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2015 Sara Fine Institute Lecture to Welcome Alondra Nelson, March 31

Join the iSchool as we host the 2015 Sara Fine Institute Lecture on March 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the University Club, Ballroom A.  Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Science and professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University, will present “The Social Life of DNA in the Era of Big Data.”  The lecture will focus on the expansive use of genetic ancestry testing, the 2013 controversy over the decoding of the genome of Henrietta Lacks, the growing phenomenon of familial searching in the criminal justice system, and ideas of compound racialization in the era of big data. Learn more.

Leona Mitchell (MSIS ’81) Joins iSchool as a Visiting Professor of Practice

The iSchool is pleased to announce that Leona Mitchell (MSIS ’81) joined the iSchool faculty as a Visiting Professor of Practice on March 2. Leona brings with her 30+ years of business, entrepreneurial, technical, sales, and leadership expertise. Leona is eager to share her real-world experience with students through the classes she will teach on management and leadership in the information professions. Read more.

Interested in Creating Internship Opportunities for iSchool Students or Hiring iSchool Graduates?

Alka Singh is the iSchool’s new Internship Coordinator. She is a Pitt alumna and is passionate about providing iSchool students with an enriching hands-on learning opportunity to help them prepare for the work force. Alka is excited to collaborate with anyone who has a desire to provide such opportunities for our students. If you are interested in discussing the creation of meaningful internships, please email Alka.

iSchool Inclusion Institute Seeks Lecturers and Mentors

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is seeking iSchool alumni for lecturing and mentoring opportunities this summer. i3 is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences.

Only 25 students from across the country are selected each year to become i3 Scholars. Those students undertake a yearlong experience that includes two summer institutes hosted by the iSchool, as well as a research project spanning the year. i3 prepares students for the rigors of graduate study and serves as a pipeline for i3 Scholars into internationally recognized iSchools.

i3 is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The 2015 Institute will be held June 14 - July 10, 2015. If you would like to serve as an i3 lecturer or mentor, email Mike Depew. More information.

Save-the-Date: Pitt Homecoming 2015

Pitt’s 2015 Homecoming Celebration will be held October 5-11.  On Saturday, October 10, your Pitt Panthers will face Virginia at Heinz Field.

Young Alumni Profile: Dibya Chattopadhyay (MSIS ‘14)

The iSchool is pleased to report on alumnus Dibya Chattopadhyay (MSIS ‘14). Dibya is an Application Developer with Highmark Health Solutions in Pittsburgh, providing solutions in JPA, EJB, JSF and other technologies. Read more.

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