Program Coordinator and Assistant to the UI3 Director Andrea Flaherty’s position was directly affected by the elimination of cluster faculty funds. While she was officially furloughed in July, she soon thereafter accepted a different position on campus. While Andrea is missed by UI3 staff, cluster faculty and IGPI scholars whom she mentored, every effort has been made to ensure a smooth transition for our students. IGPI commitments will be honored by collaborating departments, and UI3 Associate Director of Informatics Education Juan Pablo Hourcade is working with the UI Graduate College to facilitate the transfer of administrative duties. Student employee Mackayla Highly continues to support the IGPI program and will report to the Graduate College.
UI3 Data Scientist Kang Lee joined the College of Business and AI Initiative 50/50 percent in August. With Lee’s departure, Data Science Consultant Giang Rudderham (right) was hired to oversee data skills training and support researchers and educators who utilize the new Interactive Data Analytics Service (IDAS). Rudderham has a background in statistics, and previously served as a data manager for the Iowa Social Science Research Center. Baylen Brus (left) has been a student employee in ITS-RS since April, 2018. In August, Brus accepted a full-time, professional position with ITS-Research Services as a high-performance computing systems administrator. Brus is mentored by HPC Architect Glenn Johnson who can now allocate more of his time to scientific software packaging. In Q3-19, UI3 Associate Director and Director of Research Services Ben Rogers assumed leadership of the ITS Enterprise Infrastructure team, and UI College of Engineering Chief Technology Officer Danny Tang became the new director of ITS Research Services. Rogers will continue to serve UI3 until December.
When you see them, please wish Andrea, Kang, Giang, Baylen, Ben, and Danny the best of luck in their new roles!
Pardon Our Dust; We've Moved!
Research Services staff with offices in the College of Public Health Building recently moved to the University Capitol Centre room 2500B. With this move, they are closer to the rest of the RS team who occupy space in the lower level of Lindquist Center.