Emergent Research Series at the University Library

Please join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 2:00-3:30pm 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. 

Jump to Past Events this calendar year

2016 Emergent Research Series Events
2015 Emergent Research Series Events (with links to recordings of events)
2014 Emergent Research Series Events (with links to recordings of events)
2013 Emergent Research Series Events (with links to recordings of events)

Upcoming Emergent Research Series Events

Elizabeth LaPensée headshot photoIndigenous Self-Determination for Sovereign Games

Elizabeth LaPensée, Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, from 2-3:30 PM 
Hatcher Gallery

From Invaders (an Indigenous take on the classic arcade game Space Invaders that parallels imagined 8-bit alien invasion with the very real process of colonization in Turtle Island) to Thunderbird Strike (a lightning-searing, talon-tearing attack on oil consumption), Elizabeth LaPensée's games offer alternative gameplay from an Indigenous worldview. She will speak to these games and more with an emphasis on their intentions, self-determined design, inclusive development process, and community-focused distribution in the hopes of reifying sovereignty through games.

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. is an award-winning writer, designer, and artist of games, comics, transmedia, and animation. She is Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish, living near the Great Lakes as an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University. Most recently, she designed and created art for Manoominike (2016), a motion game about practices of wild ricing, as well as Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water. She designed and programmed Invaders (2015), a remix of the arcade classic Space Invaders. She also designed The Gift of Food (2014), a board game about Northwest Native traditional foods. She is currently working on Thunderbird Strike, a side-scrolling lightning-searing, talon-tearing attack on oil operations.

Iván Chaar-López headshot photoThe Flight of the Firebee: Drones in the Frontiers

Iván Chaar-López, PhD Candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 2-3:30 PM 
Hatcher Gallery

Cold War historians have explored the ways that the United States government and military mobilized national security rationales in the development of science and technology. This talk contributes to this conversation by exploring a different range of politics or rationales co-constituting technological development. It examines the biopolitical scripts coded in drone operations in the U.S. borderlands from 1948 to 1970. Informed by a frontier ethos, U.S. military and technicians embedded ideas about the nation and its enemies in the development and deployment of drones. The talk makes use of archival and film materials produced by Ryan Aeronautical to analyze the role drones played in demarcating the boundaries of belonging on the ground and on people's bodies.

Iván Chaar-López is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His dissertation project, "Drone Technopolitics: A History of 'Intrusion' on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1948-2010," traces the development of unmanned aerial systems and their uses in the U.S. borderlands.

Past Emergent Research Series Events

Sophia Brueckner headshot photoSophia Brueckner - Artist Lecture

Sophia Brueckner, Assistant Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 2-3:30 PM 
Hatcher Gallery

Sophia Brueckner is a futurist artist, designer, and engineer. Inseparable from computers since the age of two, she believes she is a cyborg. At Google, she designed and implemented products used by tens of millions. At RISD and the MIT Media Lab, she combined the understanding that interfaces structure thought processes with ideas from cognitive behavioral therapy and embodied cognition to build sci-fi-inspired devices for mental well-being. She teaches an internationally renowned class on sci-fi prototyping and the ethics of design and invention. Her work has been featured by SIGGRAPH, Wired, NPR, and more. As an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, her ongoing objective is to combine her background in design and engineering with the perspective of an artist to create technologies that inspire a more positive future.

Aleksandr Skylar headshotGetting from Raw Video Footage to Educational Website: Nagasaki Atomic History and the Present

Aleksandr Sklyar, PhD Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology 
University of Michigan 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 2-3:30 PM 
Hatcher Graduate Library, in the Clark Library Presentation Space

Nuclear weapons are an undeniable reality of our times. Nagasaki Atomic History and the Present (NAHP; see nagasaki.colgate.edu) is an educational website that seeks to have American students be able to imagine and realize what the effects of a nuclear weapon are/were/would be on people. NAHP is the result of over six years of small-group collaborations between students, atomic bombing survivors, citizens, NGOs, librarians, audio-visual technicians, professors, and universities around the world. 

In this talk, Aleksandr will highlight the post-production work that followed the original filming of the video interviews with atomic bombing survivors in Nagasaki in summer 2010. This talk will be of interest to students and faculty conceiving public digital scholarship projects. It will give you a chance to reflect and prepare for the steps involved in preparing a final product after you have completed the collection of raw audiovisual material.

Aleksandr Sklyar (asklyar@umich.edu) is a PhD Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Alex is also one of the creators of the Nagasaki Atomic History and the Present website (nagasaki.colgate.edu). Alex’s doctoral work looks at family decisions following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. He writes about food, home, material and social pollution, everyday nuclear worlds, and the permeation of the abnormal into the everyday.

The Emergent Research Summer Article Discussion

Monday, August 28, 2017, 10-11:30 in the Hatcher Gallery Lab
Join the Emergent Research Working Group for a summer article discussion. Participants should read the article ahead of time and come prepared with thoughts on how the ideas presented apply or don't apply to the U-M Library as well as to the library profession in general.
We will be reading Learning Analytics and the Academic Library: Professional Ethics Commitments at a Crossroads.
We will use these discussion questions to guide our conversation.

The Emergent Research Summer Showcase

Monday, July 24, 2017 from 10-11:30 am in the Clark Library Presentation Space.

Join the Emergent Research Working Group for a morning of presentations and conversations on current research projects happening throughout the University Library. As those invested in the production and preservation of knowledge, we work with a variety of research methods, including investigation, evaluation, experimentation, and careful study. Often, these projects take us beyond the day-to-day aspects of our jobs, encouraging us to solve unique problems and discover new possibilities.

