Brent Simoneaux, ABD

 Brent SimoneauxCongratulations to Brent Simoneaux, who successfully passed his doctoral exams on February 14, 2014. He will begin working on his dissertation this semester, titled Writing Elsewhere: Sexual Literacies, Technologies, and Queer South Identities. His committee includes Chris Anson, Will Banks (East Carolina University) Susan Miller-Cochran (chair), Nick Taylor, and Steve Wiley.

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Ashley R. Kelly, PhD

A screenshot of the Richter scale when Ashley sets down her 500-page dissertation tome.

A screenshot of the Richter scale in various cities across the world Ashley sets down her ~500-page dissertation tome. Or maybe it’s the Japanese earthquake that is the focus of the citizen scientists Ashley studied.

The CRDM blog is happy to congratulate Ashley on successfully passing her dissertation, titled “Hacking Science: Emerging Parascientific Genres and Public Participation in Scientific Research.” Her committee members are Carolyn Miller (chair), Nancy Penrose, and Bill Kinsella, all at NC State, and Jordynn Jack at UNC-Chapel Hill and Randy Harris at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Dr. Kelly is the latest addition to the distinguished (and well-employed) ranks of CRDM alumni. She will join the faculty at Purdue in the Brian Lamb School of Communication as an Assistant Professor. Congratulations, Ashley!


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Jeff Swift, Ph.D.

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The CRDM student blog is incredibly proud of Dr. Jeff Swift, long time blog editor here, for successfully defending this dissertation. His project, entitled “Flash Publics: A Rhetorical Recuperation of Public Sphere Theory in a Digital Age,” was chaired by Carolyn R. Miller and examines digital activism and online deliberation. His full committee includes Victoria Gallagher, Matt May, and David Reider.

While completing his dissertation, Dr. Swift has been an engaged and active member of the CRDM community, having run this blog for several years, the Rhetoric Society of America student chapter, and volunteered just about any time someone asked for help planning or running an event.

Congratulations, Dr. Swift, and thank you for your fine contributions to the CRDM program.

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Congratulations to Dr. Chris Cummings

Christopher L. Cummings, Ph.D. will be joining the faculty as a tenure-line assistant professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in January 2014.  Chris completed both of his graduate programs at NCSU, with his MS in Communication and his PhD in CRDM. With this background, he joins a highly-regarded academic and research program; the latest QS global rankings placed Nanyang Technological University as the 41st ranked university in the world and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information is ranked 11th in the world.

Dr. Chris Cummings enjoying a visit to Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, his future academic home.

 Chris has always been interested in a global approach to his profession and has been intrigued by the opportunity to travel and live abroad. Before beginning graduate studies at NCSU, he lived in Santiago de Chile, and when Nanyang Technological University in Singapore demonstrated their interest in having Chris on their faculty, he happily accepted the offer. According to Chris, “It is truly a wonderful opportunity.”  

Chris will be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, advanced presentational speaking, and risk communication. He will also be conducting research projects with graduate research assistants, investigating cross-cultural impacts of uncertainty and trust on protection motivation regarding emerging technologies including nanotechnology and synthetic biology. He has also been asked to serve as an advisor to the Wee Kim Wee School’s international study program and will serve as a faculty mentor to a group of outstanding undergraduate students who will be learning about and preparing communication campaigns for the tourism board of South Africa. He will have the opportunity to pursue his love of travel yet again, as he joins to group on a trip to Pretoria and Cape Town in August 2014.

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Elizabeth Johnson-Young, ABD

 Congratulations to Elizabeth Johnson-Young, who successfully passed her preliminary examination on November 12, 2013. Her committee members are Andrew Binder (chair), Melissa Johnson, Kami Kosenko, Huiling Ding, and Kelly Albada. Elizabeth’s dissertation research will examine mass media, body image, and health decisions during pregnancy.

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CRDM Students Honored

Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) is an alliance of more than 11,500 humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists working together to transform the future of learning for the 21st century. The HASTAC Scholars program includes students from over 75 universities and dozens of disciplines, working together on issues at the intersection of technology, arts, humanities, and sciences. HASTAC Scholars participate in a number of professional development activities that center around rethinking pedagogy, learning, research, and academia for the digital age.

Five CRDM students have been chosen as HASTAC scholars for the 2013-2014 academic year:

Jamie Hogan
Chris Kampe 
Kate Maddalena
Keon Pettiway
Elizabeth Pitts



Jamie, Chris, Kate, and Keon were sponsored by the Department of English. Elizabeth was sponsored by Duke as a participant in their PhD Lab.

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CRDM/GES Students to Attend ASU Winter School January 2014

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Photo courtesy of Arizona State University Center for Nanotechnology in Society.

Congratulations to CRDM/GES students Elizabeth Pitts and Molly Storment.  They have been accepted to attend  the second annual Winter School on the Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies  sponsored by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU), January 3-10, 2014 at Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, AZ.

The Winter School provides faculty and students opportunities to collaborate with CNS-ASU faculty researching emerging nanotechnologies and their social and cultural impacts.

Molly and Elizabeth will learn about the methods employed by CNS-ASU researchers, and will be guided in applying these methods to their own work in the IGERT and CRDM programs. Admission into this program, which is highly competitive, includes the costs of food and lodging for the week.

We will be shivering in the chilly drizzle of a NC winter as they enjoy the Arizona sunshine, but we look forward to hearing all about it when they return.

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