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(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 31, 2017) – The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program named University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill second-year student Scott Emmons and third-year student Sarah Miller as 2017 Goldwater Scholars.

This prestigious scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for eligible educational expenses to students who excel in academics and who plan to pursue research careers in science, mathematics, engineering and computer disciplines.

“My congratulations go to Scott and Sarah on their recognition from the prestigious Goldwater Foundation,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “They are prefect examples of the next generation of innovative researchers and problem solvers who will make an impact on a global scale. The diversity of their research — in areas ranging from visualization of microbiome data to non-coding RNA in embryonic stem cells — sets them apart as pioneers who will help create scientific breakthroughs.”

For 2017, the foundation selected 240 scholarship...

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Katy Börner, Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the School of Informatics and Computing, was part of the most recent Commerce Data Advisory Council meeting in Washington, D.C., in late October. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered the opening remarks.

Börner was part of a lightning talk discussing the new Bureau of Economic Analysis’ beaR system, which allows data scientists to search, sort, and analyze data about such things as the growth of the components in the United States’ gross domestic product or the growth of regional economies to dive into the statistics available using the R open source programming language. As part of the same session, the R library was demonstrated as a novel means to provide access to comparable datasets from the EU and the US.  

Börner was a discussant on a presentation about the Commerce Data Academy, which is offered through the Commerce Data Service and aims to help educate and empower employees within the Department of Commerce to make...

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Katy Börner, the Victor H. Yngve distinguished professor of information science at the School of Informatics and Computing, and Cassidy R. Sugimoto, an associate professor of informatics, were among a group of prestigious presenters who spoke at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Blue Sky 2016 Forum Sept. 19-21 in Ghent, Belgium.

The OECD Blue Sky Forum is held once every 10 years and engages the policy community, data users, and providers in an open dialogue to review and develop its long-term agenda on science, technology, and innovation (STI) data and indicators. It is designed to be an open and unconstrained discussion on evidence gaps in science and innovation, and on initiatives the international community can take to address data needs in this area.

Börner presented in a panel that discussed new models and tools for measuring the impact of science and innovation. She presented a paper titled “Modelling Science, Technology, and Innovation” that she co-authored with associate professor...

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