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Jacob Wobbrock honored with SIGCHI Social Impact Award

Friday, February 17, 2017

Jacob Wobbrock , an associate professor at the Information School, has earned the SIGCHI Social Impact Award for his research into improving how people – particularly those with disabilities – interact with computers and information. The award from SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction), a branch of the Association for Computing Machinery, is given annually to individuals who promote...
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iSchool graduate's Ph.D. dissertation judged best of year

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rachel Ivy Clarke, who earned her Ph.D. in Information Science at the UW iSchool in 2016, has earned this year’s Doctoral Dissertation Award from the international iSchools organization. Clarke’s dissertation, “It’s Not Rocket Library Science: Design Epistemology and American Librarianship,” was judged best of the 2015-16 academic year at an iSchools-member institution. The award committee said Clarke’s dissertation “distills design...
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iSchool alumna fighting fake news as a school librarian

Monday, February 6, 2017

Librarians such as iSchool alumna Janelle Hagen are playing a critical role in the fight against fake news, columnist Jerry Large writes in the Feb. 6 edition of The Seattle Times . Librarians have always helped people sort reliable information sources from deceptive ones, a skill that’s become increasingly important amid the recent surge of false information masquerading as real...
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Hundreds of students make an impression at iSchool Career Fair

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Armed with resumes and elevator pitches, hundreds of students from the Information School and across the University of Washington visited with recruiters from dozens of employers at the iSchool Career Fair on Jan. 31 at the UW HUB. For students, the annual event is a chance to meet with potential employers or line up possible internships. For employers, it’s a...
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200 students dream big and work fast at Winfo Hackathon

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Give some enterprising University of Washington students a whole day and they’ll dream up some amazing ideas. That’s the impetus for the annual Wiinfo Hackathon, held Jan. 28 at the HUB on the UW campus. About 200 students spent the day in small groups huddled around tables, munching on snacks while brainstorming ideas, then designing and, in some cases, coding...
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Professors aim to fight for truth by 'Calling Bullshit'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Politicians, academics, advertisers. All of them cater to a media landscape that rewards quick sound bites over analytical thought, and often they use spurious data to back up their claims. Too much of the information we consume, in the words of Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom , is “bullshit.” West, an assistant professor at the Information School, and Bergstrom, a...
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Marcie Stone remembers Larry Brandt, an internet visionary

Monday, January 9, 2017

Larry Brandt saw the potential to bring about today’s interconnected world before most people even heard of the word “internet.” Brandt, who was instrumental in the development of both web browsers and of the NSF’s Digital Government research program, died Aug. 1 at his home in Potomac, Maryland, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 65. Marcie Stone, now...
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iSchool alumna Jill Bourne named Librarian of the Year

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Jill Bourne, an iSchool alumna who now directs California’s San Jose Public Library, has been named Library Journal’s 2017 Librarian of the Year. Bourne arrived in San Jose in 2013, taking on the challenge of budget shortfalls and reduced hours across the library system’s 23 branches. Despite a capital campaign that had renovated older libraries and built new ones, library...
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Informatics student joins two dots, wins iPhone

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sang Ouk Kim, a senior Informatics major, recently won InfoSys ’s nationwide “Join 2 Dots” social media contest, earning an iPhone 7. For the contest, InfoSys asked entrants to connect two dots in a creative way, showing that while artificial intelligence can do almost everything people can, imagination remains the realm of humans. Kim’s entry, a continuous line depicting a...
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Documents that Changed the World: The man who defined 'statistical significance'

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The subject of Joe Janes’ latest Documents that Changed the World podcast is close to the heart of many academic researchers: the threshold for “statistical significance” — and the man who, in a “surprisingly offhand manner,” set that mark for ages afterward at 5 percent, no more no less. The man in question is English statistician and world-class evolutionary biologist...
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