No. 384 - June 13, 2016

Coming Events

Summer Farmer’s Market
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Outside McIntosh Gallery
Beginning on June 13, the market will run every Tuesday in the green space beside McIntosh Gallery across from the Social Science Building. Visit the market for fresh, locally produced food.

Yoga Class with Ajit Pyati
Tuesday, June 14 and June 21, 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: 

Meditation Class – “Breathe and Relax” with Ajit Pyati
Thursday, June 16 and June 23, 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.

Unix for Beginners: A full-day, hands-on workshop
Saturday, June 18, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Two programming specialists at Western (and Software Carpentry instructors) will host this full-day event. This workshop has limited enrollment, and includes food for the day (am/pm snacks and lunch). Please sign up in the GRC or email by Wednesday, June 15.

Breaking the Silence: Defining Academic Freedom for Librarians at Canadian Universities
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
NCB 293
Featuring Mary Kandiuk, Visual Arts, Design and Theatre Librarian, York University and Harriet Sonne de Torrens, MHALC Library and Department of Visual Studies, UTM. Presented by the FIMS-Graduate Resource Centre and UWOFA’s Librarians & Archivists Stewards Committee. RSVP using the sign up sheet in the GRC or email

Important Dates

- Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Spring Convocation begins
- Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - FIMS Spring Convocation

Awards & Accomplishments

Associate Professor Nick Dyer-Witheford has been awarded the Gertrude J. Robinson book prize for his monograph titled, "Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex." Professor Dyer-Witheford accepted the award at the Canadian Communication Association's (CCA) Annual Meeting on May 30 in Calgary. In accepting the award, Dyer-Witheford noted the important contribution made by several present and past members of the FIMS Media Studies doctoral program, who influenced his thinking on the book's topic. Information about the book can be found on the Pluto Press website.

Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton, along with co-author Maggie Jones Patterson, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, won a second place award in the Robert I. Stevenson open paper category of the International Communications Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, for her paper titled “At a Crossroads or Caught in a Crossfire? Crime Coverage Concerns for Democracy in Italy, Spain, and Portugal.” The paper will be presented at the AEJMC's annual conference held this coming August in Minneapolis.

Publications & Presentations

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD student, presented a paper she co-authored with Professor Pam McKenzie, titled “Creating Communities of Care: Delineating Work in the Information-Care Relationship” on June 2nd at the Canadian Association for Information Science annual conference, as part of The 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Marni Harrington, FIMS Librarian, and Ania Dymarz of Simon Fraser University, presented their paper, “Consultants in our Community – Are they in or are they out?” at CAPAL16/ACBAP16, which took place in Calgary, May 28 – 31, 2016.

Amy Freier, Media Studies PhD candidate, presented a paper at the fourth annual "Mnemonics  Summer School: The Other Side of Memory - Forgetting, Denial, Repression" at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, June 2-4. Her paper was titled, "Lost Art, Stolen Memories: Excavating Fascination with Repressed Arts." It examined the role of museums in framing lost objects and their complicity in a cycle of indignity stretching beyond the media apparatus of exhibitionary spaces.

Bradley Hiebert, HIS PhD student, recently gave two conference presentations:

Hiebert, B., Leipert, B., Regan, S. (2016, May). Rural male farmers’ health information seeking processes: Examining how an understudied population engages with healthcare resources. Poster presentation at The 2016 Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference, Toronto, ON.
Hiebert, B., Leipert, B., Regan, S. (2016, May). Combining constructivist grounded theory and photovoice to discuss how rural men’s masculinity influences access to health information. Paper presentation at The 33rd Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Visual Research Methods and Visual Ethnographies, St. Catherines, ON.

Brad also has a recent publication, co-authored by Associate Professor Jacquie Burkell:

Hiebert, B., Leipert, B., Regan, S., & Burkell, J. (2016). Rural men’s health, health information seeking, and gender identities: A conceptual theoretical review of the literature. American Journal of Men’s Health. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/1557988316649177

Scott MacDonald, MLIS student, presented his paper “Democratic Theory and the Role of the Academic Librarian: Melding Theory and Practice,” at CAPAL16/ACBAP16, which took place in Calgary, May 28 – 31, 2016.

Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton, and Media Studies PhD graduate Chris Richardson, recently released an edited collection titled, Covering Canadian Crime: What Journalists Should Know, and the Public Should Question. The book was published by University of Toronto Press.

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, Media Studies PhD candidate, presented "Making Up “'Indians': The Indian Act 1876 As Racial Taxonomy" at the Canadian Communications Association annual conference on May 31 in Calgary. She also presented "Classified Life and Normalized Violence in the Collapse of the Plains Bison" at the Canadian Political Science Association annual conference on June 2 in Calgary.

Elaine Zibrowski, HIS PhD student, co-authored an article, "Reducing length of stay and satisfying learner needs" (pdf) which was published in the journal Perspectives on Medical Education. This paper discusses a local innovation aimed at dealing with the complex relationship between clinical teaching in emergency medicine and patient flow.

In the Media

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, appeared as a subject matter expert on the Codex Seraphinianus for Public Radio International’s The World in Words podcast hosted by Nina Porzucki:

Additional Activities of Note

Katrina Clarke, MA'13 (Journalism), was one of 12 journalism students and young journalists chosen by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to participate in a two-week program in Europe this summer, which uses the conduct of reporters and other media professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive course of study on contemporary journalism ethics. Read more.

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, co-authored a three part series with former FIMS instructor Bill Irwin on strategic planning for Municipal World (April, May, and June issues): “Strategic Planning in a New Key”, “Writing the Strategic Plan”, and “We Have the Plan - Now What?” The series moves from pre-planning, 360 consultation / public engagement methods, achieving alignment, plan development, implementation and operationalization.

Professor Faucher has also been certified in municipal administration through the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks, and Treasurers of Ontario.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Something new - Saturday technology workshop!
Unix for Beginners: A full-day, hands-on workshop
Two programming specialists at Western (and Software Carpentry instructors) will host this full-day event.

Why are we learning Unix?
  • Because so much else depends on it (installing software, controlling remote machines),
  • similar terminology is used with other tools (eg. Python), and
  • it’s an easy way to introduce some fundamental ideas about how to use computers!
Saturday, June 18 10am-5pm, NCB LabA
This workshop has limited enrollment, and includes food for the day (am/pm snacks and lunch).
Please sign-up in the GRC or email by Wed June 15.

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

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.

Future workshops:
Hands-on with Photoshop - Tuesday, July 12, NCB Lab A
Research Productivity and Impact Metrics - Tuesday, July 19, NCB 293

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

Hours of operation during reading/research week (June 27 to July 3)
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm (regular hours)
Friday July 1 - CLOSED for Canada Day Holiday
Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm (regular hours)

News from Western Libraries

Check out SCOPUS:

The SCOPUS database provides excellent coverage of the literature in library and information science and computer science. It also includes a tool that allows you to analyze journal titles to determine their relative rank compare to similar publications. For a tutorial about using the Journal Analyzer, see

Booking Study Space in Western Libraries:

Both The D.B. Weldon Library and the Allyn & Betty Taylor Library offer bookable study rooms for group or individual study. See for details.

From the New Books Shelf....

Mediating Migration / Radha S. Hegde
DBW stack P94.5.I48H44 2016

Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship / Dawn Hale, editor
DBW stackZ687.15.S48 2016

Data Visualizations and Infographics / Sarah K.C. Mauldin
DBW stack Z678.93.G73M38 2015

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