No. 399 - March 13, 2017

  • Coming Events:

    - "Spreading the Truth in the Age of Viral Misinformation"
    - FIMSwrites
    - GRC Presents..."An Open Source Toolbox for Information Privacy"
    - Emergence: Queer Arts Festival: Pulse
    - Organizing Equality International Conference
    - Save the Date: "'Oh Mom! Look it up on the internet.' Seniors and Technology: Reading ebooks and everyday life"
    - Save the Date: "Dickens, Cholera and Big Data"
    - Save the Date: FIMS Research Coffee Hour: Applying for Human Ethics Approval
  • Important Dates:

    - Friday, March 17, 2017 - Senate
    - Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 24, 2017 - Indigenous Awareness Week
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Paul Benedetti
    - Andrea Benoit
    - Tim Blackmore
    - Dan Brown
    - Chris Clark
    - Jeremy Copeland
    - Amanda Grzyb
    - Selma Purac
    - Mark Rayner
    - John Reed
    - Andie Shabbar
    - Sharon Sliwinski
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Yimin Chen
    - Nicole Dalmer
    - Cal Murgu
    - Ajit Pyati
    - Danielle Taschereau Mamers
  • In the Media:

    - Yimin Chen
    - Victoria L. Rubin
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Cal Murgu
    - Niel Scobie
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Spreading the Truth in the Age of Viral Misinformation”
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Somerville House 3345
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. The Clissold Lecture commemorates the life and work of Edward Clissold (1833-1915), one of London's most important early editors and journalists. Edward retired as editor of the London (Ontario) Advertiser in 1910, after 33 years on staff.

Wednesday, March 15 and 22, 2017
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.

GRC Presents…An Open Source Toolbox for Information Privacy
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020 D/E
Presented by Lindsay Taylor, MLIS candidate. This workshop will explore the importance of open source software in supporting information privacy and security. Attendees will be encouraged to follow along on their devices with demonstrations of open source tools for private browsing, password management, and encrypted communication, among others.

Please RVSP by using the sign-up sheets in the GRC or email

Emergence: Queer Arts Festival: Pulse
Friday, March 24, 2017
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Arts & Humanities Artium (IGAB)
Please join us for this year's Emergence Queer Arts Festival, a night of stimulating and innovative LGBTQ+ performances! In light of the Orlando Pulse Club tragedy, this year's festival theme is "Pulse". Let us come together in creativity as a refusal to be silenced by violence and discrimination. This is a free and all-ages event (at your discretion). We will also have free food! EQAF will be held on March 24th (Friday) in the Arts and Humanities Atrium (in the International and Graduate Affairs Building) from 8PM-10PM. We hope to see you there!

Organizing Equality International Conference
Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017
Museum London
This conference aims to bring academics, artists and activists together from around the globe to address inequality and to develop new forms of knowing, thinking and acting together to guide future struggles.

Keynote speakers include: Dr. Vandana Shiva, Glen Coulthard (University of British Columbia), Panagiotis Sotiris (University of the Aegean, Greece), Concerned Student 1950 (University of Missouri), Kate Pickett (University of York, UK), Ann Larson (Rolling Jubilee), Laura Hanna (Strike Debt), Black Lives Matter Toronto, and Miriam Miranda (Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras). Other notable events include dialogue sessions, workshops, art installations, spoken word performance, radical media teach-ins and more. For complete information, visit the conference website:

Save the Date: "’Oh Mom! Look it up on the internet.’ Seniors and Technology: Reading, ebooks, and everyday life”
Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Landon Branch
Presented by Anabel Quan-Haase and Kathleen Schreurs as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.

Abstract: Digital reading technology is constantly evolving and increasing in popularity, including among seniors. Among this group there seems to be a trend towards adoption and acceptance often spurred on by family and peers who offer support and motivation. Many seniors, however, do not feel comfortable or knowledgeable about using reading technology. This talk discusses how seniors engage with reading technology. Our research reveals that, for seniors, learning new technology requires significant effort. As a result, seniors make careful and deliberate choices about the technology they use, carefully choosing technology that fits into and improves their lives.

Save the Date: “Dickens, Cholera and Big Data”
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Professor Grant Campbell as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.

Abstract: Steven Johnson, in The Ghost Walk, celebrates the work of John Snow in tracing the origins of the cholera outbreak in London in 1854, arguing that Snow practiced methods of information visualization and data analysis that now occupy a central place in today's information environment.  This presentation will contrast Snow's insights with the insights of Charles Dickens in Bleak House, published 2 years before the outbreak.  Dickens, like Snow, was deeply concerned with issues of public health, water quality and sanitation; furthermore, Bleak House also deals with data and information issues that have since become prominent, including predictive analytics and face recognition.  But Dickens's conclusions, unlike the conclusions Johnson draws from Snow, are more complex, and offer a cautionary annotation to current big data narratives.

Save the Date: FIMS Research Coffee Hour: Applying for Human Ethics Approval
Friday, April 7, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FNB 4070
The FIMS Research Coffee Hour is an opportunity for faculty and PhD researchers to participate in an informal discussion/ workshop/ question and answer session on topics related to research. This session, facilitated by Grace Kelly, Ethics Officer, Office of Human Research Ethics will focus on the process of ethics review at Western, the core principles of ethics reviews (informed consent, equity, privacy, …), the common mistakes researchers make in their applications and how to avoid them.

