No. 389 - September 19, 2016

Coming Events

GRC Presents…Writing at the Graduate Level
Monday, September 19, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Paul Schmidt. Learn how to write clearly and concisely, get citation integration tips and format and style pointers. Sign up in the GRC.

Panel: “Freedom of Expression and the Right to Communicate”
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Middlesex College Room 15a
Panelists include: Professor Sam Trosow, and Amy MacPherson, independent Canadian investigative journalist. Commentary and response from German Guiterrez, Fanshawe College; Tony Pederson, Southern Methodist University; Ernesto Kraiselburd, editor, El Día, La Plata, Argentina; Ricardo Trotti, Executive Director, IAPA.

Wednesday, September 21 and 28, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grad Club
To provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process, FIMS graduate students host some informal/structured writing time at the Grad Club. We’ll be meeting every Wednesday morning this semester starting at 9:30am. All FIMS graduate students, staff and faculty  are welcome to bring their laptops and join in to sit, grab some coffee and write (reading is good too!) - drop by at any point in the morning.

Opening Reception: Portraits, self and others (it’s complicated)
September 22, 2016
7:00 p.m.
McIntosh Gallery
With the advent of the selfie and social media, portraits have become ubiquitous in contemporary culture. This has raised many questions about the nature of representing people in art. Many artists are now exploring the way in which identity is largely constructed through images and the complex relationship between the artist and the individuals they portray. This in turn raises important questions about how we define and visually represent “the self” and “the other” within the increasingly dynamic matrix of real and virtual social relationships (continue reading).

CRHESI Student Networking Event
Friday, September 23, 2016
5:00 p.m.
@Innovation Works, 2nd Floor, 201 King Street, London, Ontario
Are you a graduate student with an interest in health equity and social inclusion?
The Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) is a community-university collaboration led by Western University and the London Inter-Community Health Centre. CRHESI was founded to increase knowledge generation and sharing, leading to improved health outcomes for people who experience vulnerability or marginalization.

At CRHESI, students of all disciplines can find opportunities to learn from and collaborate on various stages of funding-application, research and knowledge translation projects.

GRC Presents...Presentation Skills Workshop
Monday, September 26, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Paul Schmidt. Learn strategies that can help you overcome public speaking apprehension and make your presentations more dynamic. Sign up in the GRC.

“Where have all the reporters gone? Hook-ups and break-ups in the Canadian media”
Thursday, September 29, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Masonville Branch
30 North Centre Road
In 2008, Canadian journalist Don Martin published, in three major Canadian newspapers and dozens of online publications, an article that raised serious questions about the character and abilities of fellow journalist Arthur Kent, then running as a candidate in the Alberta provincial election. In a major defamation law suit, Kent sued both Don Martin and Postmedia. Testimony at the trial was riveting: newsworthy, consequential AND titillating. But Canadian newsrooms weren’t ‘all over’ the story – in fact, only one media organization assigned a reporter to cover the trial. This presentation examines the reasons behind the silence, exposing the economic realities of media ownership in Canada that influence our news coverage.

This is the first lecture of the 2016/17 FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series. For the full line-up, visit

Preparing Research Grant Proposals: CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC
Friday, September 30, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Weldon, room 122
Open to faculty members. Western colleagues offer guidance and advice on how to best position your application, and share their experiences with grant review panels. Come with your questions and join the conversation.

Important Dates

- Friday, September 23, 2016 - Senate
- Monday, October 10, 2016 - Thanksgiving holiday (offices closed)

News & Announcements

94.9 CHRW looking for volunteers for vinyl cataloguing project
94.9 CHRW in Room 250 in the UCC is looking for students who are interested in working on a cataloging project with our vinyl library. We are currently alphabetizing all of our vinyl records, once this is completed we are looking for assistance with developing a better cataloging system. We're currently looking for volunteers to assist. If you're interested please contact Andrew Barton, Program Director at

Invitation to participate in Sexual Violence Policy Consultation Questionnaire
Western has posted an invitation to participate in a sexual violence policy consultation questionnaire. The five-question, online, anonymous questionnaire will be available until September 30. Access the questionnaire.

Awards & Accomplishments

Winners of Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards announced
The winners of the Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards for the summer 2016 term were announced in August. MLIS student Arielle Vanderschans won the Spirit of Librarianship award, and Becky Blue won the Fantastic FIMS award. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

SSHRC grant recipients announced
Recipients for SSHRC insight and insight development grants were recently announced. FIMS faculty members were among the recipients, including Grant Campbell, Romayne Smith Fullerton and Amanda Grzyb. Read further details.

David Jackson, Media Studies PhD candidate, successfully defended is dissertation titled, “Becoming Sonic: Ambient Poetics and the Ecology of Listening in Four Militant Sound Investigations” on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

A recent publication by Elaine Zibrowski, HIS PhD candidate, "To submit or not submit: The burden of evaluation on postgraduate medical trainees" has been recognized by the Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE), as one of its top-rated research articles since its publication in August 2016.

Publications & Presentations

Paul Benedetti, FIMS lecturer, published a multimedia story in the Hamilton Spectator on September 17 titled, "Perrin investigation: Murder, lies and justice denied". The story, which revisits a murder case that opened in 1989, includes a photo slideshow, timeline and video.

