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Sara Fine Institute Presents: Christine Borgman, “Big Data, Open Data, and Scholarship,” February 29

Until recently, data were considered part of the research process--essential but largely invisible. In the “big data” era, the products of the research processes have become valuable intellectual property to be protected, which is often at odds with the open access leanings of public policy. This talk will explore the stakes and stakeholders in research data and implications for policy and practice. For more information, visit the School of Information Sciences (SIS)’ events page.

You’re invited to a SIS’ Social Hour, March 4

All SIS alumni are invited to join faculty, staff, and students for light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the monthly Social Hour on Friday, March 4, from 5-7 PM on the third floor of SIS. This is a great opportunity to network, talk about conferences and research ideas, and play a few games together. For more information, visit SIS’ events page.

SIS’ Dean Larsen to step down from leadership role in 2017

Ron Larsen, dean of SIS, has announced his intention to step down from his position and return to teaching and research in the summer of 2017.

Larsen, who spent 15 years as an administrator, earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1981, his master’s degree in applied physics at The Catholic University of America in 1971, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences from Purdue University in 1968. Read more >

SIS’ annual iFest expands its reach in 2016

iFest 2016, hosted by SIS and sponsored by IBM, UPMC, and FedEx among others, was held the first week of February. Throughout the week, presentations and workshops were held on ethics, professional development, and mastering information interviews. iFest culminated on Friday, February 5, with the all-day Technology. Education. Creativity. (TEC) conference, featuring a wide-variety of speakers and topics. Alumni met with over 60 students looking for advice and guidance during the walk-in professional assistance and resume review sessions on the evenings of Monday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 2. The Career & Internship Expo was also incredibly popular with both students and employers and more than 200 people attended throughout the course of the evening of Wednesday, February 3.

Special events included the Project Showcase and the inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which offered students a platform to present and discuss their research and work with other students and faculty. Congratulations to the 3MT winners: Xidao Wen, Marcela Gomez, and Chun-Hua Tsai, who all received a cash prize. Read more >

SIS faculty Amelia Acker quoted in TribLIVE article about distracted driving and smart phones

SIS Assistant Professor Amelia Acker was recently quoted in a TribLIVE article discussing the dangers of distracted driving due to smart phone use. Acker’s research has included the phenomena of phantom buzzes and rings, which involves people thinking they hear a notification on their phone and reach for it or become distracted, even if there is no such notification. Read more >

SIS' MLIS archival student, Bryan Colvin, highlighted by the Archives Service Center

Current MLIS student, Bryan Colvin, was recently highlighted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Archives Service Center (ASC) in their blog. Colvin holds a Pitt Partner’s Placement with the ASC working with the Erroll Garner Collection. When asked, Colvin said that some of the most interesting items he has worked with thus far are documents that bare the signatures of famous people such as JFK and Johnny Carson. "I did not think that holding a piece of paper that a famous president or person would have held would make me as emotional as it did, but it’s a connection with the past on a whole new level.” Through his experience with ASC, Colvin said he has recognized the importance of documents from the past and how they have the power to change and effect our future. 
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SIS faculty James Joshi promoted to full professor

SIS congratulates James Joshi, who was recently promoted to full professor. Joshi teaches in the Information Science & Technology and the Telecommunications & Networking Programs at SIS. He also holds a secondary appointment as professor of health information management in the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.

SIS faculty-edited series on archives, archivists, and society now available

Archival Research and Education: Selected Papers from the 2014 AERI Conference was published in December 2015 as the seventh installment in the Series on Archives, Archivists, and Society. This book features fifteen essays by both emerging and established archival scholars and faculty from around the world, and the essays were edited by SIS faculty Richard J. Cox, Alison Langmead, and Eleanor Mattern. The sixth annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) Conference was hosted by SIS in July 2014 and attracted international scholars involved in archival studies. The Series on Archives, Archivists, and Society is edited by Cox and published by Litwin Books, LLC.

Collaboration between SIS and the City of Pittsburgh results in impactful student projects

Professors of practice from SIS, Leona Mitchell and Dmitriy Babichenko, have fostered an exciting collaboration between SIS and the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation and Performance in order to work on special projects that will benefit both the city and SIS’ students in impactful ways.

The collaboration was prompted by the City of Pittsburgh’s Chief Innovation and Performance Officer Debra Lam, who reached out to SIS for a fresh outsider perspective on projects in the spring of 2015. Mitchell saw the opportunity to not only build a relationship with the city but to offer undergraduate students at SIS valuable real-world experience that would challenge their perception of what an information scientist does. Read more >

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