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2017 Distinguished Alumna transforms libraries, librarianship

2017 Distinguished Alumna transforms libraries, librarianship

Patricia Cutright didn’t even know how to turn on a computer when she came to the UW in the early ‘80s. The School of Librarianship she entered had only seven computers, with access to two database systems. To reach those databases, students had to dial up a vendor, wait for a machine whine, then stuff the phone handset into acoustic...

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Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin's 'embedded' students promote diversity

The books children read have a powerful ability to shape how they see and interpret the world. That’s something Michelle Martin , Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services at the iSchool, knows well. Some books are mirrors, reflecting readers’ experiences and helping them understand their own lives. Other books are windows, helping readers empathize with people whose stories...

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Wanda Pratt

To prevent medical errors, researchers look to power of information

Wanda Pratt recalls encountering one hospital patient during her research at Seattle Children’s Hospital whose relationship with health care providers was so difficult that he refused to speak to them, and it was interfering with his care. “How can you treat somebody if you can’t talk to them and they’re not going to talk to you back?” she asked. When...

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DataLab faculty

In iSchool DataLab, students learn to find truth in numbers

Those stories about successful head transplants and bull semen in energy drinks? Clearly bogus. But what about the peer-reviewed journal article on DNA sequencing that uses fabricated data? How about a scientific line graph that shows zero change in global temperatures over 135 years? Or a hyped-up article published in a predatory journal? How do you detect what’s fake, break...

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iSchool students travel to Mexico

In Mexico, students help shape library for indigenous community

What makes a library? It depends upon the people it serves. And creating a library that truly benefits its community requires careful planning and deep understanding. A group of students from the iSchool, with the guidance of Associate Professor Ricardo Gomez , are helping create the first Tseltal language library in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Gomez and several students...

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Cynthia Del Rosario

iSchool’s diversity initiatives are all-inclusive

iSchool students, staff and faculty have volunteered for the iDEA project, which stands for iSchool diversity, equity and access. It is part of the UW’s Race and Equity Initiative, launched in spring 2015 by President Ana Mari Cauce.

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Jacob Wobbrock

Wobbrock, MAD Lab make technology accessible for all

Designers embed certain assumptions about people’s abilities into the technologies they create. Take, for example, the touchscreens on our computers, tabletops, tablets, and smartphones. “Touchscreens assume people can point a finger, suspend an arm, reach out, and land cleanly. That’s a lot of assumptions. What if someone can’t do those things?” asks Jacob O. Wobbrock , director of the Mobile...

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Bill Howe

Bill Howe aims to make cities smarter using data science

Bill Howe’s enthusiasm for data is matched only by his desire to improve the health and vibrancy of modern cities. At the intersection of those twin passions is where Howe , an associate professor at the Information School, has launched UrbAnalytics , a partnership of research projects around the University of Washington campus with the common threads of data and...

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Jason Yip

Kids inspire Jason Yip's research into technology and learning

Jason Yip knows that, to be a good designer, he has to work closely with the people he’s designing for. For Yip, that means a lot of time hanging around with curious kids. Yip , an assistant professor at the iSchool, heads up KidsTeam UW, an after-school program that works to create technology and learning experiences with kids, for kids...

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Students create an underwater experience in virtual reality

Students do a deep dive in virtual reality

A little more than a year ago, Mano Barkovics didn’t know much about virtual reality. He thought it was interesting, sure, but didn’t believe in its ability to truly immerse a person in a virtual world. That all changed with a class at the University of Washington’s iSchool and a project to create a virtual reality underwater submersible. Barkovics, who...

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