The interdisciplinary Writing Ambassadors (WA) program provides K-12 classrooms with UCD undergraduate student interns from a range of majors, many of whom plan on becoming K-12 teachers themselves.
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Stephen Magagnini was interviewed by Beth Ruyak for her show Insight on May 16th. Stephen discussed his long career as a journalist and what changes in the media mean for journalists and reporters. You can listen to the interview at http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2018/05/16/insight-051618b/
Karma Waltonen has been elected President of the Margaret Atwood Society. The Margaret Atwood Society is an international association of scholars, teachers, and students who share an interest in Atwood’s work. The main goal of the Society is to promote scholarly exchange of Atwood’s works and cultural contributions by providing opportunities for scholars to exchange information.
The 2018 UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference poster sessions featured five students from UWP1: Rachel Nicole Yee, "Rhetorical Analysis of the Nutrition Discourse Community"; Sharani Ramesh, "Amtrack Travel Research Podcast"; Jihan Eter, "Automated Machine Grading of Writing"; Meyhaa Buvanesh, "Addressing Health Communication in Nutrition," and Ratnapala Gamage, "Different Cultural Styles of Writing Organization vs. the American Style of Organization."
Dan Melzer's book Sustainable WAC, coauthored with Michelle Cox and Jeff Galin, has been published by NCTE. The book draws on theories of complexity, systems, and sustainability to present a methodology for building sustainable WAC programs.
Dana Ferris and Kendon Kurzer have articles published in the most recent issue of TESOL Quarterly. Dana's article, co-authored with former DE Education graduate student Grant Eckstein, is titled "Comparing L1 and L2 Texts and Writers in First-Year Composition." Kendon's article, which is based on research done in the UWP ESL program in 2014-15, is titled "Dynamic Written Corrective Feedback in Developmental Multilingual Writing Classes.
Routledge has published a second edition of Dana Ferris and John Hedgcock's Teaching Readers of English. Teaching Readers of English is a comprehensive manual for pre- and in-service ESL and EFL educators
Students in Cassie Hemstrom's first-year seminar, Save the Puppies, Save the World: Composition Strategies for Non-Profit Promotion on Social Media, created footage for the Facebook page of the Yolo County Animal Services Shelter (https://www.facebook.com/YCAS.Shelter/). In Save the Puppies, Save the World, students study how to create effective branding and promotional posts, then compose and revise and visuals, bios, videos, which are then posted on the shelter or rescue's socia
This is an invitation to see Marit MacArthur speak on "Poetry Reading, Performative Speech, and Sound Studies" at the LASER // Conversations in Art and Science.
Former UWP120 student Ellen M. Street's article from UWP120, "Epistemic Certainty Surrounding DietaryRecommendations for Meat," was published in the journal Xchanges at http://www.xchanges.org/epistemic-certainty-surrounding-dietary-recommendations. Ellen also presented her research at the regional Conference on College Composition and Communication in June.
Scott Herring’s essay, “When the Water Meets the Road: The Return of the Westslope Cutthroat,” was published in the Fall 2017 issue of Western American Literature. The essay tells the story of Herring’s hunt for a rare and extraordinarily elusive fish hidden in the backcountry in Yellowstone National Park. The photograph of the fish on the University Writing Program website is a photo of the very same fish described in the journal, a westslope cutthroat trout, just before it swam away.
Marit MacArthur is a co-leader of a sound recordings archiving project that has received a $75,000 NEH grant. The project focuses on developing open-source tools for scholars to mine new knowledge from archives of sound recordings, including Orson Welles' radio plays, the Talking Book collection for the blind, and thousands of hours of poets reading their works.
Melissa Bender presented on "WAC Practices for Inclusive Education" at the Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference in Geelong, Australia on November 2, 2017.
Teachers on the Edge: The WOE Interviews, 1989–2017 collects the voices of 39 significant figures in modern writing studies, forming an accessible survey of the modern history of rhetoric and composition. This remarkable group of teachers and scholars tell the stories of their influences and interests, with scholarly introductions that trace their varied contributions to the field. Invaluable for writing students, writing teachers, and scholars of writing studies. http://bit.ly/toerout
Marit MacArthur was invited to speak on the panel "Digital Tools for the Analysis of Spoken Recordings" as part of the Canadian government's SpokenWeb project at Concordia University in Montreal.
In August, Rebekka Andersen chaired SIGDOC 2017, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication Conference, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. SIGDOC 2017 featured keynotes by Dr. Karel Vredenburg, lead designer at IBM, and Rigo award winner Dr. Karen Schriver, President of KSA Communication Design & Research, and author of the foundational text Dynamics in Document Design.
Karma Waltonen presented "Chronic Pain: A Comedy" at the Storytelling for Health Conference in Wales on June 16th. She also performed "Chronic Pain" in Davis and a recorded version is at http://ats.ucdavis.edu/ats-video/?kmid=0_2woig6nv
Katie Arosteguy has been awarded an Office of Academic Affairs Professional Development grant. She will continue work on a book project that she, Brenda Rinard, and Alison Bright are engaged in tentatively titled: A Student’s Guide to Writing in Education.
Melissa Bender's book project, La Caricature 1830-1835, is now in print. La Caricature 1830-1835 is a collection of 19th century French political cartoons. Melissa translated and wrote the English language descriptions of the cartoons. They were originally published in a satire newspaper (La Caricature), which is now considered to be the precursor of Charlie Hebdo. The book is under consideration for a fine arts publication award in France.
