iSchoolers in the News
TASCHA is working to promote mobile literacy in developing countries and has produced a curriculum to help introduce people to the Internet and point them to credible, reliable information. You can read about the project on the iSchool’s site or on TASCHA’s.
Three iSchool alumni have been chosen as American Library Association Emerging Leaders for 2016. Alpha DeLap, ’13, Alyssa Jocson Porter, ’13, and Katherine Donaldson, ’14, will work in problem-solving groups and build their skills to serve as leaders in librarianship.
What information do gamers need when they seek out games? A paper by the iSchool’s Jin Ha Lee, Rachel Ivy Clarke and Stephanie Rossi on the subject is available for the next month at this link.
Tweets of the Week
Last paper submitted, first quarter as a PhD student at @UW_iSchool is done! Already have research and reading assignments to work on though
— Caroline Pitt (@carolinethegeek) December 16, 2015
— Jacob O. Wobbrock (@wobbrockjo) December 16, 2015
— Jason Yip (@jasoncyip) December 14, 2015
Congrats to Dastyni Loksa for his first CHI paper, contributing a powerful new way to teach programming problem solving! #ComputingEdAtCHI
— Andy J. Ko (@andyjko) December 14, 2015
— Mike Freeman (@mf_viz) December 17, 2015
— U. of Washington (@UW) December 17, 2015
Elsewhere in Information News
The University of Washington has added a Master of Science in Data Science program. Six departments and schools, including the iSchool, are involved in forming this new interdisciplinary program. You can read about it in GeekWire or from UW News.
Some interesting data mapping from the New York Times: Places spending less on Medicare don’t necessarily spend less on health care overall.
UW historian James Gregory used data mapping to track key 20th century social movements, such as the expansion of the NAACP.
Pew Research Center has made all its data available for study. Choose a dataset and download it here.
Finally, someone has thought of wearable technology that does something useful: Netflix socks. They’ll detect when you fall asleep and pause your show for you. No more fast-forwarding and trying to remember where you were on “Jessica Jones.”
And from Mashable, here’s one to keep you awake at night: A robotic hand that reads your mind and decides which direction to swipe on Tinder.