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Congratulations to FIMS faculty members Kane Faucher, Mark Kearney, Susan Knabe and Anabel Quan-Haase for being awarded the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.  The awards were presented by Acting Dean Nick Dyer-Witheford at a reception on Wednesday, September 26.

Heather Hill and Anabel Quan-HaaseFIMS profs Heather Hill and Anabel Quan-Haase were among 27 Western researchers to recently be awarded SSHRC grants. Professor Hill’s funding is for her project Case studies of public library governance models, while Professor Quan-Haase’s project is titled Senior's Digital Life: Reading, Searching & ConnectingRead about the rest of the recipients in Western News.

Lecturer Michael Stasko, a filmmaker by trade, had his 3rd feature film premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival from September 19 - 29th. The feature film entitled "The Birder", stars Tom Cavanagh (Tv's Ed, Yogi Bear), Fred Willard (Best In Show, Wall-E), and Graham Greene (Dance with Wolves, Green Mile).  For this film Michael acted as Writer and Co-Producer. More info can be found at:

Sharon Sliwinski BookAssociate Professor Sharon Sliwinski's book, Human Rights In Camera (Chicago 2011), was awarded the Charles Taylor Book Award from the Interpretive Methods and Methodologies group of the American Political Science Association. The award was presented at the APSA's Annual meeting, August 31 - September 1, 2013 in Chicago.

Matt Stahl BookAssociate Professor Matt Stahl won a book prize from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music for his book Unfree Masters: Recording Artists and the Politics of Work.  Professor Stahl won the prize for "best first book in English". The award was announced at the 2013 IASPM conference, which took place June 24-28, in Gijón, Spain.

FIMS Lecturer Mark Rayner won an IndieReader Discover Award for humour (at BookExpo America) for his latest novel "Fridgularity."  The win was covered in the London Free Press article "Rayner awarded for 'Fridgularity'," published on June 25, 2013.

FIMS in the Media

Assistant Professor Sarah T. Roberts was interviewed by NPR for a piece titled "Laboring in the Shadows to Keep the Web Free of Child Porn," which aired on November 17, 2013.

Sarah was also featured in the London Free Press column "Net watchdogs spare public of true horrors," published on Monday, October 28, 2013.  The column was written by FIMS instructor Larry Cornies.

Journalism program coordinator Paul Benedetti was asked for his expertise for a couple of Toronto Star articles covering the Rob Ford saga.
"Ford media strategy takes hits with loss of radio show," Friday, November 8, 2013.
"Ford brothers get Sun News TV show," Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Assistant Professor Doug Mann was interviewed for the Globe and Mail article "The Ron Burgandy 'memoir': hyper-ironic meta moment or mere marketing stunt?"  The article discusses the trend of books being published by fictional characters.

Doug also appeared on CTV News in October.  He was interviewed by Naomi Parnes for CTV Toronto news on "Going Digital in the Classroom," on October 8, 2013.

Nick Dyer-Witheford, Acting Dean, appeared in the Western News article "Conference aims to explore 'Apps and Affects,'" published online on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

Dave Mills, recently retired Broadcast Manager, was featured in a CTV News story on Thursday, July 25, 2013.  The clip is available at:

Dave was also featured in the London Free Press article "Journalism instructor has retired from Western University after more than 40 years," published on July 21, 2013.

HIS students Ufuoma Eghele, Melissa Kargiannakis and Bhavin Prajapati were featured in the Western News article "Student app looks to drive healthy behaviours," published on July 11, 2013.