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Informatics major Malory Rose competes for the UW gymnastics team.

Catching up with the iSchool

We have some catching up to do. Here are some recent highlights from the UW Information School:

iSchoolers in the News

Malory Rose is a senior who helped lead the UW gymnastics team to an NCAA championship, but her true passion is Informatics. She talks about the program and her Capstone project in this story from GoHuskies magazine.

Assistant Professor Anna Lauren Hoffmann was part of a panel on racism in algorithms and the tech industry that drew a packed house at Kane Hall. Read about it in the UW Daily. Hoffmann’s work was also cited recently in Slate and USA Today, and she recently was quoted in MIT Technology Review.

UW News featured Assistant Professor Alexis Hiniker’s research on compulsive smartphone use, and we wrote about her Best Paper winner at CHI 2019, which is on a technique for using audio samples more effectively in research. Hiniker was also quoted in a CNN story on how much screen time is appropriate for children.

Assistant Professor Jaime Snyder recently won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award worth nearly $550,000 over five years that will allow her to pursue a “dream project.” She will study how to improve data visualizations for vulnerable populations.

Assistant Professor Jevin West and “Calling Bullshit” colleague Carl Bergstrom were quoted in a Fast Company article on artificial intelligence that generates fake faces. They spelled out some of the dangers posed by this technology. The duo’s class on Calling BS also got a nice write-up from The Guardian.

The 2019 edition of the Husky 100 featured nine iSchool students plus one from our sister Museology program. Read about all of these outstanding students here.

iAffiliates Day had a new, more interactive format this year, and featured on accessible technology. Here are our story and photos from the event.

Assistant Professor Nic Weber talked to Venture Beat for a story on Amazon’s use of voice data. Weber argues for more transparency in AI overall.

Associate Professor Joe Janes’ latest podcast focused on the origins of the infamous IRS Form 1040. He talked to KUOW about it around tax time.

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We're the Communications folks at the University of Washington Information School. We keep an eye out for iSchoolers doing cool things, and then we share it here and on our social media accounts.

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