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Porcellino, Michelle EileenHEALTH COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP AT THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
Master of Technical and Scientific Communication, Miami University, 2008, English
In fulfillment of the Master of Technical and Scientific Communication degree at Miami University (Ohio), I completed an internship in health communications at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland, from January 2007 to December 2007. This report describes my experience as an intern in the office of the President's Cancer Panel (PCP), an advisory group of NCI that oversees the National Cancer Program. Chapter 1 provides background on the NCI and the PCP, as well as an introduction to my role as an intern in the Panel office. Details of my primary tasks throughout the year are described in Chapter 2 and a thorough account of my work on one major project is discussed in Chapter 3. The fourth and final chapter offers an analysis of the teamwork behind producing technical communications based on my experience as an intern with the Panel.

Committee:

Jean Lutz, PhD (Committee Chair); Richard Momeyer, PhD (Committee Member); Katherine Durack, PhD (Committee Member)

Subjects:

Communication

Keywords:

health communications; National Cancer Institute; President's Cancer Panel; technical writing; science writing

Ambro, SharonTwo Technical Communication Projects Performed During an Internship with Analex Corporation
Master of Technical and Scientific Communication, Miami University, 2002, Technical and Scientific Communication
This report describes and analyzes my work as a technical writer for Analex Corporation during my 16-week Master of Technical and Scientific Communication internship period. Analexs Cleveland branch works in the aerospace industry and primarily contracts for NASAs Glenn Research Center. This report details my work on two projects during this time: Combustion Module-2 (CM-2) and Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF). For the CM-2 project, I wrote procedures for astronauts to run combustion science experiments on board the space shuttle. For the FCF project, I edited requirements documents for experiment hardware that will be on board the International Space Station. This report discusses background information for each project and analyzes my writing and editing processes in terms of the Anderson Problem-Solving Model for technical communication. The final chapter describes my learning experiences and how these experiences contributed to my development as a technical communicator.

Committee:

Paul Anderson (Advisor)

Keywords:

Technical Communication; Technical Writing; Scientific Communication; Science Writing; Aerospace Industry; Problem-Solving Model

Wickman, ChadDisplays of Knowledge: Text Production and Media Reproduction in Scientific Practice
PHD, Kent State University, 2009, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of English
A growing body of scholarship in writing and rhetoric studies has explored the relationship between everyday writing activity and the broader systems within which texts organize and reproduce local action. Broad in scope, studies have specifically shown that the concept of writing tends to be as diverse in form and function as the cultural settings within which it is enacted as a literacy practice: whether in urban communities, academic disciplines, or professional workplaces. This dissertation builds on and extends existing scholarship through a qualitative study of writing and multimodal text production in a scientific research setting. Three case studies form the core of my dissertation and were developed systematically over the course of approximately one year I spent studying scientists at work. The first examines the inscriptions and texts that a chemist brings to bear on the production of materials used in physics experimentation; the second examines the distributed processes through which experimental physicists characterize materials and display their work visually and textually; and the third examines the multiple media and written forms that theoretical physicists deploy to model and simulate material systems. Individually, each case provided unique points for data collection and analysis in my study. And together, these cases illustrate the ways in which writing shapes the production, circulation, and legitimization of knowledge in a modern scientific workplace.

Committee:

Christina Haas, Dr. (Committee Chair); Raymond Craig, Dr. (Committee Member); Pamela Takayoshi, Dr. (Committee Member); Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Dr. (Committee Member); John Stalvey, Dr. (Committee Member)

Subjects:

Literacy; Rhetoric; Social Research

Keywords:

Scientific writing; rhetoric of science; writing in the disciplines; multimodality; semiotics; visual rhetoric; technical writing; ethnography; workplace literacy.

Crowder, Julie KAN INTERNSHIP AS A SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE AT ELI LILLY AND COMPANY
Master of Technical and Scientific Communication, Miami University, 2004, English
This report describes my projects and major activities during my internship with Eli Lilly and Company. As a Scientific Communications Associate, I worked in a highly cross-functional group at Lilly to create documents the company sends to regulatory authorities worldwide. This report provides a basic description of the organizational structure and culture, the nature of my work and the types of documents I created, my contributions to Lilly during the internship, as well as my interactions with an internship mentor. Several projects, including work on ethical review board responses and intranet virtual space design are highlighted. The process I used to complete one of my major activities, updating a Clinical Investigator’s Brochure for a Lilly compound, is described in detail. My analysis of the communications process I used to update the Clinical Investigator’s Brochure, using Paul Anderson’s problem-solving model, is also included.

Committee:

Michele Simmons (Advisor)

Keywords:

scientific communication; medical writing; Eli Lilly; technical communication; science writing