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Liza Potts Heads to ASH!

This spring, WIDE Director Liza Potts (@LizaPottslpotts@msu.edu) will be bringing the redesigned Sherlockian.net to The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes. The community will have an opportunity to test out the site and provide feedback as WIDE prepares for its launch in the fall.

WIDE Awards at CCCC!

Two WIDE members and alumni won awards at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Portland this year. They are:

Laura Gonzales, honorable mention in Outstanding Dissertation in Technical Communication for “Sites of Translation: What Multilinguals Can Teach us about Rhetoric, Writing, and Technology.”

Jim Ridolfo, Research Impact Award for Digital Samaritans: Rhetorical Delivery and Engagement in the Digital Humanities.

WIDE Heads to ATTW and CCCC!

Researchers, graduate students, and alumni of WIDE will all head to Portland, Oregon for the annual Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. With presentations ranging from WIDE Director Liza Potts’s look at cultivating archival connections through building, working, and teaching with them (CCCC MW.07) to Ben Lauren and Dawn Opel’s focus on using role-playing games in the classroom and the workplace (CCCC L.04), and think tank sessions discussing the future of online writing instruction from Casey McArdle (CCCC I.02) and how to cultivate equity in a professional organization (CCCC E.03) with Donnie Sackey, WIDE is bringing a plethora of exciting directions to the table.

We’ll also get to hear from graduate students like Heather Turner, who takes a look at data visualization approaches in social-justice oriented research (ATTW B3), and Victor Del Hierro, who discusses pedagogy, place, and public memory from a feminist, hip-hop, and queer researching perspective (CCCC C.06). It’s not all presentations here either, where Lauren Brentnell will lead a roundtable on sustaining identity through cultural practice as a cohort (CCCC G.54) and Jack Hennes will be showing a poster connecting transportation planning and technical communication with the public during the afternoon poster session at ATTW.

And that’s not even the half of WIDE presentations this week! Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @msuwide for updates on the sessions!

Bill Hart-Davidson Wins Crow Grant!

Through his work on educational pedagogy, Bill Hart-Davidson has received a grant to do work on the Corpus & Repository of Writing. Crow is a project across institutions to create an online archive of student work as well as instructor research and artifacts. By making these materials accessible and searchable in one database, Crow seeks to support researchers and instructors looking to build on their methods of teaching writing.

Liza Potts Meets with ASH!

WIDE Director Liza Potts (@LizaPotts, lpotts@msu.edu) attended the autumn meeting of The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes in New York to connect with experts and leaders in the community. This research is one step in the process of incorporating the values and culture that the Sherlock Holmes community has fostered into the revised Sherlockian.net site.

Bill Hart-Davidson (@billhd) at the Hutton Lecture Series

On September 15th Bill Hart-Davidson was invited to speak as a part of the Hutton Lecture Series at Purdue University. In his talk titled "Rhetoric (and Writing) in the Age of Robots," Bill discussed the importance of teaching robots the value of rhetoric featuring reference to his work on the Hedge-O-Matic. For more on his lecture, visit the #Hutton16 hashtag on twitter.

Photos courtesy of John Sherril's Twitter account @jtsherri

Get involved with WIDE!

Weekly meetings every Tuesday at 11am in Bessey 301.

Please direct questions and inquiries to our Research Assistants: 

Lauren Brentnell (brentnel@msu.edu)

Victor Del Hierro (delhierr@msu.edu)

WIDE (Writing, Information, and Digital Experience) is a research center in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University.