Dania Bilal, a professor of information sciences, has received a Google Research Award to further her work on how children read and assess the readability of Google’s search results pages. One of the goals of this research is to modify Google’s Reading Level measure. Bilal will receive $41,363 from Google.
School of Information Sciences News
Four faculty members from UT’s College of Communication and Information have received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to spend two years educating master’s students in the area of scientific data curation, with a special emphasis on organizational communication skills that support team science.
Suzie Allard, associate professor and associate director of UT’s School of Information Sciences has received a national teaching award. Allard was given the 2013 LJ Teaching Award from Library Journal, one of the nation’s top library and information science trade publications.
UT’s School of Information Sciences has been named as a member of the iSchools organization, an international group of colleges and universities dedicated to advancing the understanding of the relationships between information, people, and technology.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Did you know that spending time with your furry friends can ease stress? Ed Cortez, professor and director of the School of Information Sciences, had the big idea of making studying more relaxing for students by visiting with service dogs.
Put down the video game. Turn off the Wii. Round up the kids and settle down with a great book about the holidays. The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature helps people discover the best new books for children and teens. Center director Miranda Clark helped compile this list of books that will help kids learn about various winter holidays.
Looking for some great books for your children or your students? Educators, librarians, and parents are invited to a workshop Friday that will highlight the best titles of the year. Registration is now under way for “The Best of the Best 2012 Workshop,” which is being co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature and the Knox County Public Library.
The Center for Information and Communication Studies has received funding for projects to support rural librarians and increase the number of Hispanic library science faculty members. The grants were announced by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as two of the thirty-two Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants totaling $10.3 million.
SciData is a new master’s initiative in the School of Information Sciences that focuses on science data management. Scientific data is growing in scale and complexity across all scientific disciplines, which is leading to an increased need for professionals who specialize in scientific data curation research and education. The need for professionals specifically trained in the management and curation of scientific data is growing.
The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature at UT Knoxville is holding a lecture and book signing by award-winning children’s author Wendelin Van Draanen on November 15. Van Draanen will discuss her book “The Running Dream,” which tells the story of a high school track star who loses a leg in a tragic accident.