news@sils August 2015



August 2015

Fall orientation provides information and recognition for SILS grad students
SILS hosted its annual orientation for new graduate students on Monday, August 17. The day included breakfast, lunch, and a variety of presentations, as well as recognition for Elfreda Chatman Research Award and Beta Phi Mu Scholarship recipients. Click to read more.

New SILS master's students receive scholarships from international honor society
The two scholarships presented annually by Beta Phi Mu to outstanding new library or information students have both been awarded to first-year SILS master's students Becca Greenstein and Alena Principato. Click to read more.

SILS welcomes new faculty member Melanie Feinberg
Melanie Feinberg is a classificationist whose research approach combines design with the humanities. Her work focuses on learning how to read and write databases to complement our engineering and mining of them. Click to read more.

Two incoming BSIS students awarded $1,000 scholarshipsEmily Crockett and Luman Ouyang, two newly-admitted Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) students at SILS, have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships for the fall semester. Click to read more.

PhD student Kathy Brennan participates in 2015 JCDL Doctoral Consortium
SILS PhD student Kathy Brennan presented her research abstract, “User relevance assessment of personal finance information: What is the role of cognitive abilities?," at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries Doctoral Consortium in Knoxville, Tenn. Click to read more.

SILS alumnus Gerald Holmes receives BCALA Distinguished Service Award
Gerald Holmes (MSLS '85) has received the 2015 Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Distinguished Service to the Library Profession Award. Click to read more.

Arcot Rajasekar talks with ‘The Chronicle’ about DataBridge project
SILS Professor Arcot Rajasekar discussed the DataBridge project with The Chronicle of Higher Education, explaining how the project is working to create a one-stop shop for data sets that would otherwise be lost to the public. Click to read more.

Tammy Cox receives Hovious Award for exceptional service to staff at Carolina
Tammy Cox, assistant dean of administration for SILS, was one of three outstanding UNC Employee Forum delegates to receive the Kay W. Hovious Award, which recognizes exceptional service to staff at Carolina. Click to read more.

Justin Kreft’s research on body camera data featured in ‘endeavors’
Justin Kreft, a master’s student studying public administration and information science at UNC, is collecting information to help agencies determine how much data they can expect from police body cameras and how to best organize the files. Click to read more.

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