No. 449 - March 16, 2020

  • Coming Events:

    - CANCELLED: "Humanly extended automation, or the future of work seen through Amazon patents"
    - POSTPONED: Jeremy Dutcher - Performance and Conversation
    - CANCELLED: "Networked Plazas: YouTube, Narcomedia and the Digitization of Criminal Communication"
  • News & Announcements:

    - Nominations open for the Spirit of the Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
    - Student Councils/Associations raise money for My Sister's Place
    - Congress 2020 at Western University looking for volunteers
    - President's Anti-Racism Working Group wants your opinion
    - Deadline for CARL Graduate Student Research Grant applications on March 31
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Melissa Adler
    - Lyndsay Foisey
    - Amanda Grzyb
    - Erin Isings
    - Pam McKenzie
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Eugenia Canas
    - Michael Ridley
    - Kamran Sedig
    - Percy Sherwood
  • In the Media:

    - Lyndsay Foisey
    - Jade Prevost-Manuel
    - Sam Trosow
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Catherine Graves (recent MLIS graduate, current UN intern)
  • Next Issue:



Coming Events


CANCELLED
"Humanly extended automation, or the future of work seen through Amazon patents"

Monday, March 16, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Alessandro Delfanti, University of Toronto.

POSTPONED
Jeremy Dutcher - Performance and Conversation

Monday, March 16, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

CANCELLED
"Networked Plazas: YouTube, Narcomedia and the Digitization of Criminal Communication"

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Jeff Heydon as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.



News & Annoucements


Nominations open for the Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
Nominations for the Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards are now open! You will have until Sunday March 15 at midnight to submit nominations for these awards. Please submit your nominations via  jtoffle2@uwo.ca. The award winners will be announced before the end of the term. Please note: The Spirit of Librarianship award cannot be awarded to the same person more than once. However, the Fantastic FIMS award can be awarded to the same individual more than once, but not more than one time in a 5-year period. Your nomination should include an explanation as to why you are nominating that individual. You can submit multiple nominations. Nominations and voting will only take a few minutes of your time, so start thinking about who you think are deserving of these awards!

Student Councils/Associations raise money for My Sister's Place
The MMJCSC, FIMSSC, and GHISSA collaborated in late February on a SparkJoy Clothing sale that raised $300 for My Sister's Place. The sale was held on the first floor of the FNB atrium. See tweet.

Congress 2020 at Western University looking for volunteers
Volunteers at Congress 2020 play an essential role in this important event, which will bring together more than 9,000 delegates and 73 academic associations from across the country. As a volunteer, you will gain valuable leadership skills supporting the operations of Canada’s largest gathering of scholars, while working with a team to deliver a memorable conference experience for attendees. More than 400 volunteer positions are available, with various roles to choose from based on your talents and interests. Boost your résumé, network with scholars, and enjoy volunteer perks. Join our team today to help showcase the best our campus has to offer. Visit congress2020.ca/volunteer to explore volunteer roles and complete your registration by April 1, 2020.

President's Anti-Racism Working Group wants your opinion
The President’s Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) invites you to share your opinion on how Western can counter racism on our campus. If you’ve had any experiences with racism on campus that you think Western’s administration should know about, and if you have any ideas to help make Western a safer, more respectful and inclusive place to learn and work—we want to hear from you. Your views matter and we hope you will choose to share them by visiting the ARWG website at https://president.uwo.ca/anti-racism/survey.html where you will find a link to participate in an anonymous online survey. The survey will be open until Thursday, March 19.

Deadline for CARL Graduate Student Research Grant applications on March 31
CARL invites applications from students currently enrolled in an accredited Canadian Library and Information Studies program. When merited, up to $1,000 is awarded annually to one or more applicants, to help achieve the following objectives: (1) To support current LIS students actively conducting research pertaining to research libraries with the intent to publish the results. (2) To promote research in the field of academic librarianship by and/or about Canadians. The CARL Research in Librarianship Grant is intended to support projects involving structured, evidence-based research, which propose answers to real-world issues. Deadline: proposals should be submitted via email by March 31, 2020. More information.




Awards & Accomplishments


Melissa Adler, Assistant Professor, and Amanda Grzyb, Associate Professor, successfully obtained a FIMS Undergraduate Research Experience Fellowship Program grant for 2020-2021 titled, "Max Eisen Papers."

Lyndsay Foisey, PhD in HIS candidate, is the Co-PI for a successful 2-year CIHR Operating Grant under the titled, "What is the public health risk communication response to COVID-19 in the context of social media?" (PI: Anita Kothari).

