2014 Spring Newsletter / Student News

PhD Awards & Honours

Recent awards and honours granted to the School’s PhD in Information Studies students:

Jesse David Dinneen, MLIS ’13, was awarded the 2013-2014 Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship, one of the most prestigious internal McGill fellowships.

Jonathan Dorey, MLIS ’10, was awarded a FQRSC (Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture) doctoral fellowship for his doctoral research on student use of digital archives. Jonathan’s research investigates the increased access and use of digital and digitized archives for undergraduate students, with FQRSC funding to December 2014.

Robert Ferguson, with MLIS student Emily Crist, SIS Professor Dr. Karyn Moffatt, and Michael Massimi of Microsoft Research, received an ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) 2014 Best Paper Award for their paper, “Craving, Creating, and Constructing Comfort: Insights and Opportunities for Technology in Hospice.”

Rhiannon Gainor, Candy Schwartz, Qing Zou. Photo: Yusuf Abdullahi Abiodun

Rhiannon Gainor, Candy Schwartz (SIS alumna, MLIS ’74), Qing Zou. Photo: Yusuf Abdullahi Abiodun

Rhiannon Gainor and Qing Zou won the annual Information System Design Competition at the 2013 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) conference. This year’s challenge, organized by alumna Candy Schwartz (MLIS ’74) of Simmons College, was to develop a preliminary design of a system that uses a researcher’s personal collection and online persona to enhance discovery in large databases.

As well, Rhiannon Gainor was awarded the 2013/2014 ASIS&T New Leaders Award, one of seven chosen in an international competition. This marks the second year in a row a SIS student has won this award.

Daniel Steele was awarded a Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) student award for his project “Spreading soundscapes: A collaborative study on sensing in the city.” CIRMMT supervisors: Catherine Guastavino and Nik Luka.


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