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Documents that Changed the World: Delayed stock market ticker tape, 1929

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Timing is everything, they say. In the latest episode of his Documents that Changed the World podcast series, Joe Janes of the UW Information School explores how an overload of critical information helped trigger the stock market crash of 1929, and thus the Great Depression. “This is a story about fortunes lost, lives ruined, a world plunged into a decade...
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Q&A with author and educator John Palfrey

Friday, April 28, 2017

John Palfrey is the head of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and is a noted scholar, law professor and internet freedom advocate. His most recent book is "BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google." Palfrey is the iSchool's guest at the 2017 Ed Mignon Distinguished Lecture on May 11. Before his visit, we asked him...
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Mae Benne, retired library science professor, passes away

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mae Maxine Benne, retired University of Washington professor of library science, passed away recently at Horizon House in Seattle at the age of 93. Mae taught children’s literature, storytelling and children’s library service at the UW library school from 1965 to 1988 to future school and public librarians who were inspired to carry on Mae’s fundamental belief in the power...
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iAffiliates Day focuses on technology's role in changing world

Friday, April 28, 2017

“Digital transformation” was the theme as dozens of iSchool corporate and community partners, faculty, staff and students attended the 2017 edition of iAffiliates Day on Thursday, April 27, at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (the Intellectual House) on the UW campus. Mike Cowden, general manager at Slalom Consulting , and Heather Andersen, managing director at Accenture , opened with a joint presentation on how...
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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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