Chair's Blog

Impressive Achievements

At this time of the academic year, exam fatigue is slowly superseded by the exuberant atmosphere of commencement and end-of-the-semester parties. It is a good time to look back and take stock. TISM students and faculty had an active semester, many producing impressive work in their courses and as researchers.

Twenty-nine TISM students presented their work at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Working under the guidance of Emilee Rader and Rick Wash at the BIT Lab, several posters addressed Internet security issues. Research on strategic marketing messages on Facebook was presented by five students working with Constantinos Coursaris and Wietske Van Osch. Sixteen students working with faculty at the GEL Lab (Robby Ratan and Brian Winn) and the Media Sandbox (Bob Albers, Troy Hale) gave short talks on their work. Nice going everybody!

TISM offers several project-based classes in which students work with external clients to develop practical in addition to conceptual skills. Among others, during these past weeks, students of ITM 444 (Information Technology Project) presented their final reports, many of them of immediate use for businesses and government agencies in the state. The film Downriver, produced by students in the film specialization as part of the Michigan Creative Film Alliance, premiered at the Detroit Institute of Arts on April 25, 2013 to an enthusiastic audience of 400+. On Thursday, May 2, 2013, 4-6 pm the Media Sandbox Student Game Showcase will take place in Studio D in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

True to our aspiration and mission to pursue (and integrate) research and creative scholarship, several faculty and students are presenting recent research findings at major international conferences. Susan Wyche and Gary Hsieh are presenting papers co-authored with doctoral student Carolyn Lauckner at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Paris. At the same conference, work to which doctoral students Yumi Jung and Rebecca Gray contributed, will be presented. Three MIS Ph.D. students (Yvette Wohn, Laeeq Khan, and Rebecca Gray) will also have work featured at the 63rd Annual Conference of the International Communications Association in London.

Contrary to public belief, the summer is actually quite a busy period for faculty and students. TISM professors lead study abroad programs in Japan, South Korea, and The United Kingdom. Moreover, faculty host foreign students from around the world on our campus in East Lansing. Chip Steinfield conducts research in Africa related to a bid USAID grant received by MSU and Susan Wyche studies the use of social media in Kenya. Many of us stay put to work on research grants and develop new projects. Among the new initiatives launched this semester is SINER-G, the Science and Innovation through Networks Research Group. Building on work in TISM and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, this group seeks to grow a campus-wide community of researchers over the course of the next year to explore joint interests, projects, and pursue funding opportunities. Coordinated by Wietske Van Osch, Constantinos Coursaris, Goeffrey Booth, and Johannes M. Bauer, on April 30, 2013, a small group of researchers met for a first round of conversations. Present were faculty from the Colleges of Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science, Education, and Natural Resources. Additional meetings open to any interested faculty will be convened in the fall of 2013.

Congratulations to all undergraduate and graduate students who will be graduating this weekend! We know that college education requires dedication and persistence as well as sacrifice and support by families. I hope that you will stay in touch with the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media! We love to know where life will take you and we would like to bring some of you back to campus to talk to future generations of students and faculty. We strongly believe that research and education benefit from strong contacts to our graduates in business, government, and the non-profit sector.

Go Green! Go White! Good luck! Stay in touch!

Johannes M. Bauer

Professor and Chair

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