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Chris Oh

Seeing the world in computer vision

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Informatics student Chris Oh discovered a fascination in what computers “see.” The expanding field of computer vision (CV) teaches computers how to recognize patterns in digital images and videos. The technology enables self-driving...

Cindy Altick Aden

State librarian is always on the run

Monday, October 30, 2017

As Washington state librarian, Cindy Altick Aden might spend her day at her home base in Tumwater, figuring out how to stretch grant money to serve communities. She might be at a prison library, or she might be visiting a tiny library in...

Christy Pham

Pride, and a tinge of guilt, for INFO grad

Friday, October 27, 2017

When Christy Pham graduated from the iSchool with a degree in Informatics, her parents proudly cheered. “My parents aren’t native English speakers, so they didn’t necessarily understand the whole ceremony,” Pham said. “But I...

Margarita Engle

Prose and poetry from Margarita Engle

Friday, October 20, 2017

Author and poet Margarita Engle shared her thoughts on writing and her memories of Cuba during the iSchool’s annual Spencer G. Shaw Endowed Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the University of Washington HUB. Engle’s best-known works,...

David Mikkelson and Vinny Green of Snopes.

Fact-checking experts talk 'fake news'

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The iSchool’s “Calling Bullshit” class welcomed a pair of special fact-checking guests on Monday, Oct. 16. Snopes.com CEO David Mikkelson and co-owner Vinny Green joined the class to talk with students about how they work to separate...

Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom

Calling BS, far and wide

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

When Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom quietly rolled out CallingBullshit.org in January, they hoped a few of their ideas would find their way into classrooms. At best, maybe the University of Washington would let them teach a class. “We...

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Bill Howe

iSchool faculty prominent at national data ethics forum

Friday, December 8, 2017

The University of Washington Information School had a strong presence at a high-level roundtable on data science Friday, Dec. 8, in Washington, D.C. The daylong meeting and webcast, held by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, brought together data scientists and educators to...

2 iSchool alumni named ALA Emerging Leaders

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Information School alumnae Twanna Hodge, ’15, and Katherine Van Arsdale, ’17, are among those named to the American Library Association’s 2018 class of Emerging Leaders. The Emerging Leaders program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning,...

iSchool Ph.D. student, alumna honored with ALISE awards

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Information School doctoral student J. Elizabeth Mills and Ph.D. alumna Rachel Ivy Clarke have been honored with research awards from the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). Mills was the lead author of the winning paper in the Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Competition....

Ott Toomet

For Lecturer Ott Toomet, data pointed to the iSchool

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ott Toomet’s path to the iSchool was circuitous. “I started as a physicist, but found there were very little applications for my astrophysics degree.” Toomet, a new iSchool senior lecturer, turned his attention to economics because of his interest in social issues. Economics, he says, is not that...

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Will an app get kids outdoors? Researchers dig in

Monday, November 20, 2017

Can a mobile app connect kids with nature? University of Washington Information School Assistant Professor Katie Davis and Ph.D. student Saba Kawas are on a quest to find out. Davis and Kawas are recruiting students for a research seminar this winter during which their team will study the effectiveness of...

Anna Lauren Hoffmann

On KUOW, iSchool's Hoffmann talks Facebook and revenge porn

Monday, November 13, 2017

Anna Lauren Hoffmann, an assistant professor at the University of Washington Information School, appeared on KUOW radio on Thursday, Nov. 9, to discuss Facebook’s new initiative to prevent “revenge porn” and other explicit images from appearing on the site without consent. In testing its new tools,...

Students at the Diversity Month Kickoff Luncheon

iSchool kicks off Diversity Month

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The University of Washington Information School kicked off its annual Diversity Month with a lunch and reception on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, the Intellectual House on the UW campus. Cynthia del Rosario, the iSchool’s diversity programs advisor, said this year’s emphasis is on allyship –...

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