Ed Mignon Distinguished Lecture: ANTISOCIAL MEDIA – How Facebook Disconnects People and Undermines Democracy, May 16

ANTISOCIAL MEDIA – How Facebook Disconnects People and Undermines Democracy

Thursday May 16, 2019
Ethnic and Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave. NE
4:30-5:30 pm Lecture
5:30-6:30 pm Reception

If you wanted to build a machine that would distribute propaganda to millions of people, distract them from important issues, energize hatred and bigotry, erode social trust, undermine respectable journalism, foster doubts about science, and engage in massive surveillance all at once, you would make something a lot like Facebook. Continue reading

Events: Upcoming CSE Distinguished Lectures


The Computer Science & Engineering department has three CSE Distinguished Lectures coming up in December.

First: Tuesday December 8, 3:30, CSE Atrium: Alan Eustace, ex-Google, on his free-fall parachute jump from 136,000 feet.
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Thursday December 10, 3:30, EEB 105: Jeannette Wing, Microsoft Research Corporate VP, on Microsoft Research.
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Thursday December 17, 3:30, CSE Atrium: John Markoff, NY Times, on his newest book, “Machines of Loving Grace.”
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Events: Engineering lecture series focuses on privacy in the age of smart technology


Engineering lecture series focuses on privacy in the age of smart technology

In the age of “smart” technology, the devices we use ­— from phones that enable banking and shopping to personal robots and driverless cars — will leave a trail sharing who we are, where we go and what we consume.

Over the next month, the University of Washington College of Engineering’s fall lecture series will feature faculty researchers balancing technological advances with the myriad hazards, seen and unseen, of our ever-more-connected world. The lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. Continue reading

Event: UW Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) Lecture Series


The University of Washington College of Engineering and Qualcomm present:

2014 Women in Science and Engineering Spring Lecture

You Are More Than What You Wear

Featuring Dianne Chong, PhD
Vice President of Materials, Manufacturing, Structures & Support,
The Boeing Company
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Guggenheim Hall Auditorium, room 224

This lecture is about much more than fashion. Speaker Dianne Chong is not only a vice president at The Boeing Company; she is also a blogger, writer, public speaker, parent, engineer, and scientist. In a recent guest column in The Seattle Times, Chong wrote:

diannechong“Debating clothes and hair may seem superficial, but it reveals the critical challenges women face attaining a technology career and — more importantly — keeping one. I started with undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology, so I appreciate the relevance, both professionally and personally.

“When a young physicist asks me what to wear to work, she’s not asking for fall-fashion trends. She’s actually asking: ‘How do I fit in at my office, where everyone else is a man?’ The fact that women are still asking these questions exposes a deep sense of not belonging.”


Space is limited! Registration is free, but required. Reception and networking following the lecture.

Events: iSchool’s Cheryl Metoyer at 2014 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture


2014 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Featuring Cheryl A. Metoyer, Ph.D.

“Are We There Yet? The Four Directions in Native American Higher Education”

Thursday, April 24
Reception – 5-6 p.m. / Lecture – 6-7 p.m.
Alder Hall, Commons & Auditorium
FREE but advance registration is requested. Please RSVP to cpromad@uw.edu or 206-685-9594 by April 21.

Cheryl A. Metoyer will present the 2014 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Dr. Metoyer is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Washington iSchool and Adjunct Associate Professor in American Indian Studies. Her research interests include indigenous knowledge systems, with an emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native tribal nations, and information seeking behaviors in cultural communities.

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