Philadelphia (USA). – “Drexel University has named Yi Deng, PhD, dean of its College of Computing & Informatics. Deng comes to Drexel after a seven-year tenure as dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte where his leadership contributed to dramatic growth in enrollment and research funding. Deng takes the helm of one of the nation’s oldest recognized institutions of computing and informatics studies, whose programs have consistently ranked among the best in preparing students for jobs in these rapidly expanding fields.
“In welcoming Dr. Deng to this leadership role in the College of Computing & Informatics, we are ensuring that a College, already on a rising trajectory, continues on its path of success with a shared vision to address the nation’s fastest growing job sector,” said Drexel Provost M. Brian Blake, PhD. “His record of commitment to building innovative programs, growing the research enterprise and fostering collaboration aligns him perfectly to guide our College forward on all of these fronts.””
Champaign, Illinois (USA). – “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $5M to the “Whole Tale” project, led by Professor Bertram Ludäscher (PI) along with CIRSS affiliate Matthew Turk (co-PI, NCSA) and Associate Professor Victoria Stodden (co-PI). The five-year NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) project will create methods and tools for scientists to link executable code, data, and other information directly to online scholarly publications, with the aim of helping to ensure reproducibility and pave the way for new discoveries. Project partners include co-PIs at the University of Chicago, the Texas Advanced Computing Center, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Notre Dame.”
Singapore. – “Singapore Management University (SMU), one of Asia’s leading universities, through its School of Information Systems (SIS), and PS Solutions Corp (PSSOL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japan headquartered telecommunications and Internet company, SoftBank Group Corp., have entered into a software licence agreement. The license provides PSSOL world-wide exclusive rights to use an SMU developed software module which implements high-speed processing of geofence* queries, and the application of the software module to solutions that require sophisticated spatial data analysis in real time.
The algorithms to determine the location via a geofence are already well established technological abilities. However, processing many simultaneous geofence queries on large-volume incoming streams of data, at high speed, is technically very challenging, and therefore, it is difficult to achieve high efficiency in processing big data at lower cost for commercial use.
A team of researchers at SMU SIS, led by Associate Professors Kyriakos Mouratidis and Baihua Zheng, collaborated with PSSOL for research and validation, and successfully developed an algorithm to process many simultaneous geofence queries on large-volume incoming streams of data, at very high speed, and in a highly efficient manner. Through this agreement, SMU grants PSSOL the software license for commercial use of the said algorithm.”
Knoxville, Tennessee (USA). – “Diane Kelly, an internationally known information sciences scholar, is the new director of the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences (SIS). She begins on August 8.
Kelly comes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a professor in the School of Information and Library Science. Her research and teaching interests focus on interactive information search and retrieval, information search behavior, and research methods.”
Philadelphia (USA). – “Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) faculty members Ellen Bass, PhD and Jane Greenberg, PhD recently celebrated their graduation from the Class of 2016 of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) program, hosted by Drexel University. The program is a one-year, part-time leadership development program for senior women faculty in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and related disciplines.
The ELATE’s Class of 2016 included 31 experienced and diverse women faculty from 22 different institutions across the country. Sally Mason, PhD, president emerita of the University of Iowa, delivered an inspirational address at the graduation ceremony held on March 10, capping off a year full of growth and achievements for the Fellows.
Bass and Greenberg were selected as Fellows in ELATE’s 2015-16 class in May 2015.”
Maryland (USA). – “The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, is excited to announce two new opportunities in Youth Experience (YX). Beginning Fall 2016, the YX specialization will be available for students in the Master of Library Science (MLS) Program at the iSchool. In addition to the specialization, the iSchool is developing a post-master’s certificate in YX with generous funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS).
Both fully-online programs are being developed in response to a need for targeted support for children and youth librarians. The YX opportunities will prepare leaders, educators, and change agents who deeply understand the dynamic contexts of youth. Education is no longer confined to the school building – youth are learning across both formal and informal learning spaces, including libraries, museums, community centers, and online environments. Information professionals must be prepared to meet youth in their own spaces (online, in person, and in between), use technology to facilitate existing interests, and be in tune with what they find relevant and motivating.”
Singapore. – “The Singapore Management University (SMU) has announced the appointment of Professor Pang Hwee Hwa as the next Dean of the SMU School of Information Systems (SIS) with effect from 1 July 2016 for a term of five years.
Selected from a global pool of candidates after an extensive and rigorous global search which started in October 2015, Prof Pang’s strong commitment to research in information systems and a passion for excellence in education, make him the ideal candidate to lead the School of Information Systems.
Prof Pang succeeds Prof Steven Miller, who is completing 13.5 years as SIS’s founding dean. Prof Miller will continue with his role as Vice Provost (Research).
Prior to joining SMU in July 2005, Prof Pang was with the A*Star Institute of Infocomm Research where, as Division Director and Principal Scientist, he was responsible for strategic planning, project management, industry and government agency engagement, leading and managing research staff. Under his leadership, the division was one of the most successful in transferring technology to industry.
At SMU, Prof Pang has played a central role in supporting the development and growth of the PhD programmes at the university. He served as PhD Programme Director at SIS from 2006 to 2014, and took on additional responsibilities as Director, and later Dean for Postgraduate Research at the university level from 2011.”
Philadelphia (USA). – “The Isaac and Carol Auerbach Family Foundation awarded $3 million to be paid over five years to Drexel University’s Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute. Steven Weber, PhD, will be director of the newly renamed institute, which reports to the Office of Research.
“With this generous gift, Drexel honors a pioneer of early computing and a Drexel University alumnus, Dr. Isaac L. Auerbach, by funding an institute whose purpose is to educate students on how to create more secure systems and to deploy tools to defend computing assets ranging from personal handheld devices to our nation’s critical infrastructure,” said Spiros Mancoridis, PhD, interim dean of the College of Computing & Informatics and a professor of computer science. “Moreover, the Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute becomes the home to interdisciplinary research, drawing from the expertise of faculty from five different colleges, whose products will help make our computing systems more secure.””
The iSchool Review (www.ischoolreview.com) is a new, digital publication to showcase work from iSchool students around the world.
The inaugural issue features work from students at four iSchools: UC Berkeley, the University of Toronto, University College London and Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin. Enjoy this and future issues!
Students who are interested in submitting work to be published in the Fall 2016 issue, please review the submissions guidelines.
Maryland (USA). – “The College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, announces a new Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree. Building on the iSchool’s tradition of preparing high-impact information professionals, the BSIS degree will fill a growing demand for students skilled at working with information in a variety of fields including government, healthcare, education, technology, and policy.
Dean Brian Butler described the new program as integral to the iSchool’s continued efforts: “This is our entry into undergraduate education, which is central to the mission of the University and an important part of its contribution to the state of Maryland. We are excited to join this worthwhile endeavor.”
The undergraduate program joins the three existing graduate degree programs in Human Computer Interaction, Information Management, and Library Science, as well as the PhD in Information Studies. The BSIS degree will build upon the strengths of these existing programs, bringing additional accolade to the iSchool in the wake of its recent U.S. News & World Report ranking as a top-ten information school in the country among all public universities.”