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SIS & CICS Postdoc Assistant Hannah Gunderman Awarded American Geographical Society Library Research Fellowship

Geography and information sciences will collide during the upcoming fellowship grant that Hannah Gunderman, a postdoctoral research associate with SIS and the Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) and an SIS masters student, will soon attend. She pitched a project that blends both of her passions – geography and information sciences – to the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and was recently awarded a grant for a two-week research trip to the library.

LaVerne Gray: New SIS Lecturer, Lifetime Pursuer of Knowledge

LaVerne GrayStrong African-American women have been present for almost all of the pivotal moments in LaVerne Gray’s career–both professionally and academically.

These were the women she wrote about in her doctoral classes at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and for her dissertation, “In a Collective Voice:  Uncovering the Black Feminist Information Community of Activist Mothers in Chicago Public Housing, 1955-1970.” But apart from the historical figures who inspired her research, Gray can also point to specific women who were integral in getting her to push past her own limits, and expand her knowledge and education.

AGU Meets in D.C., SIS Faculty and Students Participate

Josh Borycz at AGUSeveral faculty and students attended the 2018 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington, D.C. this past week.

SIS Associate Professor Wade Bishop and master’s student Rose Borden gathered information for the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) project, “Informing Science Data Help Desk

Staffing through Transaction Analysis,” which is based on research supported by ESIP to observe how scientists interact with the data helpdesk. Bishop also presented, “Bouncing the FAIR data principles off of seismic reflection geologists,” at the meeting.

SIS Student Sharra Rosichan Uses GIS to Aid Vulnerable Populations

SIS student Sharra Rosichan is the type of person who will teach herself something that she’s interested in – such as how to write code, design websites or read maps.

SIS student Sharra Rosichan with Liane Moriarty and Nicole KidmanShe was a voracious reader at a very young age – reading before talking, and consuming chapter books by the time she was four years old, she said. It was only natural that she would later end up working for a library system and getting her degree in information sciences.

Rosichan is the system-wide programming coordinator for the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and she oversees and creates a variety of events for the area the system serves. This includes art month in October, a celebration of diversity in April, African-American history month, Hispanic heritage, a citywide read, and more. She also does statistics, data entry and program scheduling.

Learn About a Lecturer: School Librarian Scot Smith on 20+ Years of Teaching at SIS

Scot Smith lecturer Scot Smith

Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Academic Background: Bachelors of arts in humanities, East Tennessee State University; master of arts in teaching, ETSU; and master’s in information sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I have completed numerous graduate hours in European History as well. Work Background: Teaching for almost 30 years overall, and for 20 years at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Been a librarian for 22 years. Currently a librarian at Robertsville Middle School at Oak Ridge Schools.

'That All May Read' - Maria Sochor's Quest to Make Reading Accessible to the Disabled

Maria Sochor director of The Tennessee Library for Accessible Books and MediaImagine wanting to read a great classic, but being unable to see the words. Or knowing that your favorite author released a new book, but your hands shake too much due to a medical condition, and you can’t hold a book still enough to consume it. Or consider a quadraplegic, who hopes to read the next book in their favorite series, but is unable to turn the pages.

Student Spotlight: Jared Uncles Pursues Librarianship As a Way to Make a Difference

Jared UnclesStudent 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 SIS program.

Featured Student: Jared Uncles

Current job: TSA - Transportation Security Officer for TSA at McGhee Tyson Airport

Location: Originally from Keyport, New Jersey; moved from Missoula, Montana, to Knoxville to attend the SIS program.

Four SIS Students Published in Diversity Journal

Diversity Journal CoverFour SIS students were recently published in The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, all of whom wrote their papers as part of a classroom assignment under Professor Bharat Mehra, in his Diversity Leadership in Information Organizations class.

Mehra, who is also the Emerging Voices Editor for the journal, said all four students had done exceptional work on their projects and papers.