Research Projects

Principal Investigator: Niklas Elmqvist
Funder: National Science Foundation
Building an augmented-reality DataWorld using hidden troves of data (from social media, the census, public databases, and more) to help professionals, policymakers, and citizens in there every day life---from house hunting by walking through the neighborhood and getting pop-up facts about the area to getting event and safety updates as you walk through a college campus.
Principal Investigator: Gregg Vanderheiden, J. Bern Jordan, Hernisa Kacorri, Amanda Lazar, Jonathan Lazar
Funder: HHS / ACL / National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Funder: Other
Ensuring that existing information and communication technologies (ICT) solutions for people with disabilities are known, effective, findable, more affordable, and available on every computer or digital technology platform; and exploring the emerging next-next-generation interface technologies for which there are no effective accessibility guidelines or standards, and problem-solving in advance of these technologies.
Principal Investigator: Kenneth W. Heger
Funder: USDOI National Park Service
Collaborating with the National Park Service to create an internship program in which students learn about existing archival resources as well as assist in developing and implementing a strategy to locate, identify, and survey archival records throughout National Capital Region parks.
Principal Investigator: Ana Ndumu
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Libraries, Integration, and New Americans,” or L.I.N.A., is a three-year research project directed by Dr. Ana Ndumu that will answer the following questions: What is the role of information in immigrant acculturative stress? How does information-related acculturative
stress impact library access? How can libraries help adult immigrants who are overwhelmed by information? Funding from IMLS under the Laura Bush 21st Century Early Career
Development Grant category will support phenomenological studies that build on the researcher's previous dissertation work involving information and immigrant integration. This multi-phase project will span from August 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024, and will 1.) operationalize acculturative stress or the strain caused by adjusting to a new culture, from an LIS standpoint; 2.) investigate connections between information and indicators of acculturative stress; and 3.) distill community-centered recommendations on how libraries can respond to immigrant acculturative stress.
Principal Investigator: Sergii SkakunPrincipal Investigator: Jean-Claude Roger, Pierre Christian Guillevic
Funder: NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center
Funder: Other
Principal Investigator: Tamara CleggPrincipal Investigator: Lawrence Clark
Funder: National Science Foundation
Advancing knowledge of informal learning experiences that build adolescents' motivation for participation in STEM courses and careers, with a specific focus on introducing middle school African American and Latinx youth to the world of sports data analytics through events and summer camps.
Principal Investigator: Bill Kules
Funder: STMD-Department of Legislative Services
Funder: Other
Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Piloting an online national collaborative network of educators and practitioners to enable the sharing and dissemination of computational case studies and lesson plans through an open source, cloud-based interactive platform based on Jupyter Notebooks.
Principal Investigator: Naeemul Hassan
Funder: National Science Foundation
Developing novel techniques - through the application of state-of-the-art machine learning - to detect various forms of clickbait, especially video-based clickbait, and study user behavior on social media to design effective warning systems.
Principal Investigator: Jessica Vitak, Tamara Clegg
Funder: National Science Foundation
Promoting elementary school children's privacy/cybersecurity learning across the two contexts where they spend most of their time, home and school, through the creation of curriculum and related educational materials tailored to grade level.
Principal Investigator: Vanessa Frias-Martinez
Funder: National Science Foundation
Improving public transit for lower-income individuals - who often endure complex, lengthy trips - by providing a methods, guidelines, and a toolkit to identify and characterize the challenges typical of such complex trips.