ARSTM Article of the Year Award

The Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine’s (ARSTM) Article of the Year Award recognizes the most outstanding rhetoric of science and technology-related article published the preceding calendar year. Criteria for selection include:

  1. How well the article extends practical and theoretical knowledge related to the rhetoric of science and technology,
  2. The article’s potential for cross-disciplinary fertilization,
  3. The article’s potential for teaching future generations of rhetoric of science and technology scholars, and
  4. The overall quality of writing and thinking.

Submissions are currently closed. They will re-open in 2018.



Bridie McGreavy

Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine

McGreavy, B. (2016). Resilience as discourse. Environmental Communication, 10(1), 104-121.


Judy Z. Segal

Department of English, University of British Columbia

Segal, J. Z. (2015). The rhetoric of female sexual dysfunction: Faux feminism and the FDA. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 187(12). doi: 10.1503/cmaj.150363


Michelle Gibbons

Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati

Gibbons, M. (2014). Beliefs about the mind as doxastic inventional resource: Freud, neuroscience and the case of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 44(5), 427-448.

Lauren R. Kolodziejski

Department of Communication, California Polytechnic State University

Kolodziejski, L. R. (2014). Harms of hedging in scientific discourse: Andrew Wakefield and the origins of the autism vaccine controversy. Technical Communication Quarterly, 23(3), 165-183.


John Lynch

Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati

Lynch, J. (2013). “‘Prepare to believe’: The Creation Museum as embodied conversion narrative. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 16(1).


Risa Applegarth

English Department, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Applegarth, R. (2012). Rhetorical scarcity: Spatial and economic inflections on genre change. College Composition and Communication, 63(3), 453-483.

Kenneth Walker

English Department, University of Arizona

Lynda Walsh

English Department, University of Nevada, Reno

Walker, K. & Walsh, L. (2012). “‘No one yet knows what the ultimate consequences may be’: How Rachel Carson transformed scientific uncertainty into a site for public participation in Silent Spring. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 26(1), 3-34.


S. Scott Graham

English Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Graham, S. S. (2011). “Dis-ease or disease? Ontological rarefaction in the
medical-industrial complex. Journal of Medical Humanities, 32(3), 167-187.