This past weekend, Larissa Carneiro presented part of her dissertation at the Conference in Material Religion at Duke University.
Her paper investigates how Creationism mobilizes natural objects as agents in order to turn the Book of Genesis into an account of scientific truth. She shows how this is done by comparing two different networks in which the brute facts of nature (ice, water, rocks, fossils, etc.) are assembled according to two different worldviews and made to produce different “truths.” Creationism, inspired by Scottish Realism, conceives that all matter is dead and inert, which subjugates its role to divine intervention. According to Creationists, by attributing evolutionary skills – self-determination – to the brute facts of nature, evolutionists deny the power of God over nature. She argues that if Creationism cannot be considered a science, it is not because it fails to follow the four features that Robert K. Merton described as the normative structure of science (as US courts have ruled in cases against Creation Science). It is because all the material actants of its network only work as witnesses to God’s existence. In short, what makes Creationism religion is its concept of materiality.
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).
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.
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.
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 Craig, Susan 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.
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.
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).
We think that Dr. Redmond convinced these previously skeptical folks that ‘upward dissent strategies’ are something to be happy about.