Research Without Borders panel to discuss Social Media and the Research Cycle
NEW YORK, August 29, 2013 –

How is social media changing the way researchers and scholars communicate with each other, on their campuses, and with the public? Why should researchers make use of social media? Which social media channels should scholars make use of? How can researchers find the time to have an online presence, and what kind of information should they share?

Join us for "Communicating Your Research: Social Media and the Research Cycle", our kickoff event of the academic year in our Research Without Borders panel discussion series. This event will take place at 12pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 on the second floor of Columbia's Faculty House. It is free and open to the public.

At every stage in the research cycle - planning, researching, preserving, publishing, and distributing - social media is being used by researchers and scholars to communicate, collaborate, promote their research, and debate. As scholars increasingly move their work to the web, and with an estimated third of all scholars now active on Twitter, conversations that previously took place within campus walls are now open for the world to pitch in. The benefits of using social media in the academy have been cited, among myriad others, as democratization, widening participation, and engaging new audiences on a global level. But these rapid changes come with challenges: steep learning curves in new technologies for many, committing to public engagement, and embedding social media in everyday work flows. 

The panelists:

Adeline Koh (@adelinekoh) is Director of the Digital Humanities Center and and assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College. Her work spans the intersections between postcolonial studies and the digital humanities, 19th/20th Century British and Anglophone Literature and Southeast Asian and African studies, and games in higher education. Adeline runs the postcolonial digital humanities website and tumblr blog with Roopika Risam. She is also a core contributor to the Profhacker Column at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Roopika Risam (@roopikarisam) is Assistant Professor of World Literature and English Education at Salem State University. She works to address the intersections of postcolonial studies and minority discourse in the United States and the role of digital humanities in mediating between the two. Roopika has contributed to Postcolonial Studies @ Emory, a digital humanities project that provides a home for postcolonial studies on the web, and runs the postcolonial digital humanities website and tumblr blog with Adeline Koh. She is currently serving on the Modern Language Association's Delegate Assembly.

Joshua Drew (@Drew_Lab) is a lecturer in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, where he runs the MA in Conservation Biology program and teaches and conducts research on the evolution and conservation of marine biodiversity. Joshua is exploring a variety of avenues to bring the science to the public, which include blogging his research, making web videos, working with Helen Scales to help better tell the stories from their field work in Fiji, and myriad other public outreach activities. Joshua strives to have a diverse lab and is a faculty advocate for LGBTQ students in Columbia University‚Äôs CU SpeakOUT group.

Laura Czerniewicz (@Czernie) is an associate professor in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the Director of the OpenUCT Initiative ( and the founding director of the Center for Educational Technology (CET). Laura works on various local, continental and international collaborative projects, and has been involved on research into students' and academics' digitally-mediated practices for several years. She blogs from time to time at, and can be followed on, with several presentations available at

The moderator:

Sheri Whitley (@NiaTrue) is Director of Multimedia Development at Columbia's Office of Communications & Public Affairs and a graduate student in Columbia's Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on social mobility, historical sociology, the history of race in the West, and the impact of critical race theory in Europe. Prior to working at Columbia she worked at Black Enterprise and Ms Magazine, where she was managing editor.


This event is the first event this academic year in our speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. It is sponsored by Columbia University Libraries/Information ServicesScholarly Communication Program. Join the discussion on Twitter at #rwob and @ScholarlyComm. To watch a live webcast of the event, and for more information about Research Without Borders, visit the Scholarly Communication Program website at


The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) supports the global reach and impact of research produced at Columbia University. Its mission is to explore and raise awareness about new research tools, methods, and support services that are available to Columbia faculty, students, and staff. In pursuit of this mission, the SCP hosts events and workshops, curates news and resources on our Web site, and engages in innovative scholarly communication initiatives on campus and in the wider academic community. The SCP is an initiative of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, which is part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. CUL/IS employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:

NB: This event is listed on the Scholarly Communication Program website here.

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