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UMSI MSI student finalist for Best Poster Award at iConference 2020

Friday, 03/20/2020

University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) MSI student Amy Chew is a finalist for the Best Poster award at the fifteenth annual iConference, a gathering of information scholars from across the globe.

Chew’s poster, “Who Gave You the Right?: Exploring Power and Politics in Journalism and Academic Work Chronicling Hurricane Maria,” examines the role journalists and academic researchers played in communicating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017, how their methods differed and how these factors contribute to the production of death toll numbers and narratives.

This year’s iConference, originally slated to take place in Borås, Sweden, will instead transform to a virtual program from March 23-27. The theme of this year’s conference is “Sustainable Digital Communities.”

UMSI and University of Michigan faculty and students are represented throughout this year’s iConference, at poster sessions and paper presentations. In the list below, UMSI faculty and students are listed in bold; other University of Michigan-affiliated presenters are italicized.

Best Poster finalist:
“Who Gave You the Right?: Exploring Power and Politics in Journalism and Academic Work Chronicling Hurricane Maria”
Amy Chew, G. C. Delgado-Fernandini (University of Puerto Rico), J. D. Cantrell (Vanderbilt University), D. Carter (Texas State University)

“Resilience to Health Shocks: How do Family Information and Support Networks Respond to Unexpected Negative Health Events?”
Lindsay Brown, Tiffany C. Veinot

“A Toolkit for Algorithmic Equity and Community Empowerment”
Daniella Raz, M. Katell (University of Washington),
M. Young (University of Washington), P. Krafft (University of Oxford, United Kingdom), B. Hermann (University of Washington), D. Dailey (University of Washington), C. Bintz (Middlebury College), V. Guetler (West Virginia University), A. Tam (University of Washington)

“An Unholy Alliance: Christian Identity Extremists and ICTs”
Marilu F Duque, M. H. F. Khalid (University of Maryland), J. V. Cach (Syracuse University), M. Hernandez Teran (Dominican University), K. Moore (James Madison University)

Full paper:
“Expanding the REU Model in an iSchool Context: Exploring iConference’s Potential Role in Addressing Underrepresentation”
K. M. Booth (University of Pittsburgh), E. V. Eikey (University of California, Irvine), J. Sanchez (Queens College), 
Josue Figueroa, A. Falana (Highmark, Inc.)

Short Paper:
“Detecting Machine-obfuscated Plagiarism”
T. Foltýnek (Mendel University in Brno, Czechia), Terry Ruas, P. Scharpf (University of Konstanz, Germany), N. Meuschke (University of Konstanz, Germany), William Grosky, B. Gipp (University of Konstanz, Germany)

The full conference schedule is available at

iConference 2020 research papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. The posters will be published in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS).

- Jessica Webster, UMSI PR Specialist