faculty member Ellen Detlefsen is part of a project
team that has received a $280,000 grant from the
National Library of Medicine. The grant,
awarded to the Center for Dental Informatics
at the University of Pittsburgh, will support
the development and implementation of an on-line
community for dental informatics researchers.
This on-line community will provide access to valuable
information on areas of study and project development;
to a community of potential collaborators for research;
and to research project ideas and updates. Dr.
Detlefsen, an Associate Professor at SIS, is
the lead faculty for the Health Librarianship
Program and serves as a member of the Core Faculty
for the Center for Biomedical Informatics at
the University of Pittsburgh’s
School of Medicine.
is pleased to announce that Ken Sochats, Assistant
Professor and Director of the Visual Information
Systems Center, has been appointed a Research Faculty
Associate to the Pennsylvania Legislature. Research
Faculty Associates provide advice and expert testimony
to the legislators on a wide variety of issues. Dr.
Sochats will receive an honorarium for his efforts.
SIS congratulates Marek Druzdzel, Associate
Professor, for his recent elevation to Senior
Member of the IEEE.
IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, Inc., is a technical professional
association with more than 365,000 individual
members. This international association covers
technical fields including computer engineering,
biomedical technology and telecommunications,
aerospace engineering and consumer electronics.
Druzdzel was recognized with this nomination to Senior Membership, the highest
professional grade in the IEEE, in early November of 2005. This Membership
is conferred upon only 7% of the IEEE’s membership.
Dr. Druzdzel’s research interests include
decision-making under uncertainty, decision-theoretic
methods in intelligent systems, and user interfaces
to decision support systems.
Druzdzel & Cheng Paper Receive
paper by SIS Alum Jian Cheng (Information Sciences Ph.D.,
2000) and faculty member Marek Druzdzel has earned an
Honorable Mention in the 2005 IJCAII-JAIR Best Paper
Prize competition. The IJCAII-JAIR Best Paper Prize (sponsored
by the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence)
is awarded to an outstanding paper published in the Journal
of Artificial Intelligence Research within
the preceding five calendar years. Professor Druzdzel
and Jian Cheng were recognized for their work on "AIS-BN:
An Adaptive Importance Sampling Algorithm for Evidential
Reasoning in Large Bayesian Networks", which was
published in the prestigious journal in 2000.
SIS Alum Receives PaLA Award
Cynthia K. Richey, Director
of Mt. Lebanon Public Library and a graduate of the MLIS
program at SIS, received the Distinguished Service Award
from the Pennsylvania Library Association at its Annual
Conference in Hershey in October 2005. The award is the
highest honor the association gives and is "awarded
annually to one person in recognition of exceptional
meritorious service to libraries of the Commonwealth."
The Association cited Richey as "one of our state's
most creative, articulate, and dedicated library leaders
[who has] consistently demonstrated visionary leadership
and tireless energy, hallmarks of excellent library service." Richey
is noted for her many contributions to the field, most
particularly her work in Library Service to Children.
In 2004, she served as national president of the Association
for Library Service to Children (a division of the American
Library Association) and her work is referenced in ALA's
online publication, "Children and the Internet:
Policies that Work." Richey was the President of
the Pennsylvania Library Association in 1994, and currently
is a member of the Allegheny County Library Association's
Board of Directors. Richey received her B.A. and M.L.S.
from the University of Pittsburgh and has been a librarian
for 33 years.
Stuart Shulman on Speaking Tour in Kazakhstan
Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences,
recently made a presentation to Kazakhstani governmental
employees on E-rulemaking processes in the United States
in Almaty and Oskemen. In his presentation in September
of 2005, Dr. Shulman discussed how the public's role
in the U.S. decision-making process was enhanced by introducing
new technologies in governance. Shulman also stressed
that e-government means more transparency and more public
participation, and therefore more democracy in the political
In addition, Dr. Shulman was the featured speaker for
a public lecture on E-government at the American Culture
Center at the East Kazakhstani Oblast Universal Library.
More than 100 government employees, journalists, librarians,
teachers and students had a chance to attend this presentation
on various aspects of e-rulemaking, digital citizenship
and e-democracy. Shulman explored emerging issues as
a result of introducing e-government in the United States.
He promoted enhancing computer and technology literacy
in public libraries and providing access to Internet
for both citizens and governmental employees.