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Dr. Bias receives lifetime achievement award

April 25, 2017

The world’s premier organization for user experience professionals is honoring School of Information Professor Randolph G. Bias with its lifetime achievement award.

A pioneer of the user experience field, Dr. Bias spent two decades in private industry before joining the School of Information in 2003.

iSchool student groups putting community first

April 5, 2017

Fifty children gathered around computers in an East Austin classroom last spring. They knew how to operate the machines, of course. The children could type, run software and explore the Internet. But now they were handed screwdrivers.

One by one, fifth-grade students at the University of Texas Elementary School took turns removing the tiny screws that held the computers together. When they popped off the protective case, the hard drive and other components were revealed.

Several kids giggled. “I can see inside!” one girl declared.

“What is it?” another asked.

Texas iSchool achieves international ranking

April 4, 2017

The Texas iSchool ranks in the top 10 among information schools worldwide, according to a new report.

On April 3, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) announced The University of Texas at Austin School of Information is internationally positioned at No. 7 for schools of information science and library science.

School of Information creates makerspace

March 8, 2017

If students dream it, the School of Information will help them build it.

In Fall 2016, the iSchool debuted the Information Lifecycle Lab, a makerspace that gives students room to share ideas, tinker with hardware and create prototypes for new electronic devices. The lab offers a range of high-tech equipment from 3D printers to computer microprocessors.

Giving back during iGive campaign

Feb. 13, 2017

Nearly 80 School of Information students—one-third of the iSchool's enrollment—gave back to their communities during the iSchool’s seventh annual iGive Campaign in fall 2016.

Students volunteered more than 3,600 hours for nonprofit groups, museums, schools and other worthy causes like the Inside Books Project, the Austin History Center and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

Student's Capitol exhibit raises awareness for food insecurity

Feb. 1, 2017

A Texas iSchool student is raising awareness for hunger and food insecurity through an exhibit at the Texas State Capitol.

The exhibit, Client Voices from the Feeding Texas StoryBank, can be found in the capitol building’s Lower Rotunda on Feb. 8-10. It features 19 banners, stories and photography of Texas families who are clients of the nonprofit organization Feeding Texas.

Texas iSchool to research White House social media archives

Jan. 4, 2017
The White House announced on Jan. 5 that Texas iSchool Assistant Professor Amelia Acker will conduct a pair of research and teaching projects using President Barack Obama’s complete social media archives.

Pavelka contributes to Chinese conservatorship

Dec. 16, 2016

A little over a decade ago, the iSchool’s Karen Pavelka witnessed a breakthrough for conservation of one of the world’s oldest cultures.

In 2004 she was invited to the Guangzhou province in China, northwest of Hong Kong, to give lectures at a symposium on the preservation and conservation of rare books. When Ms. Pavelka arrived at the School of Information Management at Yat-sen University, however, she realized it was the very first national symposium in her field.

Professor Lease wins HCOMP 2016 Best Paper Award

Nov. 30, 2016
A research article co-authored by School of Information Associate Professor Matthew Lease received the Best Paper Award from the 2016 Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) this November.

Texas iSchool awarded $635K grant to improve credit for research software

Nov. 10, 2016

School of Information Assistant Professor James Howison is collaborating on a new project that aims to transform the way we measure the scholarly impact of software.

Funded by a three-year, $635,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Dr. Howison is working with the open-source website Impactstory to create a database of software projects that are mentioned in research papers.