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DIRECTOR Allison Druin

Chief Futurist

Allison Druin is the Chief Futurist for the University of Maryland Division of Research, an ADVANCE Professor for the STEM Senior Women's Council and a Professor in the iSchool at the University of Maryland as well as the Co-Director of the Future of Information Alliance. Previously she was the Associate Dean for Research at the iSchool as well as the Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) where she led an interdisciplinary lab of 50 faculty/staff/students from 8 colleges and 2 institutes. Her own research over the last two decades has focused on developing new technologies for children with children as design partners. With this team, she has helped to develop new digital library and storytelling tools with such partners as the U.S. National Park Service, Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, Nokia, UNICEF, and many others.

In 2010, the International Children's Digital Library ( which she helped to develop a decade ago was given the "American Library Association President's Award for International Library Innovation." Her most recent award was this year when she was named an ADVANCE Professor through the National Science Foundation. 12 senior women faculty were selected on the campus of the University of Maryland to mentor and support junior faculty who are women and under-represented minorities. And for the last 3 years she has been a technology correspondent on WAMU (88.5)’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, Tech Tuesday.



Associate Professor

Ira Chinoy has 24 years of experience as a journalist at four newspapers: The Washington Post, The Providence (R.I.) Journal, The Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune and The Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial. As director of computer-assisted reporting at The Washington Post, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a 1998 series on the use of deadly force by the D.C. police.

At The Providence Journal, where he was a reporter from 1981 to 1995, Chinoy was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for coverage of corruption and patronage in the Rhode Island courts.

Chinoy has been on the faculty of the College of Journalism since 2001, first as a visiting professor and now as an associate professor. He teaches courses in computer-assisted reporting, the use of archives as a resource for journalists, mass media history, history as context for  emerging media in journalism, and news reporting and writing.

Chinoy graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1977. He was the Philip Merrill College's first Scripps Howard Foundation Doctoral Fellow. In May 2010, he completed his Ph.D. in Journalism Studies at the University of Maryland with a dissertation exploring the intersecting histories of journalism and technology, titled "Battle of the Brains: Election-Night Forecasting at the Dawn of the Computer Age." It was awarded the 2011 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize by the American Journalism Historians Association.