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UWP Wins Picnic Day 2017 Exhibit Award

The University Writing Program’s Picnic Day exhibit won the Arts and Humanities Exhibit Award during this year’s Picnic Day! The award recognizes exhibits that highlight the university’s growth and showcase the vast diversity of UC Davis.

This was the Writing Program’s second-ever Picnic Day exhibit, and it featured a handmade, playable, 8-foot-tall Scrabble board, a laminated-bookmark-making station, and a 50-foot-wide, writing-on-the wall display.

Congratulations, UWP!

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Conversations with Writers: Frank Waln and "Indigenous Storytelling through Hip Hop"

Frank Waln, an award winning Sicangu Lakota storyteller and Hip Hop artist and music producer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, will present “Indigenous Storytelling through Hip Hop”on Tuesday, April 25th from 5:00-6:30pm in the Student Community Center Multi-Purpose Room (2nd floor). The event is sponsored by the UWP's Conversations with Writers, the Native American Retention Initiative, the Cross Cultural Center, and the Native Community.

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Lindsay Sabotka and Cassie Hemstrom Partner with Yolo County Animal Services Shelter

Lindsay Sabotka and Cassie Hemstrom have partnered with the local Yolo County Animal Services Shelter to create service learning opportunities for their 104A business writing students. Shelter representatives have visited their classes and discussed the different rhetorical situations the shelter encounters in social media and promotional writing, and their students were able to analyze these situations, as well as the shelter's audiences and purposes in writing.

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Anti-Feminist Speaker Inspires Donation to UC Davis Women's Center

When members of the University Writing Program learned that conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos would speak at UC Davis, they decided to help the kind of organization his writing attacks.

UWP members recently raised $400 to donate to the UC Davis Women's Research and Resources Center. They chose WRRC because of Yiannopoulos's widely publicized criticism of feminists in the video game and film industry.

Yiannopoulos has been accused of using his Breitbart News column to facilitate the online harassment of women, such as the all-female cast of 2016's Ghostbusters movie.

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Carl Whithaus and Chris Thaiss Published in CCC's Symposium on Independent Writing Programs

Carl Whithaus and Chris Thaiss published "Independent Writing Programs Post Recession: Complexities and Discontents in an Achieved Utopia" in the CCC's Symposium on Independent Writing Programs in the September issue of CCCs. The link to the symposium is http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/CCC/0681-sep2016/CCC0681Symposium.pdf

 

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Sasha Abramsky's The House of Twenty Thousand Books Published in German and Spanish

Sasha Abramsky's The House of Twenty Thousand Books, which was published in the US last year by New York Review Books, has been published in German by DTV and is soon to be published in Spanish. It was widely reviewed in the American, Israeli, English, Indian, German and Austrian press. It is coming out in paperback in the spring in America and in Germany.

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Presentations and Publications by Karma Waltonen

Karma Waltonen presented on a panel with Melissa Bender and Heather Milton at the 5th Annual Health Humanities conference in Seville, Spain and on a panel with Melissa Bender at the Swedish Association for American Studies conference. Karma has also published a celebration of Star Trek's 50th anniversary at http://psychodrivein.com/first-frontier-celebration-fifty-years-star-trek/

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Recent Publications by Sasha Ambramsky

Sasha Ambrasky has published an article in the current issue of Nation about refugees in Denmark and Sweden. Sasha is also writing on affordable housing in California for an online publication called Capitol & Main. He's written on Trump's anti-Muslim proposals for the American Prospect, and he's writing a feature article for the New Statesman, in UK, on American Rage -- everything from Trump to guns, police brutality to Black Lives Matter.

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Once again UC Davis is in the list of top Writing in the Disciplines programs in the US

These colleges typically make the writing process a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to produce and refine various forms of writing for different audiences in different disciplines. In spring 2016, we invited college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools to nominate up to 10 institutions with stellar examples of writing in the disciplines. Colleges and universities that were mentioned most often are listed here, in alphabetical order.

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Award-winning Author Sam Freedman to Present on Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmaltz

You are invited to a presentation by award-winning author Sam Freedman, Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz. The presentation will be on Thursday, May 12, from 5:00-6:30pm in Sproul Hall 912. More information about the Dying Words Project can be found at http://dyingwordsproject.com.

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Andy Jones' New Book of Poetry In the Almond Orchard: Coming Home from War

Andy Jones' new book of poetry, In the Almond Orchard: Coming Home from War, represents the experiences of American veterans who have served overseas, and who are readjusting to life in the United States, especially California, after their service. The book was made possible by support from YoloArts and the California Arts Council. Profits from the sale of this book will fund the Charles Ternes Creativity Prize for Veteran Students at the University of California, Davis.

