Events Calendar

Colloquium: "Utilizing Mobile Devices and Social Media to Access Health Information"

Presented by Iman Tahamtan, Teaching Associate, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Abstract: The first part of this presentation discusses how the adoption and use of mobile devices (e.g., smartphones) can facilitate access to health information and support clinical decision making at the point of care. This research also investigates the benefits and barriers to using mobile devices by healthcare professionals for accessing health information in medical settings. The second part of this talk presents the findings of a study about the opinion of members of online communities about the covid-19 pandemic. This research uses framing theory as a promising framework for studying how information about covid-19 is presented and processed on Twitter. This project applies content analysis and computational methods to identify the main themes used by the public to discuss various aspects of the pandemic. Findings indicate that Twitter hashtags could be used (a) as information anchors for capturing frames in public communications, (b) identifying communities formed around them, (c) andfor facilitating creation and diffusion of specific information resources through social media. Resultscontribute to fulfilling public information needs in real-time during crisis events through social media. This talk concludes with how the candidate’s research, teaching, and service contribute to the School ofComputing and Information.

Bio: Iman Tahamtan is a Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teaching Associate at the School of InformationSciences, College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Prior todoctoral studies, Iman earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Medical Library and InformationSciences (MLIS). He has nine years of research and six years of teaching experience in the field of Libraryand Information Science. He has taught various courses, including Research Methods, Technologies for
Information Retrieval, Medical Information Systems, and User-Centered Design, among others.

RSVP: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBmbOYWkCN4x5qe

Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

Colloquium: "Utilizing Mobile Devices and Social Media to Access Health Information"

Presented by Iman Tahamtan, Teaching Associate, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Abstract: The first part of this presentation discusses how the adoption and use of mobile devices (e.g., smartphones) can facilitate access to health information and support clinical decision making at the point of care. This research also investigates the benefits and barriers to using mobile devices by healthcare professionals for accessing health information in medical settings. The second part of this talk presents the findings of a study about the opinion of members of online communities about the covid-19 pandemic. This research uses framing theory as a promising framework for studying how information about covid-19 is presented and processed on Twitter. This project applies content analysis and computational methods to identify the main themes used by the public to discuss various aspects of the pandemic. Findings indicate that Twitter hashtags could be used (a) as information anchors for capturing frames in public communications, (b) identifying communities formed around them, (c) andfor facilitating creation and diffusion of specific information resources through social media. Resultscontribute to fulfilling public information needs in real-time during crisis events through social media. This talk concludes with how the candidate’s research, teaching, and service contribute to the School ofComputing and Information.

Bio: Iman Tahamtan is a Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teaching Associate at the School of InformationSciences, College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Prior todoctoral studies, Iman earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Medical Library and InformationSciences (MLIS). He has nine years of research and six years of teaching experience in the field of Libraryand Information Science. He has taught various courses, including Research Methods, Technologies for
Information Retrieval, Medical Information Systems, and User-Centered Design, among others.

RSVP: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBmbOYWkCN4x5qe

Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

Target Audience

Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdocs