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iSchool summer update, June edition
Researchers test the NatureCollections app.

iSchool summer update, June edition

The blog goes a little quieter in summertime, but iSchoolers have been keeping busy. Here’s some of what’s happened since Convocation:

iSchoolers in the News

NatureCollections, the app produced by a research project led by Assistant Professor Katie Davis, won funding from CoMotion and the UW Population Health Initiative to explore its commercial potential. The funding is intended to bridge the gap between grant-funded academic research and the level of development needed to attract seed funding from investors who are looking to make a commercial or social impact.

Associate Professor Andy Ko wrote an essay about the hard work involved in ensuring equity in higher education for students seeking education in technology-related fields. The essay was in response to a computer science professor’s own long essay asserting that not much more can be done to promote gender equity. Ko was also quoted in a Seattle Times piece on the controversy.

The iSchool faculty penned an open letter regarding federal immigration policies. The letter was inspired by the separation of children from their parents.

Assistant Professor Clarita Lefthand-Begay was among the organizers of the Tribal Water Summit on the UW campus June 28-29. The event brought together leaders, scientists and others to discuss solutions to water challenges in the Pacific Northwest.

Researcher Quinn DuPont was quoted in the Yakima Herald in a story about bitcoin. DuPont discussed why cryptocurrency holds so much appeal for some investors.

The iSchool had an incredible seven winners of ALA Spectrum Scholarships this year. Get to know the winners – Jazmine Applin, Amanda Chin, Riko Fluchel, Karen Sánchez, Julie Varee, Kelli Akemi Yakabu and Nam Jin Yoon – in our story on their awards.

Informatics student Shaarika Kaul and Women in Informatics (WINFO) have been honored with HUB Awards for their positive impact on the UW community. Kaul and WINFO will have their names etched in the HUB’s Wall of Fame.

Leslie Hurst, a 2003 MLIS alumna, was named the UW’s Distinguished Librarian of 2018. Hurst is the head of teaching and learning at the UW Bothell and Cascadia College library.

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