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Learn About a Lecturer: SIS Alum Ashley Maynor Dives into the Nontraditional World of Digital Humanities

Ashley Maynor with service dog CardamomLecturer: Ashley Maynor ('13)

Location: New York City, NY

Academic Background: I was a college scholar, which is part of the “design your own major” program for undergraduates at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I mostly focused on French literature and cultural studies but took courses across many curricula—from anthropology to cinema studies to international relations! I also have an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and an MSIS from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Student Spotlight: Josh Borycz Finds Purpose in Scientific Data Management

MSIS student Josh Borycz in BrazilStudent Spotlight features one our current School of Information Sciences Master students. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, careers, locations and academics, and we want to highlight who they are and why they chose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Information Sciences master’s program.

Featured student: Joshua Borycz

Location: Knoxville, TN

Education: Bachelor of science in chemistry and mathematics from Hope College in Holland, Mich.; master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota; and PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

Student Food Insecurity Addressed by New SIS Food Box Program

Graphic of SIS Food Box

Books, tuition, housing, utilities – these all add up for college students, and recent studies show that about a third of students find themselves choosing between necessities. Often, this means making food a low priority, resulting in food insecurity. When someone suffers from food insecurity, it means they don't know where their next meal is coming from, or when they might be able to buy more groceries on a meager budget that is already stretched thin.

SIS & CCI Townhall Bridges the Gap

Rachel Fleming-May, Diane Kelly, Dean Michael Wirth, Joseph Winberry and Hannah Brandon at the Town Hall

A dean, a school director, and a graduate studies director walk into a room—it’s not the beginning of a bar joke, but rather the events that unfolded on the evening of Feb. 5, 2019 in Patrick Auditorium. Michael Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information, Diane Kelly, director of the School of Information Sciences, and Rachel Fleming-May, director of SIS Graduate Studies, came together to participate in a joint CCI/SIS Townhall event with students in attendance via Zoom and in person.

Alum Dorothy Ogdon Takes Libraries Into the Future with Technology Resources, Services

Dorothy Ogdon holding 3D models of a brainVirtual reality, 3D-printing, models of brains and bones – these are just a few of the things that Dorothy Ogdon (’07) is dealing with on a regular basis. And she’s a librarian.

Of course, she’s not your typical librarian. Currently she is the emerging technologies librarian at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. It’s a new position at the library wherein Ogdon creates and oversees innovative programs and resources.

New SIS Exit Requirements Focus on Program Effectiveness

In 2018, The Graduate School at the University of Tennessee eliminated its requirement that master’s students complete a capstone project or examination in order to graduate, allowing individual graduate programs to decide what - if any - exit requirements they’d ask master’s students to complete. 

As a result, SIS faculty voted to eliminate the MSIS exit requirement of comprehensive examination, thesis, or ePortfolio, and began exploring a new way to measure the success of the program.

Student Spotlight: First-generation Student Sarah Gonzalez Speaks About Her Love of Data

Sarah Gonzalez, MSIS studentStudent Spotlight: Student Spotlight features one of our current School of Information Sciences Master students. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, careers, locations, and academics, and we want to highlight who they are and why they chose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville SIS program.

Featured student: Sarah Gonzalez

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Current job: Sponsored programs coordinator at the University of Tennessee’s Office of Research and Engagement.

Past job(s): Has worked at UT for more than 15 years, in positions including: accounting specialist at the College of Social Work; assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Diversity; administrative services assistant at the Haslam College of Business.

Student Spotlight: How Sophie Howard Found Her Way to SIS and Archives

Sophie Howard, MSIS student, in front of Alabama State Department of ArchivesStudent Spotlight features one our current School of Information Sciences Master students. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, careers, locations, and academics, and we want to highlight who they are and why they chose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Information Sciences master’s program.

Featured student: Sophie Howard

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

SIS Edges Closer to Approval for Undergraduate Information Sciences Major

undergrad with UT flag

Tennessee and the rest of the country will need more information sciences professionals in the coming years – in fact, information-related careers expect around a 20-percent job growth rate in the next decade. As the vast amount of data being created due to technological advances increases, the need to collect, curate and organize that data also grows.

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