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Be a critical part of iFest 2017

There’s still time to sign up to volunteer at the iFest Professional Development Days. Sign up for Monday, February 6 and/or Tuesday, February 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. to assist our students with résumé and cover letter reviews as well as mock interviews.

Upcoming Events

iFest 2017
February 6-10
IS Building, 3rd Floor

The iSchool at Pitt is proud to present iFest 2017: a week-long series of events designed to engage students, faculty, employers, and the Pittsburgh community in the information sciences. Activities will include the annual iSchool Career & Internship Expo, professional development and résumé review events, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, and a discussion about “The International Student Advantage” with Marcelo Barro.

iFest will culminate on Friday, February 10 with the all-day TEC Conference, which showcases exciting speakers from across the country. TEC presentations will focus on broad and interdisciplinary areas of technology, entrepreneurship, and creativity. This year features speakers from Facebook, Rutgers University, TechShop, IBM, and more.

We invite you to attend the following iFest events:

We encourage you to volunteer at our Professional Development Days on Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. to help our students hone their interview skills and perfect their résumés. Students will be partnered with alums based on degree program and career interests to ensure that the sessions are as beneficial as possible. Follow this link to sign-up.

The Career & Internship Expo, which is taking place on Wednesday, February 8 from 1 to 5 p.m., will provide you with an opportunity to meet with current Pitt information science, computer science, and engineering students as well as network with the various organizations in attendance.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition gives our PhD students the opportunity to challenge themselves to present their highly technical research to a lay audience in three minutes or less. They will be judged on presentation quality and audience comprehension. We encourage you to attend and see the current research our students are conducting.
We are very excited to invite you to attend TEC, the culminating event of iFest, which will take place on Friday, February 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s event will feature seven presentations, with topics ranging from sports analytics and game design to connectivity and the digital humanities.

We are proud to have Elaine Gomez, a 2012 i3 scholar, and Martijn de Jongh (PhD ’14) returning to SIS to present at TEC this year.

iSchool Monthly Social Hour
Friday, February 10
5 to 7 p.m.
IS Building, 3rd Floor

Join us after the TEC Conference for our monthly Social Hour event, which will be full of fun, food, music, games and more!



CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap documentary
Thursday, March 2
4 p.m.
Twentieth Century Club

The School of information Sciences (SIS) is proud to host a screening of the highly touted documentary, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap.  We invite you to join us for a showing of the film, which critics call “a thought-provoking, fascinating, and tantalizing look at the disparity of women in this field as well as why tech should be an integral part of one’s schooling from a young age.” The event will include a presentation by the film’s director/producer, Robin Hauser Reynolds, and will take place on March 2, 2017, at the historic Twentieth Century Club (adjacent to Pitt’s campus). The event begins at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. RSVP here.

It is estimated that by 2020, there will be 1 million unfilled software engineering jobs in this country.  The CODE documentary explores the reasons why more females and people from underrepresented groups are not seeking tech opportunities. Hauser, through interviews with Silicon Valley leaders, discovered the systemic, pervasive, and complex barriers to entry into tech fields faced by women and people of color. She notes: “Mindsets, stereotypes, clogs in the educational pipeline, startup culture, lack of role models and sexism all play important roles in this mounting gender, ethnicity and economic issue.” The documentary offers inspiring stories of women who are challenging the cultural and educational obstacles as well as women’s self-perceptions, which led to this societal crisis.

CODE premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was lauded by AFI Docs and the Women’s Independent Film Festival.  Hauser is a director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features, LLC and Unleashed Productions, Inc. A businesswoman, photographer, and social entrepreneur, she brings her leadership skills as well as a creative eye and passion to her documentary film projects. Hauser is currently directing and producing Bias, a documentary about unconscious bias and how it affects the ways we hire, promote, and fund. Previously, Robin co-directed and produced the documentary feature, Running for Jim, which won 14 awards at 20 film festivals. As director of CODE, Hauser has been featured in national publications, including Wired, Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. For more information about CODE, visit the film’s Web site.

The School of Information Sciences is pleased to provide a platform for discussing how we can make the computing and information professions more welcoming and accessible to women and those from underrepresented groups. Our academic and professional fields demand this diversity in order to produce innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Photo Story

We are proud of the nearly 100 students who graduated during our Fall Recognition Ceremony. Approximately 180 students, faculty, staff, family, and friends attended the ceremony to celebrate our students' accomplishments.

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School News

Faculty positions open at the School of Computing and Information

Two positions have recently opened at the School of Computing and Information in the Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship.

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SIS assistant professor receives Best Paper award at conference on Social Informatics

Yu-Ru Lin, assistant professor, recently received a Best Paper award at the 2016 International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2016), for her work "The Dynamics of Group Risk Perception in the U.S. After Paris Attacks." This study was conducted by Dr. Lin and her research group─Wei Kai, a PhD student in the School of Social Work; Xidao Wen, a PhD student at SIS; and Dr. Wen-Ting Chung in the School of Education. Their paper investigated how the public perceived immigrant groups as potential threats and how such risk-perceptions differed by political leanings. It also investigated how these perceptions changed after the attacks that took place in Paris on November 2015.

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SIS welcomes two new Visiting Assistant Professors

Dr. Mai Abdelhakim and Kayla Booth joined our faculty as visiting assistant professors, beginning December 1. Dr. Abdelhakim previously worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at Osram Sylvania in Massachusetts. Her research interests include: cyber-physical systems security, wireless communications, and network design.

Booth held positions as both a teaching assistant and an instructor at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Information Science and Technology prior to coming to SIS. Her research interests include: diversity and social inclusion, social and health informatics, and social media. In addition to her teaching duties, she will also serve as the assistant director of the i3 Program.







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