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UNC iSchool announces research grants and other news

16 Jul 2020 17:59 | iSchools News (Administrator)

The School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill has announced the following funding grants:

Assistant Professor Maggie Melo has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how the physical and affective characteristics of makerspaces encourage or inhibit participation by students from marginalized communities.

The NSF CAREER award will provide more than $715,000 in funding over five years to support the project, titled “Equity in the Making: Investigating Spatial Arrangements of Makerspaces and Their Impact on Diverse User Populations.” Learn more

Assistant Professor Sayamindu Dasgupta, has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a two-year project aimed at fostering data literacies in middle-school and high-school-aged children.

The $175,000 grant is part of the NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII). Learn more

Associate Professor Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi has been awarded funding from the NC Policy Collaboratory for a project that will document the impact of COVID-19 on gig workers and their ability to work independently.

The project aims to examine how the skills used for location-based gig work can translate into the skills needed for online digital work and to develop educational materials that can help workers make the transition. The project’s findings will also help identify the necessary design features for digital platforms that could help facilitate the process. Learn more

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