SILS Professor Dr. Robert Losee has been awarded the 2001 Best Paper Award by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). The award was presented to Losee at the society's recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Losee's paper, "When Information Retrieval Measures Agree About the Relative Quality of Document Rankings," appeared in the July 2000 edition (Vol. 51, No. 9) of JASIST, the society's scholarly journal. The award includes a $1,500 cash prize and $500 for travel to the annual meeting. Papers are judged on the significance of the contributions to knowledge, relevance to key issues in information science, validity of results, originality of ideas, methods or applications, and quality of the presentation.
Losee, who joined the SILS faculty in 1986, earned his bachelor's degree in linguistics, and his master's of library and information science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned his divinity master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School. His areas of research interest include information retrieval, information, reasoning systems, information organization and decision-making.
"Bob has made outstanding contributions through his many research publications and his teaching," said SILS Dean Joanne Gard Marshall. "His dedication to excellence and his willingness to be of service to the school and the field are truly impressive."