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iAffiliates Day highlights iSchool collaboration with partners

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Industry and community partners and iSchool faculty and staff attended the fourth annual iAffiliates Day on April 26, 2016. The event, a benefit of the iAffiliates program , provides a forum for organizations to learn about Information School research and explore areas for collaboration. Veresh Sita, Alaska Airlines’ chief information officer, discussed the ways the company leverages data to shave...
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iSchool students, faculty, staff take on microaggressions at Diversity Summit

Friday, April 22, 2016

Dozens of iSchool students, faculty and staff members gathered Friday, April 22, for the school’s fifth annual Diversity Summit. Ralina Joseph , director of the UW Center for Communication, Difference and Equity, led a lively group discussion of microaggressions – brief and commonplace uses of language that tend to belittle minority groups, sometimes unintentionally. For example, an African American person...
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Massive online courses more effective in developing world, TASCHA finds

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A new report challenges widely held assumptions about Massive Open Online Courses, showing that they may be far more effective in the developing world than previously thought. The report , issued by the Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) , found that the low completion rates and homogeneous demographics found among users in the United States and similarly...
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iSchool MLIS alumna recognized as SLA Rising Star

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kathryn Callon, a 2011 iSchool Master of Library and Information Science alumna, has been named one of four Special Libraries Association 2016 Rising Stars. SLA presents its annual Rising Star Awards “to acknowledge young professionals forging paths of excellence within SLA and the information profession.” Nominated individuals develop notable workplace innovations, actively participate in SLA units and association programming, and...
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Outdoors app project earns UW Innovation Award

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

How can we teach children to appreciate nature when their faces are buried in screens? It’s a common worry among parents and researchers alike. To address it, Professor Josh Lawler of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences approached Assistant Professor Katie Davis of the Information School with a rather counterintuitive idea: What if the screen can be used as...
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Study: Most tweets following fall Paris attacks defended Islam, Muslims

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Paris terrorist attacks of November 13, 2015, sparked a massive global discussion on Twitter and other social media sites between those attacking and those defending Islam and Muslims. The March 22 terrorist attack in Brussels is, of course, sparking similar, heated online debate. Researchers at the University of Washington Information School and the Qatar Computing Research Institute analyzed 8.36...
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iSchool scholars to present at 12th Annual iConference

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The annual iConference convenes a broad spectrum of scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common concern about critical information issues in contemporary society. This year’s iConference is hosted by Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics and takes place Sunday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year’s theme of “Partnership...
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Documents that Changed the World: The Declaration of Independence’s deleted passage on slavery, 1776

Thursday, March 3, 2016

In his Documents that Changed the World podcast series, University of Washington Information School professor Joe Janes explores the origin and often evolving meaning of historical documents, both famous and less known. But in his latest installment, Janes might make you wonder how differently American history might have unfolded, had 168 powerful words not been excised from the Declaration of...
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Alumnus earns top national honor in library cataloging

Friday, February 26, 2016

Paige Andrew, a 1986 master of librarianship alumnus of the University of Washington, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Margaret Mann Citation, the nation’s highest honor in library cataloging. The Mann Citation is awarded annually by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association, recognizing outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or...
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UW team takes second place in Microsoft search challenge

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Information School Assistant Professor Jevin West’s Eigenfactor team took home second place in Microsoft’s WSDM Cup , a worldwide challenge to assess the importance of scholarly articles. The competition, run by Microsoft Research in partnership with the 9th ACM Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), gave researchers access to data from Microsoft’s Bing search engine and its academic...
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