NSF Awards Grants to Information Sciences Faculty

Issue Date: 
September 27, 2010

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded grants to the following School of Information Sciences faculty members: Geoffrey Bowker, Peter Brusilovsky, Daqing He, Corey Knobel, Jung Sun Oh, and Ronald Larsen.

Professor Bowker, with coprincipal investigator and Information Sciences Dean Ronald L. Larsen, secured a grant for $90,684 to support a workshop titled  “Emerging Configurations of the Virtual and the Real” this semester. Funded by the NSF’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure, the workshop will convene a group of experts from various fields to address the impact of advances in information and communications technologies on research and education in the information sciences.

Professor Brusilovsky received two EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) awards. The first grant for $99,999, for which Assistant Professor Jung Sun Oh will serve as coprincipal investigator, will support a project that explores personalization and social networking for short-term communities, such as academic research conferences.

Brusilovsky’s second EAGER Grant, for $155,882, will look at how to model and visualize latent communities, or groups of people who form communities based on their similar interests. This work will consider how to elicit latent communities from various kinds of data about individuals available in the modern social Web.

Professor Daqing He received a $49,983 grant from the NSF’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems to explore the emerging phenomenon of public academic information resources on the social Web.

Assistant Professor Knobel and Bowker were awarded a $198,506 grant from NSF’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure for the project titled “Evaluating Best Practices in Collaborative Cyber-Science and Engineering.”