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Important changes are coming to the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI

June 25, 2013

On July 1, the name of the school will change to the IU School of Informatics and Computing. The IU School of Library and Information Science merges with the school, and Mathew Palakal will take over as executive associate dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.

The School of Informatics and Computing is located in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex (ICTC).

The School of Informatics and Computing is located in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex (ICTC).

The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the merger. The change affects schools at both the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses. The merger is seen as an opportunity to create a single school of expanded breadth, size and quality that addresses the rapid evolution of informatics, computing and libraries.

The School of Informatics is an innovator in a fast-paced and dynamic field. It uniquely integrates computing, social science and information systems design to explore how people use computing and technology to live, work, play and communicate, and apply that insight to develop innovative IT solutions affecting fields such as health care, biology, business, law, entertainment and media. Demand for trained professionals in computing and informatics is expected to continue, and the need for librarians and information professionals is shifting to graduates with skills in digital curation and preservation, e-science and user-systems interaction, emphasizing the importance of a strong technological base.

As executive associate dean for the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, Palakal will be responsible for determining the strategic vision for the school, advancing the school’s academic  and research programs, and providing oversight and management of the school’s fiscal and personnel matters.

At the School of Informatics, Palakal has held the title of associate dean of research and graduate programs since 2006 and has been director of the Informatics Research Institute and professor of computer and informational science since 2001. He also served as interim executive associate dean from July to December 2012 and as co-interim executive associate dean from August 2007 to June 2008.

Before joining the School of Informatics in 2006, Palakal was a professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the School of Science and served as the department chair for nine years.

A launch event is being scheduled for September.

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