News & Events


iSchool awarded grant to pursue global economic development

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The University of Washington Information School has been awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant to pursue an innovative global health and development research project. The $100,000 grant, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation , will go toward Assistant Professor Joshua Blumenstock’s project titled “Billions of transactions, thousands of photos: Combining mobile network operator data with crowd-sourced photographs to...
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iSchool celebrates diversity this month

Monday, November 9, 2015

iSchool students, faculty and staff joined Nov. 3 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House for the school's Diversity Lunch Reception, the kickoff event of iSchool Diversity Month. The event was presented by the Diversity Committee, ALISS, AIMS, DSA, IUGA, iWorld, iEquality, and iQueeries. Diversity is a key part of the iSchool experience, and its Office of Diversity Programs is available to assist...
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Informatics alum's futuristic mirror in the spotlight

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

When Informatics alumnus Evan Cohen looks in the mirror, he sees a guy whose invention is getting a lot of attention. Cohen’s “mirror of the future” responds to voice commands to display things like the time and temperature, city maps and custom messages. It can also control the lighting in his room. Cohen, who now works at Microsoft, built the...
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iSchool producing media mentors, Ph.D. student writes in ParentMap

Monday, November 2, 2015

“How much screen time is right for my child?” “Will my child be behind in school if we don’t have in iPad at home?” “Where do I find guidelines to manage my family’s media use? iSchool Ph.D. student J. Elizabeth Mills tackles those questions in an article she co-authored for ParentMap , pointing to libraries and the librarians produced by...
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iSchool welcomes new advisory board members

Friday, October 30, 2015

The iSchool is pleased to welcome several new members to its Founding Board , Informatics Advisory Board and Master of Science in Information Management Advisory Board . These advisory boards foster closer ties between the University of Washington Information School and industry. Board members are a select group of business and community leaders with high capacity who are committed to...
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Informatics alum Yared Ayele works to transform education in Ethiopia

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

To Yared Ayele, education is key to improving the lives of people in his home country, Ethiopia. A 2007 iSchool Informatics alumnus, Ayele is working as country director of Camara Education Ethiopia, a nongovernmental organization, to help accomplish that. Camara’s mission is to transform education through Information Communication Technology. Ayele had lived in the United States from age 11, and...
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Special issue of CCQ Journal edited by Cheryl Metoyer

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Indigenous Knowledge Organization is the subject of a special edition of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly Journal, July-September 2015, co-edited by Cheryl Metoyer , associate professor emerita of the iSchool. The edition includes articles authored by Metoyer, iSchool Ph.D. candidate Sandra Littletree, Marisa Duarte, Ph.D. ’13 and Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Ph.D. ’13. In the introduction, Metoyer and co-editor Ann M. Doyle, write...
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Documents that Changed the World: Alfred Nobel’s will, 1895

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Alfred Nobel is remembered as the Swedish fellow behind the annual international prizes for peace, chemistry, literature, physics and medicine, given now for more than a century. But had it not been for his confused and incomplete last will and testament, Nobel’s name might be remembered differently — because he was also the inventor of dynamite, and grew rich on...
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New DPLA exhibit features MLIS Capstone project

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It is a story that captured our imagination and resulted in astonishing breakthroughs in science and technology. Combining images from popular culture, politics, and even space suit technology, America’s space race is explored in a new and permanent exhibit at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA “ Race to the Moon ” exhibit started as 2015 Capstone...
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iSchool spin-out AnswerDash raises additional $2.9M

Monday, September 14, 2015

What started as an idea inside the Information School at the University of Washington is now a full-fledged business that’s raising cash from venture capital firms. UW-spinout AnswerDash today announced a $2.9 million seed investment round led by Voyager Capital, with participation from existing investors WRF Capital, Summit Capital, the W Fund, and Arnold Venture Group. AnswerDash, formerly known as...
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