Monthly Archives: March 2016

A New Collaborative Publication by CRDMers

As of this morning, an article co-written by CRDMers Gwendolynne Reid, Brent Simoneaux, Keon Pettiway, and CRDM alum Robin Snead, just came out: “Multimodal Communication in the University: Surveying Faculty Across Disciplines.” The article was published in the journal Across Discipilnes: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing. You can also read more about the article on Gwendolynne’s website: http://www.gwendolynnereid.com/?p=64

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Three 1st-year CRDMers presented at Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference

This past week, three first-year CRDM students presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in Seattle.

Charlie Ecenbarger presented his paper titled: “I Remember When This Was Free: The Transition from Add-Ons to Downloadable Content.”

Kee Eun Joo Lee presented her paper titled: “I am observing a new cultural revolution on the TaJinYo forum’: Celebrity Production of Non-authoritative Media by Online Anti-fans.”

Justin Grandinetti’s paper is titled: “‘Jihadi Cool’: The Rhetorical Vernacular of the Islamic State.

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Four CRDM Students Presented at 11th NCSU Graduate Student Research Symposium

Second-year CRDM student Chen Chen, CRDM candidates Gwendolynne Reid, Cristiane S. Damasceno, and Dr. Dwiyatna Widinugraha (Gaha) presented at the NCSU 11th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium today. Their presentation titles are the following:

Chen Chen, “Discipliniography of Rhet/Comp on Social Media: A Content Analysis of Communicative Practices of Scholars in Facebook Groups”

Gwendolynne Reid, “Citizen Science: Shifting the Rhetorical Landscape of Scientific Communication”

Dwiyatna Widinugraha (Gaha), “The Marketing of Separatist Group: Classification on Separatist Movement Categories”

Cristiane S. Damasceno, “Experts and Novices in Promotional Videos for MOOCs”

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Congratulations to Dr. Hector Rendon!!!

Hector Rendon, 4th-year CRDM candidate, successfully defended his dissertation this morning. The title is “News Media Narratives: Local, International, and Digital Frames of Mexican Elections.” His committee was chaired by Dr. Melissa Johnson, and joined by Drs. Cat Warren, Dr. Steve Wiley, Dr. Jason Swarts, and me (chair). The project was an ambitious bilingual content analysis of more than 2,000 news stories and 11,000 Tweets, plus a network analysis of the digital data.

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Congratulations to Dr. Molly Hartzog!!!

Molly Hartzog, 4th-year CRDM candidate, successfully defended her dissertation yesterday. Her dissertation title is “Inventing Mosquitoes: Digital Organisms as Rhetorical Boundary Objects in Genetic Pest Management for Dengue and Malaria Control.”
Molly was a member of the first cohort of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program in Genetic Engineering and Society. Chaired by Dr. Carolyn Miller, her committee was especially interdisciplinary: Huiling Ding (CRDM-English), Fred Gould (Entomology), Will Kimler (History), Bill Kinsella (CRDM-Communication).
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J.J. Sylvia Published a Blogpost!

J.J. Sylvia, third-year CRDM candidate, contributed a new post to the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative’s Blog Carnival on maker spaces. His post, titled, “Utilizing the Library Makerspace for Critical Invention in Intro to Science, Technology, and Society” details the way that he integrated critical making projects into his introductory level STS course, in particular emphasizing the mission of NCSU to “Think and Do.” The class used tools such as microcontrollers, 3D printing, and augmented reality to invent new technologies. J.J. also presented on this use of critical making in a lightning talk at the recent 2016 CRDM Symposium focused on critical invention.
This intro course was also gamified, and the emphasis on learning from failure that is part of gamification paired well with the critical making component of the course. You can see J.J. presenting on the mechanics of gamification as they applied to this course at the 2015 HASTAC conference.
Finally, be sure to check out a Storify that highlights both the process of creation and the final projects his students completed during the course. forcemouse

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Congratulations to Dr. Widinugraha!!!

Dwiyatna (Gaha) Widinugraha, a third-year CRDM candidate, successfully defended his dissertation this morning. The title was “The Papua Separatist Group and Indonesia in the Age of New Public Diplomacy: A Comparative Analysis of Websites, Facebook Visuals, and Twitter.” Gaha’s committee is chaired by Dr. Melissa Johnson, and joined by Drs. Jason Swartz, Dr. Kiwanuka-Tondo, Dr. Andrew Binder.
Upon graduation and after participating in training programs, Gaha will be posted to the global diplomatic corps of the Government of Indonesia, with the location of his first post not yet determined. We will be proud to have CRDM represented on such a world stage!

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