No. 390 - October 3, 2016



Coming Events

FIMSwrites
Wednesday, October 5 and 12, 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.

Shades of Blue: Understanding the Difference Between Fear, Stress and Anxiety
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
UCC 37
Presented by Patricia Pearson, author of A Brief History of Anxiety - Yours & Mine. Patricia Pearson is an award-winning journalist whose probing books have earned her a reputation internationally for upending conventional wisdom. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, Business Week, the Daily Beast and on NPR, CNN and BBC, among many other media outlets.

Lead TA Workshop
Friday, October 14, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
NCB 454
Leaving Effective Feedback: One of the more difficult parts of grading is leaving critical, but supportive comments on students’ essays and assignments. Join us in this workshop as we focus on how to leave feedback in ways that help students learn and save time for the instructor. This workshop will use real writing samples to discuss practical tips TAs can use when providing feedback on written assignments. If you have any questions, please contact FIMS Lead TA Zak Bronson: zbronson@uwo.ca

GRC Presents...MLIS Student Research Panel
Monday, October 17, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
In partnership with the Progressive Librarian's Guild student chapter: Take advantage of your chance to ask questions about students' research process and learn about the individual study, guided research, and major research options.

This student panel will share their research experiences with individual study, guided research, or major research projects undertaken in the last few terms. Each panelist will have approximately 5 to 7 minutes to talk about their research. Professor Lynne McKechnie, the faculty representative on the panel, will help answer questions about the research courses and process.

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

Save the Date: "Fake News or Truth? Using Satirical Cues to Detect Potentially Misleading News"
Thursday, October 20, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location TBA
Presented by Yimin Chen and Victoria L. Rubin
Satire is an attractive subject in deception detection research: it is a type of deception that intentionally incorporates cues revealing its own deceptiveness. Whereas other types of fabrications aim to instill a false sense of truth in the reader, a successful satirical hoax must eventually be exposed as a jest. This paper provides a conceptual overview of satire and humor, elaborating and illustrating the unique features of satirical news, which mimics the format and style of journalistic reporting. Satirical news stories were carefully matched and examined in contrast with their legitimate news counterparts in 12 contemporary news topics in 4 domains (civics, science, business, and “soft” news). Building on previous work in satire detection, we proposed an SVMbased algorithm, enriched with 5 predictive features (Absurdity, Humor, Grammar, Negative Affect, and Punctuation) and tested their combinations on 360 news articles. Our best predicting feature combination (Absurdity, Grammar and Punctuation) detects satirical news with a 90% precision and 84% recall (F-score=87%). Our work in algorithmically identifying satirical news pieces can aid in minimizing the potential deceptive impact of satire.

Part of the 2016/17 Mediations Workshop and Lecture Series.

Save the Date: "Winning a gorgeous war: Making war beautiful enough to fight"
Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Landon Branch
167 Wortley Rd
Presented by Tim Blackmore. Hitler fought (and lost) many wars. Propaganda and media scholars agree, however, that he won the war of images: the Nazi party produced powerful, persuasive, and significant images as they instigated and fought WWII. This talk contrasts the ‘war brands’ created by the United States and Nazi Germany in WWII, and discusses how modern-day images of war reflect the struggle for propaganda power played out in the middle of the last century.

Part of the third annual FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series, in partnership with the London Public Library.



Important Dates


- Monday, October 10, 2016 - Thanksgiving holiday (offices closed)



Awards & Accomplishments


Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor, was named as a collaborator for the initiative “In machines we trust – developing frameworks for the governance of machines with artificial intelligence” led by Ian Kerr of the University of Ottawa. The initiative is being funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant.

Atle Kjøsen, Media Studies PhD Candidate, successfully defended his dissertation, titled “Capital’s Media: The Physical Conditions of Circulation” on Monday, September 26.



Publications & Presentations


Eugenia Canas, HIS PhD candidate, is co-author for the following publication:

Noack, K., Elliott, N. B., Canas, E., Lane, K., Paquette, A., Lavigne, J. M., & Michalak, E. E. (2016). Credible, centralized, safe, and stigma--free: What youth with bipolar disorder want when seeking health information online. UBC Medical Journal, 8(1).

Alissa Centivany, Assistant Professor, presented a paper entitled "Participatory Policymaking on Collaborative Social Media Platforms," at the Internet, Policy and Politics Conference (IPP2016), Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK, September 22-23.

Centivany will also present a paper entitled "Values, Ethics and Participatory Policymaking in Online Communities," at the Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIS&T '16), Copenhagen, DK, October 14-18th.

Tracey Church and Izabela Piasecka-Latour, both FIMS lecturers in the MLIS program, were involved in the publication of the book Prospect Research in Canada: An Essential Guide for Researchers and Fundraisers. Church served as co-editor and contributor, while Piasecka-Latour is a contributor. They plan to draw from the book in their class LIS 9505: Prospect Researching in Fundraising this winter.

