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I was interviewed for two podcasts that focus on reproductive health and infertility

The first is called Waiting for Babies, and you can listen here! Host Steven Mavros asks great, informed questions, and was such a pleasure to talk with. The second is called Beat Infertility, and you can listen here! Host Heather Huhman has one of the best radio voices I’ve ever heard, and her podcast was…

End of the Year Department Party

Photos courtesy of one of our department’s amazing undergraduates, Diego Romo.  Thanks so much to Shannon McGregor for setting up a fabulous celebration. Above, Megan Cullinan, Duncan Stewart, and Melissa Parks pose for the photo booth.Madison Krall, Melissa, and I celebrating the end of the academic year in matching magenta. This is the only photo…

Review of Infertility is Published in Bulletin of the History of Medicine

Richardson_2017_Review of Infertility_Bulletin of the History of Medicine The author of this review, Sarah S. Richardson, is a professor of History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University. She is also the author of this really important Nature article on the implications for women of recent epigenetic-inspired public commentary.

Maud May Babcock Plaque Featured in Downtown SLC

Founder of the Department of Speech at the University of Utah, Maud May Babcock was also the University’s first female faculty member. Today she is recognized with this plaque in downtown Salt Lake City. Over the years, Professor Babcock inspired many to achieve academic prominence. Most recently, doctoral students in the Department of Speech Communication…

Presenting Blake Scott with the Health Communication Division’s Distinguished Book Award at NCA 2017!

I had the great honor of presenting Blake Scott with the 2017 Health Communication Division’s Distinguished Book Award. His book, Risky Rhetoric: AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing, instigated the sub-field of rhetoric of health and medicine and is long overdue for recognition. Congratulations Blake!  

Winter Break Reading

All of these are outstanding. Two of them I bought as gifts for other people and then couldn’t stop reading them. One was a gift–thank you Gretchen Jensen! None of them have to do directly with my research, which made them a really nice way to take a break.

The 2017 Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Public Address

Posing, above, with all of the 2017 awardees (including two others from the University of Utah–Julia Moore and Stacey Overholt!). Posing, below, with some of my favorite people and scholars: Lisa Corrigan, Debbie Hawhee, and Mary Stuckey (left to right).Receiving the award from the president of NCA, Stephen Hartnett. For more information about the James…

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…

Keynote Address at the 2017 Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Symposium

Last week I headed to the University of Cincinnati for the 2017 Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Symposium.  I had the pleasure of finally meeting the amazing Lisa Meloncon (pictured above); who has overseen the symposium since its start in 2013; catching up with my friend and extremely smart former advisee Melissa Carrion (also pictured above);…

The 2017 Alta Argumentation Conference at Snowbird Resort is in the Books!

Professor Robert Asen gave the keynote address entitled, “Disavowing networks, affirming networks: Neoliberalism and its challenge to democratic deliberation.” The conference was held at Utah’s Snowbird Resort, which provided a beautiful setting to deliberate. A panel on “Trump in the network of ideological argument” was standing room only. Here, Professor James F. Klumpp introduces the…

New book published!

  In 2016, I published my second book, Infertility: Tracing the History of a Transformative Term, with the Pennsylvania State University Press in the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Series in Transdisciplinary Rhetoric. This book demonstrates that, throughout the last century, the inability of women to conceive children has been explained by discrepant views: that…