Danuta Nitecki (MS/C&I ’76) has created the Danuta A. Nitecki Interdisciplinary Research Endowment in the College of Communication and Information to support faculty/faculty, faculty/student and/or student/student interdisciplinary research projects.
Nitecki, dean of libraries and professor at the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University in Philadelphia and a member of CCI’s Board of Visitors, earned a PhD from the University of Maryland, master’s degrees from UT and Drexel University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Nitecki has served as principle investigator for grants received from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Davis Educational Foundation and the Getty Foundation. She received the School of Information Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.
As dean of a university library and an academic researcher, she understands the need for funding to support research outside of corporate and foundation grants. Structured grants often support discrete, specified, or circumscribed research projects most often using already collected data. Funding for interdisciplinary research projects, including feasibility studies, data collection research initiatives or self-contained research, can often be difficult to find. Nitecki’s endowment will enable research projects focused on: enhancing the pursuit of learning research methods, developing relationships related to the principles of communication and information science or funding travel to defend research or to present research findings at conferences.
“Danuta Nitecki’s gift will enable collaborative research within the college that might otherwise go unfunded,” said CCI Associate Dean for Research Suzie Allard. “With this fund, many CCI researchers in the coming years will be able to pursue their research goals, and we are very grateful for visionaries like Danuta that recognize the need for providing this type of financial support.”