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Dec. 14, 2017
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Assistant Professor Elizabeth Massa Hoiem is one of six Illinois faculty members who have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018. It is the third year in the last four that the Urbana campus has garnered more fellowship awards than any other single institution.

In addition to Hoiem, fellowship recipients include Donna Buchanan, a professor of music; Candice Jenkins, a professor of English; Paul Kapp, a professor of architecture; D. Fairchild Ruggles, a professor of landscape architecture; and Craig Williams, a professor of classics.

"Congratulations to our NEH Fellowship recipients. It is gratifying to see these exceptional scholars recognized for their academic achievements," said Chancellor Robert J. Jones. "These prestigious fellowships are highly competitive, and for Illinois to have six faculty members named NEH fellows this year indicates the excellence of the scholarship in...

Dec. 11, 2017

Four iSchool alumni have received the Up and Comer Award from ATG Media. Sarah E. Crissinger (MS '15), Hailley Fargo (MS '16), Maoria Kirker (MS '11), and Katrina Spencer (MS '16) are among the twenty individuals who were selected for the award, which is intended for early-career librarians and information professionals.

ATG Media is the umbrella group that includes the Charleston Conference, Against the Grain, and a new series of short, open access ebooks titled "Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals." The 2017 Up and Comers will be profiled in the December/January issue of Against the Grain and featured in a series of scheduled podcast interviews that will be posted on ATGthePodcast.com

Nov. 30, 2017
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Associate Professor Catherine Blake has been named the iSchool's Centennial Scholar for 2017-2018. The award is endowed by alumni and friends of the School and given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and/or professional promise in information sciences.

A leading researcher in text mining medical literature, Blake has returned from a year as a faculty fellow at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, a research and development unit of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There she worked on projects in semantic knowledge representation and medical ontology research.

Blake's earlier focus on how people synthesize evidence from literature directly informs her computational approaches to accelerate scientific discovery. She utilizes her industrial experience as a software developer, formal training in information and computer science, and more than a decade of experience in text mining scientific...

Nov. 17, 2017
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Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke has been elected director for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). As director, Cooke will serve on the ALISE executive board and act as the liaison to all of the special interest groups and committees.
 
Cooke has been active in SIGs as a member and co-convener of the Doctoral Student SIG and co-convener of the Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns (MEHC) SIG. 

"I have been a member of ALISE SIGs since I was a doctoral student, and that participation has been key in my development as a faculty member," said Cooke. "I'm very much looking forward to working with the organization in this new role!"

Cooke holds a PhD in communication, information, and library studies from Rutgers University. She is an expert in human information behavior, particularly in the online context; critical cultural information studies; and...

Nov. 10, 2017
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Sharon Irish, project coordinator for the iSchool's Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), has received the "Yes We Can" Education Award from the Champaign County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The award, presented at the NAACP's Freedom Fund banquet on October 20, recognizes Irish's service to the community and commitment to equity in education. 

According to Irish, this award provided an opportunity to honor and celebrate the organizations with which she has worked over the past several decades: Dream Girls Academy, Inc.; Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center; Tap In Leadership Academy; Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club;...

Nov. 6, 2017
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Master's student Jiayi Liu has received two awards to attend the CIKM 2017 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, which will be held on November 6-10 in Singapore. The conference will highlight technologies behind the "Smart Cities, Smart Nations" vision shared by urban areas worldwide and will explore technology and business collaboration opportunities through open innovation.

The first award received by Liu is the CIKM Travel Award, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia and Web (SIGWEB). The second award is the SIGIR Student Travel Grant, sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval.

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Nov. 3, 2017
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Nicole A. Cooke, assistant professor and MS/LIS program director, has received a Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA) grant, worth $7,500, for her proposal, "Inspiring Culturally Responsive Pedagogy." PITA grants support the implementation of teaching innovations and enhancements at the University of Illinois. 

With the PITA grant, Cooke will extend the cultural competence work the iSchool has undertaken in the past few years and continue the work of a previous curriculum audit.

"Culturally responsive pedagogy is a student-centered approach to teaching in which the student, and societal diversity, are recognized and nurtured in an effort to enrich classroom learning—and are used to encourage student achievement and a sense of well-being about the student's cultural place in the world,” said Cooke. "Focusing on culturally responsive pedagogy will facilitate discussion and additional learning about culturally competent course content and provide...

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