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Catching up with the iSchool, back-to-school edition
The Center for an Informed Public leadership team includes (from left) Ryan Calo, Chris Coward, Kate Starbird, Emma Spiro and Jevin West.

Catching up with the iSchool, back-to-school edition

Great to see everyone back on campus this week! Let’s get caught up on some of the major events of recent weeks:

The iSchool is launching a new research center, the Center for an Informed Public, to study misinformation and ways to combat its spread. We talked to Director Jevin West and the rest of the center’s leadership team about what inspired them to launch this effort. Dean Anind Dey also addressed the need for this new center in his latest dean’s message.

We are excited to welcome eight new faculty members. Among them on the tenure track are Marika Cifor, an assistant professor in library and information science, and Chirag Shah, an associate professor in information retrieval and data science.

Associate Professor Amy Ko announced she is trans, to an outpouring of support from the iSchool community. Read her eloquent blog post about her journey and her follow-up on the support she’s received.

Professor Wanda Pratt is part of a research team that won a $2.8 million National Library of Medicine grant to study implicit bias in patient-doctor interactions. The project aims for better health outcomes by educating physicians about signs of bias.

iSchool faculty members Ott Toomet and Bill Howe contributed to research that factored into a change in state law. The legislation requires that tenants be given 14 days to respond to an eviction notice, rather than the three days required previously. Data showed that this change would help prevent homelessness.

Faculty members Batya Friedman and David Hendry teamed to write a new book, “Value Sensitive Design: Shaping Technology with Moral Imagination.”

The Technology and Social Change Group released its second “Development and Access to Information” report, in partnership with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The report shows trends toward meaningful access to information around the world, which is tied to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Associate Professor Katie Davis, along with HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon, released a new book, “Writers in the Secret Garden,” exploring fanfiction communities. They found online fanfiction to be an overwhelmingly positive space for young writers.

Senior Lecturer Annie Searle released a fresh edition of “Advice from a Risk Detective” as well as her latest collection of research notes from students, “Reflections on Risk V.”

Dubstech, a student organization largely led by Informatics students, won this year’s Husky Impact Award. The award, given by the HUB, recognizes a student organization that has made the most beneficial and lasting contributions to the UW community.

iSchool alumnus Jeremy Skinner, ’10, was named Librarian of the Year in Oregon. Skinner is the director of the Curry Public Library in Gold Beach.

Online MLIS student Kelli Yakabu was named a Mosaic Program Fellow. The fellowship gives Yakabu a yearlong paid internship in archives and special collections with UW Libraries.

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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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