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Mina Tari and Yim Register

A passion for inclusion

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Technology studies in college can be a turnoff for many. Women and people of color have long been underrepresented in the IT workplace, and it’s easy to see why. They may encounter computer science courses dominated by condescending...

Amanda Phillips

Setting sail for her MSIM

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

When Amanda Phillips came to the iSchool, she’d already had a successful career, albeit in a field quite different from those of most fellow students. In her 10 years in marine science, she’d worked on fishing vessels as a biological...

Jason Reynolds speaks

Jason Reynolds captivates crowd

Monday, November 4, 2019

Award-winning author and poet Jason Reynolds showed he can mesmerize a sold-out auditorium with just three words. The three words — humility, intimacy and gratitude — were the focus of Reynolds’ lecture Oct. 31 as a guest of the...

Kids play with crafts at Camp Read-a-Rama Spokane.

Read-a-Rama branches out

Friday, October 18, 2019

Michelle Martin’s Camp Read-a-Rama had kids moving, creating and reading across the state this past summer, including the camp's first foray into a public library. Martin, the iSchool’s Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and...

Researchers (from left) Ryan Calo, Chris Coward, Kate Starbird, Emma Spiro and Jevin West

Confronting misinformation

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Misinformation infects the information ecosystem, sowing doubt and confusion. It feeds on openness, transparency and a free exchange of ideas. If misinformation is a virus, democracy is a welcoming host. “I see misinformation as one...

Chirag Shah

Focused on fairness

Monday, August 5, 2019

Does a business such as Spotify have an obligation to be fair? The music streaming service needs to turn a profit. If it doesn’t, the business shuts its doors, the employees lose their jobs and the shareholders have squandered their...

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Eva Perez

Informatics students take diversity efforts to local high schools

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

“How did you hear about the iSchool?” The answer to that question is, very often, word of mouth. Information about the iSchool is frequently passed from friend to friend or among families. That’s a powerful way for students to learn about all the school offers. But it’s also limiting. “When I...

Brian Bannon

After success in Chicago, Brian Bannon takes the helm in New York

Friday, November 8, 2019

Visionary Brian Bannon has a reputation for reinventing the concept of public libraries. After seven years in Chicago, he’s ready for his next challenge: leading the efforts of the New York Public Library’s 88 circulating branch libraries. The 1999 iSchool MLIS graduate and 2015 Distinguished Alumnus...

Anind Dey

Dean's Message: We all reap the rewards of diversity

Friday, November 8, 2019

When Associate Professor Amy Ko came out as trans at the start of the academic year, I was filled with emotion. I was incredibly happy for my friend and colleague, and glad that she felt comfortable enough in her life and career to take this huge step publicly. But I was also saddened that someone I had...

Shannon Gatta

Informatics student named winner of 'Out Astronaut' contest

Monday, November 4, 2019

Informatics student Shannon Gatta recently won the first phase of the “Out Astronaut” contest, aimed at sending the first openly LGTBQ person to space. Gatta’s winning entry earned her basic training at the Advanced PoSSUM Academy class at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach,...

Students stand in front of a monument in Prague.

Summer study abroad program in Vienna focuses on semantic AI

Friday, October 25, 2019

The iSchool piloted a new study abroad program in Vienna, Austria, this summer, taking 16 students to explore the intricacies of using semantic and business artificial intelligence to address user information needs. The monthlong course examined how companies use data science and information science to...

Ian Burns and Elliot Keder

iSchool alumni help Seattle-based Slalom race ahead

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Slalom is in the business of helping other businesses succeed. For instance, the Seattle-based consulting firm recently helped Alaska Airlines navigate the complex and potentially thorny acquisition of Virgin America. Slalom also specializes in helping companies keep pace with the light-speed evolution of...

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