News & Notes from around FIMS - June 2015

Warren SteeleWarren Steele, an Assistant Professor who teaches in the MIT program, was announced as the 2014/15 recipient of the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching by Part-Time Faculty on Thursday, March 12. The Award is considered one of Western's highest honours for teaching. You can read about Professor Steele's achievement in Western News.

Guy BerthiaumeDr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, visited North Campus Building on May 27 to discuss his work with Library & Archives Canada. Dr. Berthiaume presented, “Everything you ever wanted to know about LAC but were afraid to ask,” to a full room, and participated in a Q&A at the end of the lecture.

Grant CampbellOn April 11, Associate Professor Grant Campbell and LIS PhD student Nicole Dalmer hosted a seminar titled, “Redefining Dementia: New Insights; Deeper Images; Fresh Stories,” at the London Public Library.  Professor Campbell organized the seminar as part of his role as Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology.  The day featured guest speakers, panels and activities all focused on caring for those with dementia – with a new media perspective.  The day-long seminar drew a capacity crowd and was the last event Professor Campbell will host as Rogers Chair as his term comes to an end on June 30.

Nick Dyer-WithefordAssociate Professor Nick Dyer-Witheford has been named as the next Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology, taking over from Professor Campbell as of July 1. The term is for two years and will conclude on June 30, 2017.  Read more information about the Rogers Chair.

Douglas Mann, Assistant Professor, published the book "Great Power and Great Responsibility: The Philosophical Politics of Comics" in December.  The book is a collection of essays that delve into the philosophies that underlie many of the great comic series.  For more info, visit Wolsak & Wynn.

On February 26, students in the Master of Arts in Journalism program had their project “Outside the Gates” published in Western News.  The special issue focuses on how Western faculty, staff and students contribute to life off-campus, in the wider London community.  Articles cover a wide array of community activities.  Visit the website to access the complete collection.

The MAJ students also celebrated an achievement when they linked up with CBC Windsor’s Afternoon Drive to have many of their radio documentaries aired over several weeks.  The collaboration saw the students’ work broadcast around Southwestern Ontario.  Listen to some of the docs.

Staffing Changes coming on July 1, 2015
New staffing changes will take effect on July 1st. Pam McKenzie, Associate Dean, will be going on a six-month research leave.  Tom Carmichael, Dean, and Susan Knabe, Associate Dean, Undergraduate, will absorb Professor McKenzie's grad program duties while she is away. Marni Harrington, FIMS Librarian, will also return to the GRC after being on research leave for six months.

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