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  The Faculty of the Department of Library and Information Science of 
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, are proud to welcome the 
following new faculty members:
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*Dr. Marc Aronson* earned his doctorate in American History at NYU by 
studying William Crary Brownell -- a turn of the 20th Century editor and 
author who worked closely with Edith Wharton and Henry James. Aronson 
went on to become an award-winning editor and author for younger 
readers. He has won the LMP award for excellence in editing, the ALAN 
prize for service to teenagers, and in 2000, his /Sir Walter Raleigh and 
the Quest for El Dorado/ was awarded the first Robert Sibert medal for 
excellence in nonfiction by the American Library Association. A book he 
edited, Tanya Stone's /Almost Astronauts,/ won the 2010 Sibert. He has 
served as a national spokesman for the History Channel, and has been 
asked by the National Parks Service to create a national high school 
program to accompany the 2011 anniversary of Lincoln's inaugural journey 
from Illinois to Washington. Aronson's blog Nonfiction Matters appears 
on the School Library Journal website. His two most recent books are /If 
Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Mysteries of Stonehenge/ (National 
Geographic) and the forthcoming /Sugar Changed the World: A Story of 
Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science/ (Clarion). Both books have 
already garnered stellar reviews.

*Dr. Rebecca Reynolds* completed her Ph.D. at Syracuse University in 
Mass Communications at the Newhouse School, with inter-disciplinary 
involvement of the School of Information Studies and Center for Digital 
Literacy. For the last several years she has been consulting with the 
World Wide Workshop Foundation in NYC, conducting evaluation research 
for the Globaloria-West Virginia project, a program that fosters digital 
literacy development through game design and social media engagement 
among rural WV students in grades 6-12. Dr. Reynolds was also awarded a 
Post-doctoral Fellowship with the American Educational Research 
Association (AERA) and American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 
Washington, DC, and spent the last year contributing to federal, state 
and city-level educational technology projects funded by the Department 
of Education. Prior her doctoral studies, Dr. Reynolds worked for 
several dot-com start-up companies in marketing and product development. 
She is excited to pursue her research agenda at Rutgers on children's 
constructionist learning with technology.

*Dr. Chirag Shah* earned his Ph.D. from the School of Information & 
Library Science (SILS) at UNC Chapel Hill. His dissertation titled "A 
Framework for Supporting User-Centric Collaborative Information Seeking" 
was done under the guidance of Dr. Gary Marchionini. His research 
interests include various aspects of interactive information 
retrieval/seeking, especially in the context of online social networks 
and collaborations, contextual information mining, and applications of 
social media services for exploring critical socio-political issues. He 
is also interested in various theoretical and practical aspects of 
information as a thing, and online information propagation. He has 
designed and developed a number of open-source systems, including 
Coagmento for collaborative information, and ContextMiner for mining and 
archiving social media content.

*Dr. Xiaomu Zhou* received her Ph.D from the University of Michigan at 
Ann Arbor. Her thesis, titled "Information in Healthcare: An 
Ethnographic Analysis of a Hospital Ward," focuses on clinicians' 
information practice and the impact of computerization on clinical work. 
Her most recent publications (in ACM on Human Factors in Computing 
Systems, and ACM on International Health Informatics) derived from her 
two years' extensive field observations, in-depth analysis of medical 
records (including both paper working documents and patients records in 
electronic systems), and interviews with physicians and nurses. Dr. 
Zhou's research lies in the intersection of Human Computer 
Interaction/Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Health Informatics. 
She uses theories and concepts from Information Science to examine 
social and technical issues of information use in medical field. She is 
very interested in developing health informatics courses for the 
students of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information.


Claire R. McInerney, PhD
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Library and Information Science Dept.
School of Communication and Information
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
4 Huntington St., #330
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA
V +1 732-932-7500 xt. 8218
F +1 732-932-6916
clairemc "at" rutgers.edu