UPA committees have been busy


UPA Web Site
As announced at the UPA 2001 conference, we are pleased to have awarded a contract to Carol Righi and Janice James for the redesign of the UPA web site. Both of these individuals have been involved in producing usable interfaces for over 15 years and both have long-standing commitments to helping to make UPA the best it can be. They have already begun work by collecting data on the characteristics and demographics of our web site’s users. We need volunteers to act in the role of users, because we want to follow a user-centered process in our redesign. Please volunteer now by sending a message to

The redesign team is planning many user feedback activities to help drive the design of the site, including card sorts, surveys, and remote usability tests. You can keep up with the redesign and contribute your ideas at more details, contact UPA Web Director, Larry Wood

The newly revamped Outreach pages are now online New sections include resource material for the Voting and Usability project and Usability Sightings, a list of links to usability references in the news (especially the general or business press). If you are a news hound and would like to contribute to the Sightings, send your links and comments to Whitney Quesenbery:

Professional Development
To address inquiries about usability-related, academic degree programs, the board is considering adding a link from the UPA site to the CHI site where such information is available.

This online UPA Newsletter -- The Voice -- continues to solicit articles for its regular issues. Direct inquiries to Gia Rozells.

User Experience, is also soliciting articles. Direct any inquiries or submissions to Marie Tahir.

Effective February 1, 2001, annual professional dues for both U.S. and non-U.S. members are US $85. There is also a US $25 processing fee for new members. Student memberships, with reduced benefits, are US $20 with no processing fee.

Other UPA activities

The 2001 UPA Membership directory has been sent to all members.

A financial audit of UPA for the year 2000 has been completed. Thyra Rauch is currently reviewing the audit and checking it against reported budgets.

If you would like more information about any of these activities or want to participate, we'd love to have you join us. Each of the committees will have working groups that will continue activities and start new ones throughout the year. Feel free to contact any of the people named above.

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