iSchoolers in the News
Professor Karen Fisher was interviewed by KING-TV about her work with Syrian refugee children. Fisher recently returned to Za’atari Refugee Camp to begin a pilot project to preserve the Syrians’ cultural memories.
Assistant Professor Katie Davis is teaming up with a professor from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences on an outdoors app designed to get kids to explore nature. A $400,000 UW Innovation Award will help get the app off the ground over the next couple of years.
Davis was also quoted in The UW Daily’s story about gender equity at the iSchool.
Professor David Levy gave a talk, sponsored by the Whole U, on mindfulness and technology. Here’s a write-up in The Daily.
The University of Utah featured MLIS 2015 alumna Twanna Hodge. She’s now working as the Diversity Resident Librarian at Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library.
TASCHA announced a new project, Data for Democracy. Based in Myanmar, its goal is to build the data capabilities of the country’s emerging infrastructure.
Ph.D. candidate Norah Abokhodair’s work was featured in Futurity. Abokhodair and colleagues studied the social media reaction after the Paris terror attacks of November 2015 and found that Twitter users defended Muslims and Islam after an initial backlash against them.
And a New York Times story on how satellite imagery can be used to detect poverty includes a reference to Assistant Professor Joshua Blumenstock’s work with cellphone data.
Tweets of the Week
Congrats to this year's 43 UW NSF Fellowship winners, especially my own student, Amanda Swearngin! https://t.co/YZI6PLtOm4
— Andy J. Ko (@andyjko) March 29, 2016
— iStudent Services (@uwioss) March 31, 2016
— TASCHA (@taschagroup) March 30, 2016
— UW iSchool (@UW_iSchool) April 1, 2016
Elsewhere in Information News
- The Library of Congress has dropped the term “illegal aliens” in favor of a less dehumanizing term, undocumented immigrants. Fusion reports how librarianship students from Dartmouth University helped make it happen.
- From Re/code, you may think that young people have left Facebook in the dust as they flock to Snapchat or Instagram. They haven’t.
- Librarian Jason Griffey wrote a great piece for Boing Boing: “How libraries can save the Internet of Things from the Web’s centralized fate.”
- Twitter made a change, which usually isn’t the greatest news, but this time it’s a change for the better. It’s added the ability to add image descriptions to make them accessible to sight-impaired people.
- Google is known for its April Fools pranks, but this year’s edition quickly went off the rails. A Gmail “mic drop” feature was fun while it lasted, but had some unfortunate glitches.