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.
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.
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, Chris, Kate, and Keon were sponsored by the Department of English. Elizabeth was sponsored by Duke as a participant in their PhD Lab.
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.
Congratulations to CRDM graduate Fredessa Hamilton Cobb, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation titled: ‘I Wanna Text, Too!’ Examining How Low-literate Adults Use New Communication Technologies and Applications.” Her committee was chaired by Dr. James Kiwanuka-Tondo, and included Dr. Susan Miller-Cochran
, Dr. Melissa Johnson, and Dr. Deanna Dannels.
Dr. Cobb is now teaching at Shaw University in Raleigh as an Instructor in Mass Communications. With that, she has officially taken her place on our CRDM graduate map
Congratulations, Dr. Cobb! Hope 2 hear from u l8tr.
Written by CRDM student Ashley R. Kelly
The CRDM student blog is enormously proud to announce that Meagan Kittle Autry successfully defended her dissertation on Thursday. Dr. Kittle Autry recently joined the NC State Graduate School as the inaugural Director of Thesis and Dissertation Support Services.
Her dissertation project, entitled “Genre Change Online: Open Access and the Scientific Research Article,” was directed by Carolyn R. Miller and committee members Ann M. Penrose, William J. Kinsella, and David Rieder. The project explored whether or not open access publishing seems to be changing the genre of the scientific research article.
With her intimate knowledge of this important genre, Meagan will help NC State graduate students (many of them from STEM disciplines) complete high quality thesis and dissertations in a timely manner. She knows something about that, having completed her degree in three years, defending just months after becoming ABD.
Congratulating Meagan on her fine dissertation wouldn’t be complete without one more acknowledgement. Rumor has it she was among the first NC State Ph.D. students, and the first in CHASS, to deposit with a Creative Commons license in place of the standard NC State copyright page.
As a fellow Canadian, and on behalf of the student blog, well done on all accounts eh!
Congratulations to CRDM student Keon Pettiway for winning the 2013 Emerging Pedagogies Research and Travel Grant. The title of his proposal is “The Multiliteracy of Design in the Public Work of Composition Studies” and will be completed in August 2013.
Nice work, Keon!