Professor Bo Xie Receives Innovative Programs Building Partnerships Award

Sandlin, Anu  |  Jun 25, 2019

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Dr. Bo Xie
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The University of Texas at AustinSchool of Information Professor Bo Xie was recently announced recipient of the 2019 Aging in Texas Conference (AiTC) Innovative Programs Building Partnerships Award for her Electronic Health Information for Lifelong Learners (eHiLL) research program.

The statewide award is presented annually to an organization for the development and implementation of a program that is innovative and beneficial to the aging community, within the State of Texas. It seeks to promote creative and valuable new programs throughout the field of aging, which come about through successful partnerships. 

The eHiLL program is a research program that features productive partnerships with local organizations serving older adults. Under the leadership of Dr. Bo Xie, who is also eHiLL’s director, the highly interdisciplinary and innovative program examines older adults’ learning and use of new technology and the design of senior-friendly technology. The eHiLL program has been funded by federal funding agencies including the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute on Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The program strives to ensure older adults’ full participation in the design of technology through participatory design techniques that elicit and incorporate older adults’ input early on and throughout the entire design process. Ongoing eHiLL projects focus on health informatics interventions that can promote older adults’ learning and use of computers and the Internet for health information and decision-making that may have important implications for patient-provider relationships and health outcomes.  

Xie’s eHiLL Project stood out from the rest due to its innovative use of partnerships and technology to help improve the quality of life for older adults.

The Aging in Texas Conference Awards Committee noted that Xie’s eHiLL Project “stood out from the rest due to its innovative use of partnerships and technology to help improve the quality of life for older adults.”

“The long-term goal of our eHiLL program is to integrate resources from federal, state, and local organizations to ensure community members’ lifelong learning and use of new technology that can make a positive impact on their lives,” said Xie.

The eHiLL program has partnered with local organizations to train hundreds of older adults in Texas, many of whom are from traditionally underserved groups, to gain skills to access, assess, and use high-quality online health information in their daily lives. Furthermore, the program has forged successful partnerships with local senior-oriented organizations including public libraries, senior centers, and senior-living facilities in Texas, demonstrating fruitful partnerships between a state university and a wide range of local organizations serving the aging population. 

“It is a great honor to be recognized with this award," said Xie. “The success of our eHiLL research program would not have been possible without the generous support of the School of Nursing and the iSchool, the staff and administrators of our local partners, and our funding agencies including the NIH and IMLS. The success of our eHiLL program has also been made possible through the hard work of many graduate students who have worked on various eHiLL projects over the years, including current School of Nursing doctoral student Atami Sagna, Texas iSchool doctoral students Ivan Watkins (who just graduated in May), Jin Gao, Kristina Shiroma, and Nathan Davis.”  

Professor Xie will deliver an invited presentation about her project on June 27 at the 2019 annual Aging in Texas Conference in Houston. She will be recognized at an awards ceremony that takes place on June 28 at the Omni Houston

A Professor with joint appointments in the School of Nursing and School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin, Xie is also a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and has run the eHiLL program for over a decade. Her research reflects her interdisciplinary training in Medicine, Psychology, and Science and Technology Studies. 

iSchool Associate Dean for Education Receives ASIS&T Information Behavior Research Award

Sandlin, Anu  |  Jun 24, 2019

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Dr. Soo Young Rieh
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Soo Young Rieh
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Incoming University of Texas School of Information Associate Dean for Education Dr. Soo Young Rieh was recently announced as the 2019 recipient of the ASIS&T SIG USE Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Research Award.

ASIS&T SIG USE is a community for researchers who conduct research on information needs, information seeking, and information use. SIG USE members “are concerned with people’s behavioral and cognitive activities, as well as their affective states as they interact with information.”

Each year, the Awards Committee selects one researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to the information behavior field. The Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Research Award recognizes the researcher’s achievements that have made significant impact in the field. Candidates are nominated by their peers and the selection is made by a jury comprised of two past SIG-USE Chairs and one previous award winner. 

“I am honored and thrilled to receive this award,” said Rieh. “I am grateful for this recognition from the SIG-USE research community which has been a big and important part of my research journey.”

Rieh has been actively involved in research related to information seeking behavior, web searching behavior, human information interaction, and information literacy. Her research focuses specifically on credibility assessment of online information, credibility constructs in social media content, searching as learning.

I am grateful for this recognition from the SIG-USE research community which has been a big and important part of my research journey.

