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Lunchtime seminar: Anorexia and Social Media

Join Anna Lavis (University of Birmingham) for the Institute of Health and Wellbeing‘s lunchtime seminar Anorexia and Social Media: Ethnographic Explorations and Clinical Implications on Wednesday 8 June.

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Seminar: #selfie: Explorations of feminine identity in social media

Submitted by Dr Helen Clegg

The next psychology research seminar will be on Wednesday 24th February 2016 in F43. The speaker will be Dr Lisa Lazard from The Open University. Her talk and abstract are below:

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Transfer seminar: Networks of protest – the role of new social media in the Arab Spring uprising

Egyptian protests Facebook signSubmitted by Dr Faith Tucker

14th December, 2.00-3.00pm, S010

Title: Networks of Protest: The Role of New Social Media in the Arab Spring Uprising.

Abstract: In context of the Arab Spring uprising of 2010-2011, the Internet and its methods of social media have been heralded as instrumental in supporting the uprising. This research will observe closely at the situation to which activists applied “Networks of Protest” like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and weblogs as methods for managing and making consciousness of political mobilisation, in the uprisings that took positions in different Arab countries, in particular, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. This research will use network theories that were established long earlier the appearance of social media, to place its performance within a broader level of communication, and to define how the natural characteristics of social networking theories that established it interesting to the activists in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.

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Workshop: The digital academic, research impact and employability

Digital academic posterI have just been sent details of the following workshop (thanks to Jeff Ollerton and Cheryl Gardner) which may be of interest to research students and academic staff:

Workshop – ‘The Digital Academic: Tools and Tips for Research Impact and ECR Employability’

Monday 23rd March 2015
Coventry, UK

What does it really mean to be ‘a digital academic’? How can you build your online academic profile via social media? Do hiring committees actually care about your ‘digital academic impact’?

To help you identify the must-have technologies and tools for being a modern digital academic and the skills to manage them successfully, and Piirus are hosting an exclusive half-day workshop event. Find out more and register  on Eventbrite.

PGR student induction: Skills development and workshops

For all our new PGRs, here are some essential pointers and links to the skills development material you will need prior to APG Registration. Read the rest of this entry

Seminar: Collecting and Analysing text and images from Web2.0

Submitted by Dr Sandy MacDonald

Dr Katrina Pritchard and Dr Rebecca Whiting from Birkbeck University and the Open University will be giving an NBS Research Seminar on their use of Web 2.0 data as part of their Age at Work research. This includes the use of blogs, images and text from Google, Nexis, Twilerts etc and will take place in Cottesbrooke C226 on 12th February at 12 noon.

All UN PhD students and members of staff are welcome. We now have a number of people researching the use of social media and this seminar is an ideal opportunity to find out what other researchers are doing and what methodologies they employ.

If you are interested in attending please email Sandy MacDonald.

Workshop: Social Media for Researchers on 14th January

Graduate School WorkshopsResearch students – are you sure you’re keeping up to date with the research activity of others in your field? Do you exploit contemporary media to enhance communication and collaboration with fellow researchers? Today, these vitally important activities cannot simply be achieved through traditional means (published articles, books and conferences) but increasingly happen through professional networking tools, such as LinkedIn, ResearchGate and blogs/microblogs. Read the rest of this entry

Elsevier takes down papers from

Elsevier standOver the weekend there has been a burst of activity in the social media as authors respond to a flurry of take-down notices sent by Elsevier to on Friday.  Elsevier have asked for some 2800 final published versions of their papers to be removed from the social networking site.

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’23 things’ for research

Dr Scott Turner has just drawn my attention to this latest iteration of the ’23 things’ programme: 23 things for research.

The original ’23 things’ programme was designed by Helene Blowers at the public library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.  Its purpose was to introduce participants to new and emerging technologies.  The programme involved a series of 23 tasks or ‘things’, each related to the use of a new tool or service, and lasted nine weeks.  As they used the new tools, particpants were expected to maintain a reflective blog on their experiences (Wilkinson and Cragg, 2010, p.29).

This version, ’23 things for research’, is organised by the University of Oxford and aims to “expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student or in another role” (Bodleian Libraries, 2012). It is open to non-Oxford folk.

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