Winter break is the rearview mirror. Let’s catch up on some things you might have missed:
iSchoolers in the News
NatureCollections, the app that aims to connect kids with the outdoors, showed promise in early trials. We got an update on the project from iSchool Associate Professor Katie Davis and Ph.D. student Saba Kawas, among others involved in the project.
MLIS alumnus Di Zhang was featured by Seattle Magazine. Zhang teaches a class on fake news at Seattle’s Central Library, where he works as an adult services librarian.
MLIS student Diane López Morán is the subject of a blog post from the UW Graduate School. Morán is developing a game intended to bring empathy to conversations about Central American migrants.
MLIS student Erika Wigren, who works at the UW Tacoma Library, was featured in a story about how the Tacoma campus’s early history is being archived. Wigren prepared a finding aid that guides researchers through documents.
Ph.D. candidate Marc Schmalz talked to the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber about his work archiving the early history of video games, in a story about the creator of some early best-sellers such as “The King of Chicago.”
The nominees for UW teaching awards have been announced, and the iSchool has some fine candidates. Faculty members Bob Boiko, Mike Doane, Michael Freeman, Ricardo Gomez and Joel Ross, along with doctoral student Kung Jin Lee, are among those up for the awards.
Snopes’ year in review article included a shout-out to an iSchool Capstone project the organization sponsored, “Making Sense of Information at Scale.” The project won the 2018 Capstone Research Award.