Events: Confronting Fake News and Misinformation mini-lecture series

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The Provost is hosting a mini-lecture series on Fake News & Misinformation. Speakers include iSchool faculty member Jevin West and adjunct faculty member Kate Starbird.

Muddied waters: Online disinformation during crisis events
April 18 | 5:00-6:15 | Bagley 131
Kate Starbird, Assistant Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

Cleaning up our polluted information environments
April 24 | 5:00-6:15 | Gowen 301
Jevin West, Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington

The new global politics of weaponized AI propaganda
April 30 | 5:00-6:15 | HUB Lyceum
Berit Anderson, & Editor-in-Chief, Scout.ai, a media company covering the future of technology, its risks and rewards through investigative reporting, analysis, and science fiction

Events: Nadine Strossen–2018 Mignon Distinguished Lecture

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Ed Mignon Distinguished Lecture with Nadine Strossen
HATE:  Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship
Monday April 2, 2018
HUB South Ballroom
4:30 pm Lecture
5:30 pm Reception
Free and open to the public

Join us as we greet Nadine Strossen, the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School. She has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties, including through frequent media interviews. From 1991 through 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization.

In her book, “Hate:  Why We should Resist it with Free Speech, Not Censorship”, she argues that our political and campus discourse are increasingly filled with charges and counter-charges of “hate speech” to stigmatize and suppress seemingly any speech whose ideas are viewed as hated and hateful.  Speech as disparate – and important in our democracy – as campaigning for Donald Trump and advocating for Black Lives Matter, has been denounced as “hate speech.”  Moreover, too many political and other leaders make erroneous statements about the legal status of such speech, declaring either that “hate speech is not free speech” or that it is absolutely protected.  To the contrary, U.S. law appropriately takes a more nuanced approach, protecting some, but not all, speech that conveys hateful or discriminatory messages.

This lecture will explain why the U.S. approach not only is consistent with core principles of liberty and democracy, but also is the most effective strategy for advancing equality, societal harmony, and individual dignity and psychic well-being.  It cites the many past and present social justice advocates, both in the U.S. and worldwide, who concur that these essential goals are thwarted by censorship, but effectively promoted through non-censorial strategies, including counter-speech.

Events: iSchool Research Fair 2-22-18

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The Information School at the University of Washington
invites you to attend the

iSchool Research Fair
Thursday, February 22, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB) South Ballroom

The Research Fair is our annual event for sharing and celebrating the work of our vibrant research community. This year we will welcome our new dean, Anind Dey, and present the largest showcase of iSchool research to date. Drinks and light fare will be provided.

Come explore how our faculty, research personnel, and Ph.D. students are pushing boundaries, responding to significant real-world challenges, and making a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Our researchers will display and discuss over 70 posters and interactive demonstrations covering a wide range of information topics and problems.

The event is free. RSVPs are greatly appreciated.

Click here to email your RSVP jrphipps@uw.edu.

Research: Research2Innovation workshop application open

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For the first time ever, SEBA is sponsoring the Lens of the Market Stage 1: Research2Innovation Workshop (January 10, 2018).  

  • Are you a scientist or engineer working on a project that has the potential to impact people and the environment?
  • Do you have little or no prior knowledge on how you would even take your research beyond the bench?

Consider participating in Research2Innovation, a 1 day workshop developed to provide teams of STEM professionals (undergraduate and graduate students, post docs AND faculty members) with a rapid introduction to the vocabulary, skills, tools, and road map needed to engage in successfully translating research into innovations. Participation is FREE.

Applications can be found here and are due November 22nd. 

Funding: Call for Applications, WISIR

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Call for Applications: WISIR (Washington Institute for Study of Inequality & Race) Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Grants

WISIR is accepting proposals for innovative student projects that are focused on the study of race, ethnicity, immigration, or inequality and politics. WISIR will offer research grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to help undergraduate and graduate students conduct research projects. Students can utilize the funds to subsidize research costs such as visiting historical archives, fielding surveys, or completing interviews etc.

Undergraduates are encouraged to present their findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Graduate students should incorporate their funded work into conference papers, journal articles, and dissertations.

Eligibility:  Currently enrolled UW graduate students or undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

To apply:  Submit the following information to the online application:

  1. Project description (maximum of 3 pages single spaced)
  2. Budget and discussion of when the research will be conducted
  3. Updated copy of Resume/CV
  4. One letter of recommendation emailed directly to sophiajw@uw.edu.

Please fill out the application and upload information here:
https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/sophiajw/341578

Questions: Contact Prof. Sophia Jordán Wallace, Associate Professor of Political Science, at sophiajw@uw.edu
Deadline:  November 15, 2017 by 5:00PM PDT
Notification of Decision: November 30, 2017
More information about WISIR: http://depts.washington.edu/wisir/

*Funding for this grant is supported by the UW Race and Equity Initiative. For more information, see https://www.washington.edu/raceequity/.