Bridie McGreavy Wins 2017 Article of the Year Award

The Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine’s (ARSTM) Article of the Year Award committee has selected Bridie McGreavy for her article “Resilience as Discourse” published in Environmental Communication.

The committee unanimously agreed that Dr. McGreavy’s use of archaeological methods to make resilience discourse visible to interdisciplinary audiences has remarkable potential to extend practical and theoretical knowledge related to RSTM. Dr. McGreavy’s thorough research methodology, design, and resulting analysis expertly identify the logics and ordering strategies that constrain what resilience can mean while also pointing to possibilities that allow resilience to mean differently. The committee agreed that Dr. McGreavy’s article contains rhetorical wisdom that interdisciplinary fields will appreciate. At the same time, it will be taught and read by future ARSTM scholars, particularly for the example it sets of studying across texts, discourses, and practices while remaining firmly rhetorical.

Dr. McGreavy is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. She is broadly interested in how communication shapes and sustains relationships between humans and ecosystems. She uses engaged and ethnographic methods to explore this interest in large-scale sustainability science collaborations, shellfishing communities, and inland freshwater systems. Read more about Dr. McGreavy on her website.

The ARSTM Article of the Year Award recognizes the most outstanding article on the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine published in the preceding calendar year (2016). Criteria for the selection include:

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

Congratulations, Dr. McGreavy!


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

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POROI Issue 12.2 Now Available

The most recent issue of POROI, an interdisciplinary journal of rhetorical analysis and invention, includes a “Symposium on Engaged Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine,” which came out of a panel on interdisciplinary engagement featured at the 2016 ARSTM RSA pre-conference. The symposium includes papers by Lauren E. Cagle, Kenneth Walker, Sara B. Parks, and Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, with an introduction by Carl G. Herndl.

This issue also presents Jennifer L. LeMesurier’s analysis prejudicial rhetoric connecting MSG and racialized narratives of Chinese food and John T. Gagnon’s call for rhetoric to inform approaches to human trafficking.

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POROI Publishes Manifesto on Agency in Science Communication

Great Chain of BeingPOROI publishes a Manifesto on Agency in Science Communication, which came out of the 2015 ARSTM NCA preconference exploring the issue of agency. Click here to view the issue now.

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2016 Award Winners

New ARST award winners announced for the 2016 year. Visit the Ploeger Memorial Award andArticle of the Year pages for more information. All winners will be recognized at the ARSTM business meeting at NCA.

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ARSTM Vicennial Materials

Position papers and response papers written for the Vicennial Celebration are now available in a special issue of POROI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention.Check it out here.

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