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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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James Porter

Scholarship helps Informatics student balance school and life

Family is important to James Porter. It’s a big part of the reason he chose to attend the University of Washington. He wanted to go to the best school in the state, but he also wanted to be close to his family in the Seattle area. Porter has found a new sense of family since coming to the UW, where...

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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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Kids explore eReaders in Kenya

TASCHA takes mobile literacy effort to Kenya

The Technology and Social Change Group’s Chris Rothschild and Melody Clark recently visited Kenya to work with national and international organizations to develop training for public librarians who are helping people navigate an abrupt onslaught of information via mobile devices, internet and applications. Rothschild and Clark, both researchers at TASCHA and UW alumni (2009 and 2010, respectively), spent a full...

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