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Emma Spiro: Top 30 Thinker Under 30

Emma Spiro: Top 30 Thinker Under 30

Pacific Magazine selected Assistant Professor Emma Spiro as a Top 30 Thinker Under 30. Spiro, who earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California at Irvine, joined the iSchool in 2013. According to Pacific Standard Magazine , the selection criteria involved "hunting for intellectuals in the social and behavioral sciences who, because of their brilliance or originality of thought...

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Mike Eisenberg, founding dean of the iSchool, to retire

Mike Eisenberg, founding dean of the iSchool, to retire

Dean Harry Bruce's message for the spring edition of iNews. Dean Emeritus and Professor Michael Eisenberg has announced his intention of retiring in December. That means that this past quarter—Winter 2014—was his final teaching quarter. It gives me pause to think we will soon be without his inspiring and enthusiastic presence. As many alumni are aware, Professor Eisenberg is the...

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Mike Showalter: Nontraditional librarian

Mike Showalter: Nontraditional librarian

Information School alumnus Mike Showalter is living proof that the capabilities engendered by library science extend far beyond the traditional “librarian” role. Showalter is now a director of product management at Seattle-based Serials Solutions and counts many librarians among his customers. While this may seem little removed from his Master of Librarianship roots, it belies the unusual path he followed...

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Informatics students win 2014 Shobe prize

Informatics students win 2014 Shobe prize

Katlyn Edwards, Carlo Valentin, Phill Pasqual, Kartik Rishi, and Kendall Morgan (pictured left to right), all seniors in the iSchool Informatics program, pooled their talents to create Fidgt, a better way to interact with wearable devices, such as Google Glass or Pebble Smartwatch. Team Fidgt won the 2014 Shobe Prize, sharing the honors with Disco, a team of students from...

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Hold that RT: Much misinformation tweeted after 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

Hold that RT: Much misinformation tweeted after 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

It takes only a fraction of a second to hit the retweet button on Twitter. But if thousands of people all retweet at once, a piece of information 140 characters long can go viral almost instantly in today’s Internet landscape. If that information is incorrect, especially in a crisis, it’s hard for the social media community to gain control and...

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Academic Standards Network: An iSchool success story

Academic Standards Network: An iSchool success story

In 1996, University of Washington Information School (iSchool) Professors Stuart Sutton and Mike Eisenberg , then at the Syracuse University, wanted to solve an information problem: How do you effectively map K-12 learning resources, like teachers’ lessons plans, to state academic standards so educators could find and use them in the classroom? “At that time, competency frameworks were becoming more...

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iSchool entrepreneur creates software to automate content analysis

iSchool entrepreneur creates software to automate content analysis

Website professionals have traditionally spent weeks, sometimes months, hunched over computers, manually clicking page-by-page through sites, digging into and documenting content, cutting and pasting and posting results on spreadsheets to create content inventories. Even experts who consider the work critical to understanding website content have described it as a “tedious,” “laborious,” and “mind-numbing” process. Paula Land, ’04 graduate of the...

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DataLab: A hands-on hub of innovation and data science

DataLab: A hands-on hub of innovation and data science

The DataLab was created to give UW Information School students hands-on, real world experience in the rapidly expanding field of data science and data analytics. Popularly referred to as “big data,” it’s the science of combing through large-scale data sets to identify quantitative insights and conclusions on why individuals, consumers, and societies behave the way they do. Stakeholders in the...

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Designing across borders: iSchool goes to China

Designing across borders: iSchool goes to China

A new partnership between the iSchool and Peking University offers University of Washington students the opportunity to be part of an online product development course and competition this summer. Bob Boiko , iSchool senior lecturer and world traveler, will lead the program along with faculty from the top-ranked Department of Information Management in Peking University, and U.S. and Chinese business...

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Are apps becoming a human crutch?

Are apps becoming a human crutch?

A NEW suite of killer apps has arrived. These apps, which use predictive search technology, promise to answer questions before you ask them — or even before you know what those questions are. Apps like Google Now and reQall anticipate what information you will need before you even have to ask based on your traffic conditions, weather and your location...

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