Thanks to everyone who voted for me! As a result of it, I got the second place in the overall photo competition Images of Research at Strathclyde. The final winners were determined by a public vote and were announced on 15 June in Drygate.
A great venue, craft beer, fabulous food and an award. What more could I wish for from a night out!
On some Friday nights instead of going bar hopping, you can hop into the Glasgow Science Centre for an adults-only science showcase, Science Lates, which will entertain and enlighten. I was lucky to take part in the event on June 2, titled Under the Skin, which covered topics from sleep to viruses to brain functions and fertility. And of course, body image!
This is an annual competition, which evolves into an year-long exhibition bringing the research conducted at Strathclyde to an audience of thousands at art galleries, museums and public spaces. This year the exhibition will be shown at the Glasgow Science Centre, the Drygate, and, very exciting, the European Parliament.
My entry was a family affair. The photo was created by my brother, Deyan Stoev, who is a professional photographer, under my creative guidance.
But most importantly, now it’s up to the public to decide the overall winner in the competition. Please, vote for my entry! You can do it here: Images of Research vote.
Our essay “The Female Body on Social Media”, co-authored with long-time colleague professor Yusuf Kalyango Jr., has come out in the volume Social Media: A Reference Handbook, edited by Dr Kelli Burns. The essay presents an overview of knowledge on the relationship between social media and body image. We also present the findings of our research, which asked women about the content of their Facebook posts related to their weight, body image, dieting, or weight loss.
Check out the new video I produced recently with my colleagues Dr Andrea Tonner from Strathclyde Business School and Julie Cameron from Mental Health Foundation. I did voxpop interviews with young people, asking them about their experiences and attitudes towards social media. Their answers may surprise you and will definitely make you think about your own views on these questions.
Next week an exciting event is taking place at U of Strathclyde: a meeting that will gather academics, clinicians and third-sector experts to discuss body image and eating disorders. The aim is to discuss gaps in our knowledge in these areas and propose a research agenda that would fill these gaps. I’ve worked on this project together with a colleague from Marketing, Dr Andrea Tonner, and Julie Cameron from the Mental Health Foundation. Read my post for the Glasgow City of Science blog here.
You may not be too surprised to find out that spending time on Facebook is linked to thoughts about our bodies and the bodies of our friends. But what exactly is the connection? Find out from our new study published online in the journal Women & Health, and co-authored by me, my good friend and fellow Mizzou alum Dr Yusuf Kalyango Jr and my former master’s student at University of Iowa Ellen Paasch.