Beth Strickland Bloch

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Areas of Research: 

My research draws on perspectives from socio-technical system design and technological assessment frameworks focused on ethical decision making. This work is motivated by the question of how social considerations shape and inform the technical choices we make when designing implantable medical technologies, and with evaluation of how the body is becoming a digitized information resource. My research examines the intersection of humans and machines with emphasis on how information gained during scientific development is shared among multi-level stakeholders through the knowledge transfer process.

Field Exam Area: 

Social Informatics


PhD, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, expected 2019
MLIS, Library and Information Science, University of Denver
MA, Women’s Studies, San Diego State University
BA, Women’s Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

Selected Publications, Papers and Presentations: 

Bloch, Beth Strickland, & Bashir, Masooda. (2017, 17-21 July). Privacy and security of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices: Applying a contextual integrity analysis. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2017), Los Angeles, CA.

Bashir, M., Strickland, B., & Bohr, J. (2016). What motivates people to use bitcoin? for the 8th International Conference on Social Informatics, Seattle, WA.

Strickland, B. (September, 2016). Implantable brain technologies and the creation of cyborgs. Paper presentation at the annual 4S/EASST Conference - Science + Technology By Other Means, Barcelona, Spain.

Strickland, B. (May, 2016). MyLifeBits and conceptions of memory. Paper presentation at the University of Michigan Personal Digital Archiving conference, Ann Arbor, MI.

Strickland. B., & Lawrence, E. (January, 2016). What's your epistemology?: quiz design as a pedagogical tool in LIS doctoral education. Paper presentation at the annual ASLIE conference, Boston, MA.

Strickland, B. (January, 2016). Coding with cyborgs: using metaphors as codes. Poster presentation at the annual ALISE conference, Boston, MA.

Honors and Awards: 

Research Affiliate, INTERSECT: Seeing Systems, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2016-2017
Research Fellow, INTERSECT: Seeing Systems, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2015-2016
Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society, 2014 - present
Beta Phi Mu, Honor Society, 2007 - present

Related Topics

Ethics and Values for Information, Health and Bioinformatics, Information Practices and Behaviors, Privacy, Security, and Trust, Social and Information Networks, Social Informatics