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Jake Wobbrock: Ivory tower research and startup innovation are two sides of a coin

Jake Wobbrock: Ivory tower research and startup innovation are two sides of a coin

I have two jobs, one as a tenured professor of computing and information technology at the University of Washington Information School, in Seattle, and the other as a venture-backed co-founder and CEO of a tech startup called AnswerDash . When I tell people that, many react with, “Oh, those jobs seem very different.” There are more similarities than people realize...

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Wobbrock and Ko appointed 2014 Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows

Wobbrock and Ko appointed 2014 Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows

University of Washington President Michael Young announced the appointment of ten new members to the university’s prestigious Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows (EFF) program. This year’s appointees join eight continuing fellows previously selected for success in initiating groundbreaking programs to translate research into products and therapies, in collaborating with industry, and in sharing their knowledge with other UW researchers. Throughout their...

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Graduating doctoral students pursue academic and industry careers

Graduating doctoral students pursue academic and industry careers

Hard work and perseverance are a given for those pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Science at the iSchool. This year's seven Ph.D. graduates celebrated their significant achievements and their new careers as faculty members and researchers during the iSchool's graduation ceremony in Meany Hall on June 15. iSchool Ph.D. Graduates (in order from left to right in the photo): Jeff...

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Students mine history for their own Documents that Changed the World installment

Students mine history for their own Documents that Changed the World installment

Undergraduates working with University of Washington Information School Professor ​ Joe Janes looked to American and European history for their own installments of Janes’ podcast series, Documents that Changed the World. In the podcasts, Janes — now sometimes joined by student colleagues — explores the origin and often evolving meaning of historical documents both famous and less known. UW Today...

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Capstone 2014: Creatively solving information problems

Capstone 2014: Creatively solving information problems

The iSchool’s signature Capstone event featured 111 projects from 285 graduating students, making it the largest Capstone ever. The iSchool has 330 students graduating this year and not everyone does a Capstone. Projects were judged to determine which had the most potential for commercialization and social impact. Attendees were encouraged to vote for the audience choice awards. (Winners pictured left.)...

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Informatics students win ASUW election

Informatics students win ASUW election

The governance of the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) is in good hands next year if election results are any indication. Two Informatics students, Christina Xiao and Amber Amin, won the ASUW presidency and the director of policy and procedures positions respectively. They will join ten others who will serve on the ASUW board of directors, eight...

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Creating for community: A case study for user-centered web design in non-profits

Creating for community: A case study for user-centered web design in non-profits

The Refugee Forum of King County (RFKC), a non-profit professional organization that supports service providers working with refugees and newly arrived immigrants in the greater Puget Sound area, had an information problem. The Red Cross, Seattle School District, the Seattle Police Department and local politicians are among many who send representatives to a monthly RFKC meeting to share information to...

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Stuck on Website ‘Help Island’? First UW iSchool Spinout Has the Answer

Stuck on Website ‘Help Island’? First UW iSchool Spinout Has the Answer

The University of Washington Information School has more than a century of history, and now, it’s first startup company, AnswerDash , which aims to improve self-service online help for e-commerce, government, and other Websites. While startup companies and technologies with commercial potential regularly emerge from the larger UW Computer Science and Engineering departments, that hasn’t been the case with the...

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Informatics student to run The Daily

Informatics student to run The Daily

As Editor-in-Chief of The Daily, a University of Washington (UW) student-run, print and online newspaper, Andre ​Stackhouse gets to call the shots. “The Editor-in-Chief provides the leadership and management of the other editors, and can be the one to initiate bigger changes in direction for the publication as a whole,” said Stackhouse about his new summer appointment. “A part of...

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Successful iAffiliates Day brings partners and faculty together

Successful iAffiliates Day brings partners and faculty together

More than 120 industry and community partners and iSchool faculty and staff attended the third annual iAffiliates Day on Thursday, April 10, 2104. The event, a benefit of the iAffiliates program, provides a forum for organizations to learn about iSchool research and explore areas for collaboration using an unconference format. iAffiliates attendees included representatives from Alaska Airlines, Avanade, Boeing, Cisco,...

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