iSchool Insider
Vol. 2, Issue 4
February 2013
In This Issue
Three iSchool Researchers Claim National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
Save the Date: Philly Health Codefest at Drexel University, April 5-7, 2013
Student News & Updates
Faculty News, Publications, & Honors
Staff News & Updates
Catch Up With Your Classmates/DUCA Online Application Now Open
Three iSchool Researchers Claim National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
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Five Drexel University faculty--including three faculty from The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology--have earned recognition from the National Science Foundation for their respective research endeavors. The goals of these intrepid investigators range from improving underwater autonomous vehicles to helping emergency medical workers communicate; and include projects that will reimagine the way we create and access our collective knowledge as a society and help protect personal information online.

Drs. Andrea Forte, Jennifer Rode and Aleksandra Sarcevic, all faculty members in Drexel's iSchool, join a pair of engineering professors, Drs. Rachel Greenstadt and M. Ani Hsieh, in receipt of this prestigious honor and $2.2 million in research funding as part of the NSF's Faculty Career Development Program.

"NSF CAREER award winners represent the nation's most promising new faculty in science and engineering," said Dr. Deborah Crawford, Drexel's senior vice provost for research. "Notably, all five Drexel awardees work in the field of computing, an area targeted for strategic investment and growth within our university - from cybersecurity to information science to robotics and beyond, computing is a field of increasing importance, nationally and internationally. And all five awardees are women in a field in which women have been traditionally underrepresented. We hope that the great achievements of these Drexel faculty will signal to girls and boys around the country that girls can and do excel in the field of computing."

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Save the Date: Philly Health Codefest at Drexel University, April 5-7, 2013

Philly Codefest logo

The iSchool is proud to announce the Philly Health Codefest--a two-day coding competition to transform data into healthcare solutions, hosted by the iSchool and held at Drexel University from April 5-7, 2013.

This exciting coding marathon will bring together innovative thinkers and programmers of all types: professional software developers, software designers, undergraduate and graduate students, health care leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs.

Participants will organize themselves into teams; either before arriving or during the event, and over a 36-hour period will build exciting new prototypes and tools for improved healthcare. This event is open to all students and alumni.

Visit to register and learn more. You can also follow Codefest news on Facebook: 

Student News 

BSIS Student Selected to Present at National Council on Undergraduate Research Conference
Jordan Jobs
Jordan Jobs

iSchool sophomore Jordan Jobs (BSIS)was selected to present at the prestigious National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse April 11-13, 2013. Jobs' presentation will focus on her research examining the disconnect between online health information and a lack of patient access/effective utilization.

"Today's technology provides so much information that answers have become literally a click away," says Jobs, "and health information has become very crucial for the everyday person--whether someone needs an answer to if they should get stitches, is their cough normal, or who is the best specialist in the area."

Jobs notes that many Internet users may have accessed online health directories such as WebMD, but that user access to this data can be largely impeded by what's known in the technology community as the Digital Divide--an inequality in access to online information among groups of low socioeconomic status or persons living in underserved communities.

"These people are missing out on basic health information that has become common knowledge because of technology," Jobs says, "and their quality of life is hindered."

iSchool Doctoral Students Earn Top Honors at iConference 2013; Selected for iConference Colloquium

 The iSchool congratulates doctoral student Warren Allen on receiving the award of Best Notes of the Conference at the iConference 2013 in Fort Worth, TX (Feb. 12-15), for his submitted notes titled, "Exploring Hybrid-economic Communities and the Technology-mediated Identities Performed There."

The iSchool also congratulates doctoral student Emad Khazraee on earning Honorable Mention in the Posters award category, for his submitted poster titled, "Cultural Context of Social Media Use: How Do Iranians Adapt and Use Facebook?" The full listing of awardees can be viewed via the iConference 2013 website.

and fellow iSchool doctoral student Christopher Mascaro were also accepted in the iConference Colloquium. The colloquium offers doctoral students the opportunity to present their current research or dissertation to senior faculty and receive feedback during the iConference.

