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Summer updates from the iSchool: June edition
Anind Dey was named the next dean of the iSchool.

Summer updates from the iSchool: June edition

Our updates become a little more irregular during the summertime, but they’re still action-packed. Here’s the latest from a busy month at the iSchool:

iSchoolers in the News

We have a new dean-in-waiting! Anind Dey comes to us from Carnegie Mellon University, where he is a professor and director of CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. UW News did a write-up on the appointment, and we posted a story on our site.

Outgoing Dean Harry Bruce was honored at the annual American Library Association conference in late June. A tribute resolution cited his service to the iSchool and the librarianship profession.

Professor Michelle Martin is putting on a pair of weeklong summer “Read-a-Rama” camps in Seattle. The camps weave activities and reading to encourage early literacy. We got a preview at a recent event at Seattle’s Compass Housing Alliance.

Associate Professor Joe Janes spoke to Publishers Weekly on the eve of the ALA conference about how the organization is dealing with the Trump administration and the current political climate.

Janes also appeared on KUOW, talking about the infamous Nixon tapes and how they became one of the items in his new book, “Documents That Changed the Way We Live.”

Lecturer Annie Searle wrote a piece for the final edition of The Risk Universe. She identifies a certain blind spot among corporate executives that can put large organizations at risk.

Associate Professor Bill Howe was part of a UW team that released “Wide-Open,” an automated system that scans published papers for references to publicly available datasets and determines whether those data are indeed available. The project will help advance science by making data available much faster.

Ph.D. candidate Sandra Littletree earned the inaugural Cobell Summer Graduate Research Fellowship. A prestigious honor, the Cobell fellowship supports American Indian and Alaska Native scholars’ research.

MLIS students Cristal Fiel and Jasmine Gutierrez, along with incoming student Charlene Quach, were among the winners of this year’s ALA Spectrum Scholarships. The winners are chosen based on their commitment to diversity and commitment to entering the librarianship profession, among other factors.

MLIS student (now graduate) Jenn Parent was featured on the Library of Congress blog, talking about her internship there.

And in “Calling Bullshit” news:

  • The iSchool’s Jevin West and Biology Professor Carl Bergstrom talked to New York magazine for a well-thought-out “beginner’s guide to calling BS.”
  • MisInfoCon wrote about the course the duo taught this past spring.
  • A Knight Foundation grant will help spread the ability to “call BS” among journalists and high school students. West and Bergstrom earned the award for their project to customize their message to those key audiences.
  • Their latest lectures are posted on our YouTube channel:

For their Capstone project, MLIS students Sarah Carnes, Kathleen Sullivan and Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman created a resource guide to help improve accessibility at the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website.

And don’t miss our video from Capstone:

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