Emergent Research Series at the University Library

"From Biology to Conservation: Insights Derived From Remote Cameras"

Please join us on the 4th Monday of each month, from 10:00-11:30am in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery (except where otherwise listed) for programs in the Emergent Research Series that address the research lifecycle. These events are aimed at better understanding the various types of research undertaken across campus, particularly as they relate to library services and support, opportunities for collaboration, data management and preservation, and beyond. 

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Details Forthcoming

Kira Thurman
Monday, October 24, 2016, from 10:00-11:30 AM
Hatcher Gallery Lab


Past Emergent Research Series Events

Identification Wars: How Research Can Put Today's Documentation Controversies in Context

Cassius Adair
Monday, September 26, 2016, from 10:00-11:30 AM
Hatcher Gallery Lab
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Cassius Adair uses three slices of archival text to explore how and why the relationship between government identification and U.S. citizens has changed over the last century. From early protests against licensing rural drivers, to the mysterious removal of race-- but not gender-- from IDs at mid-century, to flame wars about anonymity and transgender life on the early internet, disagreements about the role of the government in regulating citizen's identities are a reoccurring feature of modern U.S. life. In order to understand how "undocumented" became a powerful political term, or why Voter ID laws spark such intense debate, my research brings together an unlikely archive of minor "identification wars." Together, these scenes help illuminate the longer history of friction between state categorization and minority self-definition.

Cassius Adair is a PhD Candidate in English Language and Literature and a James Winn Graduate Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities. His areas of expertise are queer and transgender studies, ethnic studies, visual culture, and digital studies, and is completing a dissertation titled, at present, "Documenting Selfhood: Transgender Identity, Race, and State Identification in Contemporary Culture."​

Summer Article Discussions

"From Biology to Conservation: Insights Derived From Remote Cameras"

Photo of Dr. Nyeema HarrisDr. Nyeema Harris is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan
Monday, June 20, 2016, from 10:00-11:30 AM
Clark Library Presentation Space

Dr. Harris will discuss her projects utilizing remote cameras in Northern Michigan and West Africa to better understand the temporal and spatial distribution of species, and specifically predator-prey relationships, within these ecosystems. In addition, she will discuss efforts to involve citizen scientists in this work through the Zooniverse crowdsourcing platform as well as her work with middle- and high-school students in Detroit.




"Making Sense of Twitter Data: From Social Processes to Large-Scale Analytics"

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Dr. Josh Pasek is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, at the University of Michigan
Monday, May 23, 2016, from 10:00-11:30 AM
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

Data from online social networks are increasingly applied to pressing social questions.  But despite the widespread use of social media data, analyses to date have not been coupled with a clear understanding of what social media data represent.  This talk provides a brief look into an ongoing research project to understand how Twitter data, in particular, relate to other forms of social measurement.  In it, I discuss theoretical and practical considerations when comparing traditional forms of social analysis with social media data as well as results of some preliminary analyses.  These considerations provide a basis for thinking about what social media data can and cannot currently accomplish as a tool for social measurement.



"The Environmental Hazards of Aging Infrastructure in Flint, Michigan"


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Dr. Martin Kaufman is the David M. French Professor of Earth Science at the University of Michigan-Flint. He earned his PhD in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1994.
Monday, March 28, 2016, from 9:30-11:00 AM (Note: we will start promptly at 9:30.)
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Dr. Kaufman’s research focuses on environmental risk assessment, water infrastructure, groundwater contamination, Geographic Information Systems, and science-based planning methods. He is the author of Critical Thinker’s Guide to the Environment (1996); co-author of Urban Watersheds: Geology, Contamination, and Sustainable Development (2011); and over 25 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  

What are the challenges facing communities with older water infrastructure? The talk will  present the results of recent efforts to map the lead-based water infrastructure in Flint, Michigan, using a Geographic Information System (GIS) and  the use of these maps to generate additional research inquiry. Linkages between hazard identification and hazard response during an environmental crisis will also be explored.

