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May 20, 2010

Matt Kaplan's dissertation defense

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Matthew Kaplan

"Greening the Gamescape: How Virtual Game Worlds Can Reflect Real-World Environmental Ethics"


Dan Philippon, Advisor

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
12 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

The Graduate Symposium in Interdisciplinary Rhetorical Studies

The centerpiece of the Graduate Symposium in Interdisciplinary Rhetorical Studies will be the participation of three distinguished visiting scholars. These scholars will be noted for their interdisciplinary work in rhetoric and chosen by graduate students in Writing Studies, Communication Studies and UMD English. These visiting scholars will engage in productive dialogue with rhetoric faculty from Minnesota and with graduate students interested in rhetoric from the three participating graduate programs.

Date: 05/27/2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Cost: Free

More Info: https://events.umn.edu/003480

May 18, 2010

Timothy Dougherty's Plan B Paper Presentation

MASTER of ARTS in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Presentation of a Plan B Paper by Timothy Dougherty

"Beyond the Safety of Theorizing White Students: Toward a Practice of White Fallibility for Solidarity"

Patrick Bruch, Advisor


Thursday, May 20, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
12 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can.

May 17, 2010

Joanne Steinhofer wins undergraduate Medtronic Technical Communication Scholarship

I'm happy to announce that this year's winner of the undergraduate Medtronic Technical Communication Scholarship is Joanne Steinhofer. Ms. Steinhofer is a Scientific & Technical Communication (S&TC) major with a subplan in Information Technology & Design.

An outstanding student who made the Dean's List last Fall Semester, Joanne is a deserving winner of the award.

Congratulations, Joanne!

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Writing Studies

May 13, 2010

Professor Carol Berkenkotter's book is reviewed in the journal Iberica

Professor Carol Berkenkotter's book, Patient Tales: Case Histories and the Uses of Narrative in Psychiatry, is reviewed in the journal Iberica. The reviewer, Francoise Salager-Meyer, is a well known applied linguist & discourse analyst of medical discourse.

Download Review (pdf)

Merry Rendahl's Dissertation Defense

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Merry Rendahl

"Moving First Year Writing Online: Applying Social Cognitive Theory to an Exploration of Student Study Habits and Interactions--Two Case Studies"

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Advisor

Thursday, May 20, 2010
1:00 p.m.
135 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

Grace Coggio's Dissertation Defense

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Grace Coggio

"Agency, Socio-Cultural Context, and the Role of the Technical Communicator During IT Adoption: A Case Study in Innovation Diffusion Across Cultures"

Bernadette Longo, Advisor

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
10:30 a.m.
12 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

May 10, 2010

Writing Studies at RSA

The Department of Writing Studies, along with the U of M's Department of Communication Studies, is pleased to be hosting and coordinating local arrangements for the Rhetoric Society of America's 14th Biennial Conference to be held in downtown Minneapolis, May 28-31, 2010. Organized in 1968, RSA has grown to become the preeminent rhetorical studies society in the United States. The society's broad mission is "to gather from all relevant fields of study, and to disseminate among its members, current knowledge of rhetoric, broadly construed; to identify new areas within the subject of rhetoric in which research is especially needed, and to stimulate such research; to encourage experimentation in the teaching of rhetoric; to facilitate professional cooperation among its members; to organize meetings at which members may exchange findings and ideas; and to sponsor the publication of such materials." The conference theme is "Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy," and invites participants to deliberate on a set of perennial questions: Does rhetoric civilize? Or does it repress and control? Or both? Does it express the self? Or dissolve it into a cultural miasma? What is the price of community gained through the language of social control? What is the limit of dissent expressed through the language of difference and personal liberation? Where do diversity and sameness meet on the human tongue and in the human condition?

Good luck to all the Writing Studies / Rhetoric faculty, graduate students, and alumni presenting at this year's RSA Conference!

Faculty Presenters:
Carol Berkenkotter, Patrick Bruch, Richard Graff, Laura Gurak , John Logie, Bernadette Longo, Mary Lay Schuster

RSTC Alumni Presenters:
Smiljana Antonijevic, David Beard, T. Kenny Fountain, Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, Erin Wais Hennen, Constance Kampf, Krista Kennedy, Joseph Little, Marianallet Mendez, Gretchen Perbix, Amy Propen, Andreea Ritivoi, Greg Schneider

Current and Incoming Graduate Student Presenters:
Paul Anheier, Dawn M. Armfield, Robert Baron, Joseph Bartolotta, Stephen Brasher, Timothy R. Dougherty, Ed Hahn, Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, Matthew Kaplan, Trent Kays, Aaron Little, Timothy Oleksiak, Tad Patterson, Jacqueline Schiappa, Kimberly Thomas-Pollei, Maggie VanNorman, Drew Virtue, Jeff Ward, Joshua Welsh, Mary Jo Wiatrak-Uhlenkott, Matthew Williams

Download a detailed, printable list of presentations by U of MN faculty, students and alumni.

May 4, 2010

Joanne Steinhofer wins Victoria Mikelonis Undergraduate Award in Scientific & Technical Communication

I'm happy to announce that this year's winner of the Victoria Mikelonis Undergraduate Award in Scientific & Technical Communication is Joanne Steinhofer. Ms. Steinhofer is a Scientific & Technical Communication (S&TC) major with a subplan in Information Technology & Design.

As an undeclared major in her first year at the U of M, Joanne happened upon a S&TC brochure that caught her eye and led her to our major with the goal of becoming a Technical Communicator. An outstanding student who made the Dean's List last Fall Semester, Joanne is a deserving winner of the award.

Congratulations, Joanne!

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Writing Studies

Scott Wyatt's Dissertation Defense May 11

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Christopher Scott Wyatt

Online Pedagogy: Designing Writing Courses for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Laura Gurak, Advisor


Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 12:00 p.m.
325 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

Brenda Hudson's Dissertation Defense May 10

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Brenda Hudson

"Democratizing" Clinical Research? Efficiency and Inclusiveness in an Electronic Primary Care Research Network

Carol Berkenkotter, Advisor

Monday, May 10, 2010, 10:00 a.m.
145 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can.