Faculty of Information & Media Studies

Researcher Spotlight

Republishing Harold Innis and exploring technological fetishism

Edward Comor
Edward Comor, Professor (Posted March 2016)
FIMS Professor Edward Comor’s most recent project is his work co-editing Harold Innis’ book Political Economy in the Modern State with Professor Robert E. Babe. The book is the only work by the communication theorist that hasn’t been re-published since it came out in 1946. “It's been as long and sometimes difficult process as it involves a tremendous amount of specificity and care,” says Comor of his and Babe’s work on Innis’ book (more).

Supporting caregivers in their search for information

Nicole Dalmer
Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD candidate (Posted March 2016) 
Library and Information Science PhD candidate Nicole Dalmer has long been fascinated with the human brain as it ages. As an undergraduate student in neurosciences, she studied neurodegenerative disorders, conducting a microscopic, quantitative examination of aging. As a Master of Library and Information Science student, she used a macroscopic, qualitative lens to approaching and understanding aging (more).

Revisiting social injustices through a historical lens

Kate Johnson
Kate Johnson, Associate Professor (Posted May 2016)
The events that Kate Johnson’s research focuses on may have taken place over a half-century ago, but they’re still just as relevant today. The Library and Information Science professor finds similarities between the RCMP’s anti-communist campaign to purge homosexuals from the civil service in the 1950s and today’s widespread culture of Islamophobia.” (more).

Examining the concept of "a good death" in Canadian society

Meredith Levine
Meredith Levine, Lecturer (Posted January 2016) 
Research, irrespective of discipline, is a creative process, and all research is storytelling, argues Meredith Levine, a lecturer in the Master of Media in Journalism and Communications in FIMS. “The plot lines and formats may differ between disciplines, but most of us adhere to basic narrative structure of beginning, middle, and end,” says Levine (more).

Reading into children's experiences with e-books

Lynne McKechnie
Lynne McKechnie, Professor (Posted April 2016) 
Even 20 years after working at the London Public Library, “Lynne the Librarian” is a nickname that’s stuck with FIMS Associate Professor Lynne McKechnie. The Library & Information Science (LIS) professor spent nearly two decades as a children’s librarian before completing her PhD in LIS at Western. Although she loved working in a library setting, McKechnie found herself coming across questions that couldn’t be answered from practice alone (more).

Exploring serendipity in Humanities research

Lynne McKechnie
Anabel Quan-Haase, Associate Professor (Posted May 2016) 
Humanities scholars interviewed by FIMS and Sociology Associate Professor Anabel Quan-Haase and her collaborators at the SocioDigital Lab have expressed concern about the loss of serendipity in digital environments. The interviews with humanities scholars are part of Digging Digital Humanities, a five-year, SSHRC-funded project the SocioDigital Lab is conducting to explore their research habits and daily work practices. (more).


Detecting deception in online information and news

Victoria Rubin
Victoria Rubin, Associate Professor (Posted February 2016)
When Associate Professor Victoria Rubin joined FIMS in 2006, she received funding from the faculty to study the credibility of blogs, assessing how online writers express biases and opinions. While in the past decade the emphasis may have shifted away from one particular platform to another – for example, blogs to Facebook – verification issues still persist, says Rubin (more).


Discovering the importance of dreams in psychological and political well-being

Sharon Sliwinski
Sharon Sliwinski, Associate Professor (Posted February 2016)
FIMS Associate Professor Sharon Sliwinski stumbled across one of Nelson Mandela’s dreams by accident. She bought his autobiography – back on shelves just after his death – while stuck at an airport and read it on a long flight. “I still vividly remember coming across the passage in which he describes a recurring nightmare that he had while he was imprisoned on Robben Island,” Sliwinski says (more).


Naming names: Differences in international crime reporting

Romayne Smith Fullerton
Romayne Smith Fullerton, Associate Professor (Posted February 2017)
Romayne Smith Fullerton, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, and colleague Professor Maggie Jones Patterson of Duquesne University, heard a story in 2009 that made a marked impression on them. (more).



Exploring the royalty reform movement in 1950s and '60s R&B

Matt Stahl
Matt Stahl, Associate Professor (Posted January 2016)
While conducting research for his book “Unfree Masters: Record Artists and the Politics of Work,” FIMS Associate Professor Matt Stahl came across the 2002 testimony of soul singer Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) before a committee of the California State Legislature. The committee was considering legislation that would make record company royalty accounting more transparent (more).


Finding ways to better respond to domestic violence at home and in the workplace

Nadine Wathen>
Nadine Wathen, Associate Professor (Posted January 2016)
FIMS Associate Professor Nadine Wathen applies the “irritation” method to her teaching philosophy in her Master’s and PhD-level Health Information Science courses. She aims to get students “irritated” enough about a topic to turn it into a thesis or major research project (more).