News & Events


MSIM student to serve as gonfalonier at UW Commencement

Friday, April 7, 2017

Andy Herman, a graduating Master of Science in Information Management student, was selected by the Graduate School to be one of only two master’s students from the UW Seattle campus who will serve as gonfaloniers – banner carriers – at the Commencement ceremony on June 17 in Husky Stadium. Gonfaloniers are nominated by their program advisors and exemplify graduate education...
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UW highlights Ph.D. candidate's work on touchscreen accessibility

Monday, April 3, 2017

Today’s touchscreen world threatens to leave behind a lot of people with motor impairments, but iSchool Ph.D. candidate Martez Mott is working to change that with “Smart Touch.” The project aims to make touch devices intuitive and accessible to everyone, regardless of whether they touch with a finger, a palm or the back of a hand. The University of Washington...
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In new iSchool class, students get to start 'Calling Bullshit'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“There is SO MUCH bullshit,” Carl Bergstrom declared on Wednesday, starting off the inaugural lecture in a new Information School course, “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data.” Bergstrom, a biology professor, and Jevin West , an assistant professor in the iSchool ran through a litany of ways information can be manipulated to hide the truth. Their examples included...
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Families bonded over 'Pokémon GO,' researchers find

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Last summer’s “Pokémon GO” phenomenon had several side benefits for parents who joined with their kids to try to “catch ‘em all,” according to new research from the University of Washington Information School and Human Centered Design & Engineering. UW Today writes that parents reported increased exercise, more time outdoors, and more opportunities for family bonding, thanks to the game...
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iSchool MLIS program rises to #2 in U.S. News rankings

Monday, March 13, 2017

The University of Washington Information School moved up to No. 2 in the latest rankings of U.S. master’s degree programs in library and information science by U.S. News & World Report . The rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” were released March 14. iSchool Dean Harry Bruce celebrated the ranking as a sign of the school’s rigorous academic standards and...
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Research Fair showcases iSchool's breadth and impact

Friday, March 10, 2017

Information School researchers got a chance to celebrate and share their work at the 2017 iSchool Research Fair. The March 9 fair featured 64 posters and exhibits representing the breadth and depth of research at the iSchool. The exhibits addressed topics such as how rumors spread during a crisis, open data initiatives at libraries, accessibility efforts in teaching and computing,...
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iSchoolers in the running for iConference best paper awards

Friday, March 3, 2017

Information School Ph.D. students Li Zeng , Travis Windleharth and Marc Schmalz , along with Assistant Professors Emma Spiro and Jason Yip and Associate Professor Jin Ha Lee are among the finalists for best paper awards at iConference 2017 . Zeng and Spiro teamed with Zack Almquist of the University of Minnesota on their nominee for Best Completed Research Paper,...
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iSchool takes lead role in UW-UBC urban data partnership

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Information School will have a leading role in a regional partnership announced recently between the University of Washington and the University of British Columbia. The partnership, dubbed the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, will use data to help cities and communities address challenges such as traffic and homelessness. Made possible by a $1 million gift from Microsoft, it’s the largest...
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Michelle Martin's Read-a-Rama program fights the 'summer slide'

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

“The more diverse the kids, the better.” That is how Michelle Martin , Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services, described the secret to the success of her 6-year-old Camp Read-a-Rama program . Conceived while Martin taught English at Clemson University, Camp Read-a-Rama uses books and literacy activities as a springboard for all of the other hands-on and outdoor...
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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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