iSchoolers in the News
1939 alumna Beverly Cleary celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday, and tributes poured in from all over. The New York Times ran a terrific story about her; the New Yorker ran a lovely column; Slate wrote about her lesser-known teen novels; the Everett Herald ran an editorial celebrating her; and an Associated Press profile ran in newspapers and websites across the country. Oregon Public Broadcasting aired this documentary, which includes comments from iSchool Dean Harry Bruce and UW President Ana Mari Cauce. OPB has a fine collection of materials about Cleary, who is a native of the Portland area.
Saturday, April 16, is Nancy Pearl Day at Full Tilt Ice Cream in Seattle. Pearl will scoop “peanut butter book club” ice cream — made in her honor — at the White Center location at 2 p.m. Get the details here.
Videos from Professor Batya Friedman’s Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal project will go down as the first video files to be stored and retrieved from DNA. UW Today has the story about some pretty amazing scientific research.
Associate Professor Joe Janes’ “Documents That Changed the World” podcast got some attention from the UW Daily, which profiled Janes and talked to him about how he chooses his topics.
Tweets of the Week
— Jennifer Brady (@Brady_Bookworm) April 12, 2016
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) April 12, 2016
— UW Alumni (@UWalum) April 14, 2016
— Helene Williams (@bibliorogue) April 14, 2016
Elsewhere in Information News
- You may have heard it was National Library Week. Here’s a fun history lesson on the event from American Libraries magazine.
- TASCHA’s partnership with the Jackson School of International Studies recently produced Myanmar’s first Information Symposium. Jackson alumnus Dan Arnaudo wrote a first-person piece about what’s happening there.
- From Columbia Journalism Review, a great look at algorithms and the ethical implications of placing our trust in them.
- The New York Times Magazine produced a terrific article on the “Minecraft Generation.” The game is a gateway to the digital world for millions of kids.
- From the Atlantic, a look at how big data can help reinforce poverty, rather than helping people escape it.
- And a cool use of data visualization from the Daily Dot helps illustrate how men dominate the dialog in Hollywood films.