School of Library & Information Science’s Dr. Brenton Stewart Receives NSF Grant

Grant to Study Exposure to Cloud Computing Totals Nearly $300,000

December 4, 2018

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Dr. Brenton Stewart, Assistant Professor in School of Library & Information Science

Baton Rouge, La. -- Dr. Brenton Stewart was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Computer and Network Systems. As the recipient and lead investigator on the study, Dr. Stewart will receive $298,286 as a fund that will shape the exploration further and ultimately finalize his research.

The project team will enable minority-serving institutions to address the deficit that exists around diverse engagement, leveraging cloud ecosystems in their research in two important interconnected arenas and encompassing exposure, training, and engagement in this domain. This project is a partnership between the LSU-SLIS and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

The Cloud Ecosystem in the Box (CEB) project will develop collaborative communities. Initially composed of minority serving institutions, the project will generate conceptual and methodological innovations in cloud computing research by leveraging NSF funded cloud and industry ecosystems. CEB, will also create a much-needed means of enabling and fostering innovative change within cloud computing training, sharing knowledge and resources as innovation takes place, enabling heightened outreach to diverse communities to build a healthy pipeline for students aspiring to enter the computing profession, and strengthening the ability to evaluate new research strategies leveraging these resources. The community will initially comprise faculty from minority-oriented institutions and will allow them to collectively overcome resource barriers and engage with peers in a community of practice.

Dr. Brenton Stewart is an Assistant Professor within the School of Library & Information Science at Louisiana State University. A former academic librarian, Dr. Stewart began his career as a Post-MLS Resident Librarian at Kansas State University Libraries. His research has been published or accepted for publication in Information & Culture and College & Research Libraries. Additionally, Dr. Stewart’s research is primarily focused on print & digital culture and information labor. He continues to study the use of different social outlets and collaborative media to discover the use in academic library services and social justice movements.


About SLIS

The LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) provides a 100% online prestigious education in library and information science. It is the home of the Master of Library and Information Science, which is the only program accredited by the American Library Association in the state of Louisiana. SLIS offers, dual degree with the Department of History, undergraduate minor, and four certificate options. SLIS is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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