On Saturday, May 21, the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin celebrated the graduating Class of 2022 with an in-person convocation for the first time in three years (the previous two spring graduation celebrations were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Excited graduates, their families, faculty, staff, and friends of the iSchool gathered at the William C. Powers Jr.
Congratulations to the 2022 Dean’s Choice Award and Diversity & Inclusion Award winners!
The School of Information’s annual spring Open House virtual event showcases graduating student’s capstone projects and highlights the latest in digital libraries and archives, data analysis, information architecture and organization, user experience research and design, and much more!
In the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, thousands of open source COVID data projects were launched in an attempt to organize the chaos of information emerging about this new infectious disease. These COVID data infrastructure projects were crucial in enabling policy-makers and the public to understand the impact of the virus in communities around the world.
The Texas iSchool retained its spot at No. 5 for the second time in a row. The iSchool has remained in the top 10 in the U.S. News rankings for over two decades, steadily rising through this elite upper tier.
Several faculty members, PhD students, and a postdoctoral researcher will be representing The University of Texas at Austin School of Information at the 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, which is being held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from October 22nd to November 1st. The theme of the conference is Information for a Sustainable World: Addressing Society’s Grand Challenges.
Professor Soo Young Rieh is partnering with collaborators from two other universities to launch the IDEA Institute on Artificial intelligence (AI), a two-year project funded by a $208,142 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The institute aims to help library and information professionals to lead in planning, deploying, and implementing artificial intelligence in library settings. A diverse cohort of twenty fellows will be recruited nationwide to attend the Institute, where they will develop conceptual and practical AI knowledge and skills in a collaborative learning environment.
Dr. Amelia Acker was awarded a collaborative grant of $461,085 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her research project, "Collaborative Research Data Afterlives: The long-term impact of NSF Data Management Plans on data archiving and sharing for increased access." Acker will be investigating how the NSF's Data Management Plan requirement policy, domain specific management plans, and data archiving have evolved to confront the growth of digital data from scientific research.