Karma Waltonen's article, "My First Frontier--A Celebration of Fifty Years of Star Trek," has been published in Time Lords & Tribbles, Winchesters & Muggles: The DePaul Pop Culture Conference. All proceeds for the book go to Global Girl Media, an organization dedicated to empowering high school age girls from under-served communities around the world through media, leadership and journalistic training to have a voice in the global media universe and their own futures.
Professor Dana Ferris has recently published two journal articles, both co-authored with current or former students of the WRaCS Designated Emphasis. Both articles report upon primary research completed in the UWP. The first, "Placement of Multilingual Writers: Is There a Role for Student Voices?" was published in Assessing Writing, 32(1), 1-11, and is co-authored by 2017 graduates Dr. Katherine Evans (Linguistics) and Kendon Kurzer (Education).
Sarah Perrault and Lisa Ikemoto were featured in the UC Davis Researcher spotlight at http://research.ucdavis.edu/about-us/news-center/news-stories/ethics-cri... The Q and A discussed their work from their ongoing project, “Developing Feminist Frameworks for Ethics of Genome Modification.”
Tori White has received a 2016-17 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Tori’s summer UWP101 students produced a textbook, collaboratively choosing a topic, creating an annotated bibliography, selecting primary sources to include, and writing an introduction and discussion questions for each reading.
Together with colleagues Corrie Decker and Jenny Kaminer, Liz Constable is the recipient of a Seed Grant from the Feminist Research Institute of $6, 500 for a collaborative interdisciplinary and comparative feminist research project that examines the relationship between discursive constructions of youth and policy decisions. Liz presented part of this work at a UC Berkeley Mini-Colloquium on April 14th in a presentation titled "'Too Old for Heidi, Too Young for Carrie': Catachresis and Affective Absorption in Breillat's Cinema."
Julian Elias gave a talk, "Should Grammar be Taught in University ESL Writing Courses?" at the CATESOL Conference in Pacific Grove on April 1st.
On April 10th Katie Rodgers presented at the 2017 UCD Science Communication Workshop, a full day event
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.
Karma Waltonen has published the article "Modern Hero in a Postmodern Age" in the book The X-Files and Philosophy: The Truth is in Here. The article explores postmodernism through the episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space."
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.
SUMMER ABROAD 2017
CELTIC CONNECTIONS: IRELAND, FRANCE & SPAIN
'Celtic Connections: Ireland, France & Spain' carries 8 units for a one-month long stay in Dublin (Ireland), Santiago (Spain), and Rennes (France).
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.
Melissa Bender and Karma Waltonen's book, Twenty Writing Assignments in Context: An Instructor's Resource for the Composition Classroom, has been published by McFarland. More information about the book can be found at http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-1-4766-6509-2
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.
Kara Moloney and UCD alumni Chris Thaiss and Pearl Chaozon-Bauer have published the article "Freeing Students to Do Their Best" in a special issue of Across the Disciplines on WAC and high-impact practices.
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
Karma Waltonen, Melissa Bender, and Heather Milton presented the panel "The Power of Metaphor in Teaching and Writing Case Studies" at the 5th Annual Health Humanities Conference in Sevilla, Spain.
Scott Herring has won a Professional Development Award to finish his book Yellowstone’s Lost Legend. The book tells the story of Thomas Hofer, the most accomplished backcountry guide and skier in the history of Yellowstone National Park.
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.
Pamela Demory's article, "Hedwig Queers Hollywood Romance," has just been published in The Journal of Popular Culture (volume 49, April 2016). It was originally presented at the 2013 PCA Conference in Washington DC.
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/
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.
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.
The Sacramento Bee has published Steve Magagnini's eleven month investigation of Afghan refugees who served in the war on terror but face poverty and violence in Sacramento. The article can be found at http://www.sacbee.com/news/investigations/afghan-refugees/article84312717.html
Joseph Horton's collaborations between his UWP course and students at Dine College in the Navajo Nation in Arizona were featured in a recent article on the College of Arts and Letters website at http://ls.ucdavis.edu/news-events/harcs-news/navajo-uwp.html
Katie Arosteguy published "Bridging the Gap Between Writer and Reader: The Benefits of Considering Audience" in the peer-reviewed blog Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care at https://writerswhocare.wordpress.com. The piece gives teachers strategies they can use to teach students about the importance of audience awareness in the composing process.
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.
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.
Greg Miller's reviews of the novels The Vegetarian by Han Kang and Death by Water by Kanzaburo Oe appear in the San Francisco Chronicle on 3/6/2016 and 11/12/2005 respectively.
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.
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.
Karma Waltonen's article "Loving the Other in Science Fiction by Women" was published in volume 1 of the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction. A link to the article can be found at http://publish.lib.umd.edu/scifi/article/view/250
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.
Laurie Glover was one of 72 international poets chosen to attend the 2015 Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Workshop, where she participated in workshops with poets such as Sharon Olds and Robert Hass.
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.
Since 2006, the University Writing Program has invited to the campus nationally and internationally known writers to speak about their work. We intend our workshops to bring together faculty, students, and members of the broader community in a series of discussions around the craft of writing and the composition of particular books by our authors.
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
During one of her Business Writing courses two years ago, UWP Lecturer Lisa Sperber assigned a community-based proposal assignment for which students were required to propose a solution for a situation they deemed problematic.
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.
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.
University Writing Program Professor Dana Ferris is the founding Editor-in-Chief of a new peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Response to Writing. Hosted online at Brigham Young University, the first issue has gone live and can be accessed for free here:
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
University Writing Program Lecturer Greg Glazner was recently interviewed for a story in Apercus Quarterly about his poetry, his music and much more. Glazner also has a poem in the new anthology Clash by Night, published by CityLit Books in Baltimore.
Read the entire Glazner interview here: