The School of Information Studies graduated eight new doctoral degree recipients in its 2016 class. Again this year, the number of graduates represents one of the largest classes of doctoral students in recent years.

Seven students were awarded Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Information Science and Technology, and one earned her Doctorate of Professional Studies degrees in Information Management.

Those earning Ph.D. credentials are:

  • Dr. Mark Costa, whose thesis was, The Temporal and Structural Dynamics of Social Capital in Scientific Collaboration Networks: a case study; advised by Jian Qin.
  • Dr. Renata Curty, with her thesis, Beyond ‘data thrifting’: An Investigation of Factors Influencing Research Data Reuse; advised by Jian Qin.
  • Dr. Min-Chun Ku, who wrote her thesis, Investigating the Associations between Credibility Assessments and Information-use Tasks with Respect to Document Genres in the Context of University Teaching; advised by Barbara Kwasnik.
  • Dr. Jasy Liew Suet Yan, whose thesis was, Fine-Grained Emotion Detection in Microblog Text; advised by Elizabeth Liddy and Howard Turtle.
  • Dr. Janet Marsden, who wrote her thesis, Developing a Framework for Stigmergic Human Collaboration with Technology Tools: Cases in Emergency Response; advised by Jeffrey Stanton.
  • Dr. Angela Ramnarine-Rieks, whose thesis was, Learning by Game Design: A Case Study Exploring Its Effects in Library Instruction; advised by Scott Nicholson.
  • Dr. Matt Willis, who wrote his thesis, Patient Sociotechnical Assemblages: The Distributed Cognition of Health Information Management; advised by Jennifer Stromer-Galley.

The student earning her D.P.S. credentials:

  • Dr. Dawn Bovasso, with her thesis, The Impact of Self-Efficacy on Willingness to Try Emerging Formats of Digital Content; advised by Ruth Small.