No. 336 - January 13, 2014

Coming Events

GRC Presents...Writing at the Grad Level
Thursday, January 16, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 295
Janet Roukema, Graduate Writing Centre, presents.  Sign up in the GRC!

Public Lecture: "The Role of the Media in the Dehumanization of Immigrants and Refugees"

Thursday, January 16, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
SSC 5220
Presented by Dr. Victoria Esses, professor of psychology, Director of the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations.  Immigration policies and the treatment of immigrants and refugees are contentious issues involving uncertainty and unease. The media may take advantage of this uncertainty to create a crisis mentality in which immigrants and refugees are portrayed as “enemies at the gate” who are attempting to invade Western nations and take advantage of their generosity. Although it has been suggested that such depictions promote the dehumanization of immigrants and refugees, there has been little direct evidence for this claim. In this presentation I will describe our program of research addressing this gap by using experimental methods to examine the causal effects of common media portrayals of immigrants and refugees on dehumanization and its consequences.

GRC Presents...Presentation Skills
Thursday, January 23, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 295
Janet Roukema, Graduate Writing Centre, presents.  Sign up in the GRC!

Important Dates

- Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - United Way Announcement, Mustang Lounge (11:30 a.m.)

Awards & Accomplishments

Congratulations to FIMS Librarian Marni Harrington, who has been promoted to the rank of Associate Librarian as of January 1, 2014.

Congratulation to LIS PhD candidate Jill McTavish, who successfully defended her dissertation on Thursday, December 5, 2013.  The title of her work is "Knowledge Organization Practices in Everyday Life: Divergent Constructions of Healthy Eating."

Trina Joyce Sajo
, PhD candidate in Media Studies, was recommended for Canada's International Development Research Center (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award. Her research is on "Regulating Cybersex: Implications for ICT Development."

Publications & Presentations

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, published the following works:
1. Faucher, Kane [2014] “An Information Meta-State Approach to Documentation.” Journal of Documentation Studies 70.4
2. Faucher, Kane [2014] “Geomorphia: Did the Earth Move for You? Mobile Capital as Geomorphic Agent.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 13.3
3. Faucher, Kane [2014] “From Digital Narcissism to Triumph of the Id.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 13.3.

Jacob Kuehn, MAJ Alumnus ('12), recently had his essay about responsible journalism posted on  The story was originally submitted as part of Jacob's studies in 2012, and was awarded The Haak Saan Responsible Journalism Scholarship.  Read "The story I never told an the guilt I felt."

Jersey Devil Press has published Lecturer Mark Rayner's latest short story in its January, 2014 issue. "Why's Wally" explores Waldo's existential crisis, and can be read online as a web page or in their e-magazine.

Daniel Robinson, Associate Professor, co-authored a paper that recently appeared in the Canadian Journal of Communication.  Titled "'Part of the University Lexicon': Marketing and Ontario Universities, 1990-2013," it in part addresses Western's recent brand and name change.

Kathleen Schreurs, LIS PhD student, published the article "Children's E-books are Born: How E-books for Children are Leading E-book Development and Redefining the Reading Experience," in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

In the Media

Nadine Wathen, Associate Professor, appears in the Western News article "Study eyes domestic violence's impact outside the home," which was published on December 11, 2013.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents ...
(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)
Upcoming workshops, all scheduled from 12-1pm in NCB293 (unless otherwise noted), include:

GRC Mini Tours
Join our GRC Student Assistants for a more in-depth, 20 minute tours of the resources and services available to you as graduate students at FIMS. It's another way to prepare you for the assignments and presentations coming your way!
Sign-up for tours before or after your classes on Mon Jan 13, Tues Jan 14 or Wed Jan 15 from 12-12:30 or 12:30-1.

Graduate Writing Workshop - Janet Roukema, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Thursday, January 16, 12-1:00, NCB 293
Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your writing skills for your graduate essays and reports.  Paul will discuss how to write clearly and concisely, offer citation integration tips as well as format and style pointers.  Following the seminar, there will be time for questions.

Presentation Skills Workshop - Janet Roukema, Writing Support Centre
Thursday, January 23, 12-1:00, NCB 293
One of our most popular workshops to date, Paul Schmidt presents strategies that can help you overcome public speaking apprehension and discusses ways to make your presentations more dynamic.
Sign-up sheets for all events are available in the GRC, or email to let us know that you'll be attending.

Welcome our new and returning GRC Student Library Assistants
Please welcome returning Student Assistant Annick Lapalme along with new Student Assistants Elizabeth Blackall, Erin Clupp, and Mareen Redies. Don't hesitate to ask questions when the students are working at the Service Desk or in the Computer Labs - they are there to help you with using the GRC's resources and services!

London Tourism Information
Whether you're new to London or not, the GRC has a bookshelf full of seasonal tourist information for you. Come by and help yourself to LTC schedules, city maps, restaurant guides and many winter activities.

News from Western Libraries

Requesting a purchase of Weldon Library:

If you would like Western Libraries to purchase a book, video or journal subscription to add to our collection, please don't hesitate to contact me. There is a request a purchase form that you can use that is linked at the top of the library catalogue page ( or you can e-mail me directly ( In most cases, I have access to sufficient funding to fill your requests.

RACER (Interlibrary Loan) Service:

For quick access to items that we do not own at Western, the RACER Interlibrary Loans system allows you to request photocopies of articles and book chapters or loans of print material from libraries anywhere. Generally these requests are subsidized by the library so there is no cost to you.

Details about RACER are available at or just contact us to ask.

From the New Books Shelf.....

Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace / Sue Thomas
DBW stack HM851.T5285 2013

The Quality Infrastructure: Measuring, Analyzing and Improving Library Services / edited by Sarah Anne Murphy
DBW stack Z675.U5.Q35 2014

Life Without Media / edited by Eva Comas, Joan Cuenca, and Klaus Zilles
DBW stack P90.L44 2013

Next Issue

The Grad Bulletin is your source for news, announcements, and events pertaining to FIMS graduate programs. Submissions from the FIMS community are always welcome and may be sent via e-mail to

The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, January 27. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 24.