News Category: awards-&-honors

Amelia Acker Researches COVID Data Infrastructures

April 21, 2021

In the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, thousands of open source COVID data projects were launched in an attempt to organize the chaos of information emerging about this new infectious disease. These COVID data infrastructure projects were crucial in enabling policy-makers and the public to understand the impact of the virus in communities around the world.

Texas iSchool Remains in Top Tier of U.S. News Grad School Rankings

March 30, 2021

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information ranked in the top five among colleges and schools of library and information studies in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools”.

The Texas iSchool retained its spot at No. 5 for the second time in a row. The iSchool has remained in the top 10 in the U.S. News rankings for over two decades, steadily rising through this elite upper tier.

iSchool Well-Represented at 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting

Oct. 21, 2020

Several faculty members, PhD students, and a postdoctoral researcher will be representing The University of Texas at Austin School of Information at the 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, which is being held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from October 22nd to November 1st. The theme of the conference is Information for a Sustainable World: Addressing Society’s Grand Challenges.

Soo Young Rieh to Launch Institute on Artificial Intelligence for Library and Information Professionals

Oct. 2, 2020

Professor Soo Young Rieh is partnering with collaborators from two other universities to launch the IDEA Institute on Artificial intelligence (AI), a two-year project funded by a $208,142 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The institute aims to help library and information professionals to lead in planning, deploying, and implementing artificial intelligence in library settings. A diverse cohort of twenty fellows will be recruited nationwide to attend the Institute, where they will develop conceptual and practical AI knowledge and skills in a collaborative learning environment.

Amelia Acker Awarded Grant to Research Data Afterlives

Oct. 1, 2020

Dr. Amelia Acker was awarded a collaborative grant of $461,085 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her research project, "Collaborative Research Data Afterlives: The long-term impact of NSF Data Management Plans on data archiving and sharing for increased access." Acker will be investigating how the NSF's Data Management Plan requirement policy, domain specific management plans, and data archiving have evolved to confront the growth of digital data from scientific research.

2020 Dean’s Choice Award and Diversity & Inclusion Award Winners

May 7, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 Dean’s Choice Award and Diversity & Inclusion Award winners!

iSchool Professor Loriene Roy Appointed to the Provost’s Distinguished Service Academy

Feb. 11, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Loriene Roy, professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information (iSchool), who was selected for the Provost’s Distinguished Service Academy (DSA) inaugural cohort! 

Min Kyung Lee Wins Grant to Improve Fairness in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Feb. 5, 2020

From online information curation and resume screening to mortgage lending and police surveillance—artificial intelligence (AI) systems are increasingly being employed to make high-stakes decisions. The hope is that machine algorithms are more capable of producing objective results with unrivaled economic efficiency. But there is a growing concern that even algorithmic systems designed by seemingly conscientious developers might not be as devoid of human biases as expected.

Good Systems Grand Challenge Initiative Funds Seven iSchool Professors, Four Projects

July 29, 2019

Seven University of TexasSchool of Information faculty members were recently notified that they would receive approximately $100,000 in funding from Good Systems through The Good Systems Grand Challenge Initiative to support the first year of new projects.