The IU School of Informatics and the IU School of Library and Information Science merged July 1, becoming the School of Informatics and Computing. The merger is seen as an opportunity to create a single school of expanded breadth, size and quality that addresses the rapid evolution of informatics, computing and libraries.
Faculty changes are:
Karl MacDorman, associate dean for academic affairs
Steve Mannheimer, associate dean for faculty affairs (half-time)
Rachel Applegate, chair, Department of Library and Information Science
Brad Doebbeling, chair, Department of BioHealth Informatics
Davide Bolchini, interim chair, Department of Human-Centered Computing
Josette Jones, program director, Health Informatics
Sara Hook, program director, Informatics Undergraduate Program
Tony Faiola, program director, Human-Computer Interaction
Joe Defazio, program director, Media Arts & Science
Huanmei Wu, program director, Bioinformatics
Amy Voida, assistant professor, Human-Centered Computing
Stephen Voida, assistant professor, Human-Centered Computing
Mathew Palakal is now executive associate dean of the school. At the School of Informatics and Computing, Palakal held the title of associate dean of research and graduate programs since 2006 and has been director of the Informatics Research Institute and professor of computer and informational science since 2001. He also served as interim executive associate dean from July to December 2012 and as co-interim executive associate dean from August 2007 to June 2008.
A celebration of the school’s expansion will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. The event will feature remarks by IU Health CEO Daniel F. Evans Jr. and streaming remarks from Bloomington, by IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Peter Lee, corporate vice president and head of Microsoft Research.
The School of Informatics and Computing is an innovator in a fast-paced and dynamic field. It uniquely integrates computing, social science and information systems design to explore how people use computing and technology to live, work, play and communicate, and apply that insight to develop innovative IT solutions affecting fields such as health care, biology, business, law, entertainment and media.