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iSchool Welcomes Dr. Ahmer Arif to the Faculty

Feb. 4, 2021

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information is pleased to welcome Dr. Ahmer Arif, who joined us as an assistant professor in January 2021. He comes to the iSchool from the University of Washington, where he earned his Ph.D. in Human Centered Design & Engineering.

Texas iSchool Joins Social Justice Informatics Collaborative Effort in City of Austin

Nov. 12, 2020

The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to partner with Good Systems, a UT Grand Challenge, Huston-Tillotson University, and government and community organizations in Austin for the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Social Justice Informatics Faculty Fellows Program.

Texas iSchool Launches New Undergraduate Program in Informatics

Oct. 29, 2020

The School of Information (iSchool) at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the launch of a new undergraduate degree program in Informatics in the fall of 2021. While the iSchool has offered an undergraduate minor option in addition to its graduate degree programs in Information Studies for many years, the launch of the new Informatics program offers undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to now earn a bachelor’s degree from the school.  

iSchool Well-Represented at 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting

Oct. 21, 2020

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.

Soo Young Rieh to Launch Institute on Artificial Intelligence for Library and Information Professionals

Oct. 2, 2020

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.

Amelia Acker Awarded Grant to Research Data Afterlives

Oct. 1, 2020

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.

Dr. David Bergen Gracy II, 1941-2020

Sept. 30, 2020

We are deeply saddened that Dr. David B. Gracy II, Governor Bill Daniel Professor Emeritus in Archival Enterprise, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Austin, Texas.

Yan Zhang & Jacek Gwizdka Research Consumer Health Information Search Behavior

Sept. 23, 2020

Health information has never been as accessible as it is now, thanks to the increasing prevalence of internet-connected devices. “More than 70% of American adults who are on the internet search for health information,” said Dr. Yan Zhang, an Associate Professor who studies consumer online health information-seeking behavior at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information.

iSchool Welcomes Bullard Research Fellow James Hodges

Aug. 31, 2020

The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to welcome Dr. James Hodges, who joined us as a Bullard Research Fellow in August. Hodges comes to the iSchool from Rutgers University where he received his PhD in Information and Communication.

Endowed Professorship in Librarianship at the iSchool established by Virginia & Charles Bowden

June 12, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information is pleased to announce the establishment of the Virginia & Charles Bowden Endowed Professorship in Librarianship, thanks to a generous $500,000 gift from iSchool alumna, Virginia Massey Bowden, and her husband, Charles L. Bowden. The Bowden’s endowment is the largest non-estate gift the School of Information has ever received.