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UNT College of Information names new dean, receives $1.2 million endowment

 

The University of North Texas College of Information has named Dr. Kinshuk as its new dean. Dr. Kinshuk is formerly the associate dean of the Faculty of Science of Technology at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Kinshuk began his new position as Dean of the College of Information on August 15. Regents Professor of Decision Sciences Victor Prybutok has served as the college’s interim dean since February. For further details please go here: https://news.unt.edu/news-releases/new-dean-named-unts-college-information

In other news, UNT has created an endowed professorship fund called The Reinburg Professorship in Data Sciences. The fund is named after Jesse Reinburg who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in library science in 1941. She passed away in September 2015, leaving an estimated $1.2 million to create a data science professorship in the Department of Library & Information Sciences. More at https://news.unt.edu/news-releases/unt-college-information-receives-12-million-endowment-fund-new-data-science-professors.

 

iFellows 2016 Call for Proposals

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA). – “The iFellows Doctoral Fellowship Program will provide a two-year fellowship of $50,000 to selected iSchool PhD students during the 2016–2017 academic year to pursue independent dissertation research that supports the goals of the Coherence at Scale Program. Coherence at Scale is a broad-based program aimed at coordinating and aggregating national-scale digital projects in order to promote the development of new technology environments to support advanced scholarship across disciplines. The Coherence at Scale Program is led by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh will serve as the administrative organization for the iFellows Program. Funding support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”
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iConference 2017 Submissions Due Sept. 16

 

The iConference 2017 submission deadline is Sept. 16. This applies to all papers, posters, proposals and applications. Authors are encourged to begin finalizing their work in advance of this fast-approaching deadline.

iConference 2017 will take place March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China. The theme of this first-ever Asia-based iConference is “Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community.”

Authors can consult the following pages for more information:

Authors and organizers can now submit materials using our secure submissions website: https://www.conftool.com/iConference2017/. The official proceedings will be published in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS). All submissions must be received by end-of-day Sept. 16.

iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. The 3,500-year-old city of Wuhan represents a combination of ancient culture and modern living, and conference participants are assured a memorable and rewarding experience.

As always, the iConference will include peer-reviewed papers, posters, workshops and sessions for interaction and engagement, interspersed with multiple opportunities for networking. Early career and next generation researchers can engage in the Doctoral Student Colloquium and Early Career Colloquium.

New this year are special conference programs focused on iSchool Best Practices, and also on iSchools and Industry Partnerships. In addition, there will be a special track for papers originating in China.

The iConference brings together scholars and researchers addressing critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference pushes the boundaries of information studies, explores core concepts and ideas, and creates new technological and conceptual configurations—all shaping interdisciplinary discourses. Affiliation with a member iSchool is not required—all information scholars, researchers, and practitioners are encouraged to make submissions. Visit the iConference website for more information.

The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, a worldwide association of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. The event is sponsored by Microsoft Research, and other sponsorship opportunities are available.

 

iSchools Obtain Nonprofit Status as Charitable Organization

 

iSchools Inc. is now officially a tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organization, having been granted 501(c)(3) status by the United States Internal Revenue Service. The nonprofit determination means the iSchools organization is exempt from federal income tax, and donors can deduct their contributions to the organization.

The determination of nonprofit status was made official on August 1, 2016. It comes on the heels of the organization’s official incorporation in 2015, in Washington D.C.

“Achieving nonprofit status is an important step for the iSchools organization,” said Ron Larsen, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and chair of the iCaucus, the governing body of the iSchools organization. “Ever since the iSchools organized in 2005, we have sought to incorporate and obtain nonprofit status. Those goals have now been realized.”

The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown into a consortium of 77 schools spanning five continents.

The iSchools organization supports and recognizes student achievement through its annual Doctoral Colloquium and Doctoral Dissertation Award, as well as other special contests and mentoring opportunities. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors. Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. The next iConference is scheduled to take place March 22-25, 2017 in Wuhan, China.

“Many recognize how the information field is creating innovative systems and designing information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society. By promoting the iSchools movement, the iSchools organization helps the world harness the power of information and technology, and maximize the potential of humans,” said iSchool Executive Director David Fenske. “This determination of 501(c)(3) status will benefit individuals and organizations who wish to directly support the iSchools organization in this mission through charitable donations.”

