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Michelle Lee

Strong combination

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Sometimes one class or a single professor can alter the trajectory of an academic career. For Michelle Lee, the course was Informatics 200. Lee entered the University of Washington in the 2016-17 school year, admitted as a freshman...

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iSchool in No. 2 spot in U.S. News rankings

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The University of Washington Information School held the No. 2 spot 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...

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Beloved author Beverly Cleary, '39, passes away

Friday, March 26, 2021

Beverly Cleary, a 1939 iSchool alum and the beloved author of more than 30 children’s books including “Ramona the Brave” and “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” has died at age 104, publisher HarperCollins announced. Cleary...

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Seeing results in the wild

Monday, March 15, 2021

Many children in the United States get their first smartphone as they enter their “tween” years, a milestone that can bring a fair amount of tension between parents and their children. To help families better negotiate tweens’...

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Taking aim at 'astroturfing'

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Many social media users rely on their feeds for news, but those feeds are sometimes flooded with disinformation from people and organizations with their own agenda — a phenomenon known as "astroturfing."  Tanu Mitra, an assistant...

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On a mission for open access

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Countless hours and billions of dollars go into academic research each year. The product of all that time and money often lands behind paywalls or in expensive journals that collect dust on library shelves. It’s a system that values...

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MisinfoDay draws more than 1,000 students across state

Thursday, April 8, 2021

More than 1,000 middle and high school students, teachers and educators from across Washington state and the nation participated in MisinfoDay 2021, a series of virtual workshops on March 18 where facilitators explored strategies for spotting misinformation, fact-checking claims and sources, better...

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Informatics student wins selective Goldwater Scholarship

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Daniel Chen, a junior double-majoring in Informatics and Microbiology at the University of Washington, recently was named a 2021 Goldwater Scholar. Chen is one of 410 undergraduate students selected for the award from a pool of 1,256 students nominated by 438 institutions across the country. The...

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iSchool posts strong showing at CHI 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Information School and the University of Washington will be well-represented at CHI 2021, the leading conference on human-computer interaction. iSchool faculty and students contributed to 17 papers that will be presented at the conference, part of a strong 50-paper showing from the UW overall, as...

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A tribute to Beverly Cleary from the iSchool's Michelle Martin

Friday, March 26, 2021

When librarian Beverly Cleary began to write for children, she did so because a little boy visiting her library came up to her one day and asked her (with attitude!), “Where are the books about kids like us?” Cleary, a girl from Yamill, Oregon, had grown up on British children’s books about ...

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Informatics courses revamped to emphasize diversity, equity, inclusion

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Information School’s undergraduate Informatics program is revamping its curriculum for fall 2021 to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout all of its core courses. The changes reflect a collective effort from iSchool faculty and are one part of the school’s broader effort to...

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Doane, Annabi give iSchool prominent role in World IA Day

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

A year after many of them crowded into an office in downtown Seattle for World IA Day, dozens of professionals and students gathered on Zoom to celebrate and learn about information architecture at the 2021 edition. While it may not have been as cozy, the Seattle version of this year’s event on Feb. 27...

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African American Read-In celebrates Black culture with music

Monday, March 8, 2021

On a Sunday afternoon, more than 200 people sang along to the Nigerian welcome song, “Funga Alafia,” as they listened to the sound of the violin and tambourine resonating through a Zoom call.  It was the last day of Black History Month and Michelle H. Martin, the Beverly Cleary Professor for...

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