Over the past two decades, Rieh has made significant contributions to the information behavior field. She has authored or co-authored 50 articles in top peer-reviewed journals and conference papers, including Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology (JASIS&T), Information Processing & ManagementLibrary and Information Science Research, and Journal of Information Science

Rieh has received nine best paper awards, including a Best ASIS&T Conference Paper Award (2010), two ASIS&T SIG-USE Best Conference Paper Awards (2007 & 2015), and two Best JASIS&T Paper Awards (2005 & 2011). She is one of only four researchers to have won the Best JASIS&T Paper Award twice. One of her winning papers was selected as one of seven JASIS&T Best Papers of the Decade (2010's). Her 2002 JASIS&T paper titled, "Judgement of Information Quality and Cognitive Authority in the Web," is her most cited paper –and has been cited nearly 900 times.

Rieh is recognized as a leading researcher on credibility assessment of online information and searching as learning. She has received nearly $2 million in funding from several sources including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the MacArthur Foundation, and Brainly, Inc. 

“It is not just my sole effort that has brought me here. Indeed, it took a village to reach this milestone in my career,” said Rieh. “I have been blessed to be able to work with my advisor, mentors, senior researchers, peers, and students for whom I have the deepest respect.”

Established in 2005, the SIG USE Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Research Award is sponsored by SIG USE and administered by the SIG USE Awards Committee. “We are very pleased to honor Dr. Soo Young Rieh with the 2019 ASIS&T SIG-USE Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Research Award,” said Dr. Sueyeon Syn, ASIS&T SIG USE Chair. “Her nomination packet was very strong.”

The award consists of a $500 check and certificate which are presented by the SIG USE Awards Co-chairs at the SIG USE Symposium of the ASIS&T annual meeting. As recipient of this award, Rieh will be inducted into the ASIS&T SIG-USE Academy of Fellows. Her numerous achievements and contributions to the field of information behavior will be celebrated at the 19th annual ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium on October 19, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. 

Rieh is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. She will officially join The University of Texas at Austin School of Information as Professor and Associate Dean for Education on August 1, 2019. 

Texas iSchool Appoints New Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Sandlin, Anu  |  Jun 18, 2019

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Shannon Hickson
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Shannon Hickson
Texas iSchool

The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce that Shannon Hickson will be joining the iSchool as Director of Development and Alumni Relations beginning July 8, 2019.

Hickson comes to us from the McCombs School of Business where for the past three years she has served as Director of Employer Relations & Recruitment Services for BBA Career Services. 

Prior to this role, Hickson was Assistant Director of Employer Relations at McCombs School of Business – BBA Career Services program for three years and Assistant Director of Working Professional Career Management at McCombs School of Business – MBA Career Management program for four years. 

Before her eleven years at McCombs School of Business, Hickson gained eight years’ industry experience at Adecco Employment Services where she held several progressive roles from Recruiter to Branch Manager, honing her sales and relationship management skills.

Currently a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Hickson has served as Ways & Means Chair for the Austin Alumnae Chapter for four years. She is experienced developing and executing fundraising strategy to raise funds towards scholarships and educational opportunities for underrepresented minority students in the Austin Metro area. 

I look forward to collaborating with key constituents and drawing from my experience cultivating corporate alliances.

In 2011, Hickson was named Diversity CHAMPION Award Recipient by Texas Diversity Council. In 2015, she received the Staff Excellence Award for outstanding service to McCombs constituents. And in 2017, Hickson was an Honoree in the Achievements in Black Austin Inaugural Edition. 

Last year, Hickson was nominated by President Fenves, McCombs School of Business Dean Jay Hartzell, and BBA Program Dean David Platt for the Leadership Women program (Texas class of 2019). She has a Master of Business Administration in Business Management from St. Edwards University and a Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A & M University at Commerce. 

Hickson will take over from Cassie Alvarado (now director at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work), whose successes in philanthropy at the iSchool over the last 11 years have set the stage for her successor to thrive.

“The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin is a global leader in the iSchool movement, and I am excited to work with and represent the dynamic faculty, talented students, and dedicated staff that contribute to the success of the iSchool,” said Hickson.

"Shannon will be helping us to develop new philanthropic programs and goals," said Dean Eric T. Meyer announcing Hickson’s appointment. “She emerged from a strong pool of applicants, and impressed us all with her passion and professionalism. We are looking forward to her joining the iSchool community and helping communicate our message.”

Hickson says she is eager to develop transformative relationships and continue nurturing existing partnerships. “As Director of Development and Alumni Relations, I look forward to collaborating with key constituents and drawing from my experience cultivating corporate alliances. My priority is to diversify and maximize the portfolio of gifts and engagement opportunities in order to achieve fundraising targets. Information touches every aspect of society, thus creating endless development opportunities for the iSchool. I can’t wait to get started on July 8!” 


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