"Humanities Tools for Library Resources"

Hilde De Weerdt is a Professor of Chinese History at Leiden University.
Monday, April 4, 2016, from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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In this presentation I will review recent efforts to connect text databases, biographical databases, geographic information systems, and tools generated from within the humanities community. I will argue that connecting databases and tools, open access as well as commercial, is an important mission for researchers and librarians in Chinese Studies and one that has been ignored for too long. In the first part of the presentation I will briefly discuss the limitations of well-known textual databases in pre-twentieth century and modern Chinese Studies with regard to search functionality, data discovery, exportability, and accessibility. Next I will demonstrate how customized humanities tools can help overcome many of these limitations, using as an example the basic and new functionality of the MARKUS platform. I will conclude that the generation of humanities-specific platforms and tools is necessary for the development of Chinese Studies and compatible with the goals and premises of philological inquiry. I will also emphasize that the realization of resources and tools that conform with academic standards and research flows requires far more engagement from within the Chinese Studies community and closer collaboration between librarians, computer scientists, and humanities researchers and teachers.

"Take Back the Archive: Advocacy by Design"

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Purdom Lindblad is the Head of Graduate Programs in the Scholars’ Lab, University of Virginia Library.
Monday, March 7, 2016, from 10:00-11:30 AM
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Starting with the premise that, for making to matter in the humanities, we must focus making in ways that encourage attention to—and advocacy for—the humane. Regardless of whether the act of making is one of production, praxis, theory, or a combination of the three, thoughtful making in the humanities should forefront reflection on human experiences and impacts. Centered on the Take Back the Archive project, this talk will explore what it means to make things in humane, empathetic ways—and how can we create spaces and foster relationships to focus on humane, empathetic making in the humanities?

“Computational Analysis of Marginalized Cultural Production”

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Cora Johnson-Roberson is a Ph.D candidate in Ethnomusicology at Brown University, pursuing a secondary master's in Computer Science. Their dissertation examines the embodied and mediated performances of queer and trans people of color, focusing on the vogue/ballroom scene of New York City.
Monday, February 22, 2016, from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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What unique opportunities and challenges arise when applying computational methods to study the creative output of marginalized people? In this talk, Cora Johnson-Roberson will discuss the use of topic modeling to analyze over 18,000 texts drawn from the Original Hip-Hop Lyrics Archive, charting the geographical and temporal distribution of different themes within the corpus. This talk will address the practical issues and findings of this analysis; it will also explore the broader question of how computational methods can help us speak back to reductive narratives about black life and cultural production.

"Doing Digital Humanities Projects with Sensitive Health Data: Opportunities and Challenges"

Photo of Alexandra Minna SternAlexandra Minna Stern, Professor of American Culture, with appointments in Obstetrics and Gynecology, History, and Women’s Studies
Monday, January 25, 2016 from 10:00 - 11:30  am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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How do you create an interactive and multi-modal digital platform about histories of eugenics and sterilization with restricted historical records? This talk will review my team’s creation of a dataset of 20,000 sterilization recommendations processed by the state of California from the 1920s and 1950s, and discuss how we are building digital platforms with Mapquest and Scalar that seek to convey complex demographic patterns, institutional histories, and personal experiences of reproductive loss. This talk will explore varied issues including interdisciplinary collaboration, document preservation and management, and digital storytelling.

Alexandra Minna Stern, Ph.D. is Professor of American Culture, with appointments in Obstetrics and Gynecology, History, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She also is a core faculty member in the Latina/o Studies Program; the Science, Technology, and Society Program; directs the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Brazil Initiative, and co-directs the Reproductive Justice Faculty Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her research has focused on the uses and misuses of genetics in the United States and Latin America. She is the author of Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (University of California Press, 2005), which won the American Public Health Association’s Arthur Viseltear Award for outstanding contribution to the history of public health, and is coming out in a 2nd and expanded edition in December 2015. Her latest book, Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) is a Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title in Health Sciences. She has held numerous grants for her work in medical history and health policy, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1 for digital archiving), National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is currently leading a project to create a dataset of 20,000 eugenic sterilization orders processed by the state of California in the 20th century and is principal investigator on 2 Ford Foundation grants to assess the status of reproductive justice and LBGTQ youth and youth of color empowerment in Michigan.

