iSchool Alumnus of the Year Event 2019

   iSchool Alumnus of the Year Event 2019  

The iSchool Distinguished Terrapin Award will be awarded by Dean Keith Marzullo at the iSchool Alumni Network Spring Event on Thursday, April 25, 2019. This award recognizes individuals who excel in their field of expertise and provide value to the communities in which they serve. This year the Distinguished Terrapin Award will be presented to Jamuna Sundararajan (MIM 2005). 


Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden 

Professor. College of Information Studies 
Director, Trace Research & Development Center
University of Maryland 

Disucssion Topic: Technology shouldn’t make us feel stupid, or scare people away from using it. What can be done about this?


Dr. Ana Ndumu

President's Postdoctoral Fellow
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland 

Discussion Topic: Rethinking information services for immigrant communities


The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Whittemore House located at 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW in Washington, DC.

This is a FREE event. Hors d'ouevres will be provided and a cash bar will be available. 



Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden

Gregg Vanderheiden is a Professor in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Director of the Trace Research & Development Center at the University of Maryland. Dr. Vanderheiden is the principal investigator of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Information Technology Access, and a co-principal investigator for the RERC on Telecom Access funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Vanderheiden has been working in the area of access to technology for over 47 years. He was a pioneer in the field of Augmentative Communication (a term taken from his writings in 1979).  He then worked with the computer industry in getting them to build disability access features directly into their standard products.  


Dr. Ana Ndumu

Dr. Ana Ndumu is currently a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the UMD College of Information, and she will transition to an Assistant Professor position during the 2019 academic year. Dr. Ndumu's research, which primarily centers on information use among immigrants, has culminated in the Toolkit for Library Services to Black Immigrants. Her forthcoming book is entitled, "Borders and belonging: Critical examinations of library approaches toward immigrants."





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