No. 391 - October 17, 2016

  • Coming Events:

    - GRC Presents...MLIS Student Research Panel
    - The motion: "Be it resolved that political correctness has gone too far"
    - FIMSwrites
    - "Fake News or Truth? Using Satirical Cues to Detect Potentially Misleading News"
    - Town Hall: Update on Planning and Budgeting
    - Graduate Seminar with Matika Wilbur, Artist and Social Documentarian
    - Keynote Address: "Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America" with Matika Wilbur
    - "Winning a Gorgeous War: Making war beautiful enough to fight"
    - "Spreading Truth in the Age of Viral Misinformation"
  • Important Dates:

    - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - FIMS Faculty Council
    - Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28, 2016 - MLIS Research Week
    - Friday, October 28, 2016 - FIMS Autumn Convocation (Graduate Programs)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Call for the OCULA Lightning Strikes Student Award
    - New Graduate Student Innovation Scholars - $1500 Award and Workshop
    - Flu Immunization Clinics for Staff/Faculty
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Jessica Fanning
    - Ajit Pyati
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Luke Arnott
    - Douglas Mann
    - Nadine Wathen
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from FIMS Computing Services:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

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 in the GRC or email to RSVP.

The motion: “Be it resolved that political correctness has gone too far”
Monday, October 17, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library
In the shadow of the global refugee crisis, Islamophobia, #BlackLivesMatter, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Report, and the rhetoric of the American presidential election (19 days later), four debaters and three respondents take the stage to discuss an inescapable theme of our time: political correctness. Has it gone too far? Or do we need more of it? Does ‘correcting our politics’ actually change how we think and act as a society? In the end, does political correctness change the way we treat one another… for better or for worse?

The debaters are Ali Chahbar, Susan Toth, Mojdeh Cox, and Jeff Preston.

Respondents include Tim Blackmore (Western University), Frankie Condon (University of Waterloo), and Sheri Doxtator (Oneida Nation of the Thames Settlement).

Wolf Hall Debates is presented by the London Public Library, Urban League of London, London Community Foundation, and London Arts Council (Read more).

Wednesday, October 19 and 26, 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.

“Fake News or Truth? Using Satirical Cues to Detect Potentially Misleading News”
Thursday, October 20, 2016
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
MC 6
Refreshments will be served.
Presented by Victoria Rubin, Niall Conroy, Yimin Chen, Sarah Cornwell, as part of the Mediations Lecture and Workshop series.
Respondent: Vicki O'Meara
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. (continue reading).

Town Hall: Update on Planning and Budgeting
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
3M Centre, Lecture Hall 3250
All members of Western’s campus community are invited to attend a town hall meeting which will provide an update on the current status of the University's planning process and a very preliminary high-level budget outlook for the coming year(s). The town hall will be an opportunity for open discussion and Q&A. Please RSVP Gayle Stuebing at if you plan to attend.

Graduate Seminar with Matika Wilbur, Artist and Social Documentarian
October 26, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Social Sciences Centre 2322
RSVP: To register, please email Danielle Taschereau Mamers (
Note: There are limited spaces available for the seminar. Please register early to secure your spot.
Please join us for a graduate research seminar with Matika Wilbur on Wednesday, October 26 (10:00am-12:00pm, lunch to follow). Ms. Wilbur will give interested students and faculty members an opportunity to work through some of the ideas central to her recent work, “Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America.” Project 562 is a national documentary project dedicated to photographing contemporary Indigenous life across North America. Working to disrupt the problematic history of stereotypical depictions of Indigenous peoples, Project 562 gathers together original photographic images and oral narratives from every Tribal community in the United States. Ms. Wilbur’s work organizes and presents compelling portraits and stories from elders, culture bearers, linguists, teachers, activists, artists, professionals, and other contemporary Indigenous peoples. The seminar will focus on the role of art in the struggle for decolonization and the element of imaginative acts in personal and collective questions of identity, personal and community well-being, and reconciliation.