Lyndsay was also named a top-ranked submission in the Canadian Bioethics Society Student Writing Contest for her essay titled, "At the intersection of social media, health information and data privacy: A critical commentary on the use of emerging health technologies in Canadian healthcare."

Professor Pam McKenzie and FIMS Instructor Erin Isings successfully obtained a FIMS Undergraduate Research Experience Fellowship Program grant for 2020-2021 titled, "Representations of the Public Library in Canadian Mass Media."



Publications & Presentations


Eugenia Canas, PhD in HIS graduate and current postdoc, published the following article:

Canas, E., Shoemaker, J. K., & Kothari, A. (2020). Promising Points for Intervention in Re-Imagining Partnered Research in Health Services; Comment on “Experience of Health Leadership in Partnering with University-Based Researchers in Canada–A Call to ‘Re-imagine’Research”. International Journal of Health Policy and Management.

Eugenia also gave the following conference presentation:

Canas, E., Hickie, I., Henderson, J., Cook., A. (2020). "Engaging Youth as Active Agents of Change for Mental Health Care" Workshop, March, 5, 2020. Caring in a Digital World: Introducing Disruptive Change to Mental Health Care --- 9th Annual E-Mental Health Conference. Toronto, ON, March 5-6, 2020.

Michael Ridley
(PhD, LIS) presented "Knowing Machines: Information Behaviour Meets Autonomous Systems" in the DigiCafe Lecture Series, THINC Lab, University of Guelph. March 5, 2020. He also presented "Knowing Machines: Machine Information Behaviour" in the FIMS Seminar Series, February 26, 2020.

Kamran Sedig, Associate Professor, published the following articles:

The Online Vaccine Debate: Study of A Visual Analytics System
Journal of Informatics 7(1), 3
2020 Ninkov, A, Sedig, K

VARTTA: A Visual Analytics System for Making Sense of Real-Time Twitter Data
Journal of Data 5(1), 20
2020 Haghighati, A, Sedig, K

Data-Driven Activities Involving Electronic Health Records: An Activity and Task Analysis Framework for Interactive Visualization Tools
Journal of Multimodal Technologies and Interaction 4(1), 7
2020 Rostamzadeh, N, Abdullah, SS, Sedig, K

VINCENT: A visual analytics system for investigating the online vaccine debate
Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
2019 Ninkov, A, Sedig, K

Archetype-Based Modelling and Search of Social Media
Journal of Big Data and Cognitive Computing 3(3), 44
2019 Davis, B, Sedig, K, Lizotte, D

A Qualitative Study of the Theory Behind the Chairs: Balancing Lean-Accelerated Patient Flow With the Need for Privacy and Confidentiality in an Emergency Medicine Setting
JMIR Human Factors 6(1): e11714
2019 Zibrowski, E, Shepherd, L, Booth, R, Sedig, K, Gibson, C

Percy Sherwood, media studies PhD student, published the following article, below. The paper was partially developed as part of the International Security and Intelligence Program held at the University of Cambridge in the summer of 2019.

Sherwood, Percy. “Terrorism and its legal aftermath: The limits on freedom of expression in Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act & National Security Act.” UVU Journal of National Security 3, no. 2 (2019): 19-28. Available online.



In the Media


Lyndsay Foisey, PhD in HIS candidate, was featured in two news articles in relation to her recently obtained CIHR Operating Grant (see Awards & Accomplishments for more info). The first article was titled, "Western teams recruited in effort to combat COVID-19," published in Western News on March 6. The second article was titled, "Western University receives more than $400,000 for coronavirus research," published on CBC News online on March 6.

Jade Prevost-Manuel, MMJC student, was featured in a Western News article titled, "Prévost-Manuel named CBC Donaldson Scholar," published on March 2, 2020.

Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, is featured in a CTVNews online article titled, "'Everyone in London should be concerned': Legal expert weighs in on facial recognition technology," published on March 9, 2020.



Additional Activities of Note


Catherine Graves, a recent MLIS graduate, has been interning at the UN in Turin, Italy for the last several weeks (she has now returned safely to Canada). Prior to global events impacting her plans, Catherine sent a short write-up and some photos of her experience, to encourage others to apply for similar opportunites. Read Catherine's write-up (pdf).



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 bblue@uwo.ca.

The final issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin for the Winter 2020 term will be published on Monday, March 30. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 27, 2020.