February 14, 2005

Sam Racine Loves Her Job

One of our former Ph.D. graduates, Sam Racine, will be featured in an
upcoming book: Be Happy at Work: 100 Women Who Love Their Jobs, and
, which will be published March 29, 2005 by Ballantine/Random House.
The author is Joanne Gordon, who came up with the idea after meeting many
women in her travels who admitted they loved their jobs. The book is
replete with inspirational and informational stories about women who
view their careers as more than just ways to make a living.

Sam is a Usability Architect at Unisys Corporation where she works on
user interfaces for enterprise-level software applications, specializing
in the transportation industry.

Posted by rhetoric at 8:17 AM

February 8, 2005

IAP Welcomes U.S. Bank / Fellowship Information Session

Rhetoric faculty, staff, and students are invited to join us as we welcome U.S. Bank as the newest member of our Industrial Affiliates Program.

Thursday, February 10, 2005
2:00 p.m.
Rhetoric lunchroom
Beverages and dessert will be served.

Representatives from the other members of our Industrial Affiliates Program, Medtronic, Unisys, and VERITAS Software, will also be on hand to talk about career trends, job and internship opportunities.

At 3:00 p.m. Rhetoric graduate students are encouraged to attend an information session in 137 COB. As you may know, fellowships in the amount of $2,000 are awarded each year by our Affiliates. Winners of the fellowships conduct collaborative research with the awarding company during the academic year and present their findings at a Spring Colloquium in May. The 2005-06 Call for Applications will be distributed. This is your chance to talk with the IAP representatives and hear from previous fellowship winners.

Please join us!

Applicants must be full-time graduate students for the 2005-06 academic year in good standing OR candidates accepted into one of the three degree programs: The M.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication, or the M.A. or Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication.

Posted by rhetoric at 2:46 PM

Rhetoric in the News

The Rhetoric Department was mentioned in a recent Star Tribune article about whether an apostrophe belongs in "Scholars (or Scholars') Walk."

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The issue has sparked quite a debate over what is grammatically correct, and what fits best with the University's current style:

UM Style Manual, page 45

"University of Minnesota Rule"

The Office of the Board of Regents has adopted a style without the
apostrophe. A similar style may be used for other instances in which
unit name serves an attributive rather than a possessive function.

* regents meeting
* College of Liberal Arts faculty
* Regents Professor of History
* history faculty

What do you think?

Posted by rhetoric at 2:19 PM

Kudos, Sam Racine!

Rhetoric Ph.D., Sam Racine recently presented "Evaluating the Usability of Web-based Applications: A Case Study" at the Twin-SPIN monthly meeting.
Sam is a Usability Architect for Unisys Corporation

This presentation will discuss the topic of usability and why and how it should be measured, will introduce and discuss the technique of contextual inquiry, and will describe a specific contextual inquiry conducted over a two-week period that measured and evaluated the usability of a web-based, enterprise-level cargo application. Discussion of the specific evaluation will include test design,
participants, findings, and a critique of the project and its results.

Posted by rhetoric at 2:13 PM

Rhetoric Graduate in the Field

Rhetoric alumna, Neelima Babu, is working as a medical writer at Eli Lilly in
Indianapolis. Her profile is featured on their website.

Posted by rhetoric at 1:41 PM