UMSI WIRE - Fall 2014

UMSI WIRE is a compendium of news and research from the University of Michigan School of Information for educators and information professionals.

Open faculty positions
The School of Information is currently seeking to fill faculty positions for the  2015-16 academic year in the areas of communications and technology, health informatics, human-computer interaction and information analysis and retrieval. Read more.

Medicaid fraud fears unfounded, study finds
Concerns that nationwide electronic health record adoption could lead to widespread fraud in coding and billing practices are unfounded, according to a study from the University of Michigan School of Information and the Harvard School of Public Health. Read more.

When slower is better

Associate Professor Kevyn Collins-Thompson and co-authors proposed the concept of "slow search" yielding better results in an article published this summer in Communications of the ACM. Read more.

Out of Africa

Associate Professor Paul Conway has secured the Sarkisian Collection of African Music, an archive of over 40 years of Voice of America recordings of sub-Saharan music, for long-term loan to the University of Michigan Library. Read more.

Early promise

Julia Adler-Milstein, assistant professor at UMSI, has been named the New Investigator of the Year by the American Medical Informatics Association, in recognition of significant early scholarly contributions to the field of health informatics. Read more.

Milking MOOC data for academic success
Researchers at UMSI have received an NSF grant to examine data from online learning environments such as MOOCs to find better ways to predict student success and design interventions to aid students in danger of failure. Read more.

The magnificent seven
Seven new faculty members in the fields of transformational learning, human-computer interaction, information technology for development, entrepreneurship and more joined the UMSI faculty in the 2014-15 academic year. Read more.