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Student and Faculty Research Awards Ceremony

The School of Education held the Student and Faculty Research Awards Ceremony on March 28th, 2014, recognizing faculty and student research conducted over the past year. At the Ceremony, the following awards were presented:

The 2014 Distinguished Research Scholar Award was presented to P. Holt Wilson

The 2014 Distinguished Senior Research Scholar Award was presented to L. DiAnne Borders

The following SOE graduate students were recipients of Graduate Student Research Awards: Allison Pow (CED), Jody Bartley and Kate Wachtel (CED), Mark Eades (CED), Juan A. Rios Vega (ELC), Tiffany Perkins (ELC), Reginald Wilkerson (ELC), Allison Ames (ERM), Thomas McCoy (ERM), Phil White, Paige Ellis, and Caven Wu (LIS), Megan Kemmery (SES), Tammy Barron (SES), Sheresa Blanchard (SES), Tess Hegedus (TEHE), Symphony Oxedine (TEHE), and Lacey Huffling (TEHE)

Here is a synopsis of the research project presented by Phil White (LIS graduate student and graduate assistant), Paige Ellis (LIS graduate student), and Caven Wu (LIS graduate student):

Our research group assessed potential bookmobile service points in Wake County, North Carolina, by examining demographic data available from the United States Census Bureau.  We compared population density, education attainment, poverty levels, and proximity to library service across all census tracts in the county.  Using these data, we developed a rating scheme to identify census tracts within Wake County that are in most need of bookmobile service. Prioritized census tracts were then mapped on an interactive Google Map to visualize the scheme and compare it to current library service locations. We found that a concentration of high priority census tracts were located in the eastern half of the county. The techniques demonstrated in this action research project are applicable to a variety of scenarios, both in and beyond the realm of library services. We hope that libraries and other public services will take advantage of the free software we used for this study.

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