No. 354 - November 10, 2014

Coming Events

Scholarship Info Session for FIMS Grad Students
Monday, November 10, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Pam McKenzie, Associate Dean will host this presentation and speak to you about success strategies to help make a winning application.  Erin Daley, SGPS Scholarship Coordinator, will show you the online OGS application and explain how to use it.

"Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America should become one country"
Monday, November 10, 2014
12:30 p.m.
Western Law - Moot Court Room
Presented by Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large, National Post.  This free public talk will take place on Monday, November 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Western Law's Moot Court Room.  All are welcome.

Remembrance Day Ceremony: Remember the Fallen
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Mustang Lounge, UCC
The University Students' Council will be hosting a Remembrance Day ceremony for members of the Western community. The ceremony will feature student musical performances, poems, and other tributes dedicated to our Canadian veterans and Canadian armed forces still serving.

"Sound, Sense and Sensing: with Frances Dyson
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
4:30 p.m.
Somerville House
Dr. Frances Dyson is a visiting Professorial Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts (University of New South Wales) and Emeritus Professor of Cinema and Technocultural Studies at the University of California (Davis). Her research interests are related to sensing, sound, new media, and the intersection of technology and concepts of humanism. For her upcoming talk for the Centre for Theory and Criticism at Western University, she will be discussing the work of Michel Serres and Jean luc Nancy. She will focus on the role of sound in the making of sense, with particular reference to the later works of Serres, especially Malfeasance.

GRC Presents...Hardware Basics
Thursday, November 13, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Matt Ward.  Sign up in the GRC.

: The Internet is a Phantom Limb

Friday, November 14, 2014
2:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Eileen Wennekers. 
Abstract: The American Civil War was the first large-scale conflict conducted with firearms, and produced a significant number of traumatized bodies inn the form of amputated veterans. Silas Weir Mitchell, best known for developing the grievous procedure known as the rest cure, developed his notion of hysteria not, as is often assumed, through the treatment of gendered patients, but rather by deploying the newly established circuit of mediation that was the American Postal Service to disseminate standardized questionnaires soliciting data on the subjective experience of phantom limb pain.  (Continue reading)

GRC Presents...Academic Libraries and the Interview Process
Thursday, November 20, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Lise Doucette and Courtney Waugh.  Sign up in the GRC.

Getting Published - for Grad Students
Monday, November 24, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WSS 3130
This workshop covers best techniques and practices for having your work accepted for publication in academic journals.

Important Dates

- Monday, November 10 - Friday, November 14 - International Week
- Tuesday, November 11 - Remembrance Day
- Sunday, November 16 - Fall Preview Day

News & Announcements

Flu shot clinics for faculty and staff
Workplace Health and the Staff/Faculty Family Practice Clinic will be providing adult only influenza immunization clinics for Western faculty, staff and post doctoral scholars again this year in the University Community Centre (UCC) Health Services Resource Centre. Only employees of the University are eligible to use these immunization clinics.  **Western student employees, including Master and PhD students are asked to arrange an immunization appointment through Student Health Services (519 661-3030).
Clinics: Thursday, November 13, 2014 (9:00am- 3:00pm), Thursday, November 20, 2014 (9:00am-3:00pm).  These clinics DO NOT require an appointment time.  Please bring your Health Card!  If you do not bring your health card you will not be able to get a flu shot.
Please note that we are unable to provide immunization for children at these clinics.

OGS Info Sessions continue
There will be an SGPS Scholarship Information session on Tuesday, November 11 in the International and Graduate Affairs Building 1N05 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  The Consult the Expert series also continues with sessions on November 14 and 18th (same room).

Publications & Presentations

MIT lecturer Vincent Manzerolle was invited to give a talk at the "Ubiquity, Mobility, Globality: Charting Directions in Mobile Phone Studies" conference held at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, November 6-7. His talk titled "Ontario's Mobile Media Ecology: Technology, Labour, Policy in the Search for a Sustainable 'Culture of Innovation'," discussed ongoing research he is conducting with Andrew Herman (Wilfrid Laurier) and Brett Caraway (University of Toronto) on entrepreneurial labour and related policies in Ontario's tech sector.

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, participated in the following panels:

American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, USA November 6-9, 2014 Sponsored Panel, Science & Technology Caucus: Ethics and Affects of Online Playbor My Talk: Screening In, Screening Out: The Worklife of Commercial Content Moderators in the Social Media Ecology

Digital Labor 2014, The New School, New York, NY, USA November 14-16, 2014
Panel: Invisible, Essential Labor in Supply Chain Capitalism
Remarks: First Day Closing Impressions

Abdul Malik Sulley, HIS PhD student, published the following:

A randomized trial of artesunate-amodiaquine versus artemether-lumefantrine in Ghanaian paediatric sickle cell and non-sickle cell disease patients with acute uncomplicated malaria.

