Jaclyn Lee Parrott won the second annual Hawaiian Pacific Chapter of the Special Libraries Association Poster Competition. Parrot, who is president of SLA-ASIST Student Chapter, was invited to attend the HPC-SLA Annual Business Dinner on November 16, were she gave a brief presentation on her winning poster, titled “Theological Librarianship with a Focus on Theological Libraries in Oahu,” and accepted the $500 competition prize.

The HPC-SLA Poster Competition is open to all University of Hawaii at Manoa MLISc or CIS students, as well as students who have taken an LIS class, and is part of the organization’s efforts (along with the yearly Mentoring Mixer) to provide professionalizing experiences for new and aspiring librarians and information specialists.


Sarah Vornholt received funding from the UHM Graduate Student Organization to attend the Summer Education Institute for Visual Resource Management at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, June 19 through 22. The GSO awarded Sarah $595 to cover the institute’s fee. The institute is being sponsored by the Visual Resource Association and the Art Library Society of North America.

In applying for the grant, Sarah emphasized that the LIS Program did not have courses directly related to visual resource management (digital images) and that knowledge in this field would improve her chances of obtaining a job as an art librarian. Sarah said, “I am grateful the GSO recognized the educational quality of this institute.”

Dr. Gazan Receives NASA Astrobiology Institute Grant

Rich Gazan has received a grant of $29,849 from the NASA Astrobiology Institute Director’s Discretionary Fund, to investigate the extent to which publications by astrobiology researchers demonstrate actual and potential interdisciplinarity.  The project, entitled Interdisciplinary Research Metrics in Astrobiology (IRMA), will provide summer research funding for two graduate students in 2013 (Co-Investigators Lisa Miller and Mike Gowanlock), to integrate data mining and information clustering techniques with a social science component to assess opportunities for, and barriers to, interdisciplinary research across astrobiology’s diverse constituent fields.

The NASA Astrobiology Institute Director’s Discretionary Fund makes one-year awards for research that advances the science of astrobiology, demonstrates impact to NASA’s space flight programs or its broader science activities, and/or contributes to NASA’s role as a federal R&D agency.  More information about the NASA Astrobiology Institute can be found here: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/.