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May/June 2014 Newsletter

  1. Recent iSchool NewsUT iSchool Welcomes Byron Wallace, Advocating For Women In IT , Students Shine at 2014 Open House; & more

  2. Upcoming EventsALA in Las Vegas, AALL in San Antonio

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1. Recent iSchool News   Top ↑

2014 Open House

Students Shine at 2014 Spring Open House

The poster presentations -- featuring the Capstone projects of 60 graduating master's students as well as works in progress by a select group of current students -- lined the hallways of the 5th floor of the iSchool. In addition to students, faculty and other guests, some 200 employers were on hand to get glimpse of the talent, experience and innovation that would be streaming into the job market.
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UT iSchool Welcomes New Faculty Member, Byron Wallace

Byron Wallace

The UT iSchool is pleased to welcome Byron Wallace, who will be joining us this fall as an assistant professor. His research interests are in data mining/machine learning and natural language processing, with an emphasis on applications in health. Byron is presently a research assistant professor at Brown University, where he is based in the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice and is also affiliated with the Brown Laboratory for Linguistic and Information Processing (BLLIP) in computer science.
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Advocating For Women in Technology iSchool Showcase

Sowmya Sadhasivam spent months working on her project: a digital display using an array of Kindles that aims to recreate the look of a physical bookshelf.

As e-books continue to gain popularity, Sadhasivam believed something was being lost: the ability to browse someone's collection of books displayed on a shelf in a home or office. Books, she said, can tell a lot about a person. So she began working on a digital bookshelf that could be mounted on a wall and controlled wirelessly and allow users to highlight a book and browse through it with a mobile device - the same way someone might pull a physical book from a shelf and flip through the pages.
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2014 Open House
Randolph Bias joined by Steve Krug via Skype while teaching in Portugal

Randolph Bias Teaches Summer Institute Course in Lisbon

UT Austin professors Randolph Bias and Joan Hughes completed their Summer Institute courses in Lisbon late last month. Bias, a member of the School of Information and a recognized authority on usability, led a two-week class on Usability and User-Centered Design. Hughes, of the UT College of Education, is an expert on technology and education and taught Teaching and Learning with the Internet. The Summer Institute is now launching in Porto, beginning with Sharon Strover’s course on Research Methods, which will survey a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches, preparing doctoral students for their dissertation research. This will be followed in late June by Game Design and Development, taught by Bruce Pennycook of the UT Butler School of Music in collaboration with António Coelho of Informatics Engineering at U. Porto.

Loriene Roy Receives Two Distinguished Awards

A double congratulations is in order to our own Dr. Roy for getting two awards recently:

  • the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Library School Alumni Association of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • the 2014 Sarah Vann Award from the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa Library & Information Science Program. This is the tenth year they have given the award, but the first time to someone who lives outside of Hawai‘i. The award is presented to people who advance librarianship in Hawai‘i within the areas of intellectual freedom and international issues. Loriene was nominated for the Vann Award in recognition of her service to librarianship in Hawai‘i, especially from the perspective of international librarianship, as well as her encouragement of librarianship grounded in serving the indigenous peoples of Hawai‘i
Loriene Roy

iSchool's First Doctoral Research Day

Dr. Ken Fleischmann had the perfect seat at the the iSchool's first Doctoral Research Day event he helped create last month.

Positioned next to the door of Room 5.522, the iSchool professor could listen to his doctoral students deliver mini-talks and field questions on their research while also eavesdropping on the buzz in the corridor where other PhD candidates gave poster presentations.
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Ken Fleischmann

2. Upcoming Events   Top ↑

ALA 2014 Las Vegas; June 28th Meetup

ALA 2014

Are you attending ALA, or do you live in the Las Vegas area?

Join us on Saturday, June 29th at La Salsa Cantina for an iSchool Alumni and Friends Las Vegas Meet-up!

La Salsa Cantina
Saturday, June 28th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

RSVP to rsvp@ischool.utexas.edu or 512-232-0738

ALA 2014 Las Vegas; June 28th Meetup

San Antonio

Please join us for a new event: Tarlton Alumni and Friends Reception And The AALL University of Texas at Austin School of Information Alumni Reception

Guadalahara Grill
Saturday, June 12th 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
301 South Alamo | San Antonio 78205 | (210) 222 - 1992

RSVP to rsvp@ischool.utexas.edu or 512-232-0738