News Category: faculty-news

How We've Adapted Our Reading Habits to Fit Our Screens

Sept. 2, 2015

Dean Andrew Dillon is featured in a Texas Standard interview on deep reading.

“Where once we were engaged with full multi-paged documents, we’re now increasingly occupied and spending time with short-form, few paragraph-long articles from which we flip from one to the other very, very quickly,” he says.

“All new technologies come with a certain element of doom-gloom and the end of civilization associated with it,” Dillon admits.

Howison Wins NSF CAREER Award

July 29, 2015

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Assistant Professor James Howison can help sustain the software underlying scientific research. Howison earned the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award bringing $535,349 to the UT iSchool to support his project, “CAREER: Sustaining Scientific Infrastructure: Researching Transition from Grants to Peer Production.” The NSF award recognizes pre-tenured faculty who exemplify the role of teachers and scholars and integrate programs of research, education and curriculum development.

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

July 13, 2015

The School of Information at the University of Texas, Austin and Dean Andrew Dillon are featured in a Fast Co.Design article on onscreen reading comprehension. 

 

 

Lance Hayden Featured on U.S. News & World Report

July 1, 2015

Adjunct faculty member Lance Hayden was featured in an U.S. News & World Report article centered on millennials and cybersecurity. 

Despite being the first generation to have grown up using the Internet, studies indicate millennials can be surprisingly unaware of online security threats they face.

In fact, a 2013 survey by Marble Security, a mobile threat intelligence and defense company, found that 26.2 percent of young adults born in the U.S. between 1980 and 2000 have had an online account hacked, compared with a 21.4 percent national average. 

UT iSchool professor Matt Lease earns tenure

Jan. 1, 2015

A University of Texas School of Information faculty member, known for his innovative research and passion for teaching, reached a pinnacle point in his careers recently. Assistant Professor Matt Lease was awarded tenure this winter.

Lease has conducted research in the areas of information retrieval and crowdsourcing over the past five years. Information retrieval is the science of creating new search engine technologies such as Google while crowdsourcing helps engage people online to perform productive, human computation tasks. 

iSchool conservators care for Bacone's Ataloa Lodge collections

Oct. 9, 2014

ISchool faculty Rebecca Elder and Karen Pavelka were invited to Bacone College in Muskogee, OK for a conservator's weekend to help care for neglected collections at Bacone's Ataloa Lodge museum. They worked along other invited collections care professionals and library staff, including the Senior VP for Advancement of the college, who showed up in a tee shirt and shorts, ready to help out wherever he was needed.

William Aspray Awarded $125,000 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Oct. 9, 2014

William Aspray, the Bill and Lewis Suit Professor of Information Technologies at the School of Information, has been awarded $125,000 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the history of IT Education and its relation to broadening the IT workforce in the United States. The award is the first of its kind for the UT School of Information.

UT iSchool Welcomes New Faculty Member Byron Wallace

June 12, 2014

The UT iSchool is pleased to welcome Byron Wallace, who will be joining us this fall as an assistant professor. His research interests are in data mining/machine learning and natural language processing, with an emphasis on applications in health. Byron is presently a research assistant professor at Brown University, where he is based in the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice and is also affiliated with the Brown Laboratory for Linguistic and Information Processing (BLLIP) in computer science.

Faculty Profile: Karen Wickett

April 1, 2014

When she was in the second grade, Karen Wickett won the "What the Library Means to Me" essay contest.

It's not an honor she lists on her CV, and she laughs when she remembers how she worked a reference to elephants into the piece.

But her essay included a prescient observation about libraries: "There is a whole world in there to discover."

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