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SIS holds second annual Short Course Day

The School of Information Sciences (SIS) hosted Short Course Day on Friday, October 16 in the third floor collaboration space for students, staff, and the interested public. Four courses on practical topics were offered throughout the day, lasting less than two hours each. Read more >


NSA director visits Pitt to discuss the future of cybersecurity

On Monday, October 26, Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the NSA and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, spoke to students, faculty, and staff at the University of Pittsburgh about the current state of cybersecurity and online threats in the U.S. and around the world. The event was organized by Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and co-sponsored by the School of Information Sciences. Read more >


Alumnae receive prestigious awards from the Medical Library Association

Andrea Ketchum and Melissa Ratajeski, both reference librarians with the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System and alumnae of the School of Information Sciences, were honored at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s recently held annual meeting in Asheville, NC. Ketchum was awarded the 2015 Award for Professional Excellence by a Health Sciences Librarian and Ratajeski was awarded the 2015 Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award, which recognizes exemplary service to the chapter during the past year. Join us in our congratulations.


Prestigious Young Investigator Award won by SIS' Kostas Pelechrinis

The School of Information Sciences (SIS) congratulates Assistant Professor Kostas Pelechrinis, who was recently awarded the prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office for his project, “Models and Metrics for Socio-Spatial Composite Networks.”

The award is in the form of a one-year grant that will be used to support Pelechrinis’ proposed project. The Young Investor Award is awarded to assistant professors only and, “seeks to identify and support academic scientists who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.” Pelechrinis’ research interests include network science, social computing, and in particular, location based social networks (LBSNs) and urban informatics. In the past, he has been involved in research in computer networking and wireless and mobile networks. Pelechrinis is extremely interested in the design and implementation of practical systems based on analytical frameworks. Read more >


You’re invited to SIS’ Social Hour, December 4

All SIS alumni are invited to join faculty, staff, and students for light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the monthly Social Hour on Friday, December 4 from 5-7 pm at the School of Information Sciences on the 3rd Floor. This is a great opportunity to network, talk about conferences and research ideas, and play a few games together. For more information, visit SIS’ events page.


Visit SIS at the ALA Midwinter in Boston

The School of Information Sciences will be attending the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston where we will have two exciting opportunities for you to connect with us—a booth at the meeting itself, as well as a reception. SIS and the Pitt Alumni Association will be co-hosting the reception, which is open to Pitt’s alumni and students, on January 10 from 6-8 pm at the Seaport Hotel in the Flagship Ballroom A. Catch up with faculty, students, and LIS and Pitt alumni. RSVP via email to Amy Herlich, Director of Constituent Relations, if you’re able to attend. We hope to see you there!

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