Yan Zhang

Yan graduated with a PhD degree from UNC in 2009. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. [website]

Yan is interested in mental models of information retrieval systems, HCI, usability testing, medical information search,and research methods. She has a undergraduate degree in Information Management and Systems from Nanjing University, China, and she enjoys swimming and photography. Her favorite book is Wei Chang.

Mayank Agarwal

Mayank has a keen interest in information architecture, personalization and retrieval particularly applied to the broad domains of education and healthcare. The current focus of Mayank’s work is content-based multimodal retrieval, personalization in music (applied to Bollywood and Indian classical music), information visualization, collaborative information seeking. [website]

Mayank came in with an engineering degree from University of Delhi, and graduated from UNC with a MS in Information Science. Immediately after graduating from LAIR, Mayank co-founded Lexical Informatics, that focuses on finding solutions to the pressing problems in Information and Library Science.

Rahul Deshmukh

Rahul worked with LAIR as a Research Assistant to create a disease ontology and an application to actively use this ontology in one of the major clinical trials on the disease. Rahul graduated with a MSIS degree from UNC in 2011. He is currently working at Microsoft.

After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from University of Pune, Rahul worked in an IT company in Pune (India) for two years. During this period he was part of three web-based projects for Microsoft and one CRM-based project for another US-based company and worked on technologies like Sharepoint, .Net etc. After a two-year stint in the industry, Rahul is now pursuing a Masters in Information Science to satiate his interest in databases and semantic web.

Weimao Ke

Weimao graduated with a PhD degree from UNC in 2010, He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Drexel University at Philadelphia. [website]

For years, Weimao enjoyed being an engineer. He received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology in 1998 and worked as a software engineer in the IT industry for six years. After a technical lead career with Lycos Asia and eBay China, he came to the Indiana University at Bloomington to pursue a Masters degree in Information Science in 2004 and ended up being attracted to the research in Information Retrieval. In 2007, he followed his advisor, Dr. Javed Mostafa, to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continued his Ph.D. pursuit. Narrowly speaking, he was interested in information retrieval (IR), particularly the retrieval and filtering of information in distributed networked environments. Key words that describe his research and interests at LAIR included information retrieval, information filtering, text mining, machine learning, information visualization, network science, agent-based simulations, etc.

Talks

Dr. Mostafa in the BRIC-GE Seminar Series
2009-05-01

Dr. Mostafa presented a talk titled “A Medical Image Workbench: Balancing Representation & Access Challenges in ViewFinder” at the BiomedicalResearch Imaging Center, UNC at Chapel Hill. The research project discussed is based on a curated MRI image data collection provided by the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).

Lina Huang

Lina served as a Research Assistant at LAIR lab, working on ontology development and visualization. Lina graduated with a MSIS degree from UNC in 2011. She is currently working as a software developer at Research in Motion.

Before coming to the master degree in Information Science in SILS, UNC-CH Lina had an undergraduate degree in Software Engineering in China. During her junior and senior undergraduate years, she was attracted to computer human interface and information retrieval and visualization. Her curiosity has driven her to pursue a graduate study in the broader realm of information science.

Nicole Scoggins

Nicole Scoggins graduated from NC State University with a BA in Business and a Certificate in Computer Programming. She is an applications/analyst programmer at NC State University – College of Veterinary Medicine.

Nicole is currently enrolled in the Certificate in Clinical Information Sciences program with the goal of will integrating her skills as a programmer with the health information needs of care providers. She is very interested in acquiring more knowledge on health informatics and its critical role in the enhancement of the quality of patient care.

Rich Medlin

Rich earned his MD at the University of Texas and has 12 years of experience as an emergency medicine physician at Morehead Memorial Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center. He is now an ED physician at UNC Hospital and a Clinical Informatics Fellow.

Elliott Hauser

Elliot Hauser

Elliott HauserElliott Hauser is currently a PhD student studying information science at UNC Chapel Hill. He received his M.S.I.S. in 2012 from UNC Chapel Hill, with a Certificate in Clinical Information Science.

