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iSchoolers in the News Ph.D. student Martez Mott and Associate Professor Jacob Wobbrock earned a Best Paper Award at CHI, the most prestigious conference in human-computer interaction. Mott, the lead author on the paper, will present it at the upcoming CHI conference. We talked to them about their work on “Smart Touch,” a system for improving how touchscreens work for ... Read More »

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iSchoolers in the News Professor Karen Fisher returns to Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp this month to work with Syrians displaced by their country’s civil war. Fisher will follow up on her work with youths in the camp creating “magic genius devices” to improve conditions there. Ph.D. student Meg Young and the Tech Policy Lab helped shape Seattle’s new open data ... Read More »

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iSchoolers in the News Assistant Professor Jevin West’s team took second place in Microsoft’s WSDM Cup competition, a challenge to build the best search function to assess the importance of scholarly articles. WSDM Cup attracted competitors from around the globe, with a team from Taiwan edging out West’s Eigenfactor team for top honors. iSchool alum Paige Andrew has earned the ... Read More »

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iSchoolers in the News Professor David Levy continues to get a lot of attention surrounding his book, “Mindful Tech.” Levy is the subject of this week’s Faculty Friday profile at the Whole U, and did a Q&A with UW News. He tells UW News: “I think we’ve been fooled into thinking that those in the “born digital” generation, because they’ve ... Read More »

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iSchoolers in the News The iLearn Lab and the iSchool’s Ran Hinrichs were featured in Treet TV’s “Designing Worlds.” Students helped put together the program, in which Hinrichs and others are interviewed entirely in a virtual world. Professor Karen Fisher is set to return soon to Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, near the Syrian border, to work with young people ... Read More »

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iSchoolers in the News A team of MSIM students took top honors recently at Microsoft Imagine Cup, while another team took honorable mention. We caught up with team members to learn about their winning projects. Associate Professor Ricardo Gomez led a study on memes and images, and how they express “pushback” against technology. “While two years ago only a few ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Professor David Levy’s new book, “Mindful Tech,” is getting a lot of attention. Jerry Large wrote about it in The Seattle Times; The New York Times posted a review; a writer for the New Yorker went off the grid for 72 hours as a response to the book, just to see if he could; and here’s ... Read More »

This week at the iSchool

iSchoolers in the News Professor David Levy has published a new book, “Mindful Tech,” about searching for balance between our digital lives and our actual ones. He spoke to KUOW, and you can read more about it in a Q&A with Tricycle magazine. Associate Professor Joe Janes writes in American Libraries about the demise of old-fashioned catalog cards and the ... Read More »

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iSchoolers in the News A study by iSchool researcher Alison Head and Project Information Literacy shows that college students are not picking up the life skills they need to keep learning after they graduate. Futurity also picked up the story. And Inside Higher Ed calls it “hands-down the most important long-term, multi-institutional research project ever launched on how students use ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »