No. 359 - March 2, 2015

  • Coming Events:

    - Lecture: "Digital Lives: Mediation, the Study of Lives, and Computation"
    - Seminar: on Digital Humanities
    - Brown Bag Lecture Series: Picturing Dementia: facilitating a passionate engagement
    - Western Community Founder's Day Coffee Break
    - Lecture: "Knowledge Glut: Academic and intellectual thought in a data saturated society"
    - GRC Presents...Introduction to Photoshop
    - Panel Discussion: The Walrus Talks Creativity
  • Important Dates:

    - Saturday, March 7, 2015 - Founder's Day
    - Friday, March 13, 2015 - Senate Meeting (1:30 p.m.)
    - Saturday, March 14, 2015 - March Break Open House (busy campus!)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Extra spaces available for LIS9361 trip to Toronto
    - Western Green Awards - Call for Nominations
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - PreVAiL funding announced
    - Taylor Simmons
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Special Issue of Western News (MAJ students)
    - Edward Comor
    - Louis D'Alton
    - Lisa Di Valentino
    - Michael Friesen
    - Bill Irwin
    - Keir Keightley
    - Abdul Malik Sulley
    - Sam Trosow
    - Nicole Winger
  • In the Media:

    - Sarah Roberts
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events


Lecture: "Digital Lives: Mediation, the Study of Lives, and Computation"
Monday, March 2, 2015
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
AHB 2R21
Presented by Dr. Jason Boyd, Associate Director of Ryerson's Centre for Digital Humanities.  Free, public event.

Seminar: on Digital Humanities
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Somerville Hall 2348
Includes a moderated discussion of articles by David M. Berry and Alan Liu.  For a copy of pre-circulated articles for this seminar, please contact msloane@uwo.ca.  Free, public event.

Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Picturing Dementia: Facilitating a Passionate Engagement"
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
12:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Professor Grant Campbell will present a scenario that is fairly common in dementia care, which Professor Sliwinski will then explore from a cultural studies perspective: in their ensuing dialogue, they hope to suggest new ways in which cultural theory can intersect with the day-to-day experience of caring for individuals who are living with dementia.  Everyone welcome.

Western Community Founder's Day Coffee Break
Friday, March 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
UCC (The Wave)
Join fellow students, staff and faculty at our annual coffee break to commemorate Western's Founder's Day. Enjoy complimentary hot and cold beverages along with cookies.

Lecture: "Knowledge Glut: Academic and intellectual thought in a data saturated society"
Friday, March 6, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
SSC Lounge
Presented by James Shelley, Community Activist.  How will programs of knowledge creation fare in a world of information overload? How can knowledge be effectively disseminated broadly when the public's attention is a premium? How will "brick and mortar" institutions of higher learning evolve in a "Googlefied" world? This seminar hypothesizes that questions of this nature will only grow in importance as the abundance and accessibility of information continues to increase exponentially. As such, the potential relevance of intellectual thinking in the future warrants critical analysis. Refreshments at 12:30 p.m.

GRC Presents...Introduction to Photoshop
Thursday, March 12, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB Lab A
Presented by Wendie Crouch, Media Specialist. Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard tool for digital imaging. This session will give you the basic skills to start editing photos. You will learn some of the key features that allow you to crop, repair, select, and  adjust colours on your pictures.  This workshop is meant for those who have little or no experience with Photoshop. Bring some photos to play with.

The Walrus Talks Creativity
Thursday, March 12, 2015
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
UCC (Mustang Lounge)
Eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas exploring creativity in all its forms.  Panel includes: Mustafa Ahmed, Cameron Bailey, Emma Donoghue, Joel Faflak, Juggan Kazim (MIT grad), Elaine Lui, Brian Paschke, Saukrates, David Usher.  Main event followed by a cocktail reception.  Cost is $20 ($15 for students).  All are welcome.  Buy tickets.




Important Dates


- Saturday, March 7, 2015 - Founder's Day
- Friday, March 13, 2015 - Senate Meeting (1:30 p.m.)
- Saturday, March 14, 2015 - March Break Open House (busy campus!)



News & Announcements


Extra spaces available for LIS9361 trip to Toronto
Lynne McKechnie's LIS 9361 is traveling to Toronto to visit Mabel's Fables (Toronto's oldest bookstore) and the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books (Toronto Public Library) on March 27. This field trip takes place only once per year. There is room for a few more participants. The cost, which covers transportation, is $40.00 per person. If you are interested, please email the course instructor, Lynne McKechnieSee flyer.

Western Green Awards - Call for Nominations
The Western Green Awards recognize an individual or team who initiate or support an activity with positive environmental outcomes; encourage participation and involvement; work together with others, groups and organizations to meet their goal; or demonstrate an environmentally friendly effort/campaign. More info available at sustainability.uwo.ca/green_awards. Nominations close on March 6th, 2015.