The iSchool Congratulates Dean's List Students
The following iSchool students achieved Dean's List in Fall Quarter 2012: Kristian Linares, Stephen Braccia, Anthony LaRosa, Yu Feng, Andrew Saraceni, Benjamin Toll, Pattamapon Thongsima, Amir Potts, Matthew Micchelli, Abhiroop Das, Mikhail Furman, Christopher Cho, Eric Bentante, Joshua Heckman, Joseph Schaible, Robert Romano, Garrett Hoover, Joseph Raczkowski, Andrew Mulhern, Zachary Thacker, Jonathan Thompson, Dale Brown, Tze-Fung Suen, Danica Dometita, Daniel Forsyth, Alyxis Johnson, Reed Shannon, Ray Yang, Prateek Balasundaram, Thomas Bertolino, Stephen DiPietro, Heidi Muth, Joseph Bower Jr., Sheik Hassan, Earleigha Guinn, Jarrod Neser, Benjamin Saff, Travis Dutko, Kennan Meyer, Joseph Delaney, Kevin Utz, Kevin Garrone, Xiruo Liu, Nathan Kosmin, Nina Huenke, Joanne Wong, Juan Munoz, Nathan Andrews, Chase Goebel, Omotola Akeredolu, Jack Smith, James Schroeder, Daniel Speichert, Cleber de Sousa Silva, Ibrahim Mattus Neto, Jordan Hammer, Nilesh Vagjiyani, Ran Li, and Danielle Webb. 

Faculty News

The iSchool Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

The iSchool is pleased to welcome Dr. Ellen Bass (Professor), Lorraine (Lori) Richards (Assistant Professor), Norm Balchunas, Col (Ret) (Director of Strategic Solutions & Assistant Research Professor for the Applied Informatics Group) and Dr. Gene Gualtieri (Assistant Research Professor for the Applied Informatics Group). Dr. Bass comes to the iSchool from the University of Virginia where she served as Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering. Richards comes to the iSchool from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina where she taught courses in electronic records management, management of information organizations, and understanding information technology for managing digital collections. Balchunas comes to the iSchool from the Association of Old Crows (a not-for-profit military association) in Alexandria, VA, where he served as Deputy Executive Director-Operations. Previous to the iSchool, Dr. Gualtieri served in the Medical Imaging Technology group at the University of Pennsylvania's Dept. of Radiology. Read more


Faculty News Briefs


The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology with Eileen Abels, Ph.D. (2013/14 ALISE President and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor at The iSchool) joined several iSchool faculty members and students at the ALISE '13 Conference in Seattle, WA (January 22-25). Read more

The iSchool also had a large presence at the iConference 2013 in Seattle, WA (Feb 12-15, 2013). The program included several accepted papers, notes, posters and presentations from members of the iSchool and Drexel University community. Read more

iSchool Assistant Professors Dr. Mick Khoo and Dr. Kris Unsworth have been invited to participate in the Oxford Internet Institute's workshop, "Big Data: Rewards and Risks for the Social Sciences," in March 2013.

On June 11th, 2013, Dr. Unsworth, iSchool Assistant Professor Dr. Andrea Forte, and Dr. Richardson Dilworth (Associate Professor/Director, Drexel Center for Public Policy) will be hosting a Symposium on Urban Informatics. The symposium will bring together researchers, municipal employees, and private sector employees.

iSchool Associate Professor Dr. Denise Agosto published two chapters in the book The information behavior of a new generation: Children and teens in the 21st century: "Youth and online social networking: What do we know so far?" and "Everyday life information behavior of young people." Dr. Agosto also published an article titled "Diagrams and relational maps: The use of graphic elicitation techniques with interviewing for data collection, analysis, and display" in the International Journal of Qualitative Research Methods.

iSchool Professor and Dean of Libraries Dr. Danuta Nitecki gave a presentation entitled "What's the Return on ROI?" during the meeting of the LLAMA Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation Section Discussion Group at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA on January 27, 2013. Dr. Nitecki recently represented academic libraries and Drexel University on customer panels for the Scientific and Scholarly Research business unit at the Thomson Reuters Annual Sales Meeting in Orlando, FL on January 15, 2013.

Dr. Nitecki
also published a chapter in the book, Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries, entitled"Toward Building an Embedded Academic Library: The Case of Shaping Drexel University Libraries Spaces" (American Library Association, 2013).

Dr. Nitecki
was quoted in a January 28 KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) story, and a February 8 Inside Higher Ed story on the new 24-hour kiosk at the W.W. Hagerty Library that dispenses MacBook computers for students to use.

Staff News & Updates

The iSchool Welcomes Barbara Bryan and Jacquelin Speck

The iSchool welcomes Barbara Bryan
as Executive Assistant to the Dean, and Jackie Speck, Research Engineer with the Applied Informatics Group (AIG).

