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iSchool Ph.D. student wins Microsoft dissertation grant

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

iSchool Ph.D. candidate Martez Mott is among the inaugural winners of Microsoft’s Research Dissertation Grants . The $18,000 grant will support Mott in his research on taking an ability-based design approach to touchscreen devices. Mott’s work on “Smart Touch,” which was featured recently in a story and video on the University of Washington’s website, focuses on making such devices usable...
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Elizabeth Manriquez wins Borgeson award in law librarianship

Friday, July 7, 2017

MLIS law student Elizabeth Manriquez has earned the 2017 Earl Borgeson Research Award in Law Librarianship for her paper, “Stronger Together: Embracing Google and Linked Data in Law Libraries.” Manriquez’s paper will be published in the journal Legal Reference Services Quarterly . The honor carries a $1,500 prize. In her paper, Manriquez evaluates the use of linked-data technology in law...
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iSchool's VIEWS2 project influences new approach to storytimes

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Libraries have adapted their storytimes for children to promote early literacy – a response to research such as the UW Information School’s VIEWS2 project, School Library Journal writes . In an article on its website, SLJ writes that storytimes have evolved from a passive listening experience into an interactive one in which librarians use technology and play, along with books,...
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Minor in Informatics to be offered beginning in fall

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The University of Washington Information School will offer a minor in Informatics beginning in the fall. The minor, approved by the UW Curriculum Committee in June, will complement a wide variety of majors on campus by offering students an opportunity to learn about data, design, policy and ethics, and code in order to solve information problems. “The Informatics minor may...
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Anind Dey named next dean of the iSchool

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Professor Anind Dey will become the next dean of the University of Washington Information School, President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Gerald Baldasty announced Wednesday, June 28. Dey will succeed Harry Bruce, who is stepping down this summer after 11 years as dean. Cauce and Baldasty shared the news with the iSchool community in an email: “We are pleased to...
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ALA honors Harry Bruce with tribute resolution

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The American Library Association honored iSchool Dean Harry Bruce with a tribute resolution at its annual conference in Chicago in June. Bruce is stepping down after more than 11 years as dean and was recently honored at a celebration on the UW campus. You can read more about him and leave messages on our tribute site . The full text...
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'Calling BS' wins Knight Foundation grant to fight misinformation

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

“Calling Bullshit” is getting a boost. The project led by the Information School’s Jevin West and Biology Professor Carl Bergstrom , will expand its reach, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation. In response to an open call for ideas to improve the accurate flow of information, West and Bergstrom proposed “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Fake...
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Executives have a blind spot on risk, Annie Searle writes

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

C-level executives often have a blind spot that can put their organizations at risk, iSchool Lecturer Annie Searle writes in the final issue of The Risk Universe . The blind spot she identifies is that CEOs are often, and sometimes willfully, unaware of key information about the risk posed to their businesses when they put their trust in people and...
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MLIS students awarded ALA Spectrum Scholarships

Friday, June 23, 2017

The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity announced the winners of the 2017-18 Spectrum Scholarships, with three University of Washington Information School Master of Library and Information Science students among the 61 winners. iSchool winners include: Cristal Fiel (pictured, center), a third-year online student; Jasmine Gutierrez (left), a second-year online student; and Charlene Hien Quach (right), a first-year student...
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iSchool Ph.D. candidate awarded prestigious Cobell Fellowship

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sandra Littletree, a Ph.D. candidate at the UW Information School and member of the Diné/Navajo Nation, was among five researchers to receive the inaugural Cobell Summer Graduate Research Fellowship . The aim of the program is to support American Indian and Alaska Native student researchers who might not otherwise have access to funds to conduct research and related activities during...
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