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Last modified: Wednesday, March 28, 2007

IU's next president leads event honoring retiring Informatics dean

March 28, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President-elect Michael A. McRobbie will be a keynote presenter at a special colloquium honoring School of Informatics Dean J. Michael Dunn.

Michael Dunn

Dean J. Michael Dunn

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McRobbie will discuss the topic From Intensional Logics to Gaggle Theory: A Philosopher's Journey through the Academy at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Indiana Memorial Union's Whittenberger Auditorium. He will be among several informatics, computer science and other IU faculty and researchers presenting, all of whom will be honoring Dunn's career as an academician and researcher.

Dunn, who will retire June 30, came to IU in 1969 to teach philosophy and rose through the ranks at the College of Arts and Sciences to become its executive associate dean. He is credited with building the School of Informatics -- the first of its kind in the nation -- into an internationally recognized education and research center in information technology.

"Dean Michael Dunn is an outstanding scholar and administrator," said McRobbie. "I have known Mike and his work for more than 30 years and want to commend him highly for his outstanding contributions to his disciplines, the School of Informatics and Indiana University."

Dunn is professor of informatics and computer sciences, the Oscar Ewing Professor of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the college's Cognitive Science Program.

Dunn's primary research interest is the logic of relevance, as well as other information-based logics. He is the author of four books and more than 80 articles. His research has been recognized by awards from Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies and National Science Foundation. He has been a visitor at the University of Melbourne, Oxford University and various other universities for shorter periods of time.

He has been president of the Society for Exact Philosophy and the Council of the Association for Symbolic Logic. He has been an editor of The Journal of Symbolic Logic and chief editor of The Journal of Philosophical Logic.

The April 19 colloquium will be followed by a reception in the Frangipani Room in the Indiana Memorial Union.