Steve Sawyer, professor on the School of Information Studies (iSchool) and core college member in the Renée Crown Honors Program, has been acknowledged with the 2021 Award of Merit by the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), the best honor given by the worldwide affiliation of info science and know-how professionals. The award honors a person who has made specifically noteworthy and sustained contributions to the data science area in analysis, science and educating.

Steven SawyerThe 2021 ASIS&T Award of Merit relies on three standards: impression on concept, scholarship and apply; exemplary management and sustained involvement; and training and mentoring. In nomination letters from colleagues across the globe, Sawyer is credited with “tireless championing of our discipline and our profession” together with “a decades-long dedication to mentoring the future generation of scholars” and being “a caring and generous teacher and scholar who has, in his quiet way, had a significant impact on our field.”

“This recognition is really about the privilege of being a member of such a great faculty here at Syracuse’s iSchool, the collegiality of my colleagues and collaborators, and all that I’ve gained from being around great students,” says Sawyer.

Sawyer’s analysis focuses on the methods in which individuals arrange to work collectively and use info and communication applied sciences in social practices and collective motion, the roles and capabilities of the applied sciences and programs of info sharing, and the institutional contexts in which these occur. His present analysis tasks embody distributed scientific collaborations, scientific information repositories, project-based (gig or freelancing) work and the technological abilities (e.g., infrastructural competency and engaged on platforms) this requires, and new methods of organizing work.

“Steve’s research is both highly relevant and vital to advancing the field of social informatics,” says iSchool Dean Raj Dewan. “I am thrilled for him that his decades of work are being recognized and honored by his peers around the globe.”

“This recognition by an esteemed professional organization brings honor to both Steve and the iSchool,” says John Liu, interim vice chancellor and provost. “Steve inspires both students and faculty by focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of information science and technology and its impact on the global economy and society.”

In his nomination of Sawyer for the award, Kevin Crowston, affiliate dean for analysis and distinguished professor of info science on the iSchool, wrote that Sawyer “demonstrates a commitment to the next generation of scholars and information professionals through his active involvement in a range of mentoring activities in his home institutions, through ASIS&T and beyond.”

Upon studying of his choice because the 2021 Award of Merit winner, Sawyer stated, “I am both surprised and honored by this recognition. I appreciate the recognition of my colleagues, and the opportunity to be part of the information science community at this important point in our society’s history.” He will obtain his award through the affiliation’s 2021 assembly in late October in Salt Lake City, Utah. ASIS&T represents 1000’s of researchers, builders, practitioners, college students and professors from 50 international locations around the globe.

Sawyer is the present editor in chief of the Journal of the Association of Science and Information Technology (JASIST). He acquired a D.B.A. and a grasp’s diploma in administration info programs from Boston University. He additionally earned his grasp’s in ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island. From his earliest printed work in the Nineties to his newest publications, he has amassed a powerful physique of scholarship together with 46 articles, three books, 28 ebook chapters, 37 refereed convention papers, greater than 70 invited talks and many different works.


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