2013 Emergent Research Series Events

This page lists Emergent Research Series events hosted in 2013. Please visit our current events page for more information about the series and for information about upcoming events.

2014 Emergent Research Series Events (with links to recordings of events)

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On the Future of the Economics Blogosphere

Photo of Dr. KimballMiles Kimball, Professor in Department of Economics
Monday, December 16, 2013 from 10 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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The economics blogosphere is already vibrant, brimming with intellectual energy. The obvious next phase of its development is for more and more of the most academically respected economists to engage in blogging as the respectability of blogging grows in a virtuous cycle. Historically, the interesting thing is that this will constitute a full-scale revival of the literary economics that prevailed before the mathematization of economics in the early 20th century — this time, alongside mathematized economics. That emerging two-barrel, balanced approach to economics through both math and accessible writing in counterpoint is an important development that will make economics both more powerful at getting to the truth and more powerful as a social force.

Digital Innovations in Writing Studies

Naomi Silver, Sweetland Writing Center Associate Director and Anne Gere, Professor in the Department of English and Education
Monday, November 25, 2013 from 10 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Gallery
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This presentation will overview innovations in digital rhetoric. We will focus on the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative community website and born digital publishing collaboration between the Sweetland Center for Writing and the UM Press/MPublishing, and an eportfolio-based longitudinal study of the development of Sweetland’s Minors in Writing.

The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series Presents: Visualizing Data

Lisa Strausfeld
Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm
Michigan Theater (Free!)

Image of an infographicLisa Strausfeld is currently Global Head of Data Visualization at Bloomberg where she was hired in 2012 to build and lead a new team dedicated to creating consumer-focused interactive data products. From 2002 to 2011 Lisa was a partner at Pentagram specializing in digital information design projects. Lisa was a recipient of The National Design Award for Interaction Design in 2010. In her presentation, Lisa discusses “Why data visualization? Why now?” -- defining the attributes of successful data visualizations and how can they be generalized to other design media.

Collaboration Between Scholars and Librarians in Digital Humanities

Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian & Ted Underwood, Associate Professor of English
Guest speakers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, October 28, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Storify (Special thanks to Patricia Anderson for creating.)

Photo of Ted UnderwoodPhoto of Harriet GreenHarriett Green will discuss collaborative digital humanities research work she has pursued with Professor Ted Underwood as well as other researchers at UIUC and beyond. Her talk will consider how librarian embedment in work such as creation and assessment of digital humanities tools, teaching digital humanities tools to students, and humanities data curation reveals the critical need for collaborations between librarian and scholar for successful digital humanities research. Ted Underwood will approach the same topic from a scholar's perspective, explaining why he finds his data mining of literary history increasingly organized around libraries (including both the UIUC Library and HathiTrust).


Mark Hahnel
Tuesday, October 1 at 9:00 am
Hatcher Gallery Lab

Image of figshare logoPlease join us for a special presentation from Mark Hahnel, founder of figshare, on Tuesday, October 1 at 9:00 a.m. in the Hatcher Gallery Lab. Mark will provide a general introduction to figshare’s mission and services.

Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable, and discoverable manner. You can watch a brief (2 min.) introductory video about figshare here.

Mark Hahnel received his PhD in stem cell biology from Imperial College London, having previously studied genetics in both Newcastle and Leeds. He is passionate about open science and the potential it has to revolutionise the research community.

Overview of the Bioinformatics and DNA Sequencing Cores

Jim Cavalcoli, Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics & Bob Lyons, Department of Biological Chemistry 
Monday, September 23, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
Watch recording (Video is of lower quality, but slides & audio are fine.)

Jim Cavalcoli and Bob Lyons will provide an overview of the Bioinformatics and DNA Sequencing Cores, including information on existing and future equipment, techniques, and the variety of research they support.

These two Cores are part of the Medical School’s Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF), which consist of labs and services that offer instruments and resources to faculty and staff. The Bioinformatics Core provides custom bioinformatics support to researchers using their expertise in computational methods. The DNA Sequencing Core provides high-quality, low cost DNA analysis for researchers.

Photo of Dr. CavalcoliDr. James Cavalcoli is Director of the Bioinformatics Core and Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics. Dr. Cavalcoli has broad research experience beginning with his PhD and post-doctoral research in molecular biology and virology. He has developed the software and hardware architectures necessary to build a bioinformatics analysis core and has strong skills in relational database design and implementation for biological databases.



