No. 471 - August 11, 2021

Important Dates

- Monday, September 6, 2021 - Labour Day holiday
- Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - Fall/Winter Term classes begin
- Friday, September 17, 2021 - Course Add/Drop Deadline for graduate programs
- Friday, September 17, 2021 - Meeting of the Senate (1:30pm, Online)

Awards & Accomplishments

Toluwase Asubiaro, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended his thesis titled, Exploiting Semantic Similarity Between Citation Contexts For Direct Citation Weighting And Residual Citation, on August 6, 2021.

Congratulations to this term's GRADLIS 9004 Research Methods students for their successful synchronous research showcase sessions. Each student prepared a digital research object (e.g., poster, infographic, booklet, short slide show) that gives an overview of the research project proposal they have developed over the course of the term. The sessions attracted a wide variety of attendees and raised some excellent questions and comments. Check out students' abstracts and research objects here.

Publications & Presentations

Chris Brogly, HIS PhD student, co-authored the following articles:
Brogly C, Shoemaker JK, Lizotte DJ, Kueper JK, Bauer MA. (2021). "Smart Healthy Campus: A mobile application to identify lifestyle indicators related to undergraduate mental health." JMIR Formative Research (forthcoming/in press).

Brogly C, Lizotte DJ, Bauer MA. (2021). "Ecological Momentary Assessment eXtensions 3 (EMAX3) Proposal: An App for EMA-Type Research." IEEE International Conference on ICT Solutions for eHealth (ICTS4eHealth 2021), Athens, Greece (forthcoming/in press).

Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton and Maggie Jones Patterson (Duquesne University) authored the article, "The largest news agency in the US changes crime reporting practices to 'do less harm and give people second chances,'" in The Conversation on July 29, 2021.

Amber Matthews, LIS PhD student, co-authored the following article:
Mongeon, P., Brown, A., Dhaliwal, R., Hill, J., & Matthews, A. (2021). "A bibliometric analysis of race-related research in LIS." Education for Information, 37(2), 231-246.

Professor Kamran Sedig co-authored the following articles:
Demelo, J. & Sedig, K. (2021). "Forming Cognitive Maps of Ontologies Using Interactive Visualizations." Journal of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 5(1), 2.

Nouri, M.S., Lizotte, D.J., Sedig, K., & Abdullah, S.S. (2021). "VISEMURE: A Visual Analytics System for Making Sense of Multimorbidity Using Electronic Medical Record Data." Journal of Data, 6(85).

Demelo, J. & Sedig, K. (2021). "Design of Generalized Search Interfaces for Health Informatics." Journal of Information, (SI: The Digital Health New Era: Where We Stand and the Challenges).

In the Media

The latest episode of the "So What? The Podcast About LIS Research" podcast features undergraduate students Sofia Beraldo and Katrina Desjardins, MMJC student Chelsea Coubry-Forte, Lecturer Erin Isings, MLIS student Kate McCandless, and Professor Pam McKenzie in a discussion of the role of the public library: "The Public Library is..." Listen to the episode here.

Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton and Maggie Jones Patterson (Duquesne University) were interviewed on whether news organizations should report the names of suspects, on 8 O'Clock Buzz (WORT 89.9 FM, Madison, New York Community Radio) on August 2, 2021.

Assistant Professor Luke Stark was featured in an Instagram IGTV post, "How much would you trust a computer to tell how you're feeling?" by The Guardian on August 5, 2021.

Assistant Professor Tiara Sukhan was quoted in the article, "Pandemic changes spark rage and debate on social media, published in The St. Catherines Standard on July 29, 2021.

Additional Activities of Note

Associate Professor Sam Trosow and Lisa Macklem (MA'13, Media Studies) were cited in the York University v. Canadian Copyright Licencing Agency (Access Copyright) Supreme Court judgement released on July 30, 2021. The Supreme Court ruled that a copyright tariff was not enforceable against York University.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Hours of Operation for Fall Term
Beginning Tuesday, September 7th, we will be open to the FIMS Graduate community Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Fall 2021 Course Readings
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This is the final summer issue of the Grad Bulletin. The next issue will be published on Monday, September 20, 2021. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, September 17, 2021.