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October 2014 Newsletter

  1. Recent iSchool NewsWilliam Aspray Receives Sloan Award, New Integrated Masters With Computer Science , Jacek Gwizdka Receives Google Research Award; & more

  2. Student ProfileMSIS Student: Alia Gant

  3. iSchool Ph.D. ProgramApplication Deadline, ICT4D Research Position

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1. Recent iSchool News   Top ↑

2014 Open House

William Aspray Awarded $125,000 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

William Aspray, the Bill and Lewis Suit Professor of Information Technologies at the School of Information, has been awarded $125,000 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the history of IT Education and its relation to broadening the IT workforce in the United States. The award is the first of its kind for the UT School of Information.
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UT iSchool and Computer Science Department Launch Five-Year Integrated Masters


The School of Information and the UT Computer Science Department now offer a five-year integrated master's program whereby a student can earn a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Studies degree. Students in the program will be able to complete the integrated program in five academic years of full-time study-one year less than it would take to complete the two degrees individually and consecutively. Students can begin applying for these programs in spring 2015 and the programs will begin fall 2015.
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Jacek Gwizdka Receives Google Research Award

Jacek Gwizdka, Assistant Professor in the School of Information and co-Director of the Information eXperience Lab at University of Texas at Austin, and Dania Bilal, a Professor in the iSchool of Information Sciences at University of Tennessee, and have received a $41,363 Google Research Award for a project titled "Child-friendly search engine results pages (SERPs): Towards better understanding of Google search results readability by children." In this project, Drs. Bilal and Gwizdka will investigate how children read and assess the reading levels of Google's search results pages (SERPs). One of the goals of this project is to modify Google's Reading Level metric.
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Jacek Gwizdka

conservation work

iSchool conservators care for Bacone's Ataloa Lodge collections

ISchool faculty Rebecca Elder and Karen Pavelka were invited to Bacone College in Muskogee, OK for a conservator's weekend to help care for neglected collections at Bacone's Ataloa Lodge museum. They worked along other invited collections care professionals and library staff, including the Senior VP for Advancement of the college, who showed up in a tee shirt and shorts, ready to help out wherever he was needed. The college is working to improve storage conditions for the collections, and with support from the Association of Tribal Libraries Archives and Museums as well as the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Elder and Pavelka were recruited because of their knowledge of paper conservation and collections preservation. Other volunteers gave of their expertise in textiles, baskets, beadwork and Native American artifacts. Everyone worked well together, pitching in and adjusting schedules as needed.
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Loriene Roy Awarded $50,000 IMLS Grant

Dr. Loriene Roy has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) to explore the place of libraries in meeting the needs of the 21.8 million veterans within the United States and identify useful cases that can serve as national models. The university will partner with the nonprofit SongwritingWith:Soldiers to develop a toolkit for public libraries to address the unmet needs of veterans, especially in helping this population through its separation from the military and the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Loriene Roy

2. Student Profile   Top ↑

MSIS Student Alia Gant Awarded 2014-2016 ARL Diversity Scholar

Alia Gant

iSchool Masters student, Alia Gant, has been selected as one of 13 MLIS/MSIS Diversity Scholars for 2014-2016. The Diversity Scholars program is part of the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.
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2. iSchool Ph.D. Program   Top ↑

UT-Austin iSchool Doctoral Program Applications and Information Sessions

UT Tower

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information invites applications to our doctoral program for Fall 2015. Funding is available in the form of fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships, which typically include a stipend, tuition reduction, and medical insurance with premium sharing.

The application deadline for all applicants is November 15, 2014. Application requirements include:

  1. an application;
  2. official transcripts for all undergraduate coursework and, where applicable, all graduate coursework;
  3. official test scores for the GRE for all students and the TOEFL or IELTS for international students;
  4. application fee;
  5. statement of purpose;
  6. and three letters of recommendation.

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Research Assistant Position for ICT4D Research


A graduate research assistant position in ICT4D research is available at The University of Texas at Austin School of Information for a new doctoral student entering the PhD program in Fall 2015. Interested applicants must apply to the doctoral program and be admitted through the school's normal selection process as explained online: PhD admissions. Please note the application deadline is November 15, 2014.
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