CRDM Student Wins NC State CHASS Dissertation Award

Recently we announced that Ashley R. Kelly successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Hacking Science: Emerging Parascientific Genres and Public Participation in Scientific Research.” Her dissertation, following a CRDM tradition, won the 2013-2014 NC State College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Award.

A committee of graduate program directors evaluates nominated entries from across the college and selects one for the recognition. Her dissertation has also been nominated to go on to a national competition sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and ProQuest.

Ashley’s dissertation was directed by Carolyn R. Miller (who also directed previous winner Christian Casper’s dissertation) and her committee included Ann M. Penrose, William J. Kinsella, Jordynn Jack (UNC-CH) and Randy Allen Harris (University of Waterloo).

Congratulations, Ashley!

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Research Award for CRDM grads

The Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW) awarded their Best Article or Book Chapter in Rhetoric, Writing Studies or Discourse Studies in 2013 to CRDM grads Dr. Ashley R. Kelly and Dr. Meagan Kittle Autry, and CRDM faculty William J. Kinsella, for their article “Risk, regulation, and rhetorical boundaries: claims and challenges surrounding a purported nuclear renaissance” in Communication Monographs.

Drs. Kelly and Kittle Autry have previously won an award for related work, which focused on the merger between Carolina utility giants Duke Energy and Progress Energy.

The Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing is a bilingual Canadian organization focusing on rhetoric, discourse studies, and writing studies. They also recentlyhonoured Dr. Kittle Autry’s dissertation among the finest rhetorically-focused dissertations written by Canadian students.

The Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant is owned by Duke Energy which, after the recent merger with Progress Energy, is the nation's largest electricity provider. Kinsella, Kelly, and Kittle Autry (2013) argue that this "mega-utility merger engages entangled discourses of economic and environmental risk, energy policy, and corporate and environmental regulation."

The Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant is owned by Duke Energy which, after a recent merger with Progress Energy, is the nation’s largest electricity provider. In their award-winning article, Kinsella, Kelly, and Kittle Autry (2013) argue that this “mega-utility merger engages entangled discourses of economic and environmental risk, energy policy, and corporate and environmental regulation.”

Article reference: Kinsella, W. J., Kelly, A. R., & Autry, M. K. (2013). Risk, regulation, and rhetorical boundaries: claims and challenges surrounding a purported nuclear renaissance. Communication monographs, 80.3, 278-301.

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Heidi Hess von Ludewig, Ph.D.

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Some creative use of a social network graphic in honor of Dr. Hess von Ludewig’s work.

Congratulations to Heidi Hess von Ludewig who successfully defended her dissertation on May 5th, 2014. Her dissertation was entitled “Networked Creativity: Understanding the Process and Effect of Interpersonal and Networked Interactions on Workplace Creativity” and was chaired byJason Swarts. The rest of her committee included Elizabeth CraigSusan Katz, and Chris Mayhorn from the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Hess von Ludewig began her studies in the CRDM program as a part-time student and full-time IBMer, but not long after becoming ABD she completed the program. Her encouraging completion time is good evidence of the hard work she put into her fine dissertation.

 

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Kate Maddalena, Ph.D.

The CRDM blog is excited to announce that Kate Maddalena successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Mediating Atomistic Ontologies: LEGO, Synthetic Biology, and a Digital Episteme” on April 15th, 2014. Dr. Maddalena’s dissertation was chaired by William Kinsella and the rest of her committee was comprised of Jeremy Packer, David Rieder, and Jason Swarts.

Dr. Maddalena can be sent congratulations on Twitter, where she is @KateMadd; or, you can visit her in the CRDM office with offerings of LEGO. Congratulations, Kate!

Dr. Maddalena will join the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing and Technical Communication. In doing so she joins the well-employed ranks of CRDM.

‘A pile of Lego blocks’ by Alan Chia

‘A pile of Lego blocks’ by Alan Chia

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Valeska Redmond, Ph.D.

Congratulations from the CRDM blog to Valeska Redmond, who defended her dissertation, entitled “Examining the relationships between conflict styles, upward dissent tactics, and leader-member-social-exchange” on April 14th, 2014. Dr. Redmond’s dissertation project was chaired by Jessica Jameson with a supporting and supportive committee, including Susan Miller-Cochran, Elizabeth Craig, and Cathy Zimmer (UNC, Chapel Hill).

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We think that Dr. Redmond convinced these previously skeptical folks that ‘upward dissent strategies’ are something to be happy about.

 

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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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