Brad Hiebert, HIS PhD student, presented the following paper:

Hiebert, B., Leipert, B., Regan, S. (2016, August). Uncovering how rural masculine gender norms influence access to health information for men in rural Ontario, Canada. Paper presentation at The International Rural Sociology Association XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology, Toronto, ON.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley presented his paper, "Canned: A Genealogy of Mass Cultural Critique," to the International Association for the Study of Popular Music meeting at the University of Sussex, UK, on September 8th.

Jen MacGregor, Research Associate, and Nadine Wathen, Professor, co-authored the following:

MacGregor, J. C. D., Wathen, C. N., & MacQuarrie, B. J. (2016). Domestic violence in the Canadian workplace: Are co-workers aware? Safety and Health at Work, 7(3), 244-250.

Jason Netherton, Media Studies PhD student, co-published an article with Dr. Nathan Snaza (U. of Richmond) in the recent issue of Metal Music Studies (Volume 2, Number 3) entitled Community at the extremes: The death metal underground as being-in-common.

Angela Pollak, Assistant Professor, has a publication due out soon:

Angela Pollak, (2016). "Information seeking and use in the context of minimalist lifestyles", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 72 Iss 6 pp.

Michael Ridley, LIS PhD student, published "Making radio: Using audio for student assignments" in The Teaching Professor, volume 30 no. 7 (2016).

James Steinhoff, Media Studies Phd student, published a book review in the Canadian Journal of Communication. The review examines "Exits to the Posthuman Future", by Arthur Kroker.

In the Media

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD candidate, was featured in the London Free Press article "Writers who write together, write more," published on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The article highlights the FIMS writing group developed by Dalmer to help drive productivity and peer support for thesis-based grad students and faculty.

Meredith Levine, FIMS lecturer, will be interviewed during the September 27 episode of CBC Windsor's Afternoon Drive. Levine will be discussing the content of her upcoming #PublicInterest lecture "Where have all the reporters gone? Hook-ups and break-ups in the Canadian media". See for more information about the lecture.

Additional Activities of Note

Sandy Smeltzer, Associate Professor, visited the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway this September as a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow. While there, Professor Smeltzer gave an invited talk titled, "Activism and the Academy: Stories from Ireland and Canada".

MLIS students Cody Vanderslot and Arielle Vanderschans were featured on the FIMS website in August in an article titled "Students put classroom lessons to use assisting local Syrian refugees". The article describes a project the students worked on throughout the term that saw them prepare a large donation of books for distribution to a local elementary school with a large population of Syrian refugees. Cody and Arielle completed the project as part of their work as student library assistants in the GRC library.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Fall 2016 GRC Student Library Assistants
Please welcome new Graduate Student Library Assistants Kate Merucci, Kelly Thoreson, and Siu Yu, along with returning staff Emily Garry and Victoria Wong. Don't hesitate to ask questions when any staff are working at the Service Desk or in the Computer Labs - we are here to help you with using library resources and services!

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

Writing at the Graduate Level - Paul Schmidt, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Monday, September 19, 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 workshop, there will be lots of time for questions.

Presentation Skills Workshop - Paul Schmidt, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Monday, September 26, 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.

News from FIMS Computing Services

Windows 10 now in Lab B
FIMS Computing Services (FCS) is pleased to announce that Windows 10 has been installed on all the computers in Lab B. Both Microsoft Office Suite 2013 and 2016 are also installed on these computers. Come give Windows 10 or Office 2016 a try, and familiarize yourself with the latest version of the Windows Operating System and Office.

All the computers in Lab A, C as well as classrooms, boardrooms, and offices will continue to run Windows 7 until further notice.

If you have any questions, difficulties, concerns, or feedback about the update to Windows 10, email us at

News from Western Libraries

Happy New Year!

Welcome to Western and welcome back to anyone who was away for the summer months. Things are in full swing in Western Libraries and, as usual, we have a few new things going on....

Western Libraries Research Guides Are Integrated into OWL Sites:

Beginning this term, Western Libraries Research Guides are accessible directly your OWL course site. Research Guides list the recommended resources and services to support student research and course work. In your OWL course site you will see a link to Research Guides in the left hand menu. When students click the link, a Research Guide, a Course Guide, or a list of relevant Research Guides for their respective courses will load within their site. We have worked to ensure that appropriate Research Guides are placed in each OWL course site. Please click the Research Guide in your course(s) to generate data and thereby participate in our testing of this integration. Please contact me ( if you have questions or if you would like a specific course guide or a list of Research guides to be connected to your course site.

New Streaming Video Service:
Library-subscribed streaming videos can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Western Libraries users have access to streaming video collections from Alexander Street Press, Kanopy (provided by King's University College Library), the National Film Board of Canada, and individual titles from other publishers. For details see: 

From the New Book Shelf....

Bodies in Protest: Hunger Strikes and Angry Music / Johanna Siméant and Christophe Traïni
DBW stack 1281.B64 2016

Democratizing Journalism through Mobile Media: The Mojo Revolution / Ivo Burum
DBW stack PN4784.C615B885 2016

Practical Tips for Facilitating Research / Moira J. Bent
DBW stack Z675.U5B468 2016

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, October 3. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, September 30.