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A CyberStar is born

Informatics, Bonk both receive INITA accolades

By Jayne Spencer


The Indiana University School of Informatics has won a 2002 Indiana Information Technology Association (INITA) CyberStar Award for Education Contributions to Information Technology.

Curt Bonk, a professor of education at IU Bloomington who teaches in both educational psychology and instructional systems technology, received the CyberStar Award for Individual Achievement in Higher Education.

IU’s newest school was cited for being the nation’s first school of informatics, providing a “unique curriculum that combines IT concepts with another area of study,” such as bioinformatics, chemical informatics, health informatics, human/computer interaction and media arts. In its second year of operation, the school is growing on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses.

Finalists in the category included the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Butler University, and the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.

Bonk is a core member of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology and a senior consortium research fellow with the Army Research Institute. He co-directs a project that helps rural Indiana teachers integrate technology and has founded a company,, to build online tools and train online instructors.

INITA is the voice of the state’s IT industry, with nearly 350 members representing the diversity of the IT industry in Indiana and the businesses serving them. The organization hosts a variety of networking events and other opportunities to learn, connect and collectively make a difference with others in the industry.

INITA CyberStar Awards represent an opportunity to showcase progress and create awareness by honoring those companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to Indiana’s technology industry.

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Publication date: May 24, 2002
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