[Asis-l] FW: Torvik named assistant professor at Illinois

Junus, Ranti junus at mail.lib.msu.edu
Wed Sep 7 12:21:12 EDT 2011

[forwarded by request. -ranti]


The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois (GSLIS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Vetle Torvik as assistant professor.

Since 2008, Torvik has held a visiting appointment at GSLIS, teaching and conducting research in the areas of data/text mining, information processing, bioinformatics, literature-based discovery, and author name disambiguation. His research tends to focus on computational statistics and mathematical optimization. One of his recent projects, funded by the National Science Foundation, is to develop a database that links Medline authors and USPTO inventors through identification of individuals who authored both papers and patents, and to study the collaborative networks of these so-called gatekeepers of the science and technology interface.

Prior to his arrival at GSLIS, Torvik served as research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned a B.A. in mathematics from St. Olaf College in 1995, an M.S. in operations research from Oregon State University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in engineering science from Louisiana State University in 2002.

"We're very pleased that Professor Torvik will be joining GSLIS on the tenure track," Dean John Unsworth said. "He's been a valued research collaborator even before coming to this campus, and in his time as a visiting faculty member at GSLIS, he has demonstrated the ability to make difficult concepts approachable for students. His door is always open, and he's full of interesting ideas."

Maeve Reilly
Research Services Coordinator
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois
Rm 219 LIS
501 E. Daniel
Champaign, IL 61820
mjreilly at illinois.edu
(217) 244-7316

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