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Celebrate the 2015 Alumni Awards Recipients, October 9

Each year, the iSchool recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni. On Friday, October 9, we'll be honoring Steven S. Choi (PhD ‘76), Chris Geary (MSIS ‘98), and Tim Schlak (MLIS ’07, PhD '10) at the annual Alumni Awards event. The ceremony and reception will take place in the iSchool Student Collaboration Center on the third floor of the Information Sciences Building (135 N. Bellefield Avenue) from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Learn more about the recipients, view event details, and RSVP here.


Join us for "Alumni Insights," October 9

Please plan to join us for an afternoon of exciting speakers and networking! This event will take place at the iSchool and will begin at 1:30 pm with an update from Dean Ronald L. Larsen, followed by two workshop sessions and a networking break. More detailed information will follow in the August eMagazine.


Alumni Reception at SAA Annual Meeting, August 21

Join us for a dessert reception at the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Cleveland on Friday, August 21, 2015. The event will take place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Humphrey Room. RSVP to Marci Carothers.


iSchool Welcomes New School College Regional Campus Director (SCR Director)

On July 1, 2015, Eric Spiegel (BSIS ’88) became the iSchool’s School College Regional Campus Director (SCR Director) on the Pitt Alumni Association (PAA) Board of Directors. During his two-year term, Spiegel will actively participate in strategic planning activities, attend alumni events, encourage fellow alumni to reconnect with the University, and be an advocate for the iSchool and University in general. Learn more.


Leanne Bowler Named Director of the Sara Fine Institute

The iSchool is pleased to announce Dr. Leanne Bowler as the Director of the Sara Fine Institute. The Institute was established and named in honor of Dr. Sara Fine, a long-time professor in the School of Information Sciences. Learn more.


First Chinese Bioethics Fellows Graduate from Pitt's International Research Ethics Program

A graduation ceremony was held on July 6, 2015, at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Club to honor the inaugural group of Chinese Fellows to complete a bioethics training program during their time spent here as visiting scholars. The event was well attended by senior faculty members from China, University faculty members, and representatives from the Provost’s Office and Department of Asian Studies.

The program's grant is administered through the School of Information Sciences (iSchool), and co-directed by Beth Fischer (visiting assistant professor at Pitt’s School of Information Sciences), and Michael Zigmond (professor at Pitt’s Department of Neurology). Read more.


iSchool Professor’s Research Published in The Wall Street Journal

Interesting research by Yu-Ru Lin from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences was recently highlighted by The Wall Street Journal. Lin collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of fellow researchers to examine how tracking daily cell phone usage can reveal “socially beneficial real-time economic statistics.” Read more.


iSchool Professor, Michael Spring, Featured in
University Times

iSchool professor, Michael Spring, has donated to the University’s Faculty and Staff Campaign for 29 years. He was recently featured in the University Times as part of the “Why They Give” series. Read more.

Two School of Information Sciences Faculty Members Accept New Roles and Responsibilities

We are pleased to announce that iSchool Assistant Professor Kip Currier has accepted an offer from Dean Ronald L. Larsen and Library and Information Science (LIS) Program Chair Shelia Corrall to serve as Deputy Chair of the LIS program during the coming academic year--a period that will be key during the formative stages of our school’s exploration of opportunities for enhanced collaboration and consolidation with other units across campus.

Congratulations are also in order for iSchool Assistant Professor Rosta Farzan, who will be taking over as lead faculty member and Co-PI of i3. Farzan, and who has contributed to i3 over the years, is a passionate advocate for women in technology. We are pleased that Farzan will take the reins in ensuring i3’s continued success! Both of these appointments are effective as of July 1, 2015. Read more.

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