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Mark Arnowitz of the Humanities Department and his Technical Writing class presented "Utopians at Play," a collection of games and models that were on display during the month of June at the Utopian Direction Gallery in Warwick, NY. >>
A new book by Carol S. Johnson, PhD, assistant professor in the department of humanities at NJIT, shows how archives available in local and state libraries across the U.S. can provide rich sources of technical communication history and examples of technical and business writing. In The Language of Work: Technical Communication at Lukens Steel, 1810 to 1925 (Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., 2009), Johnson explains that our predecessors eventually turned logs and notes into standardized texts and industry bibles, creating many of the types of information design that we use today. A podcast series related to the book is available at >>
Christopher T. Funkhouser, PhD, a professor in the department of humanities at NJIT, will discuss his recent experience as a Fulbright Scholar researching hypermedia writing and producing an eBook at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia on April 17 at 4 p.m., Cullimore Hall, Room 411. >>

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January 04, 2007
Humanities Professor Receives Award for Book on Writing Assessment
Norbert Elliot, PhD, a professor in the department of humanities, received the Stephen P. Witte Award for Excellence in Writing Assessment Scholarship for his book On A Scale: A Social History of Writing Assessment (New York: Peter Lang, 2005).  Instituted last year, the Witte Award is given on annual basis by the Journal of Writing Assessment. >>
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Norbert Elliot, PhD, professor in the department of humanities, and a team of researchers presented better ways to teach and assess writing at the College Composition and Communication conference held in Chicago last month. “When NJIT students spend much time assessing each other's writing, one of the most important positive outcomes is the social relationships they create,” Elliot said. >>
Ask most NJIT experts what's important about air and their thoughts might turn to chemistry, measurements, and data.   Ask the folks at Terra Nova Books, an NJIT publishing enterprise with editorial offices in Cullimore Hall, and they'd turn the question over  to artists and writers.   That approach to studying nature has just resulted in Terra Nova's fifth volume in three years. It's called "Writing on Air," edited by NJIT's associate philosophy professor David Rothenberg and Terra Nova managing editor Wandee Pryor. Published by MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, the 308-page volume has 33 pieces of writing and 27 illustrations. It retails for $29.95 and is available in stores or online through major booksellers, or from MIT Press at 800-356-0343. Two-thirds of the pieces are original, the others reprints, says Pryor.    Ranging in literary style from a Utah teacher's first-person encounter with a tornado, to an emphysema patient's thoughts on trying to get enough air, to Rothenberg's Q&A with architects who created an artificial cloud and call it a building, the selections are all about how people interact with the natural world. Much of it is about the writers' feelings and emotions. How does that sit with a university where the focus is on technology? "It's a very necessary balance for NJIT, " says Pryor, who has worked in advertising and also written two plays. From helping scientists put their work into prose that can be better understood she says she has learned that scientists have as much passion and feeling as writers and artists. "Scientists have great heart. Their relationship to their work is often filled with love, intrigue, and passion," she says.---Gale Scott   The publication will be celebrated 7 p.m. Thursday, September 11 at the KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, New York, N.Y. It's a free event featuring readings by contributors. Call (973) 642-4673 for details. >>