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October 14, 2014

Documents that Changed the World: Joseph McCarthy’s ‘list,’ 1950

Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, right, holds forth at the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations' McCarthy-Army hearings on June 9, 1954. At left is Joseph Welch, chief senate counsel representing the United States Army.

Sometimes a document can be devastating — can ruin lives and change history — even if it doesn’t really exist.

September 9, 2014

Documents that Changed the World: The Star Spangled Banner turns 200

The flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what would become "The Star Spangled Banner," shown on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of History and Technology, around 1964. Many pieces were cut off the flag and given away as souvenirs early during its history. A linen backing, attached in 1914, shows the original extent of the flag.

Information School Professor Joe Janes takes a look at “The Star Spangled Banner” for his Documents that Changed the World series.

July 8, 2014

Documents that Changed the World: Rules of Association Football (soccer), 1863


Joe Janes explores the rules of “an ancient and sometimes dangerous game, now generally regarded as the most popular sport in the world.”

June 10, 2014

Students mine history for their own Documents that Changed the World installment

Joseph Janes, associate professor in the Information School, is starting a new podcast series called Documents That Changed the World.

Undergraduates working with University of Washington Information School Professor Joe Janes looked to American and European history for their own installments of Janes’ podcast series, Documents that Changed the World.

May 8, 2014

Documents that Changed the World: Airline ‘black box’ flight data recorder, 1958

David Warren, with his prototype of a flight data recorder.

Recent headlines sadly explain why Joe Janes chose the latest installment in his Documents that Changed the World podcast series — he’s writing about airline flight data recorders, or “black boxes.”

May 5, 2014

Memorial May 14 for Information School’s Eliza Dresang

Eliza Dresang, professor in the UW Information School, died April 21 and will be remembered on campus May 14.

Eliza Dresang, a well-loved professor in the University of Washington Information School, died on Monday, April 21. She is remembered as a respected friend, colleague, teacher and community member. She was 72. There will be a campus memorial for Dresang from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the Husky Union Building Lyceum (room…

April 16, 2014

Metoyer to present 10th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Cheryl Metoyer sits reading a book

In her lecture “Are We There Yet? The Four Directions in Native American Higher Education,” Metoyer will talk about the historic development of Native Americans in higher education.

April 2, 2014

Science-themed music videos boost scientific literacy, study shows


As the United States puts ever-greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to keep competitive in the global economy, schools are trying to figure out how to improve student learning in science. University of Washington researchers think music may be the answer for some students.

March 28, 2014

Documents that Changed the World: Mental disorder diagnostic manual, 1952


Three little words fittingly kick off the latest installment of Joe Janes’ Documents that Changed the World podcast series: “Are you crazy?”

March 17, 2014

Hold that RT: Much misinformation tweeted after 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

A graph shows hashtags on Twitter and how they are related to each other.

University of Washington researchers have found that misinformation spread widely on Twitter after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing despite efforts by users to correct rumors that were inaccurate.

February 6, 2014

Documents that Changed the World: The Book of Mormon

1841 editon of The Book of Mormon

Joe Janes of the UW Information School discusses the famous book and its origin as part of his ongoing podcast series, “Documents that Changed the World.”

December 3, 2013

New book ‘Going Viral’ explores nature, impact of Internet virality

Book cover for "Going Viral" by Karine Nahon and Jeff Hemsley of the UW Information School.

Will we of the early 21th century be remembered for Internet memes like Grumpy Cat? “Going Viral,” a new book by Karine Nahon and Jeff Hemsley of the UW Information School explores the nature of virality and impacts of virality.

November 18, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: the Zapruder film, Nov. 22, 1963

A moment from the film show by Abraham Zapruder on Nov. 22, 1963.

He only came to get the iconic footage through a series of coincidences and later regretted what he had done. It was the last film Abraham Zapruder would ever shoot.

November 14, 2013

A decline in creativity? It depends on how you look


Recent research suggests that young Americans might be less creative now than in decades past, even while their intelligence — as measured by IQ tests — continues to rise. But new research from the UW Information School and Harvard University hints that the dynamics of creativity may not break down as simply as that.

November 1, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone in the British Museum.

The latest installment of Information School Professor Joe Janes’ podcast series takes a look at the 2,200-year-old Rosetta Stone.

October 21, 2013

‘Pushback’: Resisting the life of constant connectivity

Two friends check their smartphones.

Researchers at the University of Washington have studied and named a trend lots of people can identify with: the desire to resist constant connectivity and step back from the online world.

September 25, 2013

Digital applications can enable or limit, say authors of ‘The App Generation’

Image from the cover of Cover of "The App Generation" co-authored by UW's Katie Davis.

There’s often “an app for that” these days, but for young people such digital shortcuts can be as limiting as they are convenient, says the University of Washington co-author of a new book titled “The App Generation.”

September 18, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: The Riot Act, 1714

The Riot Act, circa 1714

When does a gathering become a riot? According to the United Kingdom’s Riot Act of 1714, it’s when local authorities say so.

August 6, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: Einstein’s letter to FDR, 1939

Albert Einstein's Aug. 2, 1939, letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The latest installment in the popular podcast series by Joe Janes of the UW Information School is about the famous physicist being persuaded to warn FDR of a growing atomic threat from Germany.

July 10, 2013

Global study stresses importance of public Internet access

Computer users in Bogota, Colombia.

Millions of people in low-income countries still depend on public computer and Internet access venues despite the global proliferation of mobile phones and home computers.

June 14, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: Alfred Binet’s IQ test, 1905

A pencil marking a standardized test.

With students huddled over spring quarter finals campuswide, the latest podcast in the Documents that Changed the World series seems particularly timely: It’s about intelligence testing.

May 15, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: ‘What is the Third Estate?’ 1789

The cover of the French pamphlet "Qu’est-ce que le Tiers-État?'

Joe Janes of the UW Information School reached back two centuries to pre-revolutionary France for the latest installment of his podcast series, “Documents that Changed the World.”

April 1, 2013

News Digest: Built “ecologies” lecture April 4, cybersecurity competition winner, autism awareness lectures

Example of HOK design

Built “ecologies,” resource integration subject of lecture April 4 || UW wins sixth consecutive regional cybersecurity competition || Autism center lecture series in Seattle, Tacoma

March 26, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: The ‘Casablanca’ letters of transit

Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 film "Casablanca"

The latest in the Documents that Changed the World podcast series is about a famous World War II-era document that never existed at all.

February 21, 2013

Documents that Changed the World: A papal resignation

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, Rome, in 2007.

A new episode in the podcast series about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, and other famous resignations.

January 29, 2013

Pioneer of human values in technology design to give University Faculty Lecture

Drumheller Fountain and Gerberding Hall on the UW campus.

Information School professor Batya Friedman will give the University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Room 130 of Kane Hall.

January 18, 2013

Documents that changed the world: The fraudulent ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’

The cover the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Joe Janes investigates the 1900-era anti-Semitic manifesto “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

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