Enterprise data management: two projects from the UM Health System

Photograph of Kyle KerbawyKyle Kerbawy, Enterprise Data Architect, Medical School Information Services
Marisa Conte, Research and Data Informationist, Taubman Health Sciences Library
Monday, December 14, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30  am
Clark Presentation Space (2nd floor Hatcher South)

In this presentation we'll discuss our initial forays into enterprise data and metadata management by presenting two projects that have grown out of the UM Health System's COMPASS  (COMPrehensive Analytics Services and Support) program (formerly Enterprise Analytics Roadmap):

  • The UMHS Information Management Glossary is an enterprise-wide knowledge base used to communicate and govern the organization's core functional concepts and terminology.

Photograph of Marisa Conte​The UMHS Data Set Catalog is a listing of data sets available to University constituents. Associated metadata describes what each data set contains, how it can be accessed, who its stakeholders are, and its history.

Kyle Kerbawy is the Enterprise Data Architect for the University’s Medical School Information Services group. In this role, his high-level objective is to progress enterprise data and information resources so that they are best positioned to support the strategic missions of the institution. The scope of his role includes direct and/or consultative work on data architecture, data modeling and design, data governance, data integration, business intelligence and analytics, metadata management, master data management, and database development. He has worked for the Medical School since August of 2013, and has been a primary driver of the UMHS Compass (formerly Enterprise Analytics Roadmap) program. His previous employers include Information Technology Services at the University of Michigan and Kelly Services. He has a B.S. in Statistics from the University of Michigan and is currently a Master's candidate in the Health Informatics program.

Marisa Conte is the Research and Data Informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library. She provides research support to clinical and basic scientists and health policy researchers, with an emphasis on all phases of translational research. Her areas of expertise include research data management, biomedical informatics, team science and collaborative technologies, and expert literature searching.

From Property to Family: American Dog Rescue and the Discourse of Compassion

Photo of Andrei MarkovitsAndrei Markovits, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies
Monday, November 16, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30  am
Clark Presentation Space (2nd floor Hatcher South)

In the wake of the considerable cultural changes and social shifts that the United States and all advanced industrial democracies have experienced since the late 1960s and early 1970s, social discourse around the disempowered has changed in demonstrable ways. In University of Michigan Press Book Award Winner From Property to Family: American Dog Rescue and the Discourse of Compassion, Andrei Markovits and Katherine Crosby describe a “discourse of compassion” that actually alters the way we treat persons and ideas once scorned by the social mainstream. This “culture turn” has also affected our treatment of animals inaugurating an accompanying “animal turn”. In the case of dogs, this shift has increasingly transformed the discursive category of the animal from human companion to human family member. One of the new institutions created by this attitudinal and behavioral change towards dogs has been the breed specific canine rescue organization, examples of which have arisen all over the United States beginning in the early 1980s and massively proliferating in the 1990s and subsequent years.  While the growing scholarship on the changed dimension of the human-animal relationship attests to its social, political, moral and intellectual salience to our contemporary world, the work presented in Markovits and Crosby’s book constitutes the first academic research on the particularly important institution of breed specific dog rescue.​

The book "From Property to Family: American Dog Rescue and the Discourse of Compassion" will be available to purchase at the event courtesy of The University of Michigan Press.

