Rebecca Reynolds presents paper at 2016 iConference

Prof. Rebecca Reynolds presented the following paper at the 2016 iConference in Philadelphia: “Connecting Student Information Resource Uses to Learning Outcomes in Guided Discovery-based Learning.” The research study investigates middle school and high school students’ use of a wiki-based learning management system as a coordinating representation in the context of their guided discovery-based game design work.

Jennifer Gibbs is awarded competitive research grant and is named co-editor of “Communication Research”

Prof. Jennifer Gibbs received a GAIA International Collaborative Research Grant for Tenured Faculty for $8,000, for a project titled “Fostering Collaborative Communication Practices in Global Teams” with PhD students and researchers at Aalto University, Finland. This was one of 5 grants awarded to tenured faculty.  Gibbs is also the new co-editor of Communication Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Sage Publications. Eight issues are published per year.

Mary Chayko publishes new book on digital technology and society

Mary Chayko has published a new book on what it means to live in a digitally connected society. Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life brings together insights from such disciplines as sociology, communication, psychology, and media, information, and technology studies to explore the impact of the internet and digital technology on our everyday lives, from the way we construct identities and cultures to the way we work, play, learn, govern, and fall in love.  The new book was also launched at the New Books Reception at the Eastern Sociological Society conference in Boston on March 17, and Rutgers University’s Celebration of Faculty Books at Alexander Library on April 12.

Mary Chayko presents papers on methods and teaching

Prof. Mary Chayko recently presented the following papers:

  • “Reimagining the Interview: Adapting Qualitative Methods to the Digital Realm” at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) on March 17 in Boston, Mass.
  • “Disruptive Course Design: Integrating Social Technologies and Quality Matters (QM) Best Practices in Hybrid/Online Courses,” on March 23, at the NJEDge 2016 Faculty Showcase Conference (with Denise Kreiger).  The paper and presentation focused on the course design process which was based on Quality Matters (QM) standards and focused on incorporating social technologies for student learning such as Twitter, Storify, and discussion boards. They also gave a tour of the Rutgers QM-certified hybrid course in the learning management system.

Various press outlets cover Khadijah White on critical media issues

Prof. Khadijah White discussed critical media issues at the following forums:

  • Participated on a panel about the Oscars last month at the Philadelphia Institute for Contemporary Art. It was posted on the Musiqology blog.

Craig Scott presents two co-authored papers at conferences in TX and CA

Prof. Craig Scott presented two co-authored papers:

Chirag Shah gives invited talk at University of Texas

Prof. Chirag Shah gave an invited talk on “Information Fostering: Being Proactive in Information Seeking” at University of Texas Austin on March 4.  In the talk, he discussed how to analyze a search process in an exploratory search task to be able to predict its likelihood of success, and how to switch the search trail of a possibly failing search with a one that could improve the chances of success dramatically.

Marie Radford gives two invited presentations in Buffalo, NY

Professor Marie Radford gave two invited presentations:

  • Radford, M. L. “’I’ve Already Googled It and I Can’t Understand It:’ User’s Perceptions of Virtual Reference and Social Q and A.”  University of Buffalo, N.Y., March 3.
  • Radford, M. L. “Collaboration and Crowdsourcing in Virtual Reference: Expanding Vision & Viability.” Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, N.Y., March 4.

Marie Radford and Chirag Shah are co-authors on a journal article published in JASIST

Prof. Marie Radford, Prof. Chirag Shah, and several Ph.D. students published an article titled, “Shared Values, New Vision: Collaboration and Communities of Practice in Virtual Reference and SQA” in JASIST.  This investigation of new approaches to improving collaboration, user/librarian experiences, and sustainability for virtual reference services reports findings from a grant project. Findings indicate that participants usually refer questions from outside of their area of expertise to other librarians, but occasionally refer them to nonlibrarian experts.

Knight Foundation awards fellowship to Matt Weber

Prof. Matt Weber and a Ph.D. student are announced as Knight Foundation Innovation Fellows for their project, “Digital Journalism and the Challenges of Managing a 21st Century Newsroom Workforce.”  This project examines the changing composition of newsroom workforces by analyzing the work histories, educational backgrounds, and employee skillsets of newsroom employees. The results of this study will provide publishers and managing editors with specific recommendations regarding recruiting strategies, target skills, and educational backgrounds that will complement existing newsroom workforces.

Matthew Weber receives grant from NSF

Prof. Matthew Weber was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation(NSF Award #1624067) to support a series of upcoming data science workshops focused on training graduate students to conduct research using archived Internet data. The grant, from the Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Directorate, provides $29,883 to support graduate student travel to the workshops. The two workshops will be held in March in Toronto and in June in Washington, D.C.

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