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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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iSchool graduate's Ph.D. dissertation judged best of year

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rachel Ivy Clarke, who earned her Ph.D. in Information Science at the UW iSchool in 2016, has earned this year’s Doctoral Dissertation Award from the international iSchools organization. Clarke’s dissertation, “It’s Not Rocket Library Science: Design Epistemology and American Librarianship,” was judged best of the 2015-16 academic year at an iSchools-member institution. The award committee said Clarke’s dissertation “distills design...
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iSchool alumna fighting fake news as a school librarian

Monday, February 6, 2017

Librarians such as iSchool alumna Janelle Hagen are playing a critical role in the fight against fake news, columnist Jerry Large writes in the Feb. 6 edition of The Seattle Times . Librarians have always helped people sort reliable information sources from deceptive ones, a skill that’s become increasingly important amid the recent surge of false information masquerading as real...
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