October 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Speaking Intelligently about Decision Support
Room 403 IS Building
Marek Druzdzel, Associate Professor, will introduce the topic of decision support.  Business, medical, and research environments often involve situations where actions need to be taken based on massive amounts of complex information.  Decision theory, and the art and craft of applying it in the real world (known as decision analysis), offers methodologies for leveraging such information to yield the best outcomes in the face of uncertainty.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
Faculty/Doctoral/Masters Student Social Hour
The IS Patio
All faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on the patio.  This is a great opportunity to get to know each other – looking for a tennis partner?  A faculty research mentor?  A study partner?  Come and discover research and social connections. Thanks to the generous support of the iSchool Doctoral Guild and SISGO for making this event possible.  

Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
Building a CV and Academic portfolio
Room 403 IS Building (PHDs) 
Kelly Shaffer, the iSchool's Director of External Relations, will lead a workshop on crafting a curriculum vita and academic portfolio for the academic job search. Examples of CVs, academic portfolios, and Teaching/Research Statements will be reviewed. 

Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Best job search practices for iSchool undergraduates and master’s students
Room 403 IS Building  
Trisha Hyatt, Employment Development Specialist in the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance at Pitt, will provide an overview of job search essentials of which undergraduate and master’s students should be aware while looking for a job after graduation.  Lunch will be provided.

Friday, October 19, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
iSchool game night
Rooms 501, 502 and 522 IS Building
Enjoy free food and socialize with other students in the School.  We will have Wii and Xbox 360 Kinect games (Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Yoostar, and more) as well as board games (Jenga, Monopoly, Poker, Rummikub, Set, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Yoostar and more).   

Wednesday, October 24 @ 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm
Let’s talk about the advisor/advisee relationship for faculty and master’s students
Room 501 IS Building
This session offers faculty and students a chance to review the University graduate advising guidelines, learn from each other what their advising expectations are, and share examples of healthy advising relationships.  This session will include a discussion of how best to seek advice from faculty in the pursuit of internships and independent studies.       

Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Fall Foliage Hiking Tour of Frick Park
Come with us on this 3-mile walk through some of the most interesting and beautiful portions of a 400+ acre park nestled in the middle of the city (http://www.pittsburghparks.org/userdocs/frickmap.pdf).  We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Blue Slide Playground entrance (take the 61C or D, get off at the corner of Murray and Forward, walk to Beechwood and Nicholson). We will walk the Riverview Trail, the Riverview Extension, the Falls Ravine Trail, and the Tranquil Trail to exit at the Gatehouse at Reynolds Street.  From this exit, you can walk to Penn Avenue and take the 71C back to campus. Along your walk to the bus stop, consider taking a detour to the Frick Art and Car museums, which are free.       

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
Doctoral students present their research
Room 405 IS
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 explore the research being conducted in our School -- while helping these doctoral student volunteers to hone their presentation skills!