By Anna Lynn Spitzer
05.16.05 – A Calit2-affiliated faculty member at UCI has been named a 2005-06 Fulbright Scholar. Gloria Mark, associate professor of informatics, will spend six months next year in Germany researching geographically distributed teams. She will be affiliated with Humboldt University in Berlin, beginning January 2006.
Mark, who has been at UCI since 2000, applied for the award last summer. She was notified last month that she had been selected as one of 800 faculty members and professionals from the United States to be sent abroad by the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Mark’s research interests are in computer-supported cooperative work, particularly the ways in which technologies can support large-scale remote team collaboration. Germany has a long tradition in the field of work psychology, and Mark will apply concepts from this area to her research. “In particular, I will look at the biases that affect people’s willingness to cooperate across distances, the ways in which distances affect how people view their collaborators, and the ways distributed work is integrated into local work,” she explains. “I’ll also be examining how the use of specific technologies affects engagement, participation, motivation and cohesion in distributed teams.”
The Fulbright Program, now in its 55th year, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.