News Category: information-science

Turkish professor visits iSchool to study effects of cyberhate

Feb. 8, 2016

 

It can start out as a differing of opinions on a social media or a website blog post. Suddenly, it can escalate from name calling to a full attack on an individual’s race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or political affiliation.Unfortunately, hate speech has been around for centuries but with the advent of the Internet, it has evolved into a new electronic form - cyberhate.

How these three librarians are becoming major players in business research

Jan. 28, 2016

 

For the growing population of midsize venture capital firms in Central Texas, a group of librarians is becoming a vital resource.

Austin-based business research firm Bizologie is not only offering expertise to VC firms, but also to companies in private equity, advertising and marketing as well. The almost-two-year-old company provides detailed business intelligence to clients based on their research needs.

How We've Adapted Our Reading Habits to Fit Our Screens

Sept. 2, 2015

Dean Andrew Dillon is featured in a Texas Standard interview on deep reading.

“Where once we were engaged with full multi-paged documents, we’re now increasingly occupied and spending time with short-form, few paragraph-long articles from which we flip from one to the other very, very quickly,” he says.

“All new technologies come with a certain element of doom-gloom and the end of civilization associated with it,” Dillon admits.

Howison Wins NSF CAREER Award

July 29, 2015

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.

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

July 1, 2015

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.

In fact, a 2013 survey by Marble Security, a mobile threat intelligence and defense company, found that 26.2 percent of young adults born in the U.S. between 1980 and 2000 have had an online account hacked, compared with a 21.4 percent national average. 

Research Assistant Position for ICT4D Research

Oct. 20, 2014

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.

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.

MSIS Student Alia Gant Awarded 2014-2016 ARL Diversity Scholar

Oct. 9, 2014

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).

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).

Masters Program Re-Accredited To 2021

July 15, 2014

 

The School of Information's Master of Science in Information Studies program received notice of re-accreditation from the American Library Association. The decision was based on the Program Presentation, the External Review Panel Report, all of the reports the program submitted since the last comprehensive review, and the the June 28th meeting with the dean and chair of the ERP. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Spring 2021.