No. 383 - May 30, 2016

  • Coming Events:

    - Yoga Class with Ajit Pyati
    - Grant Writing Workshop
    - Meditation Class with Ajit Pyati
    - GRC Presents...Email Encryption 101
  • Important Dates:

    - Friday, June 3, 2016 - Senate (UCC)
    - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Spring Convocation begins
    - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - FIMS Spring Convocation
  • News & Announcements:

    - Faculty of Information & Media Studies issues letter to Government of Newfoundland/Labrador regarding library closures
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Claire Burrows
    - Sonya de Laat
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Michael Friesen
    - Ajit Pyati
    - Karen Nicholson
    - Sadiq Raji (with Nicole Dalmer, Eugenia Canas, Shamiram Zendo, Lyndsay Foisey, Bradley Hiebert, Anthony Naimi)
    - Victoria Rubin (with Niall Conroy, Yimin Chen, Sarah Cornwell)
    - Niel Scobie
    - Nadine Wathen
    - Shamiram Zendo (with Bradley Hiebert, Eugenia Canas, Nicole Dalmer, Lindsay Foisey, Anthony Niami, Sadiq Raji, Jill Veenendaal)
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Yoga Class with Ajit Pyati
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
NCB Atrium
This class is for all levels of practitioners, whether doing yoga for the first time or for many years.  We will be doing yoga postures (asana) in coordination with breathing, often in gentle ways but moving up to moderate levels of exertion.  The emphasis will be on developing greater calm, relaxed focus, and body awareness.  Each class ends with a lying down relaxation period.  If you have a yoga mat, please bring one. The yoga class will be available every Tuesday between May 17 and August 9, with the exception of June 28.

If you'd like to be added to the listserv for class updates and news, please contact Ajit Pyati: 

Grant Writing Workshop
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
NCB 266
The focus of the workshop will benefit faculty members who are engaged in (or will be engaged in) writing grant applications. However, doctoral students who are close to completing their degree are also welcome.

Some broad areas of focus for this workshop will be:
General tips for writing grant applications (not only for SSHRC); Grant writing for a multidisciplinary committee; SSHRC committee scoring and how this relates to effective grant writing; Budget tips; CV tips; Application process and procedures

Please RSVP by May 30 to Karen Kueneman,

Meditation Class – “Breathe and Relax” with Ajit Pyati
Thursday, June 2, 2016
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
UCC 76
Need some time and space to relax and de-stress?  This class is an opportunity to find some calm and centeredness in the often hectic lives we lead.  We’ll practice a number of relaxation and centering exercises, starting from breathing exercises to simple meditations.  You will learn practical techniques to reconnect to your natural relaxation response, which you can take with you into your daily life. The meditation class will be available every Thursday between May 19 and August 11, with the exception of June 30.

GRC Presents...Email Encryption 101
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
In this hands-on workshop, Matt Ward (FIMS Computing Services) will introduce PGP protocol to encrypt emails end-to-end to exclude the possibility of snooping. Your emails will be encrypted from start to finish, and only the addressee is able to decrypt it. You will need to bring your laptop to install and use PGP!

Important Dates

- Friday, June 3, 2016 - Senate (UCC)
- Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Spring Convocation begins
- Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - FIMS Spring Convocation

News & Announcements

Faculty of Information & Media Studies issues letter to Government of Newfoundland/Labrador regarding library closures
After FIMS Faculty Council voted to support the initiative on May 18, Dean Thomas Carmichael forwarded a letter to government officials in Newfoundland and Labrador expressing concern over the decision to close 54 public libraries in the province due to budget constraints. Read the letter.

Awards & Accomplishments

Claire Burrows, LIS PhD candidate, won 3rd prize in the student paper competition for the Canadian Disability Studies Association. The paper, titled “Energizing librarians and library users through critical disability theory,” is being presented at their conference at the end of May.

Sonya de Laat, Media Studies PhD candidate, has been awarded a 2016/2017 SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship.

Publications & Presentations

On Friday, June 3, Dr. Michael Friesen -- who has been teaching an online version of "Social Media and Organisations" since 2014 -- will be presenting a paper at SUNY's CIT2016 Conference on Instruction and Technology in Potsdam, New York. Titled "Why Teachers Hate IT Workers (or 'Why Professors want to throttle the next IT worker who asks about turning it off and on again.')"

The presentation is a distillation of findings from Friesen's research into relationships between IT workers and educational faculty, and it follows on his CIT2014 presentation of the opposite viewpoint, titled, "Why Your IT Workers Probably Hate You (and what you might want to do about it)."

Karen Nicholson, LIS PhD student, was a panelist at the CAPAL 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop, "Delving Deeper: Building a Strong Program of Research. She will also present a paper at the conference, entitled "Taking Back Information Literacy: Time and the One-Shot in the Neoliberal University." CAPAL takes place May 28 - 31, 2016.

Associate Professor Ajit Pyati gave a talk entitled "Self Inquiry and Social Justice: Insights from Indo-Yogic Philosophy" on May 13, 2016 at the Holistic Teaching and Learning Conference. The conference took place at the University of Manitoba, and Dr. Pyati co-presented this talk with Dr. Jennifer Motha from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.

