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Molly Hartzog won the CHASS Dissertation Award!

Dr. Molly Hartzog, recently graduated CRDMer, was awarded the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Award. As the first CRDM student in the IGERT GES program, her dissertation is a true example of interdisciplinary work integrating the strengths of CRDM and the Genetic Engineering and Society program. Her dissertation (defended on March 22, 2016) was titled “Inventing Mosquitoes: Digital Organisms as Rheotircal Boundary Objects in Genetic Pest Management for Dengue and Malaria Control.” Her committee was chaired by Dr. Carolyn Miller, joined by Drs. William Kinsella, William Kimler, Huiling Ding, and Fred Gould.
Congratulations to Molly and her committee!


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1st CRDM Dissertation Award and CHASS Dissertation Award Nominations

This year, the CRDM program nominated two dissertations for the CHASS Thesis and Dissertation Award: Fernanda Duarte and Molly (Hartzog) Storment. 

In addition, the CRDM committee decided to implement a new Annual CRDM Dissertation award, to be chosen among the program’s nominees for the CHASS Dissertation Award. 

There were several excellent nominations, and this year, the committee chose the Dissertation of Fernanda Duarte to be the recipient of the 1st CRDM Dissertation Award.

Fernanda’s dissertation, titled “openAnalogInput(): Hybrid spaces, Self-making and Power in the Internet of Things” was defended in December 2015, and her committee was: Adriana de Souza e Silva (chair), Jeremy Packer, David Rieder, and Steve Wiley.

Each year the CRDM Dissertation award winner will receive a plate, and a 250 dollar cash award.

Congratulations to Molly and Fernanda!



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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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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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NCSU Libraries Makerspace Offers CRDM Graduate Research Assistantship

jessica_aIf you hadn’t known, Jesscia Handloff, a second-year student in our program, is this year’s CRDM graduate research assistant for the NCSU Libraries Makerspace. Continuing the Makerspace program that was first launched in 2013 with the opening of Hunt Library, the D. H. Hill Library opened its own Makerspace this past June. According to Chris Tonelli, Director of Communication Strategy of the NCSU libraries, “[i]n this space, the Libraries continues to focus on 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting, and electronics prototyping, while adding new tools such as sewing and soldering and emphasizing hands-on access.”

Jessica has been working with the space since the beginning of this past summer and has helped develop and deliver presentations and workshops, etc. She has received high praise from Adam Rogers, Emerging Technology Services Librarian, “Jessica has already established herself as a crucial member of the D.H. Hill Makerspace team. She has enriched the Makerspace with excellently designed learning resources, supported students and faculty in learning the processes and tools of making in innovative ways, and identified great opportunities for collaboration with her CRDM cohort and its faculty.” Those of us in CRD704 can attest to her excellent work on introducing us to the Makerspace and facilitating our collaborative projects as well as pushing us to reflect more on the concept of critical making.

Jessica is the first recipient of this assistantship. She has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from East Carolina University and is a former U.S. Army Captain. Her research focuses on media technologies, Kittler, and war.


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