FORT WAYNE, Ind.—When Tammy Toscos, an assistant professor of health informatics at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), submitted her doctoral dissertation to the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC), she had no idea she would gain national recognition for her work.
Toscos was recently honored at iConference 2013, the annual meeting for iSchools, a national organization whose mission is to advance the information field, with the iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award.
According to information from SOIC, “Sixteen dissertations were submitted to the competition, and from that pool three semi-finalists were selected. Each one received reviews from a pool of 16 reviewers, including 14 iSchool Ph.D. program chairs”.
“Tammy’s dissertation, titled “Digital Vigilance: Pervasive Technology for Children with Type 1 Diabetes” investigates how to design technologies to help children with type 1 diabetes and their families transition the child from parent-care to self-care.”
Toscos said she was honored just to have her dissertation nominated by the faculty at IU SOIC, “I am blessed to have a collage of amazingly supportive people in all areas of my life. But honestly, the best feelings I had about the award came during a moment I shared with someone from the crowd at the award ceremony. She came to talk with me after the event because her daughter had recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 8. I was able to share my experiences with her as a researcher and a mom of a kid with type 1 diabetes. It was at that moment, the six years of Ph.D. work suddenly seemed to have great purpose.”
Carol Sternberger, associate vice chancellor for faculty development and chair of the Department of Nursing, said, “Having a tenure-track informaticist faculty member in the Department of Nursing is a coup for IPFW. Tammy's expertise in human-computer interaction design and her passion for teaching enriches the education of our students and ultimately will impact the healthcare delivery systems where our students are employed. Her research is fascinating and energizing and the graduate students are thrilled to work with Tammy on their capstone projects. At the department level, Tammy is a faculty role model in advancing research and the seamless integration of technologies in healthcare education.”
Besides her work as an IPFW faculty member, Toscos is also Postdoctoral Health Services Research Fellow at Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She received a Master of Science in applied computer science in 2002.