Photo of Dr. Lyons

Dr. Robert Lyons is the Director of the University of Michigan DNA Sequencing Core, and Research Assistant Professor in the Biological Chemistry Department. He has operated this Core since 1995, when it consisted of just two employees providing a single service procedure. The Sequencing Core is now one of the largest academic sequencing facilities in the country, with 28 full time employees and dozens of major service offerings. Dr. Lyons also has laboratory experience in molecular biology, soil and wastewater analysis, and pesticide analysis in food crops.

Special thanks to the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) for co-sponsoring this event.

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Finders, Keepers: What Metadata and Digital Preservation Can Do For You

Lance Stuchell, Digital Preservation Librarian & Deb DeGeorge, Metadata Librarian
Monday, August 26, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Storify (Special thanks to Patricia Anderson for creating.)

Metadata Librarian Deborah DeGeorge and Digital Preservation Librarian Lance Stuchell discuss current and possible future metadata and preservation consulting services offered to the Library and campus community. Deb will discuss her role in metadata creation at the library and the library's potential role in providing metadata services to the university at large. Lance will review digital preservation initiatives from the past year and discuss future services that could be offered though the Digital Preservation Office.

The Data Infrastructures of Thinking and Making

Jamie Allen, Head of Research at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
Friday August 9, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Note special date & time!)
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

Jamie Allen is an artist and Head of Research at CIID (the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design), where he helps chart a course for research and experimentation. His projects deal with the material of media and its infrastructure (http://heavyside.net). Jamie will be giving the following talk about technology, data and new media:

Technologies which manipulate data compose a new media, a new technical image, that is no longer a photograph of some presumed real, but an infinitely inferential and interpretable rendering of supposedly "raw knowledge" from a highly distributed network of spinning platters of silicon. As spheres of representation expand to include the psychic and biological interiorities of our lives, we increasingly see ourselves reflected in this data, not even as others see us, but as machines of collection and interpretation do. Claims of beauty and truth telling that the data body bring forth are not new: these are always the claims made by the apostles of any new media. There is not more truth in data than there is elsewhere, only newly warped reflections. As we examine the data from the mount on our new digital tablets, we are best to ask how this data reflects, rather that what new truth it holds.

Photo of Jamie Allen


Brownbag series "I do not think it means what you think it means"
Each session in this summer series will focus on a term that is relevant to emergent research practices. We will have informal discussions of working definitions of the term and how it's being used in various contexts.

  • Data
    Thursday, August 1, 2013
    12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Turkish American Friendship Room, 4004 Shapiro
  • Curate
    Wednesday, July 10, 2013
    12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Turkish American Friendship Room, 4004 Shapiro
  • Archive(s)
    Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Turkish American Friendship Room, 4004 Shapiro
  • Visualization
    Friday, May 31, 2013
    12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Turkish American Friendship Room, 4004 Shapiro

Research Methods & the Library Professional

Photo of Dr. JonesElisabeth Jones, Intermittent Lecturer at the UM School of Information
Monday, July 22, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Slides (PDF)
Research Methods: Recommended Texts (PDF)

Elisabeth Jones, Research Area Specialist for the Dean of Libraries and Doctoral Candidate in Information Science at the University of Washington, will briefly describe the uses and pragmatics of a selection of social research methods, such as surveys, interviews, and experiments, within library settings, with particular focus on research conducted by professional librarians. We will also discuss the role of research within the library profession, and the extent to which focused training in research methods might (or might not) be useful within MLIS/MSI curricula and/or as a trajectory for continuing education.

Technology Transfer at UM

Katherine Moynihan and Jack Minor, Office of Technology Transfer
Monday, June 24, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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The mission of the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is to “effectively transfer University technologies to the market so as to generate benefits for the University, the community, and the general public.” Katie Moynihan and Jack Minor will provide a general overview of OTT and discuss their work, specifically with licensing and startups. In addition, they will talk about how OTT reconciles their role with the movement toward open access, when a researcher should contact OTT, and more.

Katherine Moynihan is a Licensing and Market Specialist in the University of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer. She is responsible for facilitating the development and release of University mobile apps, overseeing incoming and outgoing Material Transfer Agreements, managing the Tech Transfer Fellows Program, and marketing the portfolio of technologies developed at U-M for commercialization.


Photo of Jack MinorJack Minor is a Senior Business Formation Specialist in the University of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer. He focuses on business formation around physical sciences intellectual property.

M-Kairos: The Future of Scholarly Monograph Publishing and Academic Need

Aaron McCollough, Editorial Director of Michigan Publishing
Monday, May 20, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am (Note: Date change due to Memorial Day)
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Aaron McCollough, Editorial Director of Michigan Publishing (which includes the University of Michigan Press) will discuss the library's on-going efforts to find a sustainable model for publishing high quality scholarship in support of a range of academic needs, including the preservation and dissemination of ideas as well as the professional vetting of those ideas for hiring and tenure processes.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Panel

Monday, April 22, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research provides leadership and training in data access, curation, digital preservation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. Staff from ICPSR will discuss their work in encouraging open access to data and closer links between publications and data, collaborative data curation, and improving data discovery and reuse.

