Latest Faculty of Information News

Faculty New Briefs: From virutal reality to museum dining rooms

Submitted on Friday, February 16, 2018

One of Associate Professor Matt Ratto‘s projects was featured at the World Economic Forum in Davos as an example of “VR (Virtual Reality) for Social Impact.” OrthoVR aims to increase the availability of well-fitting prosthetics in low-income countries by using Virtual Reality and 3D rapid prototyping tools to increase the capacity of clinical staff without reducing quality. VR allows current prosthetists and orthosists to leverage their hands-on and embodied skills within a digital environment. Read more


Post-doctoral researcher Cait McKinney published an article in the January 2018 issue of the journal, Lesbian and Gay Studies. Entitled “Finding the Lines to My People,” it explores the materiality, construction, and circulation strategies of LGBTQ information interfaces within a longer genealogy of media practices that troubles the Internet’s predominance in understandings of queer self-formation. Read more


Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture

Assistant Profesor Irina Mihalache will be speaking next month at a day-long symposium on Food & the Humanities at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Her talk is entitled “Collaborate Creativities: Art Museum Restaurants as (New) Dining Genre” and draws on a recently published research paper in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury, 2018).

January 2018

Associate Professor Jenna Hartel has won an ASIS&T Lecture Series Award which will take her to Guangdong, China’s Sun Yat-sen University later this year. Her visit to the School of Information Management (SIM) will have three elements that culminate in the ASIS&T Lecture.

First, she will oversee an arts-informed research project at SIM to capture visual conceptions of information. Second, she will lead a workshop to analyze the images alongside her hosts, creating a bilateral exchange about the nature of information. Third, she will deliver her lecture, entitled The Red Thread of Information.

Hartel’s goal is to initiate a more culturally and geographically expansive vision of information science that integrates North American and Chinese perspectives. Her visit will introduce new, creative research methods to the SIM community and showcase ASIS&T’s contribution to scholarly cooperation worldwide.


For his work in partnership with Bertil Chapuis and Benoit Garbinato, Assistant Professor Periklis Andritsos has won the 2017 Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Data Sciences and Systems. The winning paper was titled “An Efficient Type-Agnostic Approach for Finding Subsequences in Data” and was presented at the annual conference in Bangkok last December.


Meanwhile, closer to home, Professor Leslie Shade’s Privacy Stories! was named one of 15 Scholars-in-Residence projects by the Jackman Humanities Institute. In May 2018, each project will bring five undergraduate students from across disciplines at the St. George and UT-Mississauga campuses together to participate in academic research.

Application details can be found here


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