Adjei GO, Goka BQ, Enweronu-Laryea CC, Rodrigues OP, Renner L, Sulley AM, Alifrangis M, Khalil I, Kurtzhals JA.
Malar J. 2014 Sep 19;13:369. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-13-369.
PMID:25236838 [PubMed - in process]

In the Media

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, was interviewed for the article "The Internet's Invisible Sin-Eaters," for The Awl on October 28, 2014. (The article centres on the content moderation industry, which Professor Roberts has studied extensively.  It contains material that may be offensive to some people).

Professor Roberts also appeared on CBC's Q, on Tuesday, November 4.

Additional Activities of Note

Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD student, successfully completed a month-long research trip to Kabul, Afghanistan in September-October 2014 where he conducted in-depth interviews with Afghan photojournalists as part of his dissertation-related research. During his time, he also conducted a two day training workshop to build capacity of the staff of Afghan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) -- the Afghan partner organization of the international organization, Committee to Protect Journalists -- in using academic research methods to produce credible media monitoring reports from Afghanistan dealing with social issues. He also formed a collaborative relationship between Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit -- an independent research organization based in Afghanistan -- and AJSC and himself to conduct a comparative research study on images published in Afghan mainstream and social media in the lead up to the signing of the recent power sharing agreement between the rival presidential candidates in the country. The study will be a jointly authored research project which will be path-breaking in its use of visual images from local Afghan media to throw light on the kind of democratic dialogue being generated by those media organizations. The study, which was designed and developed by him, is being led by him remotely as it is being undertaken by staff from both AJSC and AREU in Kabul. The expected finish date of the study is in January 2015.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Yes, the GRC's got game!

The GRC's new game collection includes all types of analog board games. Thanks to Sarah Roberts' initiative, several independent games companies have donated hundreds of dollars of material to the library. These games are available to FIMS instructors and grad students for teaching, learning, and research. A subset of the GRC's games are brought to The FIMS Gaming Club. The GRC also offers overnight loans to our FIMS grad community. For a listing and full description of available titles, see our OMEKA page.

Drop-in Maker Space Session

Come engage with the GRC's collection of high and low tech items for demonstration and hands-on use! Christine Pinkney will be on hand for demos, instructions, ideas, and discussion.
Friday, November 7, 14, 21 - 10:30-12, GRC Meeting Room 280D

The GRC Presents ...
(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)
Computer Hardware Basics - Matt Ward, FIMS Computing and Facilities Support Specialist
Do you know what's inside that machine you're using? Join Matt Ward in this hands-on session as he talks about basic hardware components of a computer. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion.
Thursday, November 13, 12-1:00, NCB 293

Academic Libraries and the Interview Process - Lise Doucette, Assessment Librarian and Courtney Waugh, Research and Instructional Services Librarians, Western Libraries
In this session two librarians with extensive knowledge of the interview process will de-mystify the this process by providing suggestions on how to prepare, an overview of what to expect, strategies for framing and answering interview questions, and some tips on things you might want to avoid.
Thursday, November 20, 12-1:00, NCB 293

Lessons in Copyright: Negotiating a deal with the widow of a famous comic artist
  - Michael Gunn, MLIS Student
Michael will take us through the steps he undertook to obtain access to David A. Trampier's "Wormy" collection for use in our FIMS-GRC library.
Thursday, November 27, 12-1:00, NCB 293

Sign-up sheets for all events are available in the GRC, or email to let us know that you'll be attending.

News from FIMS Computing Services

FIMS Computing Services Help Desk

The FIMS Computing Services team maintains a number of web services for the FIMS community. Did you know that FIMS CS has an online help desk?  If you have a computer-related issue, you can submit an electronic ticket which will let us know you need assistance.  Submit a ticket to the Service Desk.  You can also find a link to the Service Desk on the FIMS Intranet.

Tickets submitted to the help desk are viewed by all members of the FIMS Computing Services team. This is ensures that your ticket will be dealt with in a timely manner if any individual member of the computer services team is away. All tickets will receive a response in 24 hours from Monday to Friday.

If you would like a demonstration of how to use the FIMS Service Desk please email us at

Thanks and have a great day!

Your FIMS Computing Services Team, Charlotte, John and Matt

News from Western Libraries

Find Statistics using Statista:

Western Libraries subscribes to a service called Statista that provides access to statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries.  Lets you easily download charts, powerpoint slides and tables that (with appropriate attribution) you can include in your stories. Statista is listed on the research guide for Journalism under Statistics and Data.

Sources of Alternative Media:

Looking for articles with a different point of view from what you hear on the CBC or read in the Globe? Try some 'alternative' or independent news sources. For a short list of library resources, web sites and related material see

New on our Web Site: Scholarly Publishing page

A new page on the Western Libraries web site brings together resources related to many aspects of scholarly publishing such as open access, author's rights and research impact. Check it out at

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, November 24. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, Friday, November 21.