Friends and family packed a recital hall at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on May 10 – all excited to watch their loved ones cross the stage and graduate from the School of Information Sciences master’s program at the annual SIS Hooding Ceremony.
When data are valuable products stored behind closed gates, monitoring those gates are people such as SIS alum Ole Villadsen (’15).
Villadsen works at IBM as part of the cyber security team; his role is to support incident response investigations by providing intelligence support, and he is also building a database of threat information.
“I love it, it’s great to be able to do both the hunting and the farming. Hunting in terms of supporting the investigations, and the farming is building out the database and making sure it’s a usable tool to support investigations,” Villadsen said.
SIS alum Jordan Kaufman (’18) has been awarded the Tenopir-King Research Excellence Award for 2019, which provides support to a recent SIS master’s graduate to work with SIS and Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir on research projects related to scholarly communication. Kaufman is currently a research associate at the Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) and has worked on several projects within that capacity.
Kaufman is thrilled with the award and excited to continue her research work with CICS. When she first entered into the MSIS program, Kaufman said she wasn’t aware of the various pathways that were available in the information sciences field. She had always wanted to go to library school, and when her husband started getting his master’s degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in animal science, she started looking at the MSIS program at UT. She decided to start taking some classes to see if she liked it, and it wasn’t long before she was hooked.”
Imagine 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.