News Category: faculty-news

Andrew Dillon Interviewed on China Radio International

April 24, 2015

Over the last 20 years, April 23rd has been known as World Book Day, a yearly event organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

 

There is one famous quotation from the well-known Russian writer Maxim Gorky that books are the stepping stones for humans. Today, however, these stepping stones are nowhere near appealing to everyone.

 

According to a Chinese think tank that focuses on the publishing industry, close to 40% of the people in the developed world hardly do any reading.

 

UT iSchool professor Matt Lease earns tenure

Jan. 1, 2015

A University of Texas School of Information faculty member, known for his innovative research and passion for teaching, reached a pinnacle point in his careers recently. Assistant Professor Matt Lease was awarded tenure this winter.

Lease has conducted research in the areas of information retrieval and crowdsourcing over the past five years. Information retrieval is the science of creating new search engine technologies such as Google while crowdsourcing helps engage people online to perform productive, human computation tasks. 

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

Oct. 9, 2014

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.

iSchool conservators care for Bacone's Ataloa Lodge collections

Oct. 9, 2014

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.

Jacek Gwizdka Receives Google Research Award

Sept. 12, 2014

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).

Diane Bailey Awarded Over $1 Million NSF Grant

July 31, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas - The National Science Foundation has awarded just over $1 million to Diane Bailey, Associate Professor at the School of Information, to study the factors that may predict project success and guide decisions about funding, designing, and implementing major projects intended to use information and communication technology for socio-economic development.

UT iSchool Welcomes New Faculty Member Byron Wallace

June 12, 2014

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.

Faculty Profile: Karen Wickett

April 1, 2014

When she was in the second grade, Karen Wickett won the "What the Library Means to Me" essay contest.

It's not an honor she lists on her CV, and she laughs when she remembers how she worked a reference to elephants into the piece.

But her essay included a prescient observation about libraries: "There is a whole world in there to discover."

Tanya Clement Awarded A Second NEH Grant

Feb. 3, 2014

Even digitized, unprocessed sound collections, which hold important cultural artifacts such as poetry readings, story telling, speeches, oral histories, and other performances of the spoken word remain largely inaccessible.