Important Dates

- Friday, March 17, 2017 - Senate
- Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 24, 2017 - Indigenous Awareness Week

Awards & Accomplishments

The USC recently posted the list of faculty members who taught in 2015/16 and were included on the USC Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Honour Roll. Honour roll appointees received an average score of 6.3 or higher in their teaching evaluations. FIMS faculty members on the list include: Paul Benedetti, Andrea Benoit, Tim Blackmore, Dan Brown, Chris Clark, Jeremy Copeland, Mandy Grzyb, Selma Purac, Mark Rayner, John Reed, Andie Shabbar, and Sharon Sliwinski.

Publications & Presentations

Yimin Chen, LIS PhD student, presented at the Western Research Forum: Mosaic on March 10, 2017. Yimin gave the Young Researcher Keynote with a talk entitled "The Politics of Internet Memes: Fake News, Trolling, and the Populist Power of Pepes".

Cal Murgu, MLIS student, also attended the Research Forum on March 10. As part of the panel discussion alongside Kristin Hoffman, Associate Librarian, and Dr. Lorne Campbell, Psychology, he gave a talk titled “Local Actions/Global Implications: Economic and Social Impacts of Open Access Publishing.”

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD student, presented the poster “Information as work: Mapping intersections of information work and eldercare” at the Futures of Aging conference at the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging on March 8, 2017.

Ajit Pyati, Associate Professor, recently published the following article:
Pyati, A.K. (2017). “Contemplation as Educational Activism within Communication Studies,” Canadian Journal of Communication 42: 67-80:

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, MS PhD student, presented "Accounting for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada" and "Racialized Identification as Sovereign Technique: Colonial Authority and its Resistance" at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD, February 22-25, 2017.

In the Media

Victoria Rubin’s research group LiT.RL continued to field media inquiries into their work examining fake news and satire, and whether it’s possible to automatically detect via an algorithm. They spoke to the following media outlets:

Additional Activities of Note

MLIS student Cal Murgu, as part of his work with Jacquie Burkell and Karen Kueneman to raise the research profile of the faculty, will be releasing regular Open Access updates as they pertain to FIMS publications. They are in graphical format and the February 2017 update is now available.

Niel Scobie, a second year PhD student in Media Studies, is the special guest at "Check the Technique: A Hip Hop Lecture/Interview Series" hosted by Roozbeh Showleh, owner of Runout Records. The event takes place in room 315 of the UCC on Wednesday, March 15 at 7pm. Niel will discuss his transition from Juno-nominated hip-hop producer and DJ to academic and how his music career informs his current research on early Canadian hip-hop.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

We're looking for your feedback!
We're looking for feedback about the library: what you like? what you don't like? what's missing?
You can provide anonymous feedback here:, use the post-its in and around the library, or email Marni anytime (

Upcoming workshops:

An Open Source Toolbox for Information Privacy March 15, 12-1pm, FNB 3020 D&E
Presented by MLIS candidate Lindsay Taylor, this workshop will explore the importance of open source software in supporting information privacy and security. Attendees will be encouraged to follow along on their lap top with demonstrations of open source tools for private browsing, password management, and encrypted communication, among others.
An Introduction to Graphic Design - March 21, 12-1pm, FNB 3020 D&E
Learn the basics of graphic design as MLIS students Alex Haman and Victoria Wong briefly talk about colour theory, design principles, and the merits and disadvantages of using different digital mediums for presenting information. Find out about what resources and tools are available to use when creating relevant graphical work.

Sign-up sheets are available in the library, or email to let us know that you will attend the event.

Items in the FIMS Graduate Library don't circulate, except ...
Did you know we offer overnight loan of our comics and graphic novels, board games, DVDs and more?
Please stop by the service desk and we can fill you in on the details!

One Book, One London (#1Book1Ldn) - Etta & Otto & Russel & James
To celebrate Canada's 150, we are partnering with London Public Library, Western Libraries, and many other organizations to promote a city-wide literacy campaign. Western Libraries will be distributing 100 books around campus, plus they gave us 50 books to use for our own programming! Starting next week we will have 5 copies to circulate for 7-day loan. Lots of other activities are planned on campus and around town, so check here for updates:

News from Western Libraries

Streaming Video:

Western Libraries provides access to a growing collection of online videos for use on campus and off. Access our Streaming Video Guide to learn how to find and use these videos for your research and classroom viewing.

Apply Now for Research/Study Space in The D. B. Weldon Library for the Term of May 1 to September 30, 2017:

A limited number of individual, lockable research/study spaces are available for eligible faculty members and graduate students who ace to those engaged in research and writing and who require continuous access to a substantial number of materials in The D. B. Weldon Library. See for details.

From the New Books Shelf....

Culture Jamming: Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance / edited by Marilyn Delaure and Moritz Fink
DBW stack HM1206.C83 2017

Something Old, Something New: Digital Media and the Coverage of Climate Change / James Painter et. al.
DBW stack P96.E57P352 2017

Global Health Informatics: How Information Technology Can Change Our Lives in a Globalized World / edited by Heimar de Fatima Marin, Eduardo Massad, Marco Antonio Gutierrez, Roberto J. Rodrigues, and Daniel Sigulem
DBW stack R858.G563 2017

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, March 27. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 24.