Category: Melissa Parks

The Chemical Rhetoric Group publishes their study on “brain chemistry” and medicalizing news coverage!

We are excited that our article, “Medicalization’s Communicative Infrastructure: Seventy Years of ‘Brain Chemistry’ in the New York Times” is now published in the journal Health Communication and available here. In this piece, we trace the rhetorical strategies used across time and diagnoses to situate social conditions within the medical domain. This was a project…

The Chemical Rhetoric Group’s Article on Rosalind Franklin is hot of the presses!

Our article, “Mapping Nature’s Scientist: The Posthumous Demarcation of Rosalind Franklin’s Crystallographic Data,” is available here from the Quarterly Journal of Speech. We began the research for this piece at our 2017 Writing Retreat in Park City, UT, and it is so much fun to see it published after lots of hard work. We hope…

Melissa M. Parks wins the Benson-Campbell Dissertation Research Award!

Melissa has been recognized with the 2019 Benson-Campbell Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association’s Public Address Division for her dissertation project, “From the Redwoods Conservation Movement to Genome Mapping: Genetic Ecologies of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.” She will be recognized for her project’s “conceptual rigor, important focus, and innovative approach” at the Public…

Melissa Parks Heads to the Taft-Nicholson Center for the 2019 Summer Season

For the second year in a row, Melissa Parks has been named a fellow and education coordinator at the University of Utah’s Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Center in Beaverhead County, MT. She will spend the summer helping to keep the center running, giving research talks, and otherwise supporting the many research and educational endeavors the center…

Melissa Parks Participates in the 2019 Rhetoric Society of America Project

From May 20-23, Melissa Parks joined with other scholars and community activists in Reno, NV to take part in the RSA Project in Power, Place, and Publics: Rhetorical Cartographies. The group as a whole focused on rhetorically analyzing the University of Nevada, Reno Campus Master Plan. Melissa’s specific working group, led by Professor Bridie McGreavy…

Chemical Rhetoric Takes on Friday Night

Last Friday night, Melissa Parks, Madison Krall, and Emily Krebs took over one of our lecture halls to analyze documents. From all accounts, they absolutely lit the place up with their on-point analysis and witty repartee, not to mention their array of post-its, highlighters, and La Croix.  Way to teach us all how to live-it-up…

Park City Writing Retreat 2018

Scenes from our 2018 Park City Writing Retreat!  Benjamin Mann, Melissa Parks, Kourtney Maison, Madison Krall, Emily Krebs and I spend these last few days analyzing primary sources, brainstorming, writing, re-writing, and accomplishing a ton of research goals. We also laughed, ate, and tried to figure out how to turn the malfunctioning fire alarm off…

Melissa Parks Serves as a Fellow at the Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center

This past spring, Melissa Parks was named the inaugural field experience graduate fellow at the Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center in Lakeview, MT. She spent the summer in Centennial Valley working with director, Mark Bergstrom, to further the Center’s mission concerning environmental education and communication. Way to go, Melissa!!

The Chemical Rhetoric Group Goes to Riverdance!

Melissa Parks and I attended a Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour performance last weekend.  We plan to integrate what we learned into our research on chemical rhetoric. These dancers are not kidding around. If you look very closely, you will actually see Melissa and I dancing in the cast below.  There we are . . .…

More Scenes from Our Fall Writing Retreat

Madison kept smiling under a pile of articles. We caught Ben deep in concentration.Melissa displays one of our manuscript plans on poster board.At this point, we probably needed a break!Kourtney and Robin celebrate an “as seen on TV” prize–the Futzuki–while Madison tries to keep working.Kourtney making use of one of our “as seen on TV”…

2017 Park City Writing Retreat Preview

At the beginning of this week, the Chemical Rhetoric Group met in Park City to work on two different group projects. We went through a huge amount of primary data and enjoyed our time in the orange-and-yellow-colored mountains.  More photos to come! Madison and Ben sort, organize, and code. We flowed our progress. And we…