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iSchool summer update: August edition
Harry Bruce steps down as dean at the end of August.

iSchool summer update: August edition

We’re back with another update from a very busy summer. Here are some of the iSchool goings-on from August:

iSchoolers in the News

Dean Harry Bruce steps down at the end of August after 12 years in the job. In a Q&A with UW News, he reflected on his term and on what’s ahead for the iSchool.

We’re thrilled to welcome Alexis Hiniker and Anna Hoffmann to the iSchool faculty. We profiled Hiniker, who focuses on human-computer interaction and whether our online habits make us happier; and Hoffmann, who has made a name for herself as an expert in data ethics.

Ph.D. student Lassana Magassa was the subject of an in-depth feature on Crosscut. The story looks at Magassa’s questionable treatment at the hands of the TSA.

Joe Janes’s podcast returned with an episode about the “Golden Records” aboard the Voyager spacecraft. The records affixed to Voyager I and II carry an assortment of information about humankind, on the off chance some being out there ever finds them. Janes also appeared on KUOW’s “The Record” to discuss the episode, and he will appear in a webinar with ASIS&T on Sept. 7, discussing his book, “Documents That Changed the Way We Live.”

Richard Sturman became a full-time lecturer in the iSchool last spring, teaching Systems Analysis and Design, and Analytics Methods for Systems Professionals. As he says in our story, he likes to take a holistic view of how people interact with systems.

Lecturer Laura Schildkraut also went full-time at the iSchool recently. She teaches a Gender and Information Technology class where she aims to leave students feeling empowered.

Professor Wanda Pratt wrote about her experiences with sexism as an undergrad and in her professional career in a piece she posted on Medium, “Why Women Can’t Just ‘Get Over It.’”

Assistant Professor Katie Davis and colleagues also published a piece on Medium, this one in response to an article in The Atlantic that asked, “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” Davis and her colleagues took issue with some of the conclusions drawn in the article.

Assistant Professor Miranda Belarde-Lewis curated an exhibit of artist/writer Storme Webber’s work at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum. The exhibit, on display through Oct. 29, earned a favorable review from the Seattle Times.

Associate Professor Bill Howe joined U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and other dignitaries recently at a roundtable discussion on innovation and the Internet of Things. Howe voiced the need for “responsible algorithmic decision making” as more automation moves into cities.

Howe and Jevin West are also part of an upcoming panel with adjunct iSchoolers Kate Starbird and Ryan Calo, hosted by the Master of Science in Data Science program. The event at Seattle’s ImpactHub will look at the latest techniques to detect fake news and bad data.

West is a busy guy! He appeared on KING-TV News and its Facebook Live broadcast to discuss the odds of hitting the massive recent Powerball jackpot. He will be featured at the Seattle Times LiveWire event on the UW campus on Sept. 13, and he will be part of the lineup at TEDxSeattle on Nov. 18. Tickets are available here.

You can find MLIS students at all corners of the globe. Savannah Sessions is doing her directed fieldwork this summer at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum, working to highlight the sacrifices made by miners in her home state.

MLIS student Karen Sanchez has spent her summer working for the Law Library of Congress, preparing an exhibit on baseball. It was the perfect fit for a self-described “law library nerd” who’s into baseball.

Recent MLIS alumna Tiffany Coulson led an effort to bring more diversity to children’s books at Mattawa Elementary School in rural Grant County. Coulson used the skills she developed at the iSchool to identify books that featured diverse characters and that would encourage kids to read.

Ph.D. candidate Sandy Littletree is working with the support of a Cobell Graduate Summer Research Fellowship. Cobell highlighted her among five “shining examples of American Indian graduate student success.”

Ph.D. student Nick Logler has spent his summer helping future teachers work with technology in the College of Education. Look for him in their video:

And the iSchool rolled out a redesigned website, just as the recent solar eclipse was happening. The new site features a new look, of course, along with a simplified navigation menu and customizable features.

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