Barbara brings with her over 20 years of administrative experience. Bryan joined Drexel in 1998 as Assistant to the Vice President of Educational Research and Development, Dr. Eli Fromm. She has served in the Provost's Office since 1999 as Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, serving three Senior Vice Provost during that time (Barbara Hornum, Jacques Catudal, and John DiNardo). During her tenure in the Provost's Office, Barbara has acquired an extensive knowledge of academic policies and procedures and overall University operations. 

Jacquelin comes to the iSchool from the JBT Corporation, where she conducted control software R&D for automated guided vehicles, including recent experience in machine learning and robotics. Jacquelin graduated in 2009 from Temple University with a BS in Electrical Engineering, and holds a Master's of Electrical Engineering from Drexel University (2011).

Founded in 1892, The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University educates students in information science and technology at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The College's mission is to unite technology, people, and information to make a fundamental difference in tomorrow's knowledge society.

Catch Up With Your Classmates
Sunny Balijepalli's (MS, '00) company Zoomin received a loan of $1. 6 million from SVB India Finance. Zoomin, an online service that enables customers to store, share, and print their digital photos, has a 32 member team and was founded by Mr. Balijepalli in 2008.

Steven Bell (MS, '78),
Associate University Librarian at Temple University, was profiled on the career guidance blog Sokanu. Read more

Esther Day (MS, '09)
was appointed as the new Director of the Henderson County Public Library in Henderson, Kentucky. She had been the Director of the Clinton Public Library in Clinton, Tennessee for the past three and a half years. She has worked in libraries for more than 13 years in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Tennessee.

Bob Grossman (MS, '80)
was featured in an article on the website for Jump: The Philly Music Project. (Jump is a music magazine dedicated to Philadelphia.) The article focused on his hobby of brewing award-winning beer. Mr. Grossman is the Principal Librarian for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Read more

Amy Honisett (MS, '10)
, Education Librarian at the University of Utah's Eccles Health Sciences Library, presented research findings, at a university-sponsored forum, about what librarians and their health sciences partners are doing to reduce sex and gender bias in research.

Anthony Bucci (BS '04)
, co-founder of LLC, an online motorcycle-gear retailer in Philadelphia, was profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The company plans to move its headquarters to the Philadelphia Naval Yard in February 2013 to provide in-person shopping services for the first time. Mr. Bucci also discussed how RevZilla survived its first few years during the recession and how the company utilized YouTube videos for advertisement and product reviews to reach out to customers. Read more

Teresa Cavenagh, Esq. (MS, '76), a Partner at law firm Duane Morris LLP, served as the event chair for the SeniorLAW Center's annual fundraiser, SeniorPROM. The SeniorLAW Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization, works to improve the lives of older Pennsylvanians and to protect their rights through representation, education and advocacy. SeniorPROM benefits the center and helps raise awareness of its work on behalf of more than 8,000 Pennsylvania seniors each year.

Peter D. Coyl (MS, '10) joined the Dallas Public Library as an assistant branch manager and was recently appointed to the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Awards Committee.

John Otto Haas (MLIS, '80) and his wife, Janet Finkbeiner Haas, MD (MD, HU, '77) made a $1 million grant to the Einstein Healthcare Network through their foundation, The Otto Haas Charitable Trust, to establish the "John Otto Haas Chair in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation." Mr. Haas received care at MossRehab, and Dr. Haas, a physician who specializes in physical rehabilitation and brain injuries, worked at the hospital for nearly 25 years ago.

Carol "Stash" Stanley (MS, '91), founder of STASH Sporting Goods, Inc., joined the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator as a tenant. Ms. Stanley, SUNY Fredonia Class of 1971, became the first incubator tenant whose company was founded by a Fredonia graduate. STASH Sporting Goods launched its third major product, LaceLocker, a unique footwear lace storage device designed to make running and competing in sports safer and more enjoyable. Ms. Stanley's first sport equipment design was a line of baseball and softball gloves, called the STAN-MILL MITT, which uses "Palmer Padding" to disperse the energy from a sharply hit ball to reduce painful contusions and bruising to the hand. The STAN-MILL MITT glove is the only one of its kind featured in a permanent collection in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In addition to STASH, Ms. Stanley is the Registrar at the University of Virginia and was formerly the Director of Student Information and Records at Drexel. She has also worked at the University of Pennsylvania and SUNY Binghamton, coached the softball team at Ohio State University and SUNY Binghamton, and organized, established and trained the Peruvian Women's National Softball Team.

Drexel University Computing Academy (DUCA) Online Application Now Open
is a five-week computing residential summer learning experience at Drexel University.

Deadline for Applications:

May 31, 2013

Camp Dates:
June 23 - July 27, 2013 

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