CUSA’s Transformational Media Lab Director, Beth Karlin, recently joined three other distinguished delegates from UC Irvine on a flight to Washington, D.C., for the capital’s yearly event, UC Day in DC. This particular day has been an annual peak of promotion for assorted areas of federal advocacy within the entire UC system. This year’s theme called for increased federal support of graduate education and research. The occasion lasted from Monday, May 20th to Wednesday, May 22th, and featured speakers from Congress, as well as numerous meetings between UC representatives and national, legislative staff.
Along with professors Mark Bachman, Lizhi Sun, and fellow grad student Wenbo Yan, Karlin honorably represented UC Irvine’s graduate research programs with her studies on energy use feedback. Her research is an ongoing process for her doctoral dissertation, which aims to steer the discussion in the research community forward from the plausibility of energy feedback to the most effective manners of energy feedback. Karlin’s work is an accumulated pool of data from a number of the research projects she directly oversees at the Transformational Media Lab, including a meta-analysis of feedback effectiveness, an extensive taxonomy of existing feedback devices, and a cognitive analysis of graphical displays of feedback. Collectively, these various projects give Karlin’s research a commanding multidisciplinary and multi-methodological scope.
Karlin’s research, together with the work of countless other UC graduates, could only have been made possible through the encouraging graduate research opportunities provided by the UC system. Valued institutions such as this maintain California’s productive economy and cultivate new possibilities for our future everyday. UC Day in DC is a fortunate time to showcase the importance of the University’s different sectors and their work on a national scale. Furthermore, in a letter addressing participating delegates, University of California President, Mark Yudof, summarized, “By sharing your stories about the importance of graduate education and research and the impact it has on the University, California, and the nation, you are helping policymakers better understand the critical value of federal investments in these fields.”