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George Alter is Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Research Professor at the Population Studies Center, and Professor of History at the University of Michigan. ICPSR is the world’s largest social science data archive with units that specialize in data on aging, childcare, criminal justice, demography, health, and substance abuse. Alter's research grows out of interests in the history of the family, demography, and economic history, and recent projects have examined the effects of early life conditions on health in old age and new ways of describing fertility transitions. He was president of the Social Science History Association in 2011. Recent publications include:  Alter and Clark ,“The demographic transition and human capital,” in The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2010); and Alter, Dribe, and Poppel, “Widowhood, Family Size, and Post-Reproductive Mortality: A Comparative Analysis of Three Populations in Nineteenth Century Europe,” Demography (2007).

Mary Vardigan is Assistant Director of ICPSR and directs the ICPSR Collection Delivery Unit. This involves oversight of activities in the areas of Metadata, Publications, Web Site Development, User Support, and Membership Development. She also serves as Director of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), an effort to establish an XML standard for social science technical documentation.

Jared Lyle is Director of Curation Services at ICPSR, where he oversees the metadata group and digital preservation activities.

Elizabeth Moss is Assistant Librarian at ICPSR, where she manages the ICPSR Bibliography of Data-related Literature, a searchable database that contains over 60,000 citations of known published and unpublished works resulting from analyses of data held in the ICPSR archive.

Women's Incarceration: Research and Creative Resistance

Carol Jacobsen, Professor, School of Art & Design
Monday, March 25, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Carol Jacobsen is an artist/filmmaker and professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Women's Studies and Human Rights at UM. She serves as Director of the Michigan Women's Justice & Clemency Project. She will be discussing her research, teaching and advocacy methods in connection with efforts to free incarcerated women wrongly convicted who killed abusers in self-defense and for human rights for all women in prison.


Photo of Alex DaSilvaAlex DaSilva, Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics, Department of Biologic and Materials Science
Monday, February 25, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Alex DaSilva, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, and Director of the Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort (H.O.P.E.) at University of Michigan School of Dentistry, will share his methods and innovations in the area of chronic pain disorders. Efforts in collecting fMRI data during a migraine attack to developing mobile apps and VR tools that facilitate new ways of pain data exploration and discovery will be discussed including the soon to be released PainTrek mobile app. PainTrek is a novel mobile app that was developed to make it easier to track, analyze, and talk about pain. Using an innovative "paint your pain" interface, users can easily enter the intensity and area of pain by simply dragging over a 3D head. Pain information can be entered as often as the user likes, can be viewed over time, and even analyzed to provide deeper understanding of the user's pain. Dr. DaSilva will respond to a series of prepared questions related to his research process(es), followed by Q & A from the audience. This event will take place on Monday, February 25, 10:00-11:30am, in the Hatcher Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

The Accidental Archive: Or, Researching criminals, otherkin, cipher anarchists, spammers and the online history that doesn't want to be kept

Photo of Finn BruntonFinn Brunton, Assistant Professor at the School of Information
Monday, January 28, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
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Professor Brunton engages in a wide range of inquiry that includes: the digital humanities, the history of technology, STS, "dead media", Internet culture, and network politics. Professor Brunton will respond to a series of prepared questions related to his research process(es), followed by Q & A from the audience. This event will take place on Monday, January 28, 10:00-11:30am, in the Hatcher Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

Collaborative Data Management Services at the University of California Webinar
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
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  • Joan Starr, EZID Service Manager and Manager, Strategic and Project Planning (California Digital Library)
  • Perry Willet, Digital Preservation Service Manager (University of California Curation Center [UC3], California Digital Library)
  • Claudia Horning, Head, Metadata Team (UCLA Library and Cataloging Metadata Center)
  • Lisa Federer, Health and Life Sciences Librarian (UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library)

‚ÄčResearchers are required by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies to include data management plans with new grant proposals. Faced with this requirement, researchers are looking to libraries for help with various aspects of research data management and curation, from creating data management plans to archiving and providing access to their research data. The University of California Libraries deliver a growing range of services and tools such as the DMPTool, EZID, Merritt, Web Archiving Service and campus-based data management programs. In this webinar, we will introduce these services and tools and then highlight the approach that one UC campus, UCLA, is taking toward campus engagement and faculty outreach and the opportunities and challenges in developing library data services.

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