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iSchool Faculty Updates

Stuart Sutton Retires

Stuart Sutton & longtime collaborator Diny GolderProfessor Stuart Sutton retired from the Information School this past spring. He was unanimously voted a Professor Emeritus by the iSchool faculty.

In his last three years at the iSchool, Stuart chaired the School’s flagship MLIS program, capping off a more than 40-year career as an educator.  

Stuart has had a wide-ranging career encompassing multiple degrees, disciplines and institutions.  With degrees in the theater arts, he worked as a theater producer, a lecturer in Theatre Arts at Santa Rosa Junior College, and an assistant professor in Speech and Therapy Arts at California State Polytechnic University. 

With his two law degrees, Stuart practiced for a decade as an intellectual property lawyer and lectured at Golden Gate University School of Law and University of San Francisco School of Law.

After earning his MLIS degree, Stuart worked as a law librarian, and earned a PhD in Library and Information Studies from UC Berkeley.  Since then, he has served as Director of the San Jose State School of Library and Information Science and taught at both UC Berkeley and Syracuse University.  He was recruited to come here to the UW iSchool in 1999 by Dean Emeritus Mike Eisenberg.

Stuart has taught in the areas of information law and policy, legal informatics, and the organization of information. He has been a leader in online education, both at the UW iSchool and earlier at San Jose State.  He has also contributed regularly to library journals, writing about what librarians should know about changes in intellectual property law, web-based education and services, and online metadata initiatives.

Stuart’s research, not surprisingly, has also been far-reaching, covering networked information discovery and retrieval, online teaching and learning, information seeking behavior of discourse communities, models in information system design, and the law and policy of intellectual property. He has worked for many years with the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, developing international standards for metadata descriptions of books, electronic media and websites, and IEEE’s Learning Technology Standards Committee. 

After more than a decade with the UW iSchool, Stuart has moved back to northern California, but he's enjoying significant amounts of travel for conferences and continuing research. He has promised to occasionally teach in our online MLIS program, since he can do that from hotels and cafes around the world. 

As Dean Bruce said at Stuart’s retirement party, “Stuart is a master teacher; a wonderful writer; a creative researcher and a wonderful colleague and role model. He has served our School with distinction, passion and commitment. We wish him well in his retirement.”

Kevin Desouza Tenured

Kevin Desouza has received tenure from the University of Washington and as of this fall is now an Associate Professor.

Kevin is frequently lauded for his extensive work researching and co-authoring with his students. Together, he and his students have co-authored more than 100 papers for practitioner and academic journals.  He describes his teaching philosophy as serving as an “igniter” or “coach,” helping students learn to generate actionable new knowledge rather than just applying what’s in their textbooks.

His most recent book is Managing Knowledge Security. He has also edited New Frontiers of Knowledge and Agile Information Systems, and co-authored several other works on strategic management issues in information-intense businesses. 

Kevin currently serves as the Director of the iSchool’s Institute for Innovation in Information Management (I3M). He has held visiting positions at the Center for International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School in France, and the Accenture Institute for High Business Performance.

He holds a PhD in Management of Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA in Information Systems from the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Karine Nahon Tenured 

Karine Nahon has received tenure from the University of Washington and as of this fall is now an Associate Professor.

Karine’s research interests lie in information policy and politics, and in the social aspects of the management of information. More specifically she studies information control and online gatekeeping, including censorship and self-regulation mechanisms in cyberspace and virtual communities; the information politics of decision-makers in e-government and e-business settings; and how to measure and understand the "Digital Divide." 

Her most recent work is focused on how videos “go viral” and amass millions of hits, the typical life cycle of a viral video, and which websites are most likely to contribute to a video’s wide-spread popularity.

Karine serves as an expert in many decision-making forums that relate to the Internet and information technology policy, and advises the science and technology committee of the Israeli parliament. She was the academic head of Israels’ delegation to the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society. 

Karine holds a PhD and MSc in Management of Information Systems from Tel-Aviv University.

Award-Winning Faculty and Student Research

Assistant Professors Andrew Ko and Jacob Wobbrock won the Best Paper Award at the Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing Conference (VL/HCC) in Madrid. Theirs was the only paper selected as a Best Paper among all submissions.

Assistant Professor Karine Nahon and the Virality of Information (retroV) team has won a Google Research Award. The selection process is very competitive, and will allow the retroV team to use data from Google and YouTube that they otherwise wouldn't have access to. Their Virality of Information project deals with the process of information diffusion in the Internet. The retroV project is focused on the top election-related “viral” videos from 2008 during the U.S. Presidential election.

At this year’s ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), papers submitted by both students and faculty at the iSchool won several noteworthy awards.

Dr. Leah Findlater, a postdoctoral fellow at the iSchool, won a CHI Best Paper Award for a paper she co-authored with Jon Froehlich and James Landay, titled "The Design of Eco-Feedback Technology." Best paper winners represent the top one percent of all submissions received.

Assistant Professor Andrew Ko and iSchool Ph.D. candidate Parmit Chilana were named a CHI best paper nominee for their paper, titled “How Power Users Help and Hinder Open Bug Reporting.” Best paper nominees represent the top five percent of all full papers submitted.

These two awards were part of a very strong showing for the iSchool at the conference, as iSchool adjunct faculty member Alan Borning won a Best Paper Nominee Award as a co-author on "OneBusAway: Results from Providing Real-Time Arrival Information for Public Transit" and adjunct faculty member James Landay was a co-author on Findlater’s Best Paper Award submission.