Getting to the Good Bits - Enabling Access to Born-Digital Materials at Multiple Levels of Representation

Photo of Cal LeeCal Lee, Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Monday, October 26, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30  am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Materials with cultural, administrative, scholarly and personal value are increasingly "born digital." Libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) have unprecedented opportunities to acquire and preserve traces of human and associated machine activity through access to both consciously created electronic records and various other inscriptions that are the result of interactions with a computer. Likewise, researchers have unprecedented opportunities to discover and learn from those traces. There are many existing tools and methods that can help to ensure that users can "get to the good bits." This talk will highlight several methods and tools, with primary emphasis on the open-source BitCurator environment and BitCurator Access software. The BitCurator Environment is built on a stack of free and open source digital forensics tools and associated software libraries, modified and packaged for increased accessibility and functionality for collecting institutions.

Digital materials can be considered and encountered at multiple levels of representation, ranging from aggregations of records down to bits as physically inscribed on a storage medium; each level of representation can provide distinct contributions to the informational and evidential value of the materials.  

Wikipedia and Higher Education

Cliff Lampe, Anne McNeil, and Ye Li
Monday, September 28, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30  am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Are Wikipedia and higher education natural allies? What are the inherent benefits and challenges of that alliance? U-M faculty members Cliff Lampe (School of Information) and Anne McNeil (Chemistry), along with librarian Ye Li, will discuss their experiences using Wikipedia in the classroom, and the relationship between the Wikipedia community and academia.

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Cliff Lampe is an associate professor in the U-M School of Information. Previously, he spent six years as an assistant professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. He researches the social and technical structures of large scale technology mediated communication, working with sites like Facebook, Wikipedia, Slashdot and Everything2. He has also been involved in the creation of multiple social media and online community projects, usually designed to enable collective action. One of Cliff's core values is combining top quality research with community engagement.


Photo of AnneAnne McNeil is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor in Chemistry and Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Her research interests include chemical education, homogeneous catalysis, and small molecule and polymer synthesis and applications. She has incorporated Wikipedia content creation as a group project in several graduate courses here at Michigan. To date, over 150 students have made substantive contributions to the science content on Wikipedia, with several pages being highlighted on the front page of Wikipedia. This exercise provides excellent training for graduate students in communication, writing, teamwork, and literature searching. At the same time, we are increasing the quality and quantity of scientific information available to the general public.

Photo of YeYe Li is the Chemistry Librarian at U-M. Besides managing chemical information resources, she provides instruction and research consultations on scientific information and data in Chemistry and related fields.  Since 2010, she and other librarians have been supporting classes using Wikipedia editing as course projects in collaboration with instructors from various disciplines, including Chemistry, Social Work, Information Science, History, Natural Resources and Environment etc. Ye is also working on research projects in developing standards and infrastructure for data and information sharing in Chemistry.  

Article Discussion Brown Bags

Join the Emergent Research Working Group’s summer article discussion brown bags! Participants should read the article before the event, and be prepared for a discussion of why the topic matters for the U-M Library. Both sessions will be held from noon-1PM in the Turkish-American Friendship Room (4004) in the Shapiro Library. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Wednesday, August 12, 12:00 in the Turkish-American Friendship Room
We discussed "Transforming Knowledge Creation: An Action Framework for Library Technology Diversity" by Barbara I. Dewey (Code4Lib Journal, 15 April 2015)

Wednesday, July 15, 12:00 in the Turkish-American Friendship Room
We discussed "Does Discovery Still Happen in the Library? Roles and Strategies for a Shifting Reality" by Roger Schonfield (Ithaka S+R)

Student Research: Spatial Projects

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Sean Petty, Steffen Heise, and Isaac Levine
Monday July 27, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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The spaces we work, play, and learn in are becoming more complex but at the same time they are becoming more personalized. Imagine a space that knew where you were, what you were interacting with, and what your preferences are. Is it the next step in automation and convenience or is it entering the realm of "creepy?" Join us as staff, Sean Petty and Steffen Heise, and student researcher, Isaac Levine, share the history, methods and their preliminary results in real-time tracking people using acoustic and optical techniques inspired by nature and science fiction. Isaac Levine is a senior in the Performing Arts Technology program driven by the creative application of technology, Sean Petty is a senior graphics programmer, and Steffen Heise is the resident motion capture expert both with the UM3D Lab, Digital Media Commons. 

