Beth Strickland Bloch

Beth Bloch

Doctoral Student

PhD, Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, expected 2020

MLIS, Library and Information Science, University of Denver

MA, Women’s Studies, San Diego State University

BA, Women’s Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

Research focus

My research brings together perspectives from information theory, science and technology studies, and human-computer interaction, to address sociotechnical issues related to the development of biomedical technologies. This work is motivated by questions about how and why different values shape and inform design decisions made within everyday scientific practices. It also seeks to understand the social implications of these decisions and the role information systems (e.g. algorithms, computational modeling, data management) have in enabling certain consequences. Through this research I look for practical values interventions which scientists can use to keep long-term ethical considerations at the forefront of translational research processes.

Publications & Papers

Bloch, B.S. (September, 2019). The values and ethics of biomedical engineering practices in the design of emerging bionanotechnologies. Paper presentation at the annual 4S Conference – Innovations, Interruptions, Regenerations, New Orleans, LA.

Bloch, B.S. (2018). The values and design of emerging medical biotechnologies: A grounded theory analysis of TED talks. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2018), 55(1), 757-758.

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? Paper presentation for the 8th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2016), 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.