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March 27, 2009

Writing Studies Parlor - April Events

"Darwin's Polysemy: Survival of the Fittest Meaning"
Tom Wright
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Nicholson 12 @12-1:15

"Audience as Auditors in Greek Rhetoric"
Richard Graff
Friday, April 10, 2009
Nicholson 325 @ 3:00

Title TBA
Brett Werner
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Nicholson 12 @11:30-12:45

March 16, 2009

Call for Applications for the 2009-10 Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) Fellowships in Technical Communication

Medtronic and US Bank, as part of their affiliations with the University of Minnesota, Writing Studies Department, Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication, have established fellowships in the amount of $2,000 each for graduate students in our program. One fellowship per company will be awarded for the 2009-10 academic year. The fellowship may be used by a student to support his or her graduate research. The following describes the criteria of the fellowships and the application procedures. In the past, fellowship winners have used this opportunity to work on part of their thesis or dissertation and have published papers and given presentations as a result of their collaborations with our industry partners. These Fellowships are an exciting opportunity to do research in a “live” setting and to see how the exigencies of workplace technical communication relate to the theories you learn in class.

The funds are a result of a gift to the Department. You may use these funds in any manner that is in support of your graduate work.

For more information, please read the Call for Applications.

March 2, 2009

Bernadette Longo: Facebook: not just for students

Bernadette Longo, was recently interviewed for a story in the Daily about how University faculty are using Facebook, a social networking site.

Faculty frequently use Facebook for networking, but not many have brought the site into the classroom. Associate Professor Bernadette Longo, who teaches in the Department of Writing Studies, is an exception. This semester, she integrated a Facebook group into her Information Design class and asked her students to join.
The group, called “First Step Initiative,” is centered around an organization by the same name, which works with women entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group has 109 members globally. Longo’s students are able to share information with people around the world via Facebook, but the site’s other opportunities are still unknown, Longo said. Since Facebook is still relatively young, teachers are still figuring out how it can be used to educate students, Longo said. “Who doesn’t love Facebook?” she said. “We don’t exactly know yet the full potential. It seems like it has a good structure for working with people in the whole world.”

Read the full article: http://www.mndaily.com/print/50589