Professor Lynne McKechnie (and Heidi Julien from State University of New York at Buffalo and Cass Mabbott from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) was at the biannual 2016 ISIC (Information Seeking in Context) conference to present the following paper on behalf of LIS PhD students Nicole Dalmer and Kelsang Legden (Roger Chabot) in Zadar, Croatia on September 21, 2016:

"Writing and reading the results: The reporting of rigour strategies in information behaviour research as evident in the published proceedings of the biennial ISIC conferences, 1996-2014."

Additionally, this paper is forthcoming in the December 2016 issue of Information Research.

Karen Nicholson, PhD Candidate, LIS, published "Taking Back Information Literacy: Time and the One-Shot in the Neoliberal University." In Pagowsky, N., & McElroy, K. (eds.), Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook (vol. 1) (pp. 25-39). Chicago: ACRL, 2016.

Elaine Zibrowski, PhD candidate in Health Information Science, is lead author on a research poster, "The HIM Career Matrix: Illuminating a Framework for Professional Advancement", which will be presented at the national meeting of the Canadian Health Information Association (CHIMA). The conference is in Edmonton, AB on October 24-25, 2016. 



Additional Activities of Note


Michael Friesen (Adjunct, Social Media & Organisations) has received a "notice of intent to allow" from the US Patent & Trade Office for his utility patent of a new type of modular music synthesizer. Called the Modular Experimental Synthesizer (or MESynth), Friesen's invention combines the power of virtual modular software with a tangible user interface (TUI), resulting in a modular instrument that is intuitive enough for children and non-musicians to learn about subtractive synthesis. For more information, see the patent filing here: http://goo.gl/Co2giI.



News from the Graduate Resource Centre


Regular hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm
We are closed on Monday, October 10, for Thanksgiving Holiday.

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

Monday, October 17, 12-1:00, NCB 293
MLIS Student Research Panel -Take advantage of your chance to ask questions about students' research process and learn about the individual study, guided research, and major research options.
This student panel will share their research experiences with individual study, guided research, or major research projects undertaken in the last few terms. Each panelist will have approximately 5 to 7 minutes to talk about their research. Professor Lynne McKechnie, the faculty representative on the panel, will help answer questions about the research courses and process.

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

Looking for a room? Book the GRC Meeting Rooms (NCB280D and 280E)
These meeting rooms are for all FIMS graduate students (HIS, LIS, MMJC, MS, PM&C) to use for group work and meetings. Our booking system allows users to easily book GRC meeting rooms by choosing the room and date required and filling in a short form. You can find the calendar link, username and password on the GRC homepage. 280D also has a projector so you can practice presentations.

Check out the book locker ~ The GRC's own Little Free Library
Heading home for Thanksgiving weekend? Looking for something to read?  Why not snag one of our books for some pleasure reading? In support of student and staff pleasure reading, and with the guiding democratic principles at the root of library services, we offer 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).

New building and #newFIMSlib
As we approach our move to the new FIMS building (scheduled to move Decmeber 2016), we want to change the name of the GRC, and we're looking for a little help from our friends! Share your suggestions/ideas on our Book Wall in NCB 280D, on our Facebook page, or tweet us using the hashtag ‪#‎newFIMSlib‬.



News from FIMS Computing Services


Featured Software – Snagit in Lab B – From FIMS Computer Services (FCS)

Snagit is a screen capture and editing tool that allows you to create and edit screen captures of still images and video. Snagit is useful for making and easily editing screen captures with text, shapes and lines, watermarks, filters, and other special effects; capturing videos; and creating GIFs. Snagit is a much more powerful tool than simply using print screen. To get started with Snagit hover over the box at the top in the middle of the screen on a Lab B computer and press the red circle. Snagit will walk you through the rest!

If you are interested in learning more about Snagit checkout these tutorials.

If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about Snagit or any other software at FIMS, email us at fims-servicedesk@uwo.ca, or visit http://servicedesk.fims.uwo.ca/ to submit a ticket.



News from Western Libraries


R statistical software workshop - Save the Date:

On Thursday, October 27, the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences will be offering introductory (AM) and advanced (PM) workshops in the use of the R Statistical Software package. These workshops will be held in the Electronic Instruction Room, on the ground floor of The D.B. Weldon Library.

Links to the registration pages (which will show the cost of each session) will be made available within the near future from the Western Libraries home page.

From the New Books Shelf...

Censorship and the Limits of the Literary: A Global View / edited by Nicole Moore
DBW stacl Z657.C435 2015

Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, Discovery and Retrieval / edited by Allen Foster and Pauline Rafferty
DBW stack Z666.7.F67 2016

Social Media for Academics / Mark Carrigan
DBW stack HM742C357 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 bblue@uwo.ca.

The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, October 17. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, October 14.



Photos


The following two photos were taken during the IAPA panel: "Freedom of Expression and the Right to Communicate" on Tuesday, September 20.

L-R: Amy MacPherson, Tony Pederson, Ricardo Trotti, Sam Trosow

Panelists for

Photo of audience at panel: