Kathleen Fear awarded 2011 Zipf Fellowship
SI Ph.D. candidate Kathleen Fear has been selected to receive the highly competitive A. R. Zipf Fellowship in Information Management for 2011 awarded by the Council on Library and Information Resources. Kathleen holds a bachelor’s in physics from Yale University and a master’s in information, with a specialization in the preservation of information, from the School of Information at the University of Michigan.
Kathleen’s research focuses on how scientific data can best be preserved, managed, and accessed. Recently, she conducted a major study with co-PI and fellow SI PhD candidate Devan Donaldson, exploring the use of provenance metadata in the ProteomeCommons repository, a major data archive for proteomics research. Her study found that “proteomics researchers rely on far more information than just the available metadata when finding and evaluating data for reuse: the repository structure itself was an important source of information, particularly the contextualization provided by linking datasets to the papers they were associated with.”
Named in honor of A. R. Zipf, a pioneer in information management systems, the $10,000 fellowship is awarded annually to a student who is enrolled in graduate school in the early stages of study and shows exceptional promise for leadership and technical achievement in information management.
While Kathleen is the first SI student to win this competitive fellowship award, she is the second University of Michigan graduate student to have done so. Dean Jeff MacKie-Mason’s student Terence Kelly won the award in 2001 while earning his PhD in computer science. Terence is now a researcher in the Exascale Computing Lab at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA.
See more information and the full list of previous fellowship recipients here.Explore posts in the same categories: Fellowships, Students
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