The McGill School of Information Studies is pleased to share highlights of faculty news and achievements, including promotions, reappointments, publications, exhibitions, and international contributions:
Dr. France Bouthillier has been reappointed as the School’s Director for another two-year term, ending in 2016.
Dr. Elaine Ménard has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Professor Ménard’s teaching and research areas include organization of information, image indexing and retrieval, cross-language information retrieval, museology, and metadata schemas and standards.
Dr. Jamshid Beheshti has been elected to the ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology) Board of Directors, and will be serving as a Director-at-Large from 2015-2017.
The exhibit In Knowledge We Trust, inspired by the research of Dr. Max Evans (pictured below) ran at the Ontario Science Centre’s Idea Gallery from October to December 2014. This family-friendly exhibit explored the concept of “knowledge,” highlighted connections between knowledge sharing and inter-personal trust, and featured visual interpretations of what “knowledge” looks like to children and adults. To learn more about the exhibit and view an online gallery, visit the Idea Gallery website. More photos from the exhibit can also be found on Professor Evans’ website at: http://www.maxevans.com/knowledge-trust
Dr. Catherine Guastavino has contributed to the first International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard on Soundscape (ISO 12913 –1. Soundscapes: Definition and conceptual framework), approved July 2014. She collaborates with many European researchers on the topic of soundscapes, and is part of a team which was recently awarded a European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) grant on the soundscape of European cities. Professor Guastavino is also involved in the Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network (GSSN), a project that has been garnering significant attention from media in the US. As Co-Principle Investigator, Professor Guastavino’s contribution focuses on sounds in the city, how they are perceived, how they contribute to a sense of place, and overall quality of life. Read more about the Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network project at soundscapenetwork.org
Dr. Jamshid Beheshti co-edited New Directions in Children’s and Adolescents’ Information Behavior Research with Dr. Dania Bilal (2014. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing). The book explores the current information behaviour of children and youth and the changes that have emerged over the last two decades.
Dr. Kimiz Dalkir authored Intelligent Learner Modeling in Real-time (2014. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing). In addition, Dr. Dalkir co-authored Utilizing Evidence-Based Lessons Learned for Enhanced Organizational Innovation and Change (2014. Hershey, PA: IGI Global) with SIS PhD student Irene Kitimbo, Susan McIntyre, and Perry Paul.
In addition to the faculty updates above, this was an exceptionally strong year for faculty and the School in terms of new research grants and collaborations. >> Read more about faculty research grants and collaborations.