Carl Whithaus, along with co-authors Jonathan Alexander (UC Irvine) and Karen Lunsford (UC Santa Barbara), has published "Toward Wayfinding: A Metaphor for Understanding Writing Experiences" in Written Communication. The article maps out four major approaches to the study of writing experiences: (a) worlds apart, (b) literacy in the wild, (c) ecologies and networks, and (d) transfer. Building on these approaches, Alexander, Lunsford, and Whithaus propose the concept of wayfinding as an approach that resonates with recent work on lifelong learning and meaningful writing.
Marit MacArthur published the essay "John Ashbery's Reading Voice" in the Paris Review on October 29, 2019. The essay is part of the series "75 on 75," a special project from the 92nd Street Y in celebration of the Unterberg Poetry Center's seventy-fifth anniversary. The project invites contemporary authors to listen to a recording from the Poetry Center's archive and write a personal response. The essay can be found at https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/10/29/john-ashberys-reading-voi...
Dr. Susan Miller-Cochran, Writing Program Director at the University of Arizona, will be giving the talk "Working with Multilingual Writers from First-Year to Upper Division" on Friday, December 6th from 10:00-11:15 in VH 126. The talk is presented by the University Writing Program's Conversations with Writers series. The talk is free and open to students and faculty both inside and outside of the UWP, and no RSVP is necessary.
Sasha Abramsky was interviewed by Marc Steiner of the Real News Network on October 10th in response to an article published by Sasha in The Nation. Sasha spoke with Steiner about Trump's threat to democracy and the way he is restructuring and undermining the country. The interview can be found at https://therealnews.com/stories/trump-alters-us-impeachment
Trish Serviss, Stacy Wittstock, Beth Pearsall, Kayla Chao, and Kendon Kurzer presented the panel, "Leveraging Programmatic Tension for Action: A Case Study and Heuristic for WPAs" at the 2019 Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference. The panel examined WPA threshold concepts/practices of community formation as both a problem and heuristic for the UWP and shared a WPA heuristic focused on stakeholder relationships to assess writing communities, identify productive tensions to leverage, and prioritize resulting needed actions/opportunities.
Karma Waltonen, along with her co-editor Denise Du Verney, has published the edited collection The Simpsons' Beloved Springfield: Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All with McFarland & Company. This collection of new essays explores the many ways in which The Simpsons reflects everyday life through its exploration of gender roles, music, death, food politics, science and religion, anxiety, friendship and more.
Broadview Press has published (August 2019) Professor Emeritus Chris Thaiss's new textbook, Writing Science in the Twenty-First Century. Based on his years of teaching science writing to STEM majors at UC Davis, the book, along with its companion website, is directed both to STEM students in courses like those taught in the UWP and to students, undergraduate and graduate, fulfilling writing assignments in STEM courses across disciplines.
Associate Professor Sarah Perrault has been elected to the Council of the Pacfiic Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). As a council member, she is responsible for helping shape the division's policies, develop activities, and organize and promote the annual conference. She was nominated and elected on the basis of her scholarly and pedagogical work on science writing, especially public science writing.
Dan Melzer's article "Exploring White Privilege in Tutor Education” was published in volume 16 (2019) of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. The article reports on action research on the influence of white privilege on tutors' attitudes in a writing center tutor education course. The article is published online at www.praxisuwc.com/162-melzer
A news article about Prized Writing's 30th anniversary can be found on the Arts and Letters website at https://lettersandscience.ucdavis.edu/news/30-years-student-writing-cele.... A celebration event, open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in AGR Hall at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center. Chancellor Gary S. May will speak along with faculty and students. The most recent issue will be for sale ($17.72) at the event and at the campus bookstore.