Dr. Javed Mostafa appointed McColl Professor

Release date: 

March 5, 2009

Photo of Javed MostafaDr. Javed Mostafa, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been appointed a Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor.

The McColl Professorship was established in 1997 to recognize faculty who have made notable contributions to research, teaching and service to SILS. It provides a salary supplement and funds for research and travel to a SILS faculty member for a two-year term.

Mostafa joined the SILS faculty and the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC) for a joint appointment as associate professor on August 1, 2007. He teaches courses on database systems and information retrieval. His current research focuses on mining and retrieval of biomedical data.

Since joining UNC, he has been a successful co-investigator on three large-scale grant initiatives including: a $2.5 million dollar, four-year initiative sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation that involves developing a multi-site data registry; a second project, in which he has the role of a biomedical informatician, is an $8 million dollar, six-year project.  The latter project includes development of a genomics and informatics clinical infrastructure for supporting research in the COPD area.  Finally, he is serving as the co-deputy director of Biomedical Informatics and assistant director of Clinical Data Management for the Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute at UNC at Chapel Hill, which received a five-year $61 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) last year. 

Dr. Mostafa also serves on the advisory board of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology and he is an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Information Systems.

“The School of Information and Library Science is delighted to honor Javed with the Frances Carroll McColl Term Professorship,” said Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, dean. “Javed is an extremely accomplished researcher and teacher who is nationally recognized for his contributions, especially in the field of biomedical informatics. He is deserving of this recognition.”

McColl Professorship

Hugh McColl, Jr. established the McColl Professorship in memory of his mother, Frances Carroll McColl, and sister, Frances McColl Covington. Hugh McColl said he was inspired to create the professorship by the school's needs and his mother's love of literature.

“My mother taught everyone in the family to love books, and we have prospered from having access to them and, perhaps more important, knowing where to turn to find the information we need,” McColl said.

A second McColl Term Professorship was made possible for 2005 – 2007 and 2006 - 2008 thanks to support from Bill (BSBA '55) and Sara McCoy and Duncan Smith (MSLS '80).

Current and past McColl Professors include Dr. Jane Greenberg (2007-2009), Dr. Paul Solomon (2007-2009), Dr. Stephanie Haas (2005-2007), Dr. Barbara Wildemuth (2004-06), Dr. Evelyn Daniel (2002-04), Dr. Helen Tibbo (2000-02), Dr. Robert M. Losee (1998-2000) and Dr. William M. Shaw Jr. (1997-98).