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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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Spiro, Starbird in Huffington Post: 'Slowing the spread of viral misinformation'

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What should social media platforms do about the spread of fake news and other misinformation? UW Information School Assistant Professor Emma Spiro and Human Centered Design & Engineering Assistant Professor Kate Starbird , an adjunct iSchool faculty member, tackle the topic in a Dec. 20 article for The Huffington Post . The pair write that the phenomenon of fake news...
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Annie Searle in The Risk Universe: Election has consequences

Friday, December 16, 2016

Information School Lecturer Annie Searle takes a grim view of the risks presented by the incoming Trump administration in her latest column for The Risk Universe . “At stake in the government’s relationship with the private sector are such fundamental principles as that of separation of powers, of separation between church and state, the role of a free press, the...
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5 from iSchool nominated for UW teaching awards

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Five Information School instructors are among the nominees for University of Washington teaching awards. Each year, the UW honors several faculty members for their work with students. Recipients are chosen based on criteria including mastery of the subject matter, ability to engage students, and innovations in course and curriculum design. Lecturers Bob Larson and Joel Smith and Assistant Professor Jason...
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Jacob Wobbrock and AnswerDash featured in Huffington Post

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Information School Associate Professor Jacob O. Wobbrock and AnswerDash , the startup company he co-founded, are the subjects of a recent article in The Huffington Post. The website did a Q&A with Wobbrock about his experiences with the startup, which grew from research at the iSchool. AnswerDash provides instant, contextual information for website visitors, putting answers to their likeliest questions...
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INFO 200 students show off their final projects

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

“Emerald Refuge,” a central resource for refugees in the Seattle area; “MABuddy,” a website where people with food allergies can share information about restaurants; “Memoro,” an app that saves time on busywork so therapists can devote more time to clients. These and dozens of other ideas were on display Dec. 8 at Mary Gates Hall on the University of Washington...
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