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Liddy Appointed Trustee Professor by SU's Vice Chancellor

Edward Byrnes

Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and Provost Deborah A. Freund has appointed Elizabeth D. Liddy, currently a professor in SU's School of Information Studies and director of the University's Center for Natural Language Processing, as Trustee Professor of Information Studies. Freund made the announcement of Liddy's Trustee professorship appointment during her March 30 address to the University.

The University's Board of Trustees approved the Trustee Professorship Program in 2000 as a way of recruiting and retaining faculty members known nationally and internationally for their scholarship and research. The professorships, bestowed on individuals of world-class distinction, are given at Freund's discretion. Dan A. Black was named Trustee Professor of Economics on March 30; Freund also announced the appointments of faculty members Louise C. Wilkinson, John L. Palmer and Jon A. Zubieta as University and Distinguished Professors.

In her remarks announcing the appointments, Freund described the professors as five faculty members who have wholeheartedly embraced the challenges of their professional interests and fields of study. She added, These five scholars personify excellence in research and teaching.

Liddy's main research has focused on natural language processing (NLP) since her award-winning dissertation in 1988, one of the first to prove the utility of NLP for information science. Liddy has led 50 research projects, all based on the use of NLP for improved information access and analytics. Liddy's research has secured more than $10 million in grants and other awards in the last five years and has contributed to the development of advanced system capabilities for computer-based information management.

She has authored more than 90 research papers and given hundreds of conference presentations of her work. In 1999, Liddy was named director of the Center for Natural Language Processing. The Center's mission is to advance the development of human-like language understanding software capabilities for government, commercial and consumer applications. She frequently serves as the academic supervisor for graduate internships. Additionally, Liddy is the founder of Women In Information Technology (WIT), an organization aimed at attracting and retaining women in information science and technology, and is a co-inventor on five patents. Her recent accolades include a 2002 Sigma Xi International Honor Society of Scientific and Engineering Research Award and an SU Outstanding Alumni Award in 2000.

Liddy received her Ph.D. in Information Transfer and Master of Library Science from SU, and earned a B.A. degree in English language and literature from Daemen College.

The School of Information Studies at SU is a nationally ranked center for innovative programs in information policy, information behavior, information management, information systems, information technology and information services. The School offers an undergraduate degree, three professional master's programs, and a Ph.D. program. For more information, visit the School's web site at

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