Publishing and the Public Library

Drawing of Eli NeiburgerEli Neiburger, Deputy Director at the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL)
Monday, June 22, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Find out what AADL has been doing to adapt to the changing media landscape, including direct licensing, content production, and community partnerships.

Eli Neiburger is Deputy Director at the Ann Arbor District Library.  He graduated from the UM College of Architecure & Urban Planning in 1996, and joined the staff of the AADL in 1997 as a helpdesk technician. He is the author of Gamers... in the LIBRARY?! Published by ALA Editions in 2007, and has contributed to BOOK: A Manifesto and Carnegie Mellon's Well Played, a peer-reviewed journal of game criticism.

Digitizing Radical Posters: Overcoming Challenges and Providing Access

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Julie Herrada, Curator of the Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Special Collections Library
Monday, May 18, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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The Joseph A. Labadie Collection contains a wide range of topics and formats including books, pamphlets, photographs, buttons, archives, posters, and ephemera on social protest movements from the 19th century to the present. There are over 2,000 posters in the collection ranging in date from 1900 to 2015 on topics including anarchism; labor and the working class; socialism; environmental, anti-colonialist and anti-war movements; feminism and LGBTQ; youth and student protests. Some are rare, some iconic. The posters’ size and fragility make them difficult not only to store properly, but also to catalog and provide access to users. With the assistance of the Digital Library Production Service (DLPS) staff and Conservation, the posters are now being shared online so they can be used for research by anyone. Julie will describe the digitization process from beginning to end, including early failed attempts, a formal conservation assessment, metadata creation by an amateur, copyright skirmishes, and more.

Charles F. Burant, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism, Professor of Internal Medicine, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Monday, April 27, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Photo of Charles BurantCharles F. Burant, M.D., Ph.D. is the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism. Dr. Burant received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and his graduate and medical degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Burant's clinical interests are in the area of metabolic syndromes and management of Type II Diabetes. His research laboratory investigates the mechanisms of insulin resistance and utilizes animal models of diabetes to identify pathways important in understanding diabetes progression. Additionally, his lab also studies adult pancreatic progenitor cells and how they might be used to generate new insulin secreting beta-cells.

Archiving the Digital Ephemeral: Social Movements, Community Groups, Artists, and Web-based Content

Howard Besser, Director of Moving Image Archiving & Preservation at New York University and Professor Emeritus of Information Studies at UCLA
Monday, April 6, 2015 (Note special date!) from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Ephemeral content such as flyers, leaflets, artist drafts, schedules, and photographs lies at the heart of how scholars have studied social movements, community groups, and artists. Today that material resides on the Web and on social networks, making more of it more widely accessible, but usually only for a very short period of time. Both our Special Collections and our discipline-based selectors need to be gathering and archiving this type of material before it disappears.

Photo of Howard BesserIn this talk, Howard Besser will discuss issues and challenges around archiving this type of content. He will discuss the experience of Activist Archivists (AA) in engaging both librarians and the Occupy Movement to be more involved in making material more preservable and discoverable, as well as methods that AA developed for dealing with the vast scale of hundreds of thousands of items. And he will discuss a new Mellon-funded project to extend web archiving to encompass streaming media and capture the works of budding composers. He will also discuss current experiments pairing students learning web archiving with archivists and librarians trying to preserve the content of ethnic community websites.

He has given talks and written extensively about copyright, and is a co-author of "The Digital Dilemma", the National Research Council's study of the implications of information age technology on intellectual property.  Other articles by Besser include "Intellectual Property: The Attack on Public Space in Cyberspace".  He was also a co-founder of ALA's "Information Commons" Initiative Group, which focused on how intellectual property laws impeded the building of a true "commons" of information. He recently taught a course on "Free Culture and Open Access".

