News Category: research

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.

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.

Visiting professor discusses progression of online social networks

Feb. 7, 2014

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, when most Americans were checking Twitter for updates on the manhunt, Boston College professor Jerry Kane was checking Twitter to analyze the network itself.

At a research colloquium hosted by the School of Information on Tuesday, Kane spoke about what social media technology has done to modern human relationships.

Digital Archive Holds Untold History of African American Mental Health

Feb. 7, 2014

Resplendent in his trademark sport coat and bow tie, Louis Armstrong plays a trumpet for a large gathering of patients underneath a grove of trees outside of Central State Hospital, the world's first African American psychiatric hospital in Petersburg, Virginia. This is one of the many priceless images stored away in the hospital's filing cabinets that were on the brink of destruction. Due to changes in Virginia's records retention laws, any hospital document over 10 years old had to be destroyed-one hundred years of historic materials lost forever.

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.

Where in the World is Randolph Gaujot?

Dec. 10, 2013

Have you noticed that Dr. Bias has been gone since June 1? (If you have not noticed, please don't tell him.) Randolph has been off on a Faculty Research Assignment at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC). With his time there about up, we asked him to share with us how his experience has been.

Sam Burns: So, what have you been doing in Pensacola, mostly just fishing and sunbathing?

Randolph Bias: Yep, that's all.

Strong Showing of iSchool Leaders at The NCWIT Summit

Aug. 19, 2013

Held in late May in Tucson, Arizona, the National Center for Women & Information Technology Summit on Women and IT: Practices and Ideas to Revolutionize Computing brought together leaders, change agents, and stakeholders to focus on research-driven practices that strengthen the computing workforce and promote technology innovation by increasing the participation of girls and women.

AERI 2013: iSchool Hosts Major National Archiving Conference

Aug. 19, 2013

In mid-June, the iSchool hosted AERI, a major national conference for doctoral students in archival studies and Ph.D.'s who are beginning professional careers in archiving. Drawing over one hundred archives doctoral candidates and archival educators, the Archival Education and Research Institute conference featured five days of presentations, workshops and field trips. While most student participants are from the U.S., others came from as far away as New Zealand, Canada, China, Korea, and Australia.