 

New dean named for UCI School of Information & Computer Sciences

 

Irvine, California (USA). – “Marios Papaefthymiou – an expert in the design of energy-efficient, high-performance computers – has been appointed the next dean of the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. His term will begin Jan. 1, 2017.
“Given the central role played by information and computer sciences in the transformation of research across many vital fields, it was very important for the campus to recruit a strong, visionary leader for the Donald Bren School,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “Marios Papaefthymiou is such a leader. We are excited about the school’s future and welcome Marios to the UCI community.””
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Dr. Keith Marzullo Named Dean of Maryland’s College of Information Studies

 

College Park, Maryland (USA). – “Maryland’s College of Information Studies is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Keith Marzullo as Dean of the College of Information Studies (iSchool). Dr. Marzullo officially begins his position on August 1, 2016.
As Dean, Dr. Marzullo will build upon his extensive background in computer science and cybersecurity to elevate the iSchool’s leadership in information management, libraries and archives, and human-computer interaction.
“Dr. Marzullo is an impressive addition to the University of Maryland family,” says Mary Ann Rankin, UMD’s senior vice president and provost. “His deep expertise and innovative vision for the iSchool are a tremendous asset to the College of Information Studies and to the greater University.”
Dr. Marzullo will join the university from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he served as the Director of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Prior to that, Dr. Marzullo was at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for five years, where he served as Director of the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. In this role, he provided leadership in cybersecurity, networking, computer systems, and cyber physical systems.”
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SC&I To Offer New Master of Information Concentration This Fall: Archives and Preservation

 

New Brunswick, New Jersey (USA). – “This fall, The Rutgers School of Communication and Information will offer “Archives and Preservation,” a new concentration within its Master of Information (MI) degree program.
Available on campus and for the first time during the fall 2016 semester, this new concentration will prepare master’s students for careers in these areas: Librarian/Archivist, Digital Asset Manager/Digital Archivist, Museum Librarian/Archivist, Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian.
By taking the courses in the Archives and Preservation concentration, students will be prepared to assume the responsibilities and roles in identifying and preserving analog and digital records created by individuals, families and organizations as trustworthy evidence, they will be able to develop strategies for preserving cultural and scientific knowledge for current and future generations, learn about the tensions around privacy, access, and memorial contestation, and consider the role of records, documents, and archival institutions in upholding human rights and social justice.”
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Call for Content: iSchool Review – second issue

 

Berkeley, California (USA). -“The iSchool Review is a new publication designed specifically for work from master’s students in professional degree programs. As we begin to compile content for the second issue, we are seeking submissions related to information management, information design and information policy.
From traditional essays or policy papers to interactive information visualizations or UI/UX projects, we aim to publish cutting-edge works that further the interdisciplinary trajectory of 21st-century iSchools.
We will review submissions in two rounds, with a degree of preference given to early submitters. Following are the deadlines:
Round 1: Friday, 9 September 2016; and
Round 2: Friday, 21 October 2016.”
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Illinois’ Emily Knox elected to National Coalition Against Censorship board

 

Champaign, Illinois (USA). – “Assistant Professor Emily Knox has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). An alliance of more than fifty nonprofit organizations, NCAC promotes freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression and opposes censorship in all its forms.
Knox’s research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. In 2015 she was awarded the Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE Instructor of the Year.
Knox’s book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in January 2015. It is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. The book is an expansion of the analysis presented in her Library & Information Science Research article, “Society, institutions, and common sense: Themes in the discourse of challengers in 21st century United States.””
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SMU researchers boost security of Google’s Android mobile systems

 

Singapore (Singapore). – “Ms Su Mon Kywe, a PhD candidate, and Associate Professor Li Yingjiu from SMU’s School of Information Systems have discovered several security weaknesses in Google’s Android 4.4 and Android 5.1 systems when performing vulnerability analysis on the Android framework as one of their security research projects with Huawei. The weaknesses were reported to Google which has subsequently fixed the vulnerabilities in the newer versions of their Android systems.
The SMU team’s purpose of conducting the vulnerability analysis was to discover security loopholes in the Android systems and report them in a timely manner, so that platform providers such as Google and Huawei can fix the vulnerabilities before they are exploited by real hackers.
The team’s research involved several static source-code analysis, such as building call-graphs and analysing data-flow, on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) published by Google. The source code of AOSP is also used by other platform vendors, such as Samsung and Huawei, with their own customisations. The result of SMU researchers’ analysis revealed that several types of attacks can be launched on mobile users using AOSP versions 4.4 and 5.1.”
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