No. 435 - June 10, 2019

  • Important Dates:

    - Thursday, June 20, 2019 - FIMS Spring Convocation (3PM ceremony)
    - Thursday, June 27, 2019 - Meeting of the Board of Governors
    - Monday, July 1, 2019 - Canada Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Qualtrics survey software now available across campus
    - Should I get a profile with Expert Gallery Suite?
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Lydia Gibson
    - Davin Helkenberg
    - Heather Hiscox
    - Max Martin
    - Katia Moskvitch
    - Charlotte Panneton
    - Kelly Shi
    - Romayne Smith Fullerton
    - Matt Stahl
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Andrea Benoit
    - Andrew Braun
    - Jacquie Burkell
    - Grant Campbell
    - Roger Chabot
    - Yimin Chen
    - Sarah Cornwell
    - Nicole Dalmer
    - Heather Hill
    - Alex Mayhew
    - Pam McKenzie
    - Danica Pawlick-Potts
    - Michael Ridley
    - kirstyn seanor
    - Anna Soper
    - Matt Stahl
    - Sam Trosow
    - Sam Vander Kooy
    - Arielle Vanderschans
  • In the Media:

    - Robyn Edge
    - Amanda Grzyb
    - Tiara Sukhan
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Shawn Cheatham
    - Jeremy Copeland
    - Percy Sherwood
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
    - Nadine Wathen
  • News From Your MLIS SOGS Rep:

  • Next Issue:

Important Dates

- Thursday, June 20, 2019 - FIMS Spring Convocation (3PM ceremony)
- Thursday, June 27, 2019 - Meeting of the Board of Governors
- Monday, July 1, 2019 - Canada Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)

News & Announcements

Qualtrics survey software now available across campus
Western has now extended use of the Qualtrics Survey software available at to all Western faculty, staff and students. Access is with your Western credentials and more information is available on the site. Previously only departments that had paid a license fee had access. The Qualtrics survey software is now centrally funded and open to all. FIMS Computing Services will continue to provide a locally hosted survey site powered by the open source LimeSurvey software at for those who prefer that option.

If you have any questions, please contact FIMS Computing Services at

Should I get a profile with Expert Gallery Suite?
Expert Gallery Suite (EGS) is a series of products offered by bepress, a company established in 1999 that was recently acquired by Elsevier in 2017. The suite consists of: (1) galleries of faculty and researchers, (2) profiles highlighting the work of faculty and researchers, and (3) impact analytics. While EGS is a separate product from Scholarship@Western, content and data can easily be shared between the two. Read more about Expert Gallery Suite (pdf).

Awards & Accomplishments

Lydia Gibson, MA in Media Studies student, successfully defended her thesis on May 13, 2019.

Davin Helkenberg, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis titled, Narratives of Sexuality in the Lives of Young Women Readers, on June 7, 2019.

Davin also received the Best Student Paper (the Student-to-CAIS Award) at Congress 2019 in Vancouver, BC., June 3-5. The paper is titled Young women encountering information on sexuality in young adult literature.

Heather Hiscox, MA in Journalism alum, was honoured as a YMCA Women of Excellence in the business and professions category. Hiscox was celebrated with other Women of Excellence at an event at the London Convention Centre on May 15, 2019.

Max Martin, MMJC student, is the recipient of the 2019 HaakSaan Responsible Journalism Scholarship, presented annually to a full-time student in the MMJC program based on academic achievement. As the recipient, Max published an op-ed in Western News on May 22 titled, "Realities must be shared - thanks or no thanks." The op-ed was also published in the Hamilton Spectator.

Katia Moskvitch, MA'06 (Journalism), is the recipient of the British Science Journalist of the Year award. Moskvitch also recently passed her MPhilosophy exam in Theoretical Physics.

Charlotte Panneton, MA in Media Studies student, successfully defended her thesis on May 17, 2019.

Kelly Shi, MA in Media Studies student, successfully defended her thesis on May 13, 2019.

Romayne Smith Fullerton, Associate Professor, received the Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition Award from the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for her paper "Naming names or no? How Germany fits in an international comparison of crime coverage." This is work from Professor Smith Fullerton's SSHRC-supported comparative study of crime coverage in 10 countries, which she’ll present at the AEJMC meetings to be held in Toronto in August.

Matt Stahl, Associate Professor, has been designated as FIMS "Rogers Chair" for the school years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Professor Stahl's Rogers Chair project is titled "Debt, Austerity, and the Media," and it will include several public events on and off campus over the coming two years.

Publications & Presentations

Andrea Benoit, PhD in Media Studies alumna, published a book titled, VIVA MAC: AIDS, Fashion, and the Philanthropic Practices of MAC Cosmetics. A book launch event will be held on June 12 in Toronto as part of Pride activities. Read an early review of the book.

Andrew Braun, MA PMC student, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music - Canada Branch in Montreal on May 25. The paper was titled “Chill and Serve: Spotify Playlists and the ‘Will to Nothingness’.”

Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor, co-published the article "Getting at Equality: Research Methods Informed by the Lessons of Intersectionality," in the International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

During a session at Congress 2019 titled "Disability & Dementia," Associate Professors Grant Campell and Heather Hill, along with recent LIS PhD graduate (LIS PhD'19) Nicole Dalmer, gave the following presentations:

Heather Hill: Opening the Conversation: How Ontario Public Library Websites Frame Disability.

