NEXIS Lab Receives Microsoft Research Grant

The NEXIS lab

The NEXIS lab

The New Explorations in Information and Science (NEXIS) laboratory at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) has received a $24,000 grant from Microsoft’s research division to support the lab’s research and educational efforts.

NEXIS is a unique exploratorium focused on emerging technologies, new connections and unconventional areas of study in the information field.

Shelly Farnham, a researcher for Microsoft Research FUSE Labs, explained the reasons for selecting NEXIS as a grant recipient.

“In my visit to the school, I was particularly impressed by the NEXIS program, and want to support that kind of incubation-oriented R&D with the students," says Farnham.

The gift will directly support student work in NEXIS, exploring new and experimental technologies, such as social networking and 3D printing.

“I am very pleased to have received this generous support from our friends at Microsoft FUSE Labs,” says Assistant Professor of Practice Anthony Rotolo, who leads the NEXIS initiatives. “It arrives at an important time in the growth of our center, and with the help of Microsoft, we can now make these opportunities available to more students at the iSchool and Syracuse University.”

“We are delighted that Microsoft Research FUSE Labs has chosen to support the iSchool and NEXIS,” says Assistant Dean for Advancement Scott Barrett. “Having a partner of this caliber is great recognition of the extraordinary innovation and engagement that is happening every day in NEXIS.”