Expositions and Exhibitions: Chicago’s Involvement with Early Healthcare Technology for Premature Infants
The project “Expositions and Exhibitions: Chicago’s Involvement with Early Healthcare Technology for Premature Infants” draws upon the Newberry Library’s collections to better understand Chicago’s relationship with neonatology, infants, and the use of technology as showcased during the Columbian Exposition (1893), the Baby Tent Exhibition (1911), the Century of Progress (1933-34), and other relevant events. As a Newberry Library scholar-in-residence for 2018-2019, this research will contribute to preliminary work for a larger book project exploring healthcare technologies in acute or intensive care hospital environments.
Grotesque Protests: Bodily Fluids, Social Media, and Activist Rhetorics
Based on “Grotesque Protests in Social Media as Embodied, Political Rhetoric” (Bivens & Cole, 2018), this collaborative book project with Kirsti Cole and Elizabeth Sterzinger will examine how social media enables embodied, political protests in the United States and throughout the world. By analyzing political protests that use various body fluids, we argue these embodied, political protests are grotesque and used to recast power relations. In the process, these protestors provide rhetorical counter-strategies to populist discourse, which mirror other historical attempts to do much of the same.
Locating Technical and Professional Communication at Two-Year Institutions
Commencing in August 2018, “Locating Technical and Professional Communication (TPC) at Two-Year Institutions” endeavors to identify and learn about courses, curricula, certificates, emphases, concentrations, and programs of TPC at two-year institutions. Generously funded by a 2018 Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) research grant, the research team includes Jessica Ulmer (Midlands Technical College), Timothy J. Elliott (DePaul University), Gustav Karl Henrik Wiberg (Harold Washington College and Nordic Electrochemistry ApS), and student research assistants.
Healthcare Application (App)
Based in my aural/sonic research in acute care hospital contexts and currently in preliminary discovery and development, the healthcare app will be marketed to hospital administrators and unit educators. Specifically, the healthcare app will be a clearinghouse and storehouse of information for friends and family of patients in intensive care units.
last update 08/2018