civic design, urban planning, mobility, and public health.

Priority deadline for submissions is Monday, June 1, at 5pm.
Design@Large UCSD Design Lab

Design@Large Spring 2020

Design@Large will return on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Check back for more details.

Note: The class for UC San Diego students will be provided virtually.

There will be a limited number of slots for external attendees to register to attend the talks virtually. The slots will be on a first-registered basis. Check back for more details.

*Andrew Baird (UC San Diego)
*Don Norman (UC San Diego Design Lab)
*Adam Aron (UC San Diego)
*Byron Washom (UC San Diego)
*Grace Grothaus, Peter Sloan, Carolina Montejo (UC San Diego)
*Lilly Irani (UC San Diego), Jacinta Gonzalez (Mijente), Ryan Mac (Buzzfeed)
*Antoinette Meier (SANDAG)

Announcing Official Search for Faculty Director for the UC San Diego Design Lab

We seek a new director for the recently-established University of California, San Diego Design Lab, an international center where design can contribute to many issues and disciplines. This search is part of a major commitment by the University to weave design into the fabric of UCSD academic, research, and community life.

The Director will be expected (1) to oversee a program of impactful research, sustainable via educational programs, external funding, and/or other means; (2). to engage communities beyond the university; and, (3) to contribute to a climate of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Focus on mobile health: Scientists develop app to diagnose, treat leishmaniasis

Photo courtesy of Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas

Cutaneous leishmaniasis - caused by bites from infected sandflies - produces skin lesions that leave behind both scars and stigma that last a lifetime. Up to 1.2 million new cases are diagnosed each year across the 90 countries where the disease exists, including Colombia.

“Leishmaniasis happens where the medical system isn't," says Dr. Eliah Aronoff-Spencer, a Fogarty mHealth grantee at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He's been working in rural Colombia to bridge the access gap between remote communities and the public health system, using a mobile tool that empowers community health workers to identify new cases of the disease and monitor treatment.

Waste is an enormous problem. But recycling is the wrong solution.

Part 2 of a FastCompany editorial on Recycling by Don Norman

I am proud to be one of the developers of what is today called human-centered design. That is design that always starts off understanding the needs, capabilities, and desires of people. It has four basic principles, all four of which are being violated by today’s recycling craze.

Recycling is broken. There’s little clarity about what can and can’t be recycled, and the rules change from one city to the next, and sometimes even within the same city. According to the World Bank, we produce 1.4 billion tons of waste a year worldwide, a figure that’s expected to increase to 2.4 billion tons by 2025. Waste is an enormous problem that needs to be addressed if we’re going to prevent the worst effects of climate change. But recycling is the wrong solution.
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