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July 2015 Newsletter


UT iSchool Alumni Meet DJ Patil

Hook 'em! UT iSchool Alumni Shannon Daily (left) and Sarah Papania (right) recently had the opportunity to meet Dhanurjay "DJ" Patil, the Chief Data Scientist of the United States Office of Science and Technology.

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Howison Wins NSF CAREER Grant

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Assistant Professor James Howison can help sustain the software underlying scientific research. Howison earned the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award bringing $535,349 to the UT iSchool to support his project, “CAREER: Sustaining Scientific Infrastructure: Researching Transition from Grants to Peer Production.” The NSF award recognizes pre-tenured faculty who exemplify the role of teachers and scholars and integrate programs of research, education and curriculum development. Over forty percent of the grant funding will provide tuition, health insurance, stipends and travel funds for doctoral students. Around one-third of the grant goes to the university to fund the services that make a research university possible.
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iSchool Faculty Receive Award from Seton-CHASP Research Partnership

AUSTIN, Texas – Seton Healthcare Family and The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs have announced the funding of seven new health care research studies aimed at resolving critical health and health care services delivery problems in Central Texas. Seton has granted approximately $300,000 for studies involving physicians, faculty members and other researchers in this first round of a new partnership with the LBJ School and CHASP.

A range of university-based organizations are involved in this first phase of funding, including the UT Departments of Educational Psychology, Organizational Communication & Technology, Computer Science, Economics and Kinesiology & Health Education; the UT Schools of Information, Social Work, Nursing and Public Affairs and the College of Pharmacy; and the Center for Health Communication and the Center for Identity. Also included are the Texas Child Study Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and University Medical Center Brackenridge.
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Austin-Area Alumni Mixer August 25th

Matt Lease

Please join us for an alumni-new student mixer at El Mercado hosted by our Advisory Council. Come help us welcome our newest iSchoolers as we celebrate “Gone to Texas” and back to school week!

Tuesday, August 25th 6:30-8:00pm
El Mercado Uptown
1202 Lavaca Street

Everything Science Knows About Reading on Screens

Andrew Dillon

The School of Information at the University of Texas, Austin and Dean Andrew Dillon are featured in a Fast Co.Design article on onscreen reading comprehension.

"In digital, we can link in different media, images, sound, and other text, and people can get overwhelmed," explains Andrew Dillon, a professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas, Austin, "These are disruptive activities that can carry a cost in terms of attention." Another study by Rakefet Ackerman Technion-Israel Institute of Technology also supports the idea that paper is sometimes less distracting than our computers.
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Students Awarded Spectrum Scholarships

Alia Gant

Every year, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity awards 60 Spectrum Scholarships to graduate students excelling in the field of library and information studies. This year’s recipients include three students from the UT School of Information: Maria Barker, Alia Gant, and Maria Fernandez.

“I am excited about the opportunity to meet other library students from across the country and to learn from professionals in the field about leadership in the librarian profession,” says Maria Barker. Barker has been able to pursue her interests in academic libraries and special collections as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Transportation Research library. In addition to the scholarship award, Spectrum Scholars are offered valuable networking opportunities through free attendance to the ALA Annual conference and the Spectrum Leadership Institute.
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Local Publication Features iSchooler Rachel Nellis

Rachel Nellis

Rachel Nellis, an iSchool Masters student, is participating in the 2015 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. this summer. Her internship experience was captured by her hometown publication, the Kane County Chronicle. The Batavian, a graduate student in archival studies at the University of Texas, is one of 19 members of the 2015 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship program, a 10-week study that provides a playground for Nellis’ photographic memory.

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Lance Hayden Featured in U.S. News & World Report


Adjunct faculty member Lance Hayden was featured in an U.S. News & World Report article centered on millennials and cybersecurity.

Despite being the first generation to have grown up using the Internet, studies indicate millennials can be surprisingly unaware of online security threats they face. To make matters worse, many millennials continue to engage in risky behaviors online. A study last year by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Raytheon found that 72 percent of the 1,000 millennials surveyed had connected to public Wi-Fi not secured with passwords, and 52 percent had plugged in a USB device given to them by someone else. Another study from Raytheon in 2013 reported that 23 percent of millennials admitted to sharing an online password with a nonfamily member within the past year.
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