Research with Material Objects

Panel: Katie Lennard, Tim Utter, Daniel Fisher
Monday, February 23, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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This cross-disciplinary panel will discuss trends, issues, and challenges of doing research with material culture and material objects. Panelists will also address the role of technology in facilitating their research process.

Photo of Katie LennardKatie Lennard, PhD Candidate, Department of American Culture
Archaeologists have long used artifacts to better understand life in ancient civilizations, but how can historians of the 19th and 20th century US use material goods to gain a new perspective on the more recent past? Katie's dissertation Made in America: Costume, Ritual, and the Ku Klux Klan 1905-1940 tracks the industrial production and national distribution of Ku Klux Klan robes in the early 20th century. This work draws significantly on data from examinations of extant Klan robes held in museum collections, but also relies on more traditional archival research to contextualize these artifacts. Katie's presentation will consider the value of material culture for historians, while also discussing what kind of information artifacts, particularly mass-produced goods, cannot provide. 

Photo of Tim UtterTim Utter, Manager of the Clark Library
Tim Utter is a Map Librarian and Manager of the Clark Library.  Tim is very interested in how the variety of ways of seeing and representing place on maps affects our worldview, our shared experience as viewers, the map's story - its history and what it communicates to us, as well as map as cultural beacon. His research interests include Dutch maps of the 16th-17th centuries and pictorial maps.


Photo of Daniel FisherDaniel Fisher, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Earth and Environmental Sciences, Claude W. Hibbard Collegiate Professor of Paleontology, Curator and Director, Museum of Paleontology
Professor Fisher's current research focuses on the paleobiology and extinction of mastodons and mammoths, elucidated by studies of growth increments and compositional time series (isotopic and elemental) sampled from their tusks and cheek teeth. Professor Fisher’s work on individual specimens and sites often involves construction of 3D models. While he typically works with these using specialized graphics software, he and his students are beginning to use formats that permit more general access, such as a "3D pdf." Another of Professor Fisher's research projects focuses on the baby woolly mammoth named Lyuba. At a recent annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, he and his colleagues (Shirley et al. 2011) presented results derived from CT scans of this specimen, some of which were used to create animations such as this: Lyuba CT Scan.

Systematic Reviews

Mark MacEachern and Whitney Townsend, Informationists at Taubman Health Sciences Library
Monday, January 26, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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A systematic review is a type of research publication that has become an integral part of the health sciences and other fields. As a publication that relies heavily on literature searches, systematic reviews provide information professionals with an opportunity to significantly contribute to and impact the resulting research. Informationists Mark MacEachern and Whitney Townsend will give an overview of this publication type and discuss appropriate literature search methodologies, while also describing their experiences working on these project teams and teaching a grant-supported CE workshop for librarians on the topic. A special focus will be placed on the flow and management of information through the systematic review process, and on the role of librarians in the identification, production, and assessment of these research publications.

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Mark MacEachern is an informationist in the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. In this role, he works closely with faculty and students throughout the University of Michigan Health System and other relevant units on education and research projects. Mark is heavily involved in the evidence-based practice components of the medical, pharmacy, and dental curricula, and regularly teaches systematic review content to residents, fellows, and research faculty. He has extensive experience consulting and partnering on systematic review projects and was part of team recently awarded funding to develop a – National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (GMR)–funded systematic review workshop designed to empower information professionals with strategies to participate in systematic review initiatives in their environment. 

Photo of Whitney TownsendWhitney A. Townsend is an informationist and coordinator of the Health Sciences Executive Research Service in the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. She partners with the faculty and staff of numerous clinical departments of the University of Michigan Health System to best address information needs related to their clinical, research, and academic missions. Townsend is deeply embedded in curriculum-integrated instruction in the medical school and is actively involved in integrating information skills components into the school’s current curriculum reform. Townsend has been a member of numerous systematic review teams; teaches a session on systematic review appraisal for third-year medical students; instructs on systematic review searching and information management for residents, fellows, and faculty; and is an instructor for a GMR-funded systematic review workshop.

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