iSchool sends large contingent to ASIS&T Annual Meeting

The University of Washington Information School is well-represented at this year’s Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting, with several faculty members and Ph.D. students contributing papers and posters and participating in workshops and panel discussions.

The Oct. 22-Nov. 1 meeting, a top international conference of research on people, information and technology, is being held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assistant Professor Nic Weber will lead a workshop, “Conceptual Models in Sociotechnical Systems,” on Oct. 22. Weber will be joined by colleagues from five other universities.

Associate Professor Chirag Shah will be among the co-leaders of an Oct. 30 workshop, “Best Practices for Grant Proposal Development.” The workshop will train scholars in writing successful grant proposals for funders such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Amazon and Google.

Weber and several other iSchoolers will lead discussions of research papers. They include Ph.D. candidate An Yan, with co-authors including recent Master of Science in Information Management alum Caihong Huang and Professor Carole Palmer; Ph.D. student Chris Holstrom; Ph.D. student Kung Jin Lee with co-authors including Ph.D. candidate W.E. King and Associate Professor Jin Ha Lee; recent Master of Library and Information Science alum Kaitlin Throgmorton with co-authors Palmer and Bree Norlander, an iSchool data scientist; and recent Ph.D. alum Hyerim Cho with Lee and other co-authors.

Weber will participate in two panels, one on “Infrastructures of Digital Humanities” and the other on “Integrating Research and Teaching for Data Curation in iSchools.” Professor Michelle Martin will take part in a panel on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in information science, called “Racism Isn’t Just an American Problem.”

Ph.D. students Yvette Iribe Ramirez and Mina Tari will present a poster at the event titled, “I Find Myself Wondering Why I Wanted to Do This: Identifying Barriers for Students of Color in the LIS Field.”