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Updates from the iSchool

We have some catching up to do. Here’s the latest news from a very busy bunch of iSchoolers:

iSchoolers in the News

Associate Professor Joe Janes heard a lot about the future of libraries at the recent ALA Midwinter conference in Seattle. He wrote his thoughts on the topic in a column for Publishers Weekly.

Informatics student Godgiven Reamico had a difficult childhood and lived in her car for a time as a young adult. Now that she’s found a place where she belongs, she hopes her story will inspire others. Read her story.

iSchool Professors Batya Friedman and Jacob O. Wobbrock, along with the Allen School’s Jennifer Mankoff, recently were named to the CHI Academy, the top honor in the field of human-computer interaction. The honors show the UW has become a global leader in HCI. Read more in our story.

Associate Professor Hala Annabi recently released an “Autism @ Work Playbook,” in partnership with four leading firms. The book provides advice to other companies looking to start their own inclusive hiring programs.

Associate Professor Bill Howe wrote an op-ed for the Seattle Times on a bill in the Washington Legislature that would regulate the use of “automated decision systems,” or algorithms. In Howe’s analysis, it’s a good idea if done right, but the bill needs some work.

Assistant Professor Jevin West, meanwhile, weighs in on a bill that would restrict facial recognition technology, in an article in Wired. “Having bills that force a conversation around regulations on this technology is a good idea,” he said, although he didn’t take a position on the bill.

West and colleague Carl Bergstrom released a quiz on computer-generated faces that quickly went viral. The site simply tests how well you can spot a fake face. Mashable is among the media outlets that covered the story.

At Oscar time, Crosscut ran a feature story on Margaret Herrick, a graduate of the then-UW Library School who went on to lead the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and may (or may not) have named the statuette “Oscar.”

A story in a Seattle Times special section on higher education featured our Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science in Information Management programs. It’s a nice description of the programs and features Student Services Director Wendie Phillips and recent alumnus Andy Herman.

Ph.D. student Katherine Cross wrote the latest installment of The Verge’s “Better Worlds” anthology. Learn more in this Q&A with Cross.

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