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Can patients make a difference in reducing medical errors?

Can patients make a difference in reducing medical errors?

Medical errors cause substantial harm and even death among hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. Although this problem has received national attention, very little research has looked at the role patients can play in preventing, detecting, and recovering from these errors. A $2 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality will allow iSchool Professor Wanda Pratt ,...

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Dean Bruce: Eight new faculty among the top minds in the information field, worldwide.

Dean Bruce: Eight new faculty among the top minds in the information field, worldwide.

I’m delighted to inform you that the iSchool has enjoyed a recent growth spurt, with eight noteworthy additions to our faculty. These hires were mapped out some time ago as part of our strategic plan “iSchool 2015” and demonstrates our ongoing commitment of fulfilling that vision. Many have heard me speak of iSchool “magic,” the positive synergy that arises when...

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A lost culture: iSchool grad revives tradition of libraries in Cambodia

A lost culture: iSchool grad revives tradition of libraries in Cambodia

When Wanna Net returned to Cambodia after attending the iSchool, his close friends asked him what he had studied in America. “I said library and information science and they just laughed,” says Net. “They said, ‘Why did you do that? Why not economics, law, politics, any other field?’ ” Librarians – and libraries – are underappreciated in an impoverished country...

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The genesis of 'Jenn': Airline avatar's story begins at the iSchool

The genesis of 'Jenn': Airline avatar's story begins at the iSchool

Jenn is the perfect employee: poised, professional, perky. She never complains, never loses her cool, always has the same sweet smile for everyone. Her voice is soothing, nicey-nice, even when customers start messing around in her personal business. “Are you married?” guys want to know. She kindly reminds them that she is not human. When they tell her she’s “hot,”...

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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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