Keynote Address: "Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America" with Matika Wilbur
October 26, 2016
International & Graduate Affairs Building, Atrium
+Positive Voice at Nokee Kwe and the Faculty of Information & Media Studies are proud to present a talk presented by Matika Wilbur, of the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes (Washington), Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America. Matika is passionate photographer and advocate for Native Americans. Through Project 562 she has documented over 250 tribal nations in the United States. According to Matika, this project aims to “humanize, the otherwise ‘vanishing race’ and share the stories that Native Americans would like to be told.” The evening will begin with a cultural presentation from Aboriginal artists from Canada and Australia. Admission is free and children are welcome. Donations are appreciated.
To learn more about Matika Wilbur, visit

“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 Road, London ON
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.

“Spreading the Truth in the Age of Viral Misinformation”
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Somerville House, room 3345
Fall 2016 Clissold Lecture, presented by Craig Silverman: Craig Silverman is the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada and leads a global beat for BuzzFeed News covering online misinformation and fake news.

Important Dates

- Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - FIMS Faculty Council
- Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28, 2016 - MLIS Research Week
- Friday, October 28, 2016 - FIMS Autumn Convocation (Graduate Programs)

News & Announcements

Call for the OCULA Lightning Strikes Student Award
OCULA is putting out a call for the OCULA Lightning Strikes Student Award. What? Where? A 10-minute lightning talk relating to academic librarianship @ OLA Super Conference 2017. Who?  Present individually or as a group. Presentations can be delivered in English or French. When? Thursday, February 2, 2017. Why? If your proposal is selected for the session, you receive a FREE 1-year membership to OLA and OCULA. All speakers also get to attend the full day of the conference for free! Added bonus: If your talk is the audience’s choice, you win $200. How? More info and registration at:  Deadline is November 15, 2016.

News Graduate Student Innovation Scholars - $1500 Award and Workshop
Looking to add value to your graduate degree and to your research? Join Western's first cohort of Graduate Student Innovation Scholars. Receive a participation award of $1500. Apply your discipline-specific knowledge and develop expertise in entrepreneurship, commercialization and knowledge transfer with hands-on training. Apply your knowledge. Apply today. Deadline to apply is November 7.

Flu Immunization Clinics for Staff/Faculty
Workplace Health and the Staff/Faculty Family Practice Clinic will be providing adult only influenza immunization clinics for Western faculty, staff and post-doctoral scholars again this year in the University Community Centre (UCC) Health Services Resource Centre. Only employees of the University are eligible to use these immunization clinics**Western student employees, including Master and PhD students are asked to attend the drop in flu immunization clinics provided by SHS.

The staff and faculty immunization clinics will be held on the following days: Thursday, October 20, 2016 (9:00am-3:00pm), Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (9:00am-3:00pm), and Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (9:00am- 3:00pm). These clinics DO NOT require an appointment time.  Please bring your Health Card!  If you do not bring your health card you will not be able to get a flu shot.

Please note that we are unable to provide immunization for children at these clinics.  Employees and family members registered with the Western’s Family Practice Clinic (FPC) may make an appointment to take their children to the FPC for immunization.  Other staff and faculty, please contact your family physician to arrange immunization for children.

Awards & Accomplishments

Jessica Fanning, MA in Media Studies student, successfully defended her thesis “Shifting Temporalities: The Construction of Flexible Subjectivities through Part-time Retail Workers’ Use of Smartphone Technology” on Thursday, October 6.

Ajit Pyati, Associate Professor, is a co-applicant on a successful SSHRC grant titled, “Optimizing the provision of information to facilitate the settlement and integration of refugees in Canada: case studies of Syrian refugees in London, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.

Publications & Presentations

Luke Arnott, Assistant Professor, recently presented the following:
“Translatio Mediorum: The Toronto School and the Epic Encyclopedia” at the Toronto School: Then Now Next International Conference at U of T this weekend (Oct. 13-16).