We'll hear from the following colleagues:

Jackie Freeman, Informationists and Library Impact on Patient and Population Care: Strategies, Process, and Practicalities
Hailey Mooney, "Fake News" and the Frameworks: Information and Sociological Literacy
Emily Ginier and Patricia Anderson, From Qualitative to Quantitative: Data Extraction and Evidence Mapping to Identify Research Roles for Librarians in Systematic Review Methods
Linda Knox, Learning from Advanced Student Staff Experiences

Digital Self-Defense: Threats, Passwords, and Securing Your Accounts Workshop

University of Michigan Library's Connected Scholarship Team
Monday, June 26, 2017, from 10-11:30 AM 
Hatcher Gallery Lab

As more people keep private, sensitive, or research information in online accounts, the importance of keeping these accounts secure has become more important. In this hands-on session, we show how to perform a threat assessment of your online accounts and information, how to secure your personal accounts by creating and managing strong passwords, and how to further secure your logins by using 2-Factor authentication tools.

You will learn how to evaluate the risks and considerations of securing your online accounts and information through the use of threat modeling. You’ll also explore methods to secure your accounts by creating a diceware passphrase. Finally, you’ll see a demonstration of a password manager, and learn how to further secure your logins with the 2-Factor authentication tool, Duo Push.

This session is led by staff of the University Library’s Connected Scholarship team, accompanied by information security experts from U-M’s Information and Technology Services and LSA’s Information Technology team.

Photo of Daniel Eisenberg

Investing in Healthy Minds

Daniel Eisenberg, Health economist and professor at the University of Michigan
Monday, April 24, 2017, from 10:00-11:30 AM 
Hatcher Gallery

This talk will provide an overview of research in the Healthy Minds Network, a growing national initiative to collect and disseminate data and evidence related to college student mental health. The talk will address questions such as: Are mental health concerns increasing in college populations? What are the greatest needs in this area? What are the best opportunities to improve student mental health?

Daniel Eisenberg is a health economist and professor at University of Michigan. His goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively in the mental health of young people, particularly college age populations. He directs the Healthy Minds Network (www.healthymindsnetwork.org), which conducts a national survey of student mental health and develops digital media interventions.

Slavery and Children’s Stories: Implications for Schooling and Society

Picture of Dr. EbonyDr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Assistant Professor in the School of Educaiton at the University of Pennsylvania Monday, March 27, 2017, from 10:00-11:30 AM
Hatcher Gallery                                                                                                                                                      

Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is conducting empirical, digital, and archival research for a pedagogical monograph about traumatic historical events such as slavery and the teaching of literature to children.  Her talk will focus on her research process for this work, which is ongoing, and is an extension of her National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral research project. While atrocity in general will be considered, her work deals with the specific context of US enslavement, how it is represented in children’s stories, and what the resultant implications are for schooling and society.

Dr. Thomas is an assistant professor in the Reading/Writing/Literacy Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher, Dr. Thomas joined the Penn GSE faculty after completing her PhD in 2010 at the University of Michigan’s Joint Program of English and Education, and working as an assistant professor of reading, language, and literature at Wayne State University in Detroit.  Dr. Thomas’s program of research is most keenly focused on children’s and adolescent texts (broadly construed), the teaching of African American literature, history, and culture in K-12 classrooms, and the roles that race, class, and gender play in classroom discourse and interaction. Her forthcoming book is The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination in Youth Literature, Media, and Culture (New York University Press, 2018).

The Gender Leadership Gap:
Barriers and Bias in the Academy and Beyond

Photo of Kevin MillerKevin Miller, Senior Researcher, American Association of University Women
Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 1:00-2:30 PM                                                                                                   Hatcher Gallery                                                                                                                                                     

This event is co-sponsored by the ADVANCE Program.

In almost every industry and institution, men occupy leadership positions at a vastly disproportionate rate. For instance, in the private sector workforce, white men in particular are nearly twice as likely to be executives as would be expected by chance. Women now receive the majority of university degrees at almost all levels, including the doctoral level, and women now make up the majority of junior faculty and instructors at many colleges and universities. But as in other sectors, leaders at universities are still disproportionately likely to be men. Will time alone close the gender leadership gap in the academy? What can be done to eliminate the barriers and bias facing women? Kevin Miller of the American Association of University Women will review statistical information and research on the gender leadership gap, with a focus on issues facing women in the academy.

Kevin Miller is a Senior Researcher at the American Association of University Women (AAUW). He holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and political science from the University of Illinois and received his doctorate in social psychology at the Ohio State University. He has authored publications and testified before state and city lawmakers on a variety of topics, including the gender pay gap and leadership gap; challenges faced by women in postsecondary education; paid leave and other workplace policies; implicit bias; and child care and early education. Before joining AAUW, Kevin conducted research at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and worked in the Provost’s Office at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He joined AAUW in November 2015.

Speaking Their Language: Connecting with Adolescents in Research using Social Media and Text Messaging

Photo of Dr. Tammy ChangDr. Tammy Chang, Assistant Professor Department Family Medicine
Monday, January 23, 2017, from 10:00-11:30
Hatcher Gallery                                                                                                                                                       

Programs designed to address the high prevalence of risky health behaviors among adolescents often miss the mark. Understanding adolescents’ thoughts and opinions is challenging, yet vital if we hope to create programs and policies that promote their health and wellbeing.  This talk will discuss our team’s journey to tap into adolescents’ everyday lives while minimizing research burden among our participants.

Dr. Chang is a health services researcher and practicing family physician with a passion for adolescent health, specifically, breaking the cycle of poverty and poor health among adolescent mothers and their children.  Her research is focused on improving access to reproductive health care and promoting healthy pregnancy weight gain among at-risk adolescents using text messaging, social media, and other emerging technology.

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