Law library association honors the late Karl Gruben

Ferguson, John  |  Jul 17, 2017

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The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has awarded the late Karl T. Gruben with its highest honor.

Mr. Gruben, a School of Information alumnus, passed away in November 2016. This summer, he was one of four recipients of the 2017 Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding, extended and sustained service to law librarianship, the association or for contributions to professional literature.

By winning the award, Mr. Gruben was automatically inducted into the AALL’s Hall of Fame.

“During Karl’s long career in law libraries, the world of information science changed dramatically,” one of his nominating colleagues noted, “and Karl enthusiastically mastered the nuts and bolts of the new technologies, evolving into a self-taught expert on the new infrastructure of legal research.”

Mr. Gruben earned his Master of Library Science degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He went to work for the Texas State Law Library as a government law librarian before joining the private sector, where he was director of Vinson & Elkins LLP’s law libraries.

In 2004, Mr. Gruben entered academia as law library director and associate professor of law at St. Thomas University Law School in Miami, Florida. He later joined the faculty of the University of San Diego as associate dean for library and information services, professor of law, and director of the legal research center.

A past president of the Houston Area Law Librarians, Mr. Gruben also served in leadership positions for the AALL, including the executive board as member and secretary.

Dr. Bias receives lifetime achievement award

Ferguson, John  |  Apr 25, 2017

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The world’s premier organization for user experience professionals is honoring School of Information Professor Randolph G. Bias with its lifetime achievement award.

A pioneer of the user experience field, Dr. Bias spent two decades in private industry before joining the School of Information in 2003.

“What makes Randolph stand out, even above and beyond his achievements, is his commitment to bridging the gap between academia and practice. This attitude has informed everything he has done and is critical to our practice,” said Rich Gunther, executive director of the User Experience Professionals Association, in UXPA's announcement.

The organization will present Dr. Bias with the 2017 UXPA Lifetime Achievement Award during its annual meeting in June in Toronto.

“I am surprised and pleased to be honored this way,” Dr. Bias said. “I see this award as an honoring of that research-practice nexus. You know, I might assert that research without an eye to application can be sterile. And practice that is not steeped in research is likely to be haphazard. I think the field of UX will do well to be intentional about the connection.”

Dr. Andrew Dillon, dean and professor of the School of Information, said Dr. Bias’ award was well-deserved.

“Lifetime achievement awards are extremely rare, and the recipients are rightly recognized by peers as having made long-term contributions that shape a field. In Randolph’s case, his pioneering work on cost-justification for usability in design and the drive for a more scientific understanding of user experience have influenced both practice in the field and the education of generations of UX professionals. This honor is a tribute to his career and is a source of pride for all of us in the iSchool where we are fortunate to have Randolph as a colleague.”

Dr. Bias earned his Ph.D. in human experimental psychology from UT Austin in 1978. He worked as a human factors/usability practitioner for firms such as Bell Labs and IBM and co-founded Austin Usability, a small lab and consultancy where he was Chief Usability Officer. 

In that time, he also co-edited two editions of the book Cost-Justifying Usability, which helped inspire and inform a more empirical approach to usability practice.

Dr. Bias joined the School of Information in 2003. While conducting research funded by government agencies such as the NSF and NIH and large companies like IBM and Microsoft, he has continued to consult with high-tech companies. In 2016, Dr. Bias and his recent doctoral student in the Texas iSchool, Hans Huang, won the John Wiley Best JASIST Paper Award for the best article published in the Journal of the Association of Information Science & Technology.

UXPA has 50 chapters around the world and members from 60 countries. It supports people who research, design and evaluate the user experience of products and services.

Tara Iagulli wins NCDA Career Convergence Recognition Award

Fernandes, Allen  |  Jan 13, 2016

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Tara Iagulli wins the 'Career Convergence Recognition Award' for her article “What’s Love Got to Do with…Careers?”. The award will be presented at this year's NCDA Career Development Conference in Chicago, IL.

"The article showed original thinking and workable suggestions." - Melanie Reinersman, NCDA Website Editor


“With a focus on professional development education and the recent trend towards coaching and advising models within university career services, the personal counseling elements of career development are at risk of falling out of practice. Over a decade of career development work with college students, along with anecdotal and growing empirical support, demonstrate to me that clients’ significant others have become an increasingly salient variable in their career decision-making.”

"The growing body of research on Emerging Adulthood (e.g., Domene, et al, 2012; Jay, 2012) indicates that developmental trajectories do not evolve in isolation from one another making this a particularly sensitive time for psychosocial maturation. The twenties (Emerging Adulthood) are a critical period in not only starting a career, but also in finding a partner and even starting a family (Jay, 2012). Other research shows that relationships influence career decision-making for both genders (Mortimer, 2010). Furthermore, career success also depends on relationships since “social capital are increasingly important in the contexts of market work” (Arnold & Cohen, 2008)."

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