The SI news site has moved!

Posted August 26, 2011 by UMSI Monthly
Categories: Uncategorized

Please note that news items for the School of Information are maintained on the SI website under News & Events.

Approved: Joint health informatics degree

Posted June 9, 2011 by UMSI Monthly
Categories: Faculty

health informaticsThe Presidents Council of the State Universities of Michigan has approved the Master of Health Informatics degree that SI and the School of Public Health will offer jointly.

The first class of full-time MHI students will begin their studies in fall 2012. Students working toward a health informatics certificate will begin this coming fall.

“This new degree is very exciting,” said Dean Jeff MacKie-Mason. “There are few social problems as pressing and costly, at home and abroad, as those in health.

Read the rest of this post »

Tiffany Chow wins Braverman prize

Posted June 7, 2011 by Glenda Bullock
Categories: Students


MSI HCI student Tiffany Chow has won the Progressive Librarians Guild Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize with her essay “Design Implications: How space can transform the library and its public.”

The prize is awarded annually to the best paper about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. The Progressive Librarians Guild provides “a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library issues.”

Tiffany’s winning essay will be published in the summer 2011 edition of Progressive Librarian Journal. She also receives a stipend to attend the American Library Association meeting this month in New Orleans.

A former youth development worker in New York’s Spanish Harlem, Tiffany studies the effects of accessibility to information in communities of color.

Kathleen Fear awarded 2011 Zipf Fellowship

Posted June 7, 2011 by Glenda Bullock
Categories: Fellowships, Students


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.” Read the rest of this post »

Resnick announces new health informatics initiatives at national forum

Posted June 7, 2011 by Glenda Bullock
Categories: Events, Faculty


Professor Paul Resnick will announce the 2011 launch of the new health informatics certificate program on Thursday, June 9, at approximately 10:15 a.m., at the Health Data Initiative Forum of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in Bethesda, Maryland. He will also announce the new master of health informatics degree, which is expected to be approved by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan later this month and enroll its first class in 2012. Both the certificate program and the master’s degree are joint programs of the School of Information and the School of Public Health.

For those interested in viewing the forum, all morning plenary sessions will be streamed live between 9 a.m. and noon in Space 2435 of North Quad. A continental breakfast will be provided at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend for all or part of the video presentation.

RSVP to Meghan Genovese, health information program manager, at

Symposium to look at preservation education

Posted June 1, 2011 by UMSI Monthly
Categories: Faculty, Research

Faculty members in archives and preservation from institutions in the United States and Canada will come to the School of Information next week to discuss the future of their fields in the digital age.

“At the Nexus of Analog and Digital: A Symposium for Preservation Educators” is a by-invitation event sponsored by the School of Information with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It will run from June 5-7 on campus.

Read the rest of this post »

SI alum scores again with mobile app

Posted May 10, 2011 by Glenda Bullock
Categories: Alumni, Entrepreneurs

Prolific application developer Hung Truong (MSI ’09) continues to earn distinction in the semi-annual University of Michigan Mobile Apps Challenge. The spring 2011 winners were just announced, and Hung was runner-up with his new app, Mapskrieg.

Mapskrieg was developed for the iPad, and marries Google maps with Craigslist, allowing users to search for items geographically. See a demo.

Truong works part-time as an application programmer at North Quad. Last fall, he was named first runner-up with his Checkmate for Foursquare app. Enhancing the location-based social networking tool Foursquare, this iPhone app makes the check-in feature automatic when users visit their favorite venues. The app also allows users to share their check-ins on Facebook and Twitter.

While at SI, Truong and two fellow MSI students won the RPM Ventures annual contest that provides support to entrepreneurial start-ups for their company Troubadour Mobile. He continues to develop new applications independently.

The goal of the Mobile Apps competition is to promote entrepreneurial thinking and encourage the U-M community to develop innovative mobile applications.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.