Awards & Accomplishments


Nadine Wathen, Associate Professor, and Jen MacGregor, FIMS postdoc, are part of the PreVAiL research team who had significant new funding announced last week.  On February 20, Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced that $10 million per year will be administered to cover programming designed to support victims of family violence.  PreVAiL will co-lead the first project supported through the funding.  Read more.

Taylor Simmons, MAJ student, has been awarded a 2015 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship.  Scholars will spend 16 weeks at CBC News starting in May, where they will have the opportunity to work at several placements at both the network level and at various CBC Centres, while contributing across all forums.  Find out more about the scholarship.



Publications & Presentations


Last week saw the publication of Outside the Gates - a special issue of Western News featuring content produced by the MAJ students.  The special issue focuses on how Western faculty, staff and students contribute to life off-campus, in the wider London community.  Articles cover a wide array of community activities.  Visit the website to access the complete collection.

Professor Edward Comor presented: 'The Fetishization of Digital Technology in U.S. Foreign Communication Policy’ at the Annual International Studies Association Conference in New Orleans, February 18, 2015.

Michael Friesen, Assistant Professor, was featured in Western's Teaching Support Centre's "E-Learning Lunch and Learn," on February 15. Dr. Beth Hundey hosted "A conversation with Dr. Michael Friesen, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, on his use of OWL tools to promote social learning."  FIMS instructors who are interested in enhancing their online instruction with social tools can contact Professor Friesen at mfries4@uwo.ca.  You can also view the session.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley published a chapter entitled “Grinding Out Hits at the Song Factory” in The Sage Handbook of Popular Music, a new overview of the field of popular music studies edited by Andy Bennett and Steve Waksman.

Abdul Malik Sulley, HIS PhD student, co-authored the following:
Sabblah, G. T., Akweongo, P., Darko, D., Dodoo, A. N. O., & Sulley, A. M. (2015). Adverse drug reaction reporting by doctors in a developing country: A case study from Ghana. Ghana Medical Journal, 48(4), 189-193.

Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, LIS lecturer Louis D'Alton and former LIS lecturer Bill Irwin gave a presentation at the OLA Superconference in Toronto on Jan 30th entitled "The Library as Commons and a Point of Resistance".

Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, and Lisa Di Valentino, FIMS Lecturer, presented "Copyright and contracts: The fight over information," as part of Fair Use Week, on February 27, 2015.

Nicole Winger, Media Studies PhD student, recently presented her paper, "'Making It' in New York City: The Supremes at The Copacabana, 1965” at the 19th Annual New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference at York University, on February 21st, 2015. She also chaired a panel on cultural history, entitled “Space and Place”, that same day.



In the Media


Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, was interviewed by researchers from the New School for a series on digital labour during the Digital Labor 2014 conference in New York City in November.  Both the series and the interview are available online.



News from the Graduate Resource Centre


The GRC Presents ...
(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)

Thursday March 12 - 12 to 1pm - NCB Lab A

Introduction to Photoshop
Presented by Wendie Crouch, Media Specialist with FIMS
Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard tool for digital imaging. This session will give you the basic skills to start editing photos. You will learn some of the key features that allow you to crop, repair, select, and  adjust colours on your pictures.  This workshop is meant for those who have little or no experience with Photoshop.
Bring some photos to play with.


GRC Hours return to normal:

Mon-Thur. 8:30am-8:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Sat/Sun. 1:00pm-5:00pm

Career Resources in the GRC
The GRC is featuring career resources to assist graduating students looking and applying for jobs.  Check out the display by the main doors for books on job hunting, writing resumes and cover letters, professional development, and much more!



News from Western Libraries


Western Libraries Strategic Planning - Future Library in Progress:

It is with great anticipation that we announce that the Western Libraries strategic planning process, FLIP - Future Library in Progress, is officially underway. Over the next three months, we will explore the role of Western Libraries in the 21st century, a time dominated by change and innovation in higher education and research. As part of FLIP we will revisit Western Libraries vision for the future and craft our strategic directions and goals and we will be seeking your input. For more information about how you can get involved, visit http://www.lib.uwo.ca/aboutwl/strategicplan/initiative.html.

From the New Books Shelf...

Ethnography for the Internet: Embedded, Embodied and Everyday / Christine Hine
DBW stack GN320.H66 2015

Labor in the Global Digital Economy / Ursula Huws
DBW stack HM851.H867 2014

Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources / edited by Jo Bell Whitlatch and Susan E. Searing
DBW stack Z1035.1.G78 2014



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 bblue@uwo.ca.

The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, March 16. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 13.