Sadiq Raji, HIS PhD candidate, presented a paper titled "Envisioning Health Information Science: Critical Reflections on an Interdisciplinary Identity," in Toronto at the Mosaic 2016 Conference (May 13-18), organized by the Medical Libraries Association (MLA), the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC).

The writing group consisted of FIMS PhD candidates – Sadiq Raji, Nicole Dalmer (LIS PhD), Eugenia Canas (HIS PhD), Shamiram Zendo (HIS PhD), Lyndsay Foisey (HIS PhD), Bradley Hiebert (HIS PhD) and Anthony Naimi (HIS PhD).

Associate Professor Victoria Rubin will present the latest work from her research group on June 17, 2016, which features 84% accurate identification of satirical news in a stream of legitimate news. The work was produced in collaboration with Niall Conroy (LIS PhD), Yimin Chen (LIS PhD) and Sarah Cornwell (current RA and incoming LIS PhD):

Victoria Rubin, Niall J. Conroy, Yimin Chen, Sarah Cornwell: Fake News or Truth? Using Satirical Cues to Detect Potentially Misleading News. NAACL-CADD2016: Workshop on Computational Approaches to Deception Detection at the 15th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-CADD2016), San Diego, California; 06/2016

The data set is released here:

Professor Rubin also gave a presentation at Lucan Public Library on May 25, 2016, titled “Deception Untangled: Highlights from Deception Detection Research.” Details are available on her blog.

Niel Scobie, Media Studies PhD candidate, will be presenting at the following conference: “It Ain’t Where You’re From, It’s Where You’re At”: International Hip Hop Studies Conference, University of Cambridge, June 23-25, 2016. His paper is titled, “Translocality and the Articulation of a Jamaican/Canadian Identity in the Music of Michie Mee.” It examines the articulation of hybrid national and cultural identities (Canadian and Jamaican) by rapper Michie Mee.

Nadine Wathen, Associate Professor, gave an invited talk and webinar entitled “The prevalence and impact of intimate partner violence in the Canadian workplace” at an Armchair Discussion session at the  Canada School of Public Service in Ottawa on May 17, 2016.

Shamiram Zendo, HIS PhD student, was recently involved in several oral/poster presentations (in addition to the writing group mentioned above).

1. Presented "The experiences of criminalized women when accessing health care services during incarceration within provincial jails: A critical narrative study" at the New Frontiers in Health Policy interdisciplinary graduate student conference, April 25, 2016.

2. Presented "Exploring the Experiences of Criminalized Women's Health Care Access through a Narrative Inquiry Lens" at the 33rd Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference (May 11-13). At the same conference, she participated in a group presentation titled "Visual Qualitative Methods in the Emerging Field of Health Information Science" with fellow students Bradley Hiebert (HIS PhD), Eugenia Canas (HIS PhD), Nicole Dalmer (LIS PhD), Lindsay Foisey (HIS PhD), Anthony Niami (HIS PhD), Sadiq Raji (HIS PhD), Jill Veenendaal (HIS PhD).

3. Will be giving a poster presentation on the same subject as #1 at the Pathways to Health Equity Conference (May 30 - June 1).

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm
We are open regular hours during reading/research week (June 27-30)

The GRC Presents ... mostly Tuesdays, 12-1pm, NCB293
(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)

Email Encryption 101 (aka PGP party!)- Matt Ward, FIMS Computing Services
Tuesday, June 7, 12-1:00, NCB 293
In this hands-on workshop, Matt will introduce PGP protocol to encrypt emails end-to-end to exclude the possibility of snooping. Your emails will be encrypted from start to finish, and only the addressee is able to decrypt it. You will need to bring your laptop to install and use PGP!

Breaking the Silence: Defining Academic Freedom for Librarians at Canadian Universities - Mary Kandiuk, York University & Harriet Sonne de Torrens, UTM
Tuesday, June 21st, 12-1:00, NCB 293
This is a joint presentation with UWOFA's Librarian and Archivist Stewards Committee.

Sign-up sheets are available in the library, or email to let us know that you will attend the event.

New Acquisitions Shelf
Come and check out our new games, which are kindly donated by Fantasy Flight Games and Asmodee North America.

Check out the book locker - The GRC's own Little Fee Library
In support of student, faculty and staff pleasure reading, and with the guiding democratic principles at the root of library services, we continue to host a book swap. Bring in a book for exchange! Or just borrow one of ours - you don't have to return it, just pass it on.
See Lockers 147 and 148 (across from the studio).

News from Western Libraries

Get to Know Your Campus Libraries:
Western Libraries has eight physical locations across campus and summer is a great time to explore them all ( The D.B. Weldon Library has the largest collection of materials to support FIMS subject areas and has staff dedicated to supporting your research and information needs. Check out the Weldon Library home page for details for Weldon specific services and equipment ( Follow our Twitter feed (@westernulibsDBW) or like us on facebook (The D. B. Weldon Library at Western University).

From the New Books Shelf...

Misunderstanding the Internet / James Curran, Natalie Fenton and Des Freedman. 2nd edition
DBW stack HM851.C877 2016

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts / Joshua Hammer
DBW stack Z659.H22 2016

Telethon: Spectacle, Disability and the Business of Charity / Paul K. Longmore
DBW stack PN1992.8.T44L66 2016

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, June 13. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, June 10.