By Doug Van Houweling, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation
The faculty at the School of Information are continuing their leadership in research that makes a difference in people’s lives. As technology enables new forms and uses of information, UMSI faculty are engaged in increasingly collaborative roles with colleagues across the University.
Over the past year, the University has launched MCubed, a new program that provides seed money for three faculty members to quickly partner and support graduate students in pursuit of high risk, innovative research. To date, 22 UMSI faculty are now pursuing MCubed research projects. These projects cover a broad range of topics, including music preservation, hospital performance, individual biases, public health, teens and new media, networked learning, bipolar disorder, translation networks and rural internet: a diversity which demonstrates the School’s central role in the work of the University. In addition, Professor Chuck Friedman is leading a university-wide collaboration which has been awarded a Global Challenges for a Third Century grant to develop a Learning Health System.
UMSI is also strengthening corporate and foundation research relationships. Professors Paul Resnick, Cliff Lampe, and Eytan Adar have received funding from Google to launch the MTogether partnership which will create a platform for research on social media. The partnership will provide credible, unbiased answers to questions about social media use that affects social media providers, advertisers, and the general public. Professor Stephanie Teasley has support from the MacArthur Foundation for her work on enhancing synergy across foundation programs supporting cyberlearning.
Finally, Professor Margaret Hedstrom’s prototype of the Sustainable Environment Actionable Data system has received approval from the National Science Foundation for continued funding over the next three years, placing the School in a leadership position as research communities begin to form around management and reuse of “big data.”
As UMSI welcomes its new faculty, our research portfolio will continue to grow, so keep posted for exciting news in the future.