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2015 iSchool research roundup
iSchool Assistant Professor Michelle Carter's paper on "IT identity" was accepted in June in the prestigious journal MIS Quarterly.

2015 iSchool research roundup

The Information School features a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community that’s driving innovation at the local, national, and global levels. Here is a month-by-month series of snapshots that illustrate our research impact in 2015.

  • January: TASCHA was identified as one of three legacy partners expected to continue the work of the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries (GL) group. In announcing this decision, the GL group noted TASCHA is “becoming the lead organization in the field for research on the impact of libraries.”
  • February: The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, the official research journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), released a journal volume dedicated to and inspired by the work of Eliza Dresang. An article within this volume is not to be missed: Putting Youth First: The Radical Eliza T. Dresang, authored by J. Elizabeth Mills, Annette Y. Goldsmith, Kathleen Campana, Beth J. Patin, and Sarah A. Evans.
  • March: Two ‘best paper’ awards at CHI 2015 in South Korea. The best paper awardees represent the top 1 percent of the 2,150 submissions received.
    • Amanda Menking and Ingrid Erickson (Rutgers University),  “The Heart Work of Wikipedia: Gendered, Emotional Labor in the World’s Largest Online Encyclopedia.”
    • Pamit Chilana (University of Waterloo), Amy Ko, and Jake Wobbrock,  “From User-Centered to Adoption-Centered Design: A Case Study of an HCI Research Innovation Becoming a Product.”
  • April: David Levy’s work was featured in the Huffington Post article “Why Students at the University of Washington Want to Put Their Phones Away.”
  • May: The Project VIEWS2 Team awarded the Washington Library Association President’s Award, and representing three years of effort, Carole Palmer and the National Academies of Science Board on Research Data and Information released their pivotal report, Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation.
  • June: Michelle Carter’s article “Conceptualizing Information Technology Identity and its implications” was been accepted for publication in MIS Quarterly. Carter became the second professor on the UW campus to publish in this highly prestigious journal. MIS Quarterly is ranked 1 out of 84 in Information Science journals.
  • July: A Cataloging & Classification Quarterly Special Issue: Indigenous Knowledge Organization, co-edited by Cheryl Metoyer, was released. It included articles authored by Cheryl Metoyer and Sandra Littletree, and our Ph.D. alums Marisa Duarte and Miranda Belarde-Lewis.
  • August: The Value Sensitive Design (VSD) Research Lab, led by co-directors Batya Friedman and David Hendry, with partners from the Technical University of Delft, University of Twente, University of Eindhoven, and the University of British Columbia, held two workshops at the 5th Decennial Aarhus Conference in Aarhus, Denmark. This conference happens once every 10 years and is specifically oriented toward setting the field’s research agenda for the coming decade.
  • September: Joe Tennis received the Best Paper Award for Theory and Methodology at the Digital Heritage 2015 Conference in Grenada, Spain, for “Archival Metadata for Digital Cultural Heritage: Conceptual Provenance, Contextual Forensics, and the Authority of the Found Digital Object.”
  • October: A paper by Kathleen O’Leary, Lisa Vizer, Jordan Eschler, James Ralston, and Wanda Pratt titled “Understanding Patients’ Health and Technology Attitudes for Tailoring Self-Management Interventions” won the American Medical Informatics Association’s Homer Warner Award. This prize is awarded to a distinguished paper nominee that “best describes approaches to improving computerized information acquisition, knowledge data acquisition and management, and experimental results documenting the value of these approaches.” There were more than 1,200 submissions to AMIA this year; of those only 11 were nominated for a distinguished paper award, and only one is selected for the Homer Warner Award.
  • November: Research by first-year Ph.D. student Guanghua Chi was featured in the MIT Technology Review: “Data Mining Reveals the Extent of China’s Ghost Cities.” This research was subsequently picked up by the Washington Post, NPR, Foreign Policy, New Scientist, Quartz, and Changhaiist.
  • December: Josh Blumenstock created a buzz, with an article in Science, “Predicting Poverty and Wealth from Mobile Phone Metadata.” It was picked up by KPLU,  The New York Times, BBC (Science in Action), GeekWire, Science Now, El Espanol, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Christian Science Monitor, The East African, IEEE Spectrum, PC Tech Magazine, and UW Today.  … And last, but certainly not least, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) named Katie Davis to its distinguished ‘Rising Star’ list of outstanding international psychological scientists.

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