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USFSI Professor "Scuba" Steve Gary Awarded the MCPA Military Order of Thor Medal


Posted December 7, 2016

NewsScuba On December 7, 2016, the second member of the University of South Florida (USF) faculty was inducted into the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) Order of Thor for their special contributions to the American military cyber community. The first was Dr. Randy Borum, of the USF School of Information (SI), who serves as Senior Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Military Cyber Affairs. This most recent ceremony recognized "Scuba" Steve Gary, also of the USF SI. The ceremony was led by Joe Billingsley, MCPA Founder, in picturesque Ybor City. Billingsley and Gary were surrounded by MCPA Tampa Chapter members from the military, industry, and academia. Scuba currently serves as MCPA Tampa Chapter President and as a conduit for connecting Veterans in the cybersecurity field across the Tampa Bay area. He actively works to connect all local Veterans in cybersecurity and create an environment conducive for them to network. He hosts a Veterans cybersecurity seminar each week that includes local cybersecurity guest speakers and relevant cybersecurity discussions. Because of his efforts, the MCPA Tampa Chapter and the network of Veterans in cybersecurity continues to grow in the Tampa Bay area.

USF Cyber Intelligence Team advances to the finals of the 2016 National Cyber Analyst Challenge


Posted on September 7, 2016

The student team of cyber intelligence analysts from University of South Florida has advanced to the finals of the 2016 National Cyber Analyst Challenge.

The National Cyber Analyst Challenge is a competition created by Leidos and Temple University's Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) to enhance the skills of the future workforce, with a focus on developing strategic skills involving analysis and threat identification.

The composite expertise of USF's team included Phillip Krnjeu, Ryan Cooper, Charlene Garcia, Armend Mala, and El Mehdi Ramdane, all of whom are graduate students in USF's MS in Cybersecurity with a Concentration in Cyber Intelligence, with "Scuba" Steve Gary, Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Information serving as the primary faculty advisor.

All Phase I entries were reviewed by a panel of industry experts and scored on presentation, incident and content analysis, and technical accuracy and skills. There were twice as many submissions this year as last year, so the competition was intense!

Based on the team's Phase I scores, the University of South Florida will receive the GOLD award, which is the highest level in the challenge. In addition, the team will receive an industry mentor, and training to participate in phase III - the finals. The team is also qualified to participate in Phase II - Online training, and Phase III - Finals in Washington D.C, October 27-28, 2016. Phase III offers a $25,000 award. Hotel accommodations for Phase III are provided to all finalists, though the school is expected to cover transportation costs.

These students are outstanding ambassadors for USF and the Cyber Intelligence program.

The School of Information Welcomes New Faculty This Fall


Posted on August 22, 2016

Natalie Greene Taylor, Ph.D., joined the iSchool as an Assistant Professor. Her research focuses on young people's access to information. More specifically, she studies youth information behavior, information intermediaries, and information policy as it affects youth information access. In her dissertation, she examined youth access to digital government information. She is an Associate Editor of Library Quarterly and has published articles in Library & Information Science Research, Public Library Quarterly, Information Polity, and International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, among others. She has also co-authored two books: Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library and Libraries, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Enabling Access and Promoting Inclusion, and co-edited the book Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice.

Dr. Loni Hagen joined the iSchool this Fall as an Assistant Professor. She uses natural language processing and data mining techniques to automatically extract information from e-petition texts and further provides interpretation of them in context. Her current research interests include developing new ways of organizing opinions expressed by the public online, and introducing computational techniques to analyze big textual data for policy analysis and policy decision-making.

USF SI @ ALA 2015


Posted on June 30, 2016

USF School of Information faculty, students, and alumni were present and active among the 22,000 attendees at the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition held in San Francisco June 25th to 30th (see the Look Back at the conference at http://alaac15.ala.org/). The conference opened the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruling made same-sex marriage legal throughout the country, with "inclusiveness and diversity" emerging as a major conference theme for 2015 (as reported in American Libraries magazine (July 22, 2015). The American Library Association has been an advocate for LGBT diversity initiatives and active in supporting and participating in LGBT rights, historically. Being in the center of such a momentous decision and recognition of civil rights made the event even more extraordinary for those attending.Associate Director Diane Austin represented USF at both the booth and reunion, greeting and reconnecting with USF and other school's alum and other conference attendees, sharing stories and what is happening in the SI programs. Other SI professors were busy with multiple committee assignments and event attendance. SI Professor Dr. Vicki Gregory participated on the Notable Books Council this year. She also attended Beta Phi Mu activities on behalf of SI and the Andrew Carnegie Medal awards ceremony. Dr. Kathleen de la Pena McCook served on the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction committee this year.

School of Information continuously accredited by American Library Assoication


Posted on June 29, 2016

The University of South Florida's iSchool is pleased to announce that the American Library Association's (ALA) Committee on Accreditation has granted continued accreditation status to its Master of Arts in Library and Information Science (MALIS) program. The next comprehensive review of the program is scheduled for spring 2023.

The School of Information Sciences has been continually accredited by ALA since 1974. http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2016/07/coa-announces-accreditation-decisions-made-2016-annual-conference

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View the 2015 School of Information Newsletter HERE