Kate Starbird

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Kate Starbird
Medal record
Representing  United States
World University Games
Gold medal – first place 1997 Marsala, Italy Team Competition

Kate Starbird (born July 30, 1975) is a former professional basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the American Basketball League (ABL). She is currently a computer scientist, and since September 2012, a faculty member of the University of Washington Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering as an assistant professor.[1]

Basketball career[edit]

Born July 30, 1975 in West Point, New York, Starbird attended Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington where she was named a High School All-American by the WBCA.[2] She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game in 1993, scoring twelve points, and earning MVP honors.[2][3]

At Stanford University, Starbird held the all-time Cardinal career scoring record with 2,215 points until January 31, 2008 when Candice Wiggins broke the record. In 1997, she was awarded the women's Naismith College Player of the Year award, the USBWA Women's National Player of the Year award, and the WBCA Player of the Year award. After college, she joined the ABL's Seattle Reign.

In 1999 she was drafted into the WNBA by the Sacramento Monarchs, who selected her 26th overall in the 3rd round of the 1999 WNBA Draft. She was then picked up by the Miami Sol in the 1999 expansion draft, then traded to the Utah Starzz for Elena Baranova and a second-round pick. She was then traded by the Starzz to the Seattle Storm for Semeka Randall in 2002. She missed the 2003 season, then joined the Fever in 2004.

She was inducted to the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame on November 2, 2007.

Stanford statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1994 Stanford 31 308 50.0% 50.0% 83.1% 2.9 2.6 1.3 0.5 9.9
1995 Stanford 32 511 52.4% 39.2% 74.3% 4.2 4.0 2.7 0.6 16.0
1996 Stanford 32 643 47.2% 34.5% 84.7% 4.7 3.5 2.1 0.7 20.1
1997 Stanford 36 753 51.1% 42.5% 82.2% 3.7 3.2 1.6 0.4 20.9
Career 131 2215 50.1% 39.2% 81.5% 3.9 3.3 1.9 0.5 16.9

USA Basketball[edit]

Starbird represented the USA at the 1997 World University Games held in Marsala, Sicily, Italy in August 1997. The USA team won all six games, earning the gold medal at the event. Starbird averaged 8.7 points per game.[5]

ABL career[edit]

1997-1999: Seattle Reign

WNBA career[edit]

1999: Sacramento Monarchs
2000–2002: Utah Starzz
2002: Seattle Storm
2004: Indiana Fever

Academic career[edit]

Since September 2012, she has been a faculty member of the University of Washington Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering as an assistant professor[1], where she directs the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) lab.[6][7] Starbird earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2009.[8] She received her Ph.D. in the Alliance of Technology, Learning, And Society (A.T.L.A.S.) program at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012. She studies educational possibilities of social media as well as Crisis Informatics.[9] Her research sits at the intersection of computer science and social science and falls within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).[10] Using a combination of empirical methods, including qualitative, computational and network analysis, Starbird examines both small group and large scale interaction online within the context of disasters and other mass disruption events, studying how digital volunteers and other members of the crowd work to filter and shape the information space.[10] One of the major shooting events Starbird documented was the attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.[11] In another research, her analysis of a dataset of 600,000 tweets about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill helped put together a map of how information was shared among those close to the event and more broadly.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Kate Starbird Joins HCDE Faculty". April 13, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014.
  3. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Team MVP's". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014.
  4. ^ "Women's Basketball Finest" (PDF). fs.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  5. ^ "Eighteenth World University Games -- 1993". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation(emCOMP) Laboratory".
  7. ^ "New maritime security project draws Coast Guard's top admiral to visit UW". University of Washington. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  8. ^ "Starbird Earns Second Place in Random Hacks of Kindness Event Competition". University of Colorado at Boulder Computer Science web site. University of Colorado at Boulder Office of Media Relations and News Services. December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  9. ^ Westneat, Danny (2017-03-29). "UW professor: The information war is real, and we're losing it". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  10. ^ a b "Collective Intelligence Conference 2017". Crains NY Business. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  11. ^ a b "The web of conspiracy theorists that was ready for Donald Trump". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-04.

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