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Tara Sherry-Torres to deliver 2016 i3 Opening Ceremony keynote address

The 2016 iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) will officially kick-off with a keynote address by Tara Sherry-Torres (SSW ’10), founder & creative director of Café con Leche, at the Opening Reception on June 14. The reception will be held at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences (SIS) and will celebrate the arrival of the new cohort of i3 scholars. The 2016 cohort includes 25 students from 19 different colleges and universities, ranging from Massachusetts to Guam.

Registration is required to attend the 2016 i3 Opening Ceremony. Click here for more information and to register.

Dr. Jorge Reina Schement to deliver 2016 i3 commencement address

I3 is pleased to announce that Dr. Jorge Reina Schement, vice chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion at Rutgers University, will deliver the commencement address at the 2016 i3 Graduate and Recognition Ceremony on July 8 at SIS. The ceremony will recognize the new 2016 i3 scholars as they embark on their year-long research projects, as well as celebrate the accomplishments of the returning 2015 i3 scholars. The Graduate and Recognition Ceremony will serve as the culminating event in this year’s alumni reunion, which will include professional development and networking events.

Registration is required to attend the 2016 Graduation and Recognition Ceremony. Click here for more information and to register.

SIS alumna receives Medal of Distinction from Seton Hill University

Michele Moore Ridge, an alumna of School of Information Science’s Library & Information Science program, was recently honored with Seton Hill University’s Medal of Distinction.

Ridge received the Medal of Distinction during undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, May 14. She is only the second person to receive this distinction.

The university honored Ridge for her dedication and work with both the university and the community. During her 13 years as Board Chair, Ridge worked with local leaders to revive the city of Greensburg as well as underwent numerous building campaigns for the university. In addition, Ridge also served as campaign co-chair for various phases of Seton Hill’s endowment campaigns, aided in the construction of the Erie County Public Library, and served as the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Click here to read more.

SIS faculty member, Michael Spring, tells graduating students to always keep dreaming

Dr. Michael B. Spring, associate professor of Information Science, addressed the graduating class as co-keynote speaker during the iSchool Recognition ceremony on May 1.

He began his speech by quoting George Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methuselah, “You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’”

Dr. Spring addressed the room of more than 300 graduates with a few words of advice. He encouraged them to be positive, to think, to contribute to the world, and to laugh. Most importantly, however, he encouraged them to always keep dreaming.

For a copy of Dr. Spring’s speech, visit his blog. To read more about the recognition ceremony, click here.

SIS alumna appointed new archivist at Carnegie Museum of Art

Effective May 16, Dominique Luster will be joining the Carnegie Museum of Art as the Charles “Teenie” Harris Archivist. In this position, Luster will manage and oversee the research, digitization, publication, and exhibition of more than 70,000 images takenby Harris from the 1930s through the 1970s. Read more >

SIS alumnus reflects on seven years as University Librarian at Boston College

Dr. Thomas Wall, an SIS alumnus, recently reflected on the importance for libraries to constantly innovate in the spring 2016 edition of the Boston College Libraries newsletter.

“It is the role of the University Librarian to facilitate innovation and create a culture open to creativity, service excellence, and continuous improvement,” said Dr. Wall.

In the spirit of reflection, Dr. Wall and his colleagues created a document titled, “Library Story” that outlines the past seven years of Boston College Libraries as well as key areas of innovation and growth.

Wall received his PhD in library and information sciences from SIS where he was also a faculty member.

Click here to read the Library Story.

SIS student, Kate Madison, receives 2016 Society of American Archivists Ham Scholarship

Kate Madison, a graduate student in the Library and Information Science program, was named the 2016 recipient of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Ham Scholarship.

The scholarship, established in 1998, provides financial support to graduate students in a professional archival studies program at a U.S. university.

Please join us in congratulating Kate!

Two SIS faculty members on new Association for Computing Machinery journal’s editorial board

Peter Brusilovsky, professor and current chair of the Information Sciences Program, and Rosta Farzan, assistant professor of Information Sciences & Technology, have been selected as editors of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) new journal titled, “Transactions on Social Computing.”

This quarterly journal will publish works encompassing theoretical, empirical, systems, and design research on social computing. It will be part of the ACM Digital Library, which is the most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records covering the fields of computing and information technology.

SIS faculty member, Konstantinos ‘Kostas’ Pelechrinis, promoted to associate professor with tenure

SIS is pleased to announce that Konstantinos ‘Kostas’ Pelechrinis has been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective September 1, 2016. Pelechrinis has taught in the Telecommunications and Networking Program at SIS and led the Network Data Science Lab since 2010.

He received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Riverside. Prior, he received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece.

Pelechrinis’ research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and magazines as well as discussed at conferences around the world. His research interests include: network science, location based social networks, urban informatics, wireless network systems, and wireless network security. He was recently awarded a grant through the Army Research Office’s Young Investigator award for his research titled, “Models and Metrics for Composite Socio-Spatial Networks.”

Please join us in congratulating Kostas on this well-deserved promotion!

SIS celebrates Ellen Detlefsen’s career and establishment of Wendell L. Wray Endowment for Diversity and Inclusion

On Thursday, May 5, SIS honored Dr. Ellen G. Detlefsen’s 42 year long career at the University of Pittsburgh. Remarks were made by Dean Ronald L. Larsen and her husband, Charles F. Reynolds III, MD. Vice Provost Laurie Kirsch presented Dr. Detlesfsen with the Associate Professor Emeritus Certificate and surprise visitor Dr. Shigeo Sugimoto, from Tsukuba University in Japan, delivered remarks and presented her with gifts. Dean Larsen also presented Dr. Detlesfsen with gifts from SIS and thanked her for working to endow a fund established in memory of the late Professor Emeritus Wendell L. Wray. As the executor of his estate, Dr. Detlefsen discovered additional funds outside of Wray’s will. The Wendell L. Wray Fund for Diversity and Inclusion will be used to support activities that promote diversity and inclusion at SIS.

Dr. Detlesfen recalled the changes in the name of the school, the physical structure of the building, and technology over the years, and reminisced about “hanging out” with each of the deans during her tenure. She spoke of her friendship with Wray, discussing his life and how he was a pioneer for oral historians as well as minorities in the library field.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Ellen Detlefsen for her many accomplishments and future endeavors as associate professor emeritus!

iSchool Recognition Ceremony honored graduates on May 1!

On Sunday, May 1, the iSchool hosted a recognition ceremony to honor 2016 graduates (covering the period from June 2015 to April 2016). Five-hundred students, faculty, staff, family, and friends rose early and braved the Pittsburgh Marathon traffic to celebrate our students' accomplishments at 9:30 a.m. in the Seventh Floor Auditorium of Alumni Hall. Read more >

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