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IS Legend to Speak at SIS

Eugene GarfieldOnce in a lifetime there is an innovator who changes everything.  In the information sciences, that man is Dr. Eugene Garfield.  Dr. Garfield, founder & chairman emeritus of the Institute for Scientific Information (now Thomson Scientific), had a vision in 1950 that shaped the future of information science and created the foundation that shapes how people get their information today.   Dr. Garfield’s imagination, expertise and passion forged a path that created the information world we now live in.

The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences invites you to join a conversation with this amazing man.

The conversation with luminary Dr. Eugene Garfield will be hosted by  Dr. Dania Bilal.  This event,  “Reminiscences, Reflections, and Flotsam, ”  takes place on Wednesday, March 23, from 12:15 to 1 pm, in the Communications Building, Scripps Convergence Lab, Room 402.     A reception will precede the event at 11:30 AM- 12:15 PM.

This talk is free and open to the public. SIS will host a reception with delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts from TIME. 


SIS students to present at Tennessee Library Association Conference

SIS students will be sharing their research at the Tennessee Library Association Conference in the annual SIS Student Research Forum on Thursday, March 24, from 1-2 PM in Murfreesboro, TN. Each year SIS faculty select three students whose work provides insights that are useful to libraries and librarians. This year’s presenters are:


New SIS course focuses on environmental science and information science

A new SIS course aimed at students in the Undergraduate Minor in Information Studies and Technology was recently featured in UT's The Daily Beacon newspaper. The course, taught by Miriam Davis, a post-doctoral research associate with the Center for Information and Communication Studies, will focus on concepts from environmental science and information science. 

SIS Research Forum with Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths

Jose Marie GriffithThe School of Information Sciences is proud to present Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths speaking on “Leadership in Context: Economics, Education and Ethics” on Wednesday, October 13, from 4:30-5:30 pm, in the Communications Building, Scripps Convergence Lab, Room 402. A reception will be held beforehand from 4:00 – 4:30 pm. 

SIS Receives an ORNL/UT Joint Adjunct Professor

SIS is proud to welcome Dr. Bruce Wilson as an ORNL/UT Joint Adjunct Professor. Wilson is the Group Leader for the Environmental Data Science and Systems Group, the Manager for the ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center for Biogeochemical Dynamics (ORNL DAAC). His general research interests are in scientific informatics, particularly enabling data-intensive science in ecology and climate science through advancing data storage, curation, distribution, analysis, and visualization technologies and practices.


An Update on SIS Faculty Research

SIS Faculty

SIS faculty continue to conduct cutting-edge research, as evidenced by the intellectual contributions of the faculty to the disciplinary literature as well as the level of external funding being achieved. Currently SIS has active projects that are receiving more than $6.7 million in external funding. Funding agencies include the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the U.S. Geological Survey.   Partners include a wide range of academic institutions (i.e. University of New Mexico and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, etc.), government institutions (i.e. Oak Ridge National Lab), and private industry (i.e. Elsevier, International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical publishers).