Here’s hoping your summer has been both fun and productive. Some updates on what iSchoolers have been up to since our last update:
iSchoolers in the News
Recent Informatics alumni Cameron Doane, Wei-Jen Chiang and Ena Markovic are among the people fueling the success of Smartsheet, a Bellevue-based software company. Read about them in our feature about the fruitful partnership between the company and the school.
We profiled Susan Hildreth, who made her mark as the iSchool’s Distinguished Practitioner in Residence. Hildreth capped her two-year stay at the iSchool with workshops that brought together faculty, students and library leadership.
MSIM students interned at some big-name companies over the summer. We caught up with four of them – Jenny (Xinyu) Li, Shreya Sabharwal, Aditya Wakade and Jin Dong.
The iSchool is partnering with the Washington State Library, King County Library System and Echo Glen Children’s Center to give young people in juvenile rehabilitation a start in virtual reality and digital arts. A project led by Assistant Professor Negin Dahya and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help youth use their creative talents and build skills and make connections that will help them as they re-enter society.
Kathleen Sullivan, a recent iSchool graduate working on the Open Data Literacy project, reported her findings from a summer internship with the Washington State Library. She was one of four students who presented their projects at the ODL Internship Showcase in August.
The Seattle Times featured UW Special Collections librarian Sandra Kroupa, who earned her Master of Librarianship here in 1985. She says she hasn’t left campus for more than three straight weeks since arriving as an undergrad in 1964.
Dean Anind Dey’s latest message focuses on the Informatics program and the success of the Informatics minor in giving more undergraduates access to iSchool courses.
Lecturer Annie Searle has released a new book, “Risk Reconsidered.” Searle takes a fresh look at many of the columns she’s written over the years on the topic of risk.
UW News featured research from iSchool graduate Yi Cheng and Assistant Professor Alexis Hiniker on how voice-activated devices respond to children. Their research found that the devices don’t account for developmental speakers such as children and people for whom English is a second language. Quartz also picked up the story.
Professor Hans Jochen Scholl recently was named to a list of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government. He talked to UW News about his area of expertise.
Ph.D. candidate Li Zeng earned a best paper award at the 10th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media. Zi’s work examined the relationship between the size of an online fitness user’s community network and the user’s actual fitness behaviors.
Two iSchool students were selected as Association of Research Libraries Diversity Scholars. Joan Hua and Nam Jin Yoon will receive a stipend, mentoring, leadership training and career placement assistance.
The iSchool announced some new degree options in the MSIM program. Students entering in 2019 and beyond will be able to complete their Full-Time or Mid-Career program in one year.
The iSchool is also hiring for several faculty positions. Check out the announcement and tell your friends.
— UW eScience Institute (@uwescience) August 10, 2018
— SAA-UW (@saa_udub) August 14, 2018
ICYMI: @UW_iSchool Prof @katiebda's mobile app (#youth in #nature) funded by @UWCoMotion and the @UW Population Health initiative. Professor Davis also shared some of her work at the Connected Learning Summit Aug 1-3. #CLS2018 https://t.co/NmEn3CPXAW
— Jeanette Ashworth PhD (@WriterJAshworth) August 3, 2018
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— Sno Isle Libraries (@snoislelibrary) August 24, 2018
— UW iSchool (@UW_iSchool) July 27, 2018
— UW iSchool (@UW_iSchool) August 9, 2018
Data journalism is one of the most important/impactful applications of data science – learn how to do it (for free!) from some of the best people doing it. #datajournalism #datascience #rstats https://t.co/z1dtV7qsF8
— Mike Freeman (@mf_viz) August 21, 2018
iEquity is seeking chairs and representatives! The mission of iEquity is to provide a safe space for iSchool students from ALL identities to engage in dialogue, events, and action around intersectional issues of oppression. More information: https://t.co/rr0rhFksLU
— iStudent Services (@uwioss) August 22, 2018
— WA State Library (@WAStateLib) August 27, 2018
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— U. of Washington (@UW) August 28, 2018
We’re hiring! Come invent, investigate, teach, and change the world with us. We’re hiring tenure & teaching track.
What’s an iSchool? It’s the useful part of Twitter and your smartphone: people, content, context, networks, and the sociotechnical systems that make them work. https://t.co/fw5CYYM21U
— Andy J. Ko (@andyjko) August 28, 2018
— Andy J. Ko (@andyjko) August 29, 2018