August 18, 2006

Full Papers for NMR@UMN

Full papers for the upcoming New Media Research @ UMN conference are starting to trickle in. You can download them from the conference website at:

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May 22, 2006

Abstracts for conference are in

We've received a lot of great proposals for the New Media Research at UMN 2006 conference. Propsals are currently getting reviewed and acceptance notices will be sent out soon. Looking at the submitted abstracts, I think this conference is shaping up to be very enlightening and engaging. Thank you to everyone who sent in an abstract. For a schedule and more information about the conference, visit the conference site.

Posted by at 11:03 AM

April 18, 2006

New Media Research @ UMN Conference - Call for Proposals

Since last year’s New Media Research at UMN conference was such a success, we’ve
decided to gather again!

For: The University of Minnesota New Media Research Community

When: Thursday, September 14, 2006 – Friday, September 15, 2006

Where: Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006 - 5:00 - 7:30 pm - Digital Technology Center,
Walter Library 4th Floor - Poster exhibition and Conference Kick-off

Friday, Sept. 15, 2006 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Coffman Union, Mississippi
Room - Paper panels, posters, and roundtable discussion

Join us as we continue to:

  • Showcase the cutting edge research being done right in our own backyard
  • Network with other researchers and scholars interested in the examination of new media and technology

The study of the internet and other digital technologies requires innovative thinking about
methods and theories both within and across disciplines. Last year’s conference featured
presenters from across the University of Minnesota from Communication Studies,
Journalism and Mass Communication, Political Science, and Rhetoric, and included
collaborations with the Academic and Distributed Computing Services, the Academic
Health Center & Family Medicine, the Center for Public Health Education and Outreach
& the Medical School, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy and
Administration, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature & English, Family Social
Science, Computer Science.

The conference will be a combination of paper presentations, poster exhibition and
brainstorming on collaborative research opportunities. We will also hear from the
Directors and Deans of various departments about the ways new media is affecting their
research agendas. Susan C. Herring, Professor of Information Science at Indiana
University, and Editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication will be our
keynote speaker.


The call for papers for this conference is open to any University of Minnesota faculty,
graduate students, researchers, or librarian working on a project in the area of new media
/ internet studies. If your abstract is not selected for a full paper we are still interested in
learning about your project in an expanded poster session. We are looking for proposals
that address two aspects:
  • Discuss the methodological and/or theoretical innovations, issues, and opportunities you have encountered in your new media / internet research
  • Discuss a research project that illustrates the above

DEADLINE for Abstract (250 – 350 words): May 22, 2006
FULL PAPERS (7 – 10 pages) or POSTERS: August 15, 2006

SEND PROPOSALS by May 15, 2006 in Word format to:

Download this document [pdf]

Posted by at 9:41 PM

February 17, 2006

Network Frappr Map

Another proof that you only need to wait a little while these days before someone invents what you need. I've created a group for the New Media Research Network on the social mapping site Frappr. You can access the map at:

When you add yourself to the map, you can upload a photo and designate your status (faculty, student, staff, other). There's also an RSS feed, so you can see who's on the map. The Frappr team has been making a lot of interesting improvements lately and I'm sure there are more to come.

Link to Network Map

Posted by at 11:31 AM

February 14, 2006

New Network Streams

There are two new features on the Network website.

The first is a tag "inms" that anyone can use to add links that we can all use by subcribing to the feed, or simply looking up the tag on

The second is a flickr group where you can share photos that may be of interest to the network. links
flickr photos

Posted by at 9:34 AM

February 8, 2006

Virtual Psychotherapy

On UMNnews there is a story about using virtual reality immersion therapy to help relieve patients' fobias. From the story:

For nearly a year the clinic has been using virtual reality to desensitize patients to experiences that provoke fear and anxiety. The key is to repeat the exposure many times in a session, which can't be done for real when the anxiety involves things like flying and public speaking, the two major foci of current therapies. Other programs treat fear of storms, heights, closed spaces, and being interviewed.

Full Story

Posted by at 9:57 AM

February 7, 2006

Talking about serious games on MPR

This morning on MPR's Midmorning with Kerri Miller, there was a good discussion of using games as teaching tools in universities, industry, and government. Guests on the show included:

  • Kathleen Hansen, professor of journalism and mass communication and director of the Minnesota Journalism Center at the University of Minnesota.
  • Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota.
  • Ben Sawyer, president of Digitalmill, Inc. and the co-director of the Serious Games Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

There was some excellent discussion from the guests, as well as callers in the second half. It's definitely worth a listen if you're interested in educational, or "serious", applications for digital games.

Listen at the Midmorning page

Posted by at 10:44 AM

January 31, 2006

Neverwinter Nights as a Learning Environment

Professors Nora Paul and Kathleen Hansen (School of Journalism and Mass Communication) were featured in UMN News today. They are working with the MMORPG Neverwinter Nights as an evironment for learning. From the story:

Hansen and Paul modified the game-with the technical help of Matt Taylor, a colleague at Dunwoody College of Technology-to provide students with an interactive lesson in researching and writing a breaking news story. In the modified game, the student plays the role of a rookie reporter at the Harperville Gazette newspaper. A train has derailed in town and spilled its load of anhydrous ammonia, and the rookie reporter is assigned to write a context piece to help Gazette readers understand the implications of the accident. In the game, the reporter talks to the paper's editor about a good angle for the story, such as the health effects of anhydrous ammonia, the potential environmental effects, the public safety aspects of the wreck, or issues of railroad safety, for example. Once players choose their story angle, they are free to go anywhere in the newsroom and anywhere in the city of Harperville to research the story.

Full Story

Posted by at 8:47 PM

January 10, 2006

New Media Research Network Map

Find colleagues working with new media around campus with the network map. Powered by Google, you can add yourself to the map to announce your presence to the network.
New Media Research Map

Posted by at 9:10 PM

New Media Research Network Blog

Welcome to the new media research network blog! Posts here will focus on research, projects, events and news related to new media at the University of Minnesota. The University community is invited to contribute their thoughts and news here.

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