SILS professors receive Junior Faculty Development Awards

Release date: 
December 13, 2006

photo of Dr. Catherine BlakeCatherine Blake and Cal Lee, both assistant professors at the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have been awarded Junior Faculty Development Awards by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to support their research for the upcoming year.

Blake will use the funding that comes with the award to further her research in text mining, a process that discovers connections and information hidden in electronic data automatically. The Award will support the design, development, and evaluation of the online text mining evaluation environment (OnTeMEE), which will enable users to provide feedback on automatically generated document summaries. OnTeMEE will add to Dr. Blake’s text mining toolkit, which already includes tools for information extraction, information synthesis, and document summarization.

photo of Dr. Cal LeeLee’s project will result in a publication that both disseminates and extends the study he conducted for his dissertation, “Defining Digital Preservation Work: A Case Study of the Development of the Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System.” It will address the development, adoption and impact of international standardization within the arena of long-term digital preservation. Lee’s project will have important implications for research on standardization and will provide lessons for those engaged in future standards development efforts.

Junior Faculty Development Awards are given by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost to support young faculty members in furthering their research. Faculty members selected for the awards are given up to $7,500 over the course of one year to support their research.

SILS assistant professors Jeffrey Pomerantz and Diane Kelly received Junior Faculty Development Awards last year.