February 2012

February 3, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
International Students: Internships, Course Registration, and Your Visa
405 IS Building (all international students, faculty, and staff)
Our OIS representative will review common strategies students should use for special registration cases and obtaining internships without jeopardizing their immigration status. The session will cover when reduced courseloads are and are not appropriate, when CPT is/is not appropriate, and when OPT is/is not appropriate.  Lunch will be provided.

February 10, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
Game Night
501 and 522 IS Building (everyone)
Don’t miss out on all the fun! Come between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm to play Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect games (Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Yoostar, and more), as well as board games (Jenga, Monopoly, Poker, Rummikub, Set, and more). Refreshments will be provided!

February 17, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Get Involved in the Outside the Classroom Curriculum
403 IS Building (undergraduates, faculty & staff)
Scott Hoffman, Outside the Classroom Curriculum Program Coordinator, will explore what the OCC is, how it works, how students can get involved, and the benefit to students. Lunch will be provided.

February 20, 2012 @ 12:00 noon
Best Job Search Practices for iSchool Undergrad & Master’s Students
405 IS Building (undergraduates and Master’s students)
Trisha Hyatt, Employment Development Specialist at Pitt, will provide an overview of job search essentials for undergraduate and Master’s students. Lunch will be provided.

February 21, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Building a CV and academic portfolio
403 IS Building  (PhD students)
Get some tips on crafting a curriculum vita and academic portfolio for the academic job search. LIS PhD Candidate Brian Cumer will share his experiences in applying and interviewing for faculty positions.

February 24, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Talking Intelligently about Gender, Sexuality, and Information Studies
403 IS Building (everyone)

This event will engage the interdisciplinary nexus of information, gender, and sexuality studies.   Following a viewing of Desk Set (Dir. Walter Lang. Perf. Spencer Tracey and Katharine Hepburn. Twentieth Century Fox, 1957), a roundtable discussion will engage feminist and queer critique in relation to information, digital, and archival paradigms.  The discussion will also provide an introduction to recent feminist and queer thought within Library and Information Science, media studies, technology studies, and science studies.   Participants will determine the direction of the conversation, but topics may include information as gendered labor, cyborgs and cyberfeminism, game studies, digital culture, information organization, information extraction and flow, archives, and performance art that engages information and technology.   Prior to the event, participants are encouraged to read Mary Flanagan’s “The Bride Stripped Bare to Her Data:  Information Flow + Digibodies” (Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information. Ed., Robert Mitchell & Phillip Thurtle. Routledge, 2004).  Please find the article here: http://maryflanagan.com/articles/DataMadeFlesh.pdf

Patrick Keilty is Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  His research interests include gender and sexuality, critical theory, information activities, information structures, digital culture, digital humanities, representation, and philosophy of science and technology.  With Rebecca Hong, he is co-editor of Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader, which will appear later this year with Litwin Books.  His is currently writing a monograph, Seeking Sex: Embodiment and Electronic Culture and has begun work a new edited volume, Classifying Gender and Sexuality: Science, Administrative Law, and Information Institutions (tentative title). 

February 24, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
Doctoral students present their research
501 IS Building (everyone)
iSchool Doctoral Students are engaging in exciting research projects — this is your chance to learn more about the research interests of iSchool PhDs, who are the future leaders of our discipline and profession. In preparation for conference sessions, admission to candidacy, dissertation defenses, etc., doctoral students need opportunities to present their research.  All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend this session in order to give doctoral students just such an opportunity. A few doctoral students will volunteer to present at this session.  Your attendance will allow you to learn more about the research being conducted in our School while helping these doctoral student volunteers to hone in their abilities to clearly communicate their work to others.

February 24, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
Faculty/Staff/Graduate Student Friday
501 IS Building
Join in as faculty and graduate students informally discuss research ideas, teaching issues, conferences, future plans, etc. while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Thanks to the iSchool Doctoral Guild and SISGO for their generous support!