Research in recent years has suggested that young Americans might be less creative now than in decades past, even while their intelligence — as measured by IQ tests — continues to rise. But new research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University, closely studying 20 years of student creative writing and visual artworks, hints that the dynamics of creativity may not break down as simply as that. Instead, it may be that some aspects of creativity — such as those employed in visual arts — are gently rising over the years, while other aspects, such as
Researchers across the University of Washington campus soon will be able to collaborate in an unprecedented way with a new team of data scientists to advance research through big-data analysis and discovery. iSchool Assistant Professor Joshua Blumenstock is part of the new initiative. The UW, along with the University of California, Berkeley, and New York University, are partners in a new five-year, $37.8 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that aims to accelerate the growth of data-intensive discovery across many fields.
In the age of accountability, all organizations need proof that what they do matters. Funders want facts, policymakers demand measurable progress. So when iSchool researcher Eliza Dresang, recipient of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Planning grant, gathered a group of public librarians from across the state and asked them what they’d like to see on her research agenda, the reply was unanimous. “They all said early literacy,” says the noted scholar, who holds the endowed Beverly Cleary Professorship in Children and Youth Services at the iSchool.
Qazzow, a recent spin out from the University of Washington's Information School, announced that it has secured $500,000 in seed investment from the W Fund, an early stage venture fund focused on leveraging Washington's research strength to launch new businesses. Qazzow has created a breakthrough software-as-a-service that significantly improves the consumer experience with websites and web applications. The company is currently piloting with a number of online businesses and is already helping companies like Ben Bridge Jeweler, PetHub, Yapta, and PlayOn.tv increase online sales.
The University of Washington Information School had 12 papers accepted from the 40 submitted to iConference Berlin 2014 for a total of 30% contribution in the paper category. Each submitted paper was reviewed using a double-blind system. The iConference, which will take place for the first time in Europe, is an annual gathering of a broad spectrum of scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common concern about critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas,
Researchers at the University of Washington have studied and named a trend lots of people can identify with: the desire to resist constant connectivity and step back from the online world. "We call this 'pushback,'" said Ricardo Gomez, assistant professor in the UW Information School and co-author of “Pushback: The Growth of Expressions of Resistance to Constant Online Connectivity,” a paper to be presented at the iConference in Berlin in early 2014. Lead author is Stacey Morrison, who graduated last summer with a master's degree from the school. "Pushback is an expression of t
The iSchool continues to expand according to the latest enrollment numbers provided by the University of Washington admissions office. A total of 841 students are enrolled, an increase of four percent over the previous year. Growth was largely driven by an increase in Informatics undergraduate students and a strong enrollment in the full-time master of science in information management program. More than half of the students (51%) come from outside of Washington state and the majority are female (57%). Student enrollment by program: • B.S. in Informatics – 250 • Master of Library
Assistant Professor Joshua Blumenstock was one of nine faculty chosen from select schools in the US, European Union, China and Taiwan to receive Intel Lab’s 2013 Early Career Faculty Honor (ECFH). His research centers on understanding the social and economic impacts of technology. The ECFH was created to help Intel connect with the best and brightest early career faculty members at top universities around the world. Intel Labs looks for faculty nominees who have less than five years of academic experience and who focus their research in areas of interest to Intel. The selection is highly
Dana Bublitz is one of ten UW graduate students nominated by The Simpson Center to serve as HASTAC Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year based on their advancement of digital scholarship at the University of Washington. With a BA in Classics and Religion from Reed College and an Master of Letters in Mediaeval Studies from the University of St Andrews, Bublitz’s academic interests have focused on the ways in which medieval women transcended gender roles—writing on topics ranging from women’s involvement in the Crusades to Christine de Pizan’s political and religious thought in
Over the past year, four faculty from the University of Washington each agreed to teach a MOOC (massively open online course) through UW Professional and Continuing Education and Coursera, an education company that partnered with UW to offer free online courses to anyone, anywhere in the world. Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, director of the iSchool's Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, taught Information Security & Risk Management to more than 26,000 registered students during fall term 2012. A new report, authored by Janice Fournier, UW Information
The iSchool and Project Information Literacy (PIL) have been awarded a $471,054 National Leadership Grant (NLG) from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS). The PIL research team will conduct a two-year quantitative study investigating how recent college graduates find, evaluate, and use information for lifelong learning once they leave campus, particularly in areas such as staying competitive in the workforce, engaging in civic affairs, and personal development. From the data collected and analyzed, researchers will study graduates’ information needs and the information
There’s often “an app for that” these days, but for young people such digital shortcuts can be as limiting as they are convenient, says the University of Washington co-author of a new book titled “The App Generation.” Katie Davis, assistant professor in the UW Information School, collaborated on the book with Harvard educator and author Howard Gardner. Their work, she said, asked the question, “How are kids today different from kids 20 years ago, and to what extent can we attribute those differences to digital media technologies?” The researchers conducted extensive researc
Kristine Morrissey is director of the Museology Graduate Program and comes to the iSchool with an interest in exploring and strengthening the shared knowledge and practices across the work of museums and libraries. "I see great potential for advancing the impact of museums and libraries and I am excited to begin to explore the intersections between Museology and the iSchool,” says Morrissey about her new lecturer position. Morrissey is founding editor of the journal Visitor Studies, the publication of the Visitor Studies Association, an organization with which she has been heavily
Here’s a paradox: Despite the enormous popularity of computer-related activities such as social media and computer gaming, most users assume the activity of actually programming a computer to be enormously difficult and beyond their reach. So, how can programming be made accessible? The answer may lie in summer camp. More specifically, a week-long camp for high-school girls titled, “Computers Demystified: Your Chance to Learn Everything You Wanted to Know About Computers But Were Afraid to Ask!” We’ll get to the camp in a moment. But first, in talking about making programming more a
The Web Marketing Association announced the winners of its 17th annual WebAward Competition for website development, awarding the iSchool's website their Standard of Excellence in the university category. More than 1,500 entries from 40 countries were adjudicated in 96 industry categories during this year's competition. Entries were judged on design, copy writing, innovation, content, interactivity, navigation, and use of technology. The iSchool web team completed the redesign of the iSchool's website in nine months, using Drupal and incorporating responsive design. The new sit