Congratulations to Jordan Frith, CRDM’s newest PhD. Dr. Frith successfully defended his dissertation, “Constructing location, one check-in at a time: Examining the practices of Foursquare users” to a packed house on Friday, October 12. Jordan’s 380-page tome studied how superusers of the mobile application Foursquare appropriated the technology for a variety of purposes, including social connection, exploring new places, privacy control, and memorializing their life. His dissertation committee members were Adriana de Souza e Silva (chair), Steve Wiley, David Berube, and Jason Swarts.
Jordan is the co-author of Mobile Interfaces in Public Spaces: Locational Privacy, Control, and Urban Sociability with CRDM faculty member Adriana de Souza e Silva. He has also published in the journals of Mobilities and Communication, Culture, and Critique.
Best wishes to Dr. Frith, as he is now in his first year as Assistant Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication at the University of North Texas.
Our sincerest congratulations to David Gruber, who successfully defended his dissertation this afternoon in impressive fashion. David’s dissertation is titled Neurorhetoric and the Dynamism of the Neurosciences: Mapping Translations of Mirror Neurons Across the Disciplines.
His dissertation committee included Jason Swarts (chair), Jordynn Jack (UNC-CH), Bill Kinsella, Carolyn Miller, and David Rieder.
David’s dissertation explores the intersection of science and rhetoric using the specific case study of something called the “mirror neuron” (click on the image below for the Wikipedia article on the topic). Basically, David’s interest in the rhetoric of the body was the springboard into a fascinating study of how various disciplines make arguments using neuroscientific evidence. We are proud to congratulate him on successfully passing his dissertation defense.
After months of viewing her Twitter handle (@drshephe) and thinking she was already a Dr. (and then wondering why she didn’t spell her last name correctly), we are proud to announce that Dawn Shepherd passed her dissertation defense with flying colors and is now officially Dr. Shepherd.
Dawn’s dissertation is titled “Technologies of Matching: Romantic Matchmaking, Power, and Algorithmic Culture.” Her committee included Steve Wiley, and Susan Miller-Cochran and was co-chaired by Carolyn Miller and Jeremy Packer.
Dawn is a faculty member at Boise St. University, where we’re told all the classrooms are carpeted with artifical blue turf.
We wonder if birds regularly nosedive into the floor in Dawn's classroom.