Elliott’s research interests center around the problem of data description. Within the computational sciences, this involves accounting for the sources, transformations, and analyses that data have undergone during the research process.

His undergraduate studies were completed at Duke University in 2005, where he graduated with Highest Distinction. In between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Elliott worked in the real estate, consulting, and finance industries in Durham, North Carolina and San Francisco, California.

During the summer of 2012 he completed a Google Summer of Code-funded project in evolutionary informatics, sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham. This open source project will support the implementation of a minimum informatics standard for phylogenetics data.

Ashraf Farrag

Ashraf has been a jack-of-all trades in the IT profession for nearly 18 years having done systems administration, software and web development. His interests in CIS are security, data mining and search/IR/text mining applications for electronic medical records and data warehouses. In addition to his IT background, he also has had direct experience treating patients with electronic health records having served as a volunteer emergency medical technician in Durham County.

BS, Computer Science; BS, Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
MSIS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Clinical Information Science Certificate

He is currently employed at UNC under a dual appointment with ITS Research Computing and TraCS with the Carolina Data Warehouse Health. He serves as TraCS and UNC Healthcare’s Natural Language Processing specialist. He still contributes to research at SILS and CHIP through Javed Mostafa’s Laboratory of Applied Information Research.

Julia Khanova

Julia is primarily interested in information use in teaching and learning, particularly in eLearning. The interest has evolved from years of working as IT specialist in both K-12 and university setting. Currently she am a doctoral student at SILS, UNC at Chapel Hill. Her research is focused on the role exposure to online teaching tools and methods plays in advancing pedagogical innovation and overall progression towards blended education that fuses online and face-to-face components.

Her other research interests include biomedical and health informatics education and information use in different domains with emphasis on contextual factors.

Publications

2011
A curricula-based comparison of biomedical and health informatics programs in the USA Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2011

Kampov-Polevoi, J. & Hemminger, B.M. (2011). A curricula-based comparison of biomedical and health informatics programs in the USA. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 18, 195-202.

2010
Considerations for supporting faculty in transitioning a course to online format Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2010

Kampov-Polevoi, J. (2010). Considerations for supporting faculty in transitioning a course to online format. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 13(2).
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Survey of biomedical and health care informatics programs in the United States
Journal of the Medical Library Association, 2010

Kampov-Polevoi, J. & Hemminger B.M. (2010). Survey of biomedical and health care informatics programs in the United States. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 98(2), 178-181.

BMHI Educational Competencies: Curricula-Based Analysis, The Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2010

Kampov-Polevoi, J. & Hemminger, B.M. (2010). BMHI Educational Competencies: Curricula-Based Analysis. Poster session presented at the Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association, Washington,DC.

Framework for Analysis of Online Course Design, The Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2010

Kampov-Polevoi, J. (2010). Framework for Analysis of Online Course Design. Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Pittsburgh, PA.

Work and personal email use by university employees
SILS DSA Research Symposium, 2010

Kampov, J. & Ramdeen, S. (2010). Work and personal email use by university employees. Presentation at the SILS DSA research symposium, Chapel Hill, NC.

AMICAL Members’ Use of Videoconferencing Technology
The AMICAL (American International Consortium of Academic Libraries) Annual Conference, 2010

Kampov-Polevoi, J. (2010). AMICAL Members’ Use of Videoconferencing Technology. Presentation at the AMICAL (American International Consortium of Academic Libraries) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary.

2009
Evolving Curricula in LIS-focused Bioinformatics Programs
The ASIS&T 2009 Annual Meeting

Bartlet, J.C., Hemminger, B.M., Kampov-Polevoi, J. & MacMullen, W.J. (2009). Evolving Curricula in LIS-focused Bioinformatics Programs. Panel presentation at the ASIS&T 2009 Annual meeting, Vancouver, BC.

Online Learning at iSchools – Review of Current Offerings
4th Annual iSchools Conference (iConference’09)

Kampov-Polevoi, J. & Mostafa, J. (2009). Online learning at iSchools – Review of current offerings. Poster session presented at the 4th Annual iConference, Chapel Hill, NC.