Grant Campbell, Nicole Dalmer, Jason Andrews: Testimonies of Communication in Dementia Care.

Nicole Dalmer: Mutable Mobiles: Negotiating Tensions in Everday Information Work in Paid and Unpaid Dementia Care.

Roger Chabot, LIS PhD'19, presented a talk titled, Information in Pursuit of the 'Good Death': Libraries' Role in the Death Positivity Movement during the "Early Work on Emerging Topics" session at Congress 2019.

Yimin Chen, LIS PhD candidate, presented a talk entitled: "Remove Me from this List: A Case Study of Trolling in an Academic Mass Email Thread" at the annual conference for the Canadian Association for Information Science on June 4th in Vancouver.

Sarah Cornwell, LIS PhD candidate, presented a talk at Congress 2019 for the "Knowledge Organization" session titled, Language Classification in the Ethnologue and its Consequences.

Heather Hill, Associate Professor, participated in a plenary session at Congress 2019 on June 3 in her role as CAIS President. Professor Hill also moderated a session titled, "Library Service," and served on the Program Committee.

Also serving on the Congress 2019 Program Committee were: Jacquie Burkell (Associate Professor), Grant Campbell (Associate Professor), Kate Johnson (Professor Emerita), Davin Helkenberg (LIS PhD Candidate) Pam McKenzie (Professor), Angela Pollak (LIS instructor), Anabel Quan-Haase (Professor), Paulette Rothbauer (Associate Professor), and Victoria Rubin (Associate Professor).

Alex Mayhew, Danica Pawlick-Potts, kirstyn seanor and Arielle Vanderschans, all PhD in LIS students, participated as panelists at Congress 2019 for a session titled "Emerging Diversity of Research in Library Studies."

Arielle Vanderschans also presented at talk titled, A Pilot Study Examining the Information Seeking of Fiction Writers, during the "Early Work on Emerging Topics" session.

Professor Pam McKenzie gave a talk at Congress 2019 as part of the "Public Libraries" session titled, 'If you try to close them I will stab you in the eye with a fork': Interpretive Repertoires in Public Library Value Statements.

Michael Ridley, LIS PhD Candidate, presented a talk titled, Autonomous Information Behaviour, during the "Information Behaviour" session at Congress 2019.

Anna Soper, MLIS'16, published an article titled, "In Ontario, a Quest to Rediscover the Work of a Groundbreaking 19th-Century Botanist," on May 23 on Atlas Obscura.

Matt Stahl, Associate Professor, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music - Canada Branch in Montreal on May 25. The paper was titled “Demoting the Diva: Law, Value, and the Proletarianization of Professional Singing in Nineteenth Century UK & US.”

Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, published the article, "Fighting Doug Ford's budget cuts to Ontario libraries," in The Conversation on May 13.

Sam Vander Kooy, LIS PhD student, gave a talk at Congress 2019 as part of the "Public Libraries" session titled, Whatever it Takes: A Close Examination of the Roles and Services Public Libraries Provide During Community Crises.

In the Media

Robyn Edge, MLIS student, was profiled in the column Freshly Minted on June 2, 2019.

Amanda Grzyb, Associate professor, appeared in an article titled, "Equipo multidisciplinario internacional en pro de la “Memoria Histórica” salvadoreña," published in Diario Co Latino on May 22, 2019. The article discusses her ongoing research and partnership work in El Salvador, drawing from a press conference that was held in San Salvador on May 7. The press conference was also covered by many other media sources including Habla El Salvador, Verdad Digital, Radio Nacional and others.

Tiara Sukhan, recent PhD in Media Studies graduate (PhD MS'19), was interviewed on CBC Radio London Morning on May 14. In the interview, Sukhan discusses why reality TV such as the The Bachelorette holds appeal.

Additional Activities of Note

Shawn Cheatham, Media Studies PhD student, will have his experimental documentary film titled, Invasive Species, screened at the "Subversive Suburbia" show at the Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, Florida (June 7-27).

Jeremy Copeland, FIMS instructor, appeared in the first episode of the new Who Do You Think You Are? podcast, hosted by Nino Ricci, the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity at Western University. The podcast focuses on researchers on campus who build bridges across disciplines and look for new and creative of ways of approaching problems. Professor Anabel Quan-Haase will also appear on the podcast in an episode set for release on June 25.

Percy Sherwood, media studies PhD student, will be spending July and August at the University of Cambridge to complete its International Security and Intelligence Program.

Professor Nadine Wathen spent the first week in June as a Visiting Professor in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children (MAEVe) in Australia. While there, Wathen presented talks each day to academics, policy makers, and hospital administrators. She also met with students. Her presentation titles were as follows:

June 3: Recognizing & responding safely to family violence: Lessons from Canada

June 4: Integrating family violence education in health and social services: the Canadian experience

June 5: Mobilizing Knowledge for Wicked Problems: Lessons Learned from Gender-Based Violence Research

June 6: Finding common ground: Foundational family violence education across professions

June 7: Trauma and Violence Informed Care: Why the "V" matters

News from Your MLIS SOGS Rep

The next SOGS meeting will take place on June 27th in Middlesex College 110.

Upcoming Events:

- Monthly Bring Your Own Crafts: June 10th, 7pm @ the Grad Club
- Monthly Board Game Night: June 19th, 7pm @ the Grad Club
- Monthly Karaoke Night: June 21st, 7-10pm @ the Grad Club

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