iSchool faculty among award finalists for iConference 2015

The iConference 2015 organizers announced the finalists for the conference’s best papers and poster competitions.

Ph.D. candidate Bryce Newell and Associate Professor Ricardo Gomez are finalists in the "Most Interesting Preliminary Results" category for their paper, "Informal Networks, Phones and Facebook: Information Seeking and Technology Use by Undocumented Migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border." 

Assistant Professor Jaime Snyder and colleagues from Syracuse University are contenders in the "Best Poster" category for their research, "Using Ethnography of Email to Understand Distributed Scientific Collaborations." 

The winners will be honored at iConference 2015, which takes place March 24 -7, 2015, in Newport Beach, California.

Other Accepted Papers

Allyson Carlyle -  “The Policeman’s Beard Was What? Representation and Reality in Knowledge Organization and Description”

Rachel Ivy Clark (Ph.D. student) and Jin Ha Lee - "User Perceptions of Associative Thesaural Relationships: A Preliminary Study"

Carole Palmer and collaborators' - "LIS Programs and Data Centers: Integrating Expertise"

Joseph T. Tennis - “Words and Emotional Work: Classification Theory’s Constructs Useful for the Analysis of Social Media Data in Terms of Gender, Race, and Sexuality”


Karen Fisher - Digital Youth Research Network: Defining The Field, Building Connections, and Exploring Collaborations

Jaime Snyder - Visualization Pedagogy in iSchools

About the iConference

The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, and hosted each year by a different member school. The 2015 host is the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine; this year’s conference theme is Create-Collaborate-Celebrate.

The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more. The iSchools share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.

Microsoft Research is a long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 850 Ph.D. researchers openly collaborate with leading academic, government, and industry researchers to advance the state-of-the-art of computing and solve world problems through technological innovation. In addition to its generous support of the iConference, Microsoft Research also funds the conference’s annual Lee Dirks Best Completed Research Paper Award.

The iConference 2015 champion sponsors are Microsoft Research, the UCI Hana Lab, and the National Science Foundation; contributors include Facebook, Nokia, and the UCI Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences; additional support provided by Google, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the UCI Institute for Software Research, the UCI Newkirk Center, and grandPad.