This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Associate Professor Jacob Wobbrock was named this year’s recipient of the SIGCHI Social Impact Award. The prestigious honor is awarded annually to an individual who promotes the application of human-computer interaction to meet social needs. Associate Professor Bill Howe is passionate about data science and about improving urban areas. We wrote about his new project, UrbAnalytics, ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Michelle Martin, our Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services, is the subject of this week’s Faculty Friday feature from the Whole U. She talks about her passion for diversity in children’s books: “We need diverse books in which children can find reflections of themselves.” Janelle Hagen, who earned her MLIS at the iSchool in ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Assistant Professor Jason Yip has been busy with a pair of research projects involving kids. One is testing a way to ingrain science into their lives, while another is looking at how children in English-language learning households help their parents find information online. We wrote about them in a new story on the iSchool site. MLIS ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Ran Hinrichs’ Informatics students and TA took on an unusual challenge in virtual reality: simulating the experience of traveling in an underwater submersible. As we wrote in a new story on the iSchool website, the client, OceanGate of Everett, was amazed by the results. TASCHA posted an update on its mobile information literacy efforts in Myanmar, ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Assistant Professor Jevin West and Biology Professor Carl Bergstrom continue to get a lot of attention for their proposed course with a provocative name, “Calling Bullshit.” KOMO News featured the class, as did the Chronicle of Higher Education. We also wrote about it here. Associate Professor Bill Howe was involved in this week’s “Big Data and ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Assistant Professor Jevin West and Biology Professor Carl Bergstrom are getting some attention for their proposed course, “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data.” They’ve released a syllabus in the hope that they’ll be able to go forward with the class. Read this article from Boing Boing or check out the Calling Bullshit website. Nancy ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Big news this week for one of our alumni. Jill Bourne (MLIS, ’97) is Library Journal’s 2017 Librarian of the Year. As director of California’s San Jose Public Library, Bourne overcame serious challenges with money and morale to put the system’s 23 branches on the right track. Lecturer Annie Searle, aka “The Risk Detective,” is featured ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool, year’s end edition

A few notes from the iSchool to end the year. iSchoolers in the News Informatics major Sang Ouk Kim’s creativity was rewarded when he won InfoSys’s “Join 2 Dots” social media contest. Kim won an iPhone 7 for his drawing connecting two dots in the shape of a light bulb. Assistant Professor Negin Dahya earned a $10,000 fellowship with the ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

A quiet week on campus, but we have a few notes and tweets to catch up on: iSchoolers in the News Assistant Professor Emma Spiro teamed up with Kate Starbird, an HCDE assistant professor and adjunct at the iSchool, on a piece for The Huffington Post about the spread of fake news. They explore various ways to identify and deal ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Students in Dave Stearns’ INFO 200 class showed off their final projects at an event at Mary Gates Hall recently. For their final projects, students work together in small teams to solve information problems. Many of the projects are concepts for websites or apps, while some are working prototypes of the students’ ideas. Lecturer Annie Searle ... Read More »