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.
Emma Hoppough, Professional Writing Minor, received a scholarship to attend the Publishing Professionals Network Conference at the Presidio in San Francisco on April 27, 2018, and was also chosen to attend a one-day editing immersion program at the New World Library in San Francisco.
Through a grant from the Spencer Foundation, the National Writing Project and its partners have worked to develop the Civically Engaged Writing Analysis Continuum (CEWAC) at http://cewac.nwp.org. Carl Whithaus was a member of the Working Group that developed the CEWAC.This writing rubric and supporting materials are designed to assess youth’s ability to engage in public arguments, rooted in evidence and reasoning, enter productive civic conversations, and take action both in and out of school.
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."
Marit MacArthur's article "Beyond Poet Voice: Sampling the (Non-) Performance Styles of 100 American Poets" has been published in the Journal of Cultural Analytics. The article is coauthored with Georgia Zellou and Lee M. Miller.
Michael Montgomery recently presented his work from UWP 121: History of Scientific Writing (taken with Dr. Sarah Perrault in Fall 2017) at Creighton University's annual "You Are Here" conference in Omaha, NE.
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