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Schnabel Takes Over Indiana U Informatics School

Computer scientist and researcher Robert B. Schnabel has been named dean of Indiana University's School of Informatics. He has succeeded J. Michael Dunn, who retired at the end of June and remains as dean emeritus.

IU's School of Informatics is the newest school in the university system, established in 2000, and offers programs at IU's Bloomington, Indianapolis, South Bend, Southeast (New Albany), and Kokomo campuses. It includes both computer science and new media programs and currently has about 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled.

"The School of Informatics is at a very special time in its young life where it has great potential, and is unusually welcoming of new leadership that will help it prioritize, set and reach goals, attract resources, and ultimately excel in education and research," said Schnabel. "It is a wonderful opportunity to work with an excellent group of faculty and staff to move forward in these directions."

Schnabel came to IU from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was vice provost/associate vice chancellor for academic and campus technology. He was also founding director of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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