Douglas Mann, Assistant Professor, published the article “Why Isn’t American Comedy TV Funny?” in on October 6, 2016.

Professor Nadine Wathen has a number of presentations to report:
Professor Wathen delivered the Undergraduate Homecoming Lecture at Dalhousie on October 14, with a talk titled, “Mobilizing Research Knowledge to Effect Change: Lessons Learned in the Area of Violence and Mental Health.”

She will also co-present a keynote lecture on October 17 at the Collaborating Across Systems: Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence and Child Abuse conference, titled “Children’s and Women’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence: Lessons Learned and Where from Here?”

Lastly, Professor Wathen will co-present a lecture on October 25 titled, “Translating Violence Against Women Knowledge into Action: Lessons from Canada”. The event will take place in Melbourne, Australia, and is hosted by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) in partnership with Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children (MAVe).

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

We have a new website!
We have a new face for the old GRC website. You should be able to find all the same content as before, but now in an accessible format. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact and let us know what's missing.

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

Monday, November 21st, 12-1:20, various locations NCB
Human Library - hosted by the Progressive Librarians Guild and the GRC
This event will offer multiple sessions focusing on the topic of Information dilemmas, ethics, and challenges.
If you're interested in participating as a human book, please email by Wednesday, October 19 with your program / relationship with FIMS and a brief paragraph describing the perspective on information ethics, dilemmas, and challenges which you'd like to share. Applicants will be contacted by Monday, October 24.

We'll send out more information closer to the event, including a list of the human books and instructions for placing a hold on your sessions. Attendees will be encouraged to register in advance to help us manage numbers, but drop-ins on the day of the event will be welcome (space permitting).
Questions regarding the event are welcome at

News from FIMS Computing Services

KeePass on all FIMS computers

When is the last time you updated your passwords? Are you convinced they are as strong as could be? Do you find that you are re-using passwords for different purposes?

At FIMS Computing Services, we believe that having strong passwords is fundamental to healthy computing practices. That’s why we made sure that all the computers in the labs are equipped with an open source, easy-to-use password manager: KeePass.

KeePass allows you to locally encrypt all your passwords in a database. Your passwords are locked away, and you only need to remember one master password to start KeePass and access them all. KeePass will store your strong, hard-to-remember passwords, so that you don’t have to duplicate them. Additionally, KeePass works with OneDrive – instructions can be on the Computing Services website:

Take the next step in protecting your information and give KeePass a try, in Lab A, B, or C.

For more information about the password manager KeePass, you can visit their website at

News from Western Libraries

The D. B. Weldon Library Launches New Research Consultation Service:

Need in-depth help with your research or have a detailed question about finding relevant resources. Book an appointment with a member of the Weldon Library Research Help staff using our new Research Help Consultation Form that is accessible at

Western Libraries invites proposals for GIS Day presentations or posters...

Western Libraries will be hosting our fourth annual GIS Day event on November 16th, 2016 from 1-4pm in the Atrium of The D.B. Weldon Library. GIS Day is a global event which highlights the research and real-world applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. For more information, visit

Students, staff, and faculty from Western University and the affiliated university colleges, Fanshawe College, as well as industry contacts are invited to submit proposals for a 7-minute lightning talk or poster presentation, showcasing the use of GIS. All participants will receive a gift card as a token of appreciation.

Proposals can be submitted online until October 26th, 2016 at and will be reviewed and selected by November 1st, 2016.

From the New Books Shelf....

Communication and Political Crisis: Media, Politics and Governance in a Globalized Public Sphere / Brian McNair
DBW stack P95.8.M3773 2016

Health Communication Research Measures / edited by Do Kyun Kim and James W. Dearing
DBW stack R118.H436 2016

Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating and Using Government Resources / Cassandra J. Hartnett, Andrea L. Sevetson, and Eric J. Forte
DBW stack ZA5055.U6F67 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 31. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, October 28.