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This week at the iSchool

Now that school has started, who has time to stay caught up on everything that’s going on? We’re here to round it up in one tidy place.

Of course, this isn’t everything that’s going on. Email parrydo@uw.edu to let us know about anything we’ve missed.

iSchoolers in the news

“They just knocked our socks off”: iSchool interns made quite an impression at Alaska Airlines over the summer, so much so that all eight of them got offers to stay on in part-time jobs. The company had budgeted to keep just three, but no department wanted to let its intern leave.

Assistant Professor Katie Davis’s work was referenced in the New York Times in “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk,” a thought-provoking piece on the increasingly lost art of conversation

Tweets of the week

Elsewhere in information news

“There have been more mass shootings this year than days.” Data mapping from the Boston Globe helps put the toll in perspective.

“Dublin’s OCLC prints last library catalog card.” Catalog cards were once a key part of OCLC in Dublin, Ohio. The company has shifted to digital records and on Thursday it printed its last of 1.9 billion cards.

“How the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Saves Lives with Python.” The UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is working on disease modeling that will help tell the Gates Foundation where its money can save the most lives.

“Healthcare to humanitarian aid: making the data explosion work for us.” More on the challenge and potential of big data in combating disease around the world, this time from the Guardian.

“Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships.” Pew Research data give insight into how mobile devices and social media are affecting teens’ lives. Pew also released a great data visualization on America’s source of immigrants over the decades.

“Everyone you know will be able to rate you on the terrifying ‘Yelp for people’ – whether you want them to or not.” The backlash was swift and severe after this Washington Post story about the Peeple app. Apps like this may make your skin crawl, but they may also be inevitable.

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We’re the Communications folks at the University of Washington Information School. We keep an eye out for iSchoolers doing cool things, and then we share it here and on our social media accounts.

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