Justin Grandinetti Won 2nd Place for Best Student Paper at NCA

Justin Grandinetti, a first-year CRDM student, has just won second place for Best Student Paper in the Theatre, Film, and New Multi-Media Division at NCA this year. His paper was titled: “Occupy” The Hunger Games: An Examination of Domination and Revolution through Actor-Network Theory.


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Melinda Leonardo Won Top Paper Award at NCA

As some of you are on your way back from NCA and reflecting on the conference experience. We’d like to share with you some great news about a CRMDer, Melinda Leonardo, whose dissertation work won Top Paper Award for the Training and Development Division at NCA this year.










Stay tuned for more fun from NCA!

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Call for Nominations for 2016 Graduate Research Symposium

It’s that time of the year again! The 2016 11th NCSU Graduate Research Symposium is seeking nominations. The symposium will be held from 1:00 to 5:30pm at McKimmon Center on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. All presentations will be in poster format and must follow certain guidelines:

1) Posters must be a maximum of 4′ high x 6′ wide. Pushpins will be provided.
2) Students may use posters that they have already presented at another conference, if they choose to do so.
3) The UGSA and Graduate School do not have funds available to cover poster printing costs. Both the production of the poster and associated costs are the responsibility of the presenters.
For more guidelines, please refer to www.ncsu.edu/grad/research/symposium.html.
Adriana is now receiving nominations for the Eleventh Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium (see call below). Faculty are encouraged to nominate PhD students who are engaged in exceptional and interesting research to showcase their work (in poster form) at the symposium in March 2016. Students are also encouraged to self nominate.

In order to nominate, please send Adriana the name of the PhD student, the title and abstract of the research project, and a brief (2-3 sentences) statement about the quality/importance of the work.

Note the deadline for nomination is December 02, 2015.  If more than the allocated nominations are received, the CRDM committee will review them to make decisions on how to move forward.

Last year over 200 posters from more than 60 graduate programs were presented and our very own CRDMers Johanne Laboy was awarded first place and Sarah Evans was awarded third place in the Humanities category in 2015. You can ask Sarah about her experience!

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Hyperrhiz 13 is finally here!

So last month we had posted about a few student projects that were being presented at Rutger’s Digital Studies Center and were going to be published in the online journal Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. You can read the past blog post here.

The issue is finally out, and you can check it out here.

Hyperrhiz 13, Fall 2015: Kits, Plans, Schematics is edited and currated by Helen J. Burgess and David Rieder, two of our CRDM faculty members, and features two CRDM projects that were born in Dr. Rieder’s CRD702 class:



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Adele talks about “Meat and the Politics of Nutrition”

Adele Hite was invited to speak recently at the NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference on October 13, 2015, in Winston-Salem, NC.  Adele, who is also a registered dietitian, addressed the topic of “Meat and the Politics of Nutrition,” as part of a Nutritional Benefits of Meat presentation with Dr. Pete Ballerstedt of Barenbrug USA.  Her talk was based in her ongoing critical examination of the concept of “healthy food” and the historical, social, political, and technological contexts surrounding the creation and evolution of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The Carolina Meat Conference was hosted by NC Choices, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS).  CEFS is a partnership of NC State University, A&T State University and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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Photo credit:  Briana Brough, NC Choices; Media sponsor:  Laser Image

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Mastering Prezi for Business Presentations by J.J. Sylvia IV

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 5.36.48 PMJ.J. Sylvia IV, CRDM Class of 2017, recently authored the second edition of Mastering Prezi for Business Presentations, updating and revising the first edition by Russell Anderson-Williamson. The book was released this summer and is available in both paperback and digital versions. Prezi is a non-linear 3D presentation tool that offers an alternative to PowerPoint and is available for free with an .edu email address. This book is written to be accessible for beginners but also useful for those who already have experience with Prezi. It begins with a focus on the non-linear thinking necessary to use Prezi at its best, and guides readers through all of the features of the software from that perspective, including ideas for group collaboration and remote presentations, using it as an interactive whiteboard, and how to incorporate outside technology such as Audacity, YouTube, and Inkscape in the Prezi creation process.Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 12.21.38 AM

Before joining the CRDM Program, J.J. worked with the nonprofit Digital Opportunity Trust, in partnership with AmeriCorps, as both a Communication Specialist and a Manager who oversaw interns working in K-12 classrooms throughout Mississippi and Louisiana. These interns helped teachers better integrate instructional technology, such as Prezi, into their curriculum in order to enable to teaching of 21st century skills. Drawing on this experience, J.J. served as a Technical Reviewer for Packt Publishing on the books Prezi Essentials and Prezi Hotshot before updating Mastering Prezi for Business Presentations.

IMG_4289In addition to using Prezi to present his own work at conferences, J.J. has included Prezi-related assignments in his Public Speaking, Communication for Business and Management, and Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society courses while at North Carolina State University. Students have presented their innovative work in the high-tech visualization spaces at Hunt Library such as the Teaching and Visualization Lab and the Creativity Studio. In part through his work on projects such as these, J.J. has achieved the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching and received the Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching during his first two years in the CRDM Program.

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Stephen Carradini, ABD, Presented at the Annual Convention of Association for Business Communication

In the midst of his preliminary exams, Stephen Carradini somehow managed to squeeze in a conference presentation. Just last week on October 29th, he presented the paper “No Immediate Plans: Arts Nonprofit Motivations in Choice or Rejection of Crowdfunding” at the 80th annual Association for Business Communication Conference in Seattle, Washington. His presentation, built out of quantitative research conducted in a CRDM core course, focused on results from a survey about the use of crowdfunding–an emergent digital media fundraising method–in arts nonprofits in North Carolina. Stephen found that organizations consider their specific needs when deciding to use or reject crowdfunding, but often do not factor in their potential audience’s response or their organization’s structure. Respondents representing organizations which had not conducted a crowdfunding campaign noted overwhelmingly that they were open to the idea in the future but had no current plans to do it. The full paper can be read in the forthcoming Proceedings of the 80th Annual Conference.

Stephen also received a Graduate Travel Award from ABC on Friday, October 30th.

When you see him, besides congratulating on his newly ABDedness, you may also want to ask him about this interesting research and how he managed to do it all!

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