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Mary Stewart and Jenae Cohn's article accepted for publication in Journal of Response to Writing

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Mary Stewart and Jenae Cohn's article, "Promoting Metacognitive Thought through Response to Low-Stakes Reflective Writing," discusses how the assignment of and response to low-stakes reflective writing can provide effective scaffolding to higher-stakes reflective writing tasks, such as the cover letter to the UWP 1 final eportfolio. The article will appear in the next issue of the journal Response to Student Writing.

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Joe Horton Publishing with Colorado Review and Ploughshares

Joe Horton's story "Shoot the Tiger" will appear in the Spring 2016 issue of the Colorado Review, and Joe will be a contributor to the Ploughshares literary journal blog in 2016. Joe was writer-in-residence with Dine' College in Tuba City, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation, and this past December he taught in classes and sponsored and judged a fiction contest. 

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Melissa Bender and Karma Waltonen's Writing Assignments in Context Accepted For Publication

Melissa Bender and Karma Waltonen's edited collection, Writing Assignments in Context, has been accepted by McFarland for publication in 2016. The volume includes twenty original, classroom-tested writing assignments, plus supplementary materials to help readers incorporate the assignments into their own courses. 

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Associate Professor Sarah Perrault's article on language use and bioethics published in the American Journal of Bioethics

Associate Professor Sarah Perrault and four other members of the UC North Bioethics Collaboratory have had an article published in the American Journal of Bioethics in December. The article, “Editing" genes: A case study about how language matters in bioethics," argues for more precise language use in discussions of genome modification technologies.
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Emily Alameida Awarded Competitive Technical Communication Scholarship

Emily Alameida, who is completing an Individual Major in Technical Communication through the University Writing Program, has been awarded the Dr. Kenneth M. Gordon Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Northern California Chapters of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). The scholarship includes a cash award and a complimentary student membership in the STC, the world's largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication.

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Once again UC Davis is in the list of top Writing in the Disciplines programs in the US

These colleges typically make the writing process a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to produce and refine various forms of writing for different audiences in different disciplines.

In spring 2015, we invited college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools to nominate up to 10 institutions with stellar examples of writing in the disciplines

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UWP Lecturer Edits Collection of Margaret Atwood Essays

University Writing Program Lecturer Karma Waltonen served as the sole editor for the recently-published collection of essays titled "Margaret Atwood’s Apocalypses," which features essays by established and new Atwood scholars on Atwood’s poetry, "The Handmaid’s Tale," and the famous MaddAddam trilogy. Through this collection, readers will encounter ways to trace the theme of apocalypse through decades of Atwood’s work, and lenses through which to view various fictional apocalypses, including disability studies, theology, and ecofeminism.

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Assistant Professor Rebekka Andersen Joins Advisory Council of the Center for Information-Development Management

In January, Assistant Professor Rebekka Andersen joined the Advisory Council of the Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM), an organization of information-development, training, and support managers from around the world (http://www.infomanagementcenter.com). The Advisory Council is made up of a select group of members invited to advise the CIDM on the issues and activities that are most valuable and timely to professionals within the field of information development.

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UWP's Elyse Lord to Present at Writing Across the Curriculum Conference at CSU

University Writing Program Lecturer Elyse Lord will be co-presenting on project-based learning at the 6th Biannual Reading and Writing across the Curriculum Conference at CSU Sacramento on April 17. Lord's presentation focuses on the use of multimedia projects in classrooms and how these projects help students develop literacy skills.

More presentation details are available below.

Digital Showcase: Project-Based Learning across the Disciplines

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University Writing Program Lecturer Karma Waltonen has won the 2015 Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Teaching

Karma has excelled as a teacher in the program's upper division writing courses and in her first-year seminars focused on topics ranging from The Simpsons to standup comedy. She is not only an outstanding teacher, but she also actively publishes about teaching and popular culture.
 
Karma will receive her award during the Academic Federation and Academic Senate awards ceremony on May 5.
 

Congratulations, Karma!

 
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UWP Lecturer Shares Drumming Expertise during Interview with The Telegraph

Brad Henderson, a lecturer in the UWP and author of Drums: A Novel, recently shared his experiences teaching a first-year seminar on the psychology of drummers with Mick Brown of The Telegraph. Brown's article focuses on rock and roll drummers' reputations for "wild behaviour," and Henderson offers unique insight into the craft.
 
Read the full Telegraph article here:
 
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