CCI Information Science Faculty, Students, and Alumni Make Strong Showing at ASIS&T and CSCW Conferences

In the month of November, members of the College of Computing & Informatics’ (CCI) Information Science Department stayed busy presenting research and collecting awards at two major conferences, the 2018 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work.

Highlights from The 21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), which took place in New York City from November 3-7, 2018:

  • Associate Professor Andrea Forte, PhD, served as chair-elect of the community and Associate Professor Aleksandra Sarcevic, PhD, chaired the doctoral colloquium.
  • CCI alumnus Zhan Zhang, PhD (Information Science, ’16), who is now an Assistant Professor in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University, led a full paper co-authored with Sarcevic, entitled "Coordination Mechanisms for Self-Organized Work in an Emergency Communication Center.”
  • Recent alumna Nazanin Andalibi, PhD (Information Science, ’18), who is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Research Investigator at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, presented two full papers: “Multi-Channel Topic-Based Mobile Messaging in Personal Relationships” and “Testing Waters, Sending Clues: Indirect Disclosures of Socially Stigmatized Experiences on Social Media.”
  • PhD student Swathi Jagannath led a poster presentation on a paper she co-authored with Sarcevic and Forte titled “‘We Are Not Entirely Replacing Paper’: Understanding Paper Persistence in Emergency Medical Settings.”
  • PhD students Gabrielle Salib and Michael Dickard participated as student volunteers, and PhD student Nora McDonald had position papers accepted to two workshops.

Highlights from the 2018 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, which took place from November 10-14, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada:

  • CCI alumna Toni Carbo (MS, Library & Information Science '73; PhD, Information Studies '77) received the top award from ASIS&T, the Award of Merit. Read our recent interview with Toni reflecting on this significant achievement.
  • Denise Agosto, PhD, was awarded the 2018 SIG-USE Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Research Award. As a recipient of this award, Agosto will be inducted into the ASIS&T SIG-USE Academy of Fellows. Read more about Agosto's prestigious award.
  • Alex Poole, PhD, was the recipient of a 2018 Bob Williams History Fund Award for his research paper titled “Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century.” Poole received the same award in 2017 for another paper, "'Could my dark hands break through the dark shadow?' The North Carolina Negro Library Association's War on Information Poverty in the Long Civil Rights Movement, 1935-1955." Read more.
  • Agosto also led a workshop, “Professional Development Strategies for Information Science Faculty," alongside Heidi Julien (Buffalo), Ehsan Mohammadi (South Carolina), Joseph Tennison (Washington), and Irene Lopatovska (Pratt). The session focused on professional development resources and strategies for information science academics.  
  • Professor Xia Lin, PhD, took part in a panel presenting on the Metadata Research Center’s LIS Education and Data Science for the National Digital Platform (LEADS-4-NDP) program.
  • Professor Chaomei Chen, PhD, and Alice B. Kroeger Professor Jane Greenberg, PhD, took part in the Big Metadata Analytics: Setting a Research Agenda for Data-Intensive Future workshop.
  • Assistant Professor Erjia Yan, PhD presented a paper, titled “Evaluating interactive bibliographic information retrieval systems: A user-centered approach.”
  • Assistant Teaching Professor and PhD alumnus (Information Science, ’18) Tim Gorichanaz moderated the panel “Everyday Documentation of Arts and Humanities Collections.” Gorichanaz also presented a full paper titled “Art and Everyday Information Behavior: Sources of Understanding.”
  • PhD student Kai Li presented a paper titled "The narrative structure as a citation context in data papers: A preliminary analysis of Scientific Data."
  • PhD student Kathleen Padova presented a poster at International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) which was co-hosted with ASIST in Vancouver.

Learn more about CCI's Information Science faculty, research opportunities, and academic programs here.

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