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December 2013 Newsletter

  1. Recent iSchool NewsWhere in the world is Randolph Gaujot?, Matt Lease on the Information Retrieval and Crowdsourcing Lab; & more

  2. Alumni ProfilesTiffany Shropshire (MSIS 2009), Archivist, The Supreme Court of Texas

  3. Alumni GivingDon Hamerly, MLIS 1998 & PhD 2009, on sustaining gifts to the iSchool.

Iraqi Jewish Archive

1. Recent iSchool News   Top ↑

IHMC & Randolph Bias

Where in the world is Randolph Gaujot?

Have you noticed that Dr. Bias has been gone since June 1? (If you have not noticed, please don't tell him.) Randolph has been off on a Faculty Research Assignment at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC). With his time there about up, we asked him to share with us how his experience has been.

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Matt Lease on the UT iSchool's Information Retrieval and Crowdsourcing Lab

IR & Crowdsourcing Lab

The most recent addition to the iSchool's growing array of research labs is the Information Retrieval and Crowdsourcing lab directed by Dr. Matthew Lease. The lab was established to advance the state-of-the-art methodologies for search (i.e., how we both build effective search engines and measure that effectiveness, across a diverse range of search tasks) and human computation/crowdsourcing (i.e., how we effectively mobilize and organize people online to accurately perform information processing tasks, particularly difficult tasks which remain beyond what today's best intelligent systems can achieve automatically).

Matt recently took some time out to describe the work that he and his funded research assistants perform in the lab and to share his thoughts on the students and collaborators from other disciplines he hopes to attract to his lab.
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Advocating for Women in Technology (AWIT) Awarded $1000 Grant by NCWIT

The School of Information student chapter of ASIS&T's subcommittee AWIT was awarded the NCWIT Student Seed Fund Grant for $1,0000. AWIT will use the grant to hold an iSchool Showcase mini-conference in spring of 2014. The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to address the gender diversity imbalance in the technology and computing workforce.
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NCWIT

2. Alumni Profiles   Top ↑

Tiffany Shropshire (MSIS 2009)

Archivist, the Supreme Court of Texas

Tiffany Shropshire double majored in linguistics and German as an undergraduate student at UT. She was lucky enough to be in the Liberal Arts Honors program, which led to a student assistant position at the Harry Ransom Center her senior year. It was during her time there that she fell in love with the work and the mission of archives. She had always loved libraries, museums, books, reading, and history, so she continued immediately on to the iSchool after graduation.
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Tiffany Shropshire

3. Alumni Giving   Top ↑

Don Hamerly

As in iSchool student, alumnus Don Hamerly completed the MLIS in 1998 and received his PhD 2009. Now an assistant professor and Director of the School Library Media Program at Dominican University in Chicago, Don has become a strong supporter of the iSchool since his graduation. His latest contribution to the School comes in the form of a sustaining gift, donated on a monthly basis, which he created in 2012 and continues to support.
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