June 2012

June 14, 2012 @ 12:00 noon
Creativity and the Academic Impulse
Room 405 IS (everyone)  
This discussion will be led by Richard Cox, Professor and noted author. Creativity may be disappearing in the modern corporate university, especially as the traditional humanistic and religious origins of such institutions have been taken over by a business-like focus on the financial bottom-line. Reflection and thinking seems under-valued, and creativity on the part of faculty is a diminishing art. This discussion explores various ways of looking at creativity, exploring what it has to do with the university and the academic life. Dr. Cox will consider academic writing, professional agendas, the issue of solitary versus collaborative work, reading as a foundation for creativity, and personal experimentation with landscape painting as a way of tapping into his creative side.

June 21, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Tour of the Allegheny Observatory (RSVP only)
159 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15214 (everyone)
This trip to the historic observatory on the hill will include a presentation, a walking tour of the building, and a chance to view the night sky through the 13” Fitz-Clark refracting telescope.  Dress for the cooler night-time weather (the temperature inside the telescope dome is the same as the outdoor air), and wear comfortable shoes for walking.  This event is free, but space is limited.  To reserve a space, please e-mail jan.ischool@gmail.com.  Regarding transportation – you may meet in IS Building lobby at 6:30 p.m. to take public transportation together, or if you have your own transportation, please meet at the observatory right before 8 p.m. 

June 22, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
Doctoral students present their research
Room 1A04 IS (everyone)
iSchool doctoral students are engaging in exciting research projects — this is your chance to learn more about the research interests of our PhDs, These future leaders of our discipline will discuss their research topics, the research process, and their results. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend this session in order to help these doctoral student volunteers to hone their presentation abilities.

June 28, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
Grant Writing 101
Room 522 IS (MLIS only)
Susan Cecchetti, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations here at Pitt, is offering this session to Master of Library and Information Science students who will be working in libraries, museums, and the nonprofit sector – which depend on fundraising and grants. Ms. Cecchetti will discuss identifying grant sources and preparing grant proposals to those sources.

June 28, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
Faculty/Doctoral/Masters Student Thursday
IS Patio (doctoral and masters students)
This is an opportunity for all faculty, staff, doctoral, and masters students to talk about ideas and to get to know each other while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Thanks to the generous support of the iSchool Doctoral Guild and SISGO for making this event possible.   While there, the iSchool student organizations will solicit your opinions about your student experiences here at the iSchool. Please feel free to share and reflect on information and strategies you would like to impart to future students. Your academic, professional, and social wisdom and experiences are all welcome.