2015 Winter Newsletter / Student News

PhD Student News

We’re pleased to share with you a selection of recent honours, awards, and achievements of PhD in Information Studies students at the McGill School of Information Studies:

Robert Douglas Ferguson was awarded a prestigious Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship for research on personal information management to improve seniors’ independence and quality of life.

Rhiannon Gainor, PhD’14, was awarded a 2014 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her thesis on competitive intelligence in an international competition. This marks the second time a PhD student from the School has won the award. Rhiannon is now the Director of Research and Analysis at e.Republic, a California-based media company.

Jesse David Dinneen, a 2013/14 McGill Tomlinson Scholar, presenting at the 2014 Tomlinson Talks. Photo credit: Owen Egan.

Jesse David Dinneen, a 2013/14 McGill Tomlinson Scholar, presenting at the 2014 Tomlinson Talks. Photo credit: Owen Egan.

Jesse David Dinneen, 2013-2014 Tomlinson Scholar, (right), presented the talk, “Your personality, your computer, your files” at the Tomlinson Talks on April 22, 2014. Jesse also founded and leads a “Philosophy of Information” reading group at the School.

Irene Kitimbo co-authored Utilizing Evidence-Based Lessons Learned for Enhanced Organizational Innovation and Change (2014. Hershey, PA: IGI Global) with Dr. Kimiz Dalkir, Susan McIntyre, and Perry Paul.

Daniele Menezes Nascimento was awarded a fellowship from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), a Foundation within the Ministry of Education in Brazil.

Afroza Sultana was selected as a Graphics, Animation and New Media Network of Centres of Excellence (GRAND NCE) Postgraduate Scholar. As a GRAND scholar, Afroza will receive a stipend of $10,000 annually for three years to investigate the design of accessible touch-screen devices for older adults to support prolonged independent living.

Daniel Steele co-developed an academic tour (Balade Scientifique) of Montreal soundscapes with colleague Romain Dumoulin, hosted by the Coeur des Sciences at UQAM. The first stop on the tour was the School’s Multimodal Interaction Lab–directed by Dr. Catherine Guastavino–for an introduction to sound perception before taking to Montreal’s streets and green spaces. Read an article about the tour from the November 13, 2014 issue of the Le Devoir newspaper: www.ledevoir.com/politique/montreal/423703/suivre-la-rumeur-de-la-ville

David Weigl accepted a research associate position to investigate music information in a semantic web and linked data context at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford. The e-Research Centre is composed of a prestigious team of over fifty multidisciplinary researchers devoted to leading digital research and driving innovation in technology.

>> We invite you to learn more about our PhD students and their areas of research. View PhD profiles on the School’s website. For more information about the PhD in Information Studies program, visit www.mcgill.ca/sis/programs/phd