Jean-François Blanchette Named 2013-14 Sudikoff Fellow

Blanchette's work explores the dynamics and evolution of computing infrastructure and its impact on everyday life.

It is my very great pleasure to announce that Associate Professor of Information Studies Jean-François Blanchette has been awarded the 2013-14 Sudikoff Fellowship by the Sudikoff Family Institute for Education & New Media.

Jean-François is the 12th recipient of the Sudikoff Fellowship, which was established in 2002 thanks to a generous gift from Jeffrey and Joyce Sudikoff to provide support for the public engagement efforts of GSE&IS faculty. He joins an esteemed group of education and information studies scholars who have contributed in some vital and significant ways to the public forum.

Issues related to education, information studies, and new media are some of the most critical facing our society in the 21st Century. The Sudikoff Institute, under the leadership of director Kathy Wyer, is working to provide visibility for UCLA’s expertise in these areas and to share the knowledge and work of our faculty on a national scale.

As more and more social activities and processes are conducted through networked computing devices, Jean-François’s work will expand public understanding of the dynamics and evolution of computing infrastructure and its impact on everyday life. He is the author of “Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents” (MIT Press, 2012) and the forthcoming “Running on Bare Metal: For a Material Theory of Computation,” under contract with the University of Chicago Press and scheduled for publication in 2014.

Having proposed writing a series of op-eds and essays for the general public, Jean-François will receive funding from the Sudikoff Institute to carry out this work and will have editorial support made available to him, as well.

Please join me in congratulating Jean-François on his 2013 – 14 Sudikoff Fellow award.

Cordially,

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco

Dean, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

 

 

About The Sudikoff Family Institute

Established in 2002 as an initiative of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, The Sudikoff Family Institute utilizes the popular press and other media to convey the work of GSE&IS faculty to policy makers, educators, and the general public. The Sudikoff Fellowship is awarded annually to a distinguished  scholar who proposes a special communications project for public outreach, and who then receives  funding and editorial support for the dissemination of his or her work.

The Sudikoff Family Institute for Education & New Media was created through a generous gift from philanthropists Jeffrey and Joyce Sudikoff, long-standing supporters of UCLA and the GSE&IS. The Sudikoff Family Foundation has contributed more than $2.3 million to foster the work of the GSE&IS, including an endowment of $1.5 million for the establishment of The Sudikoff Family Institute for Education & New Media.

For more information on The Sudikoff Family Institute for Education & New Media, click here.

 

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