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March 2012 Newsletter

  1. Recent iSchool News New NSF Awards for iSchool Research, Nathan Ensmenger on the History of Women in Computer Programming & more

  2. Student Spotlight iSchool Students Create Novel New Video Game, iSchool Student Elected President of Graduate Student Assembly

  3. Alumni News & ProfilesWNYC media archivist, Emily Vinson ('09), shares her experiences digitizing 660 hours of choice recordings from the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC collection & more

  4. Development & Giving Meet the iSchool Advisory Council

  5. Upcoming EventsiSchool Open House, Upcoming events in the iSchool and in the information fields.

Dean's Word

deans word

Andrew Dillon

This month's newsletter provides several examples of the kinds of research and activities at the iSchool that I believe make us unique among programs in information research and education. We highlight cutting-edge interface design projects taking place in the classroom, acclaimed research from our faculty, and celebrate the considerable achievements of our students and alumni. Please take note to save the date for our upcoming Open House taking place on May 4th from 12-4PM. You are all invited. I very much look forward to seeing many of you in-person and sharing with you the many exciting things happening at the Texas iSchool.

1. Recent iSchool News   Top ↑

Luis Francisco-Revilla's Showcase

Dr. Francisco-Revilla's Students Rethink the Interface Using the Kinect and Android Platforms

In December 2011, Dr. Luis Francisco-Revilla's students held a showcase of their final class projects from his Java and Projects in HCI courses. The students in his Java course, many of whom were first-time programmers, developed novel Android applications inspired by their specific interests in information studies. The Projects in HCI students used the Kinect interface, a motion sensing input device, and third-party software libraries to create a variety of unique applications optimized for the Kinect's cutting-edge natural human interface.

We put together this short video that captures the highlights of the showcase and the outstanding work of Dr. Francisco-Revilla, his teaching assistants, and his students.

New NSF awards for iSchool Research on Software Work in Science

iSchool Assistant Professor James Howison has received grants totaling $280,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research on software work in science. This research examines practices of software development, co-creation and sharing in collaborative scientific research.

Read more ›

James Howison

James Howison

Nathan Ensmenger's Research on the History of Women in Computer Programming Garners Media Attention

This month Nathan Ensmenger held a research colloquium entitled, A Gendered History of the Computer Revolution. In his talk, Dr. Ensmenger argued that the professionalization of computing work brought with it a shift away from a once "inherently feminized" occupation to a profession with "an almost stereotypically masculine identity." Ensmenger explored these shifting dynamics in computing culture by identifying several key developments in labor and social history that drove them. Read more ›

The Computer Girls - Nathan Ensmenger Research

Preservation Research Exchange Symposium - Sustaining Digital Heritage

The Preservation Research Exchange (PREx), held February 17-19, 2012 at the School of Information, was the third annual symposium hosted by Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Preservation Doctoral Fellows. Building on the successes of the two previous IMLS conferences (From Gray Areas to Green Areas: Developing Sustainable Practices in Preservation Environments, held November 1- 2, 2007, and Engaging in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, held September 24-25, 2010), this year's theme was Sustaining Digital Heritage. Read more ›

PREx logo

2. Student Spotlight   Top ↑

iSchool Students Develop an Information Studies-Inspired iOS Fantasy Game

God Of Blades is rooted in the fantasy genre, "an epic retro-fantasy, sword and sorcery saga", but the game's storyline that has "players assume the role of a nameless spectral king standing resolute against the march of a devouring, void-crazed horde on a dying world", is intended to provoke deeper questions about the loss of stories, culture, and tradition. The game will rely heavily on geolocation data and will include a feature for players to unlock special game content by visiting libraries.
Read more ›

God of Blades gameplay

iSchool Student, Michael Redding, Elected Graduate Student Assembly President

Election Supervisory Board chair Eric Nimmer announced the results of the campus-wide general election Thursday night in front of the Tower. Winners included Daily Texan editor-in-chief Susannah Jacob, Graduate Student Assembly President Michael Redding, board members for the University Co-op and University Unions, the student members of Texas Student Media's board of trustees and Student Government's University-wide and college representatives. Read more ›

Michael Redding

3. Alumni News & Profiles   Top ↑

Emily Vinson (MSIS '09)

Assistant Archivist, WNYC

Emily Vinson is an Assistant Archivist working at WNYC (New York City's Public Radio Station) on a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to reformat 660 hours of choice recordings from the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC collection. The selected recordings have been chosen from among approximately 10,000 open reel tape and 13,000 lacquer transcription discs and include "dramas, parades, news conferences, musical performances, and interviews. Read more ›

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Save The Date!

Join us for hors d'oeurves and happy hour at Irma's Southwest Grill, Downtown by the Ballpark, in Houston. Meet Dean Andrew Dillon, reconnect with UT iSchool alumni, current students, faculty, and staff.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012
6:00-8:00pm
Irma's Southwest Grill
1314 Texas at Austin
Houston, TX 77002
Google map of Irma's

Please RSVP to cassie@ischool.utexas.edu or call 512-623-9676

Craig Blaha

Stay Connected

What's newsworthy in your life? Have you changed jobs? Have you been recognized for your work? We want to hear from you! Update us on your current career, location and interesting things happening in your life. Send us an email at alumni@ischool.utexas.edu

4. Development & Giving   Top ↑

Meet the iSchool Advisory Council

The School of Information has an active board of 35 volunteers appointed by Dean Dillon, to assist in the advancement of the school. Advisory Council members contribute to the school's advancement efforts through a number of ways, including:

  • increasing awareness of our program,
  • aiding in the school's fundraising efforts, and
  • helping the school establish and develop strategic relationships in the community.

A complete listing of the iSchool's Advisory Council is now available on the Development section of the iSchool Web site.

If you would like to learn more about the School of Information's Advisory Council, contact Cassie Alvarado, 512-232-0738

5. Upcoming Events   Top ↑

2012 Open House

Google Calendar

The calendar below is a publicly shared Google calendar containing both UT iSchool Events and outside events of interest to a wide array of information professionals. Please feel free to suscribe to or import this calendar into your own Google account or other calendar software.