CNM students collaborate with Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity

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Students from NM4226 – Interactive Media Design Capstone Project module in collaboration with Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity has created weekend play sessions for children. The play sessions are for children of all age groups and scheduled over 2 Sundays(28 Feb and 06 Mar). The play sessions explore the relationships between “play and creativity” through unstructured play. With the theme of ‘construct-destruct-reconstruct’, the students have come up with five play sessions; Light Painting, Little Engineers, Playboard, Marble Run and DIY Catapults. To know more about the play sessions and their schedule visit http://www.playeum.com/#!nus-play-sessions/c22nl

Research Talk – Bandwagon or Boomerang? Examining how peer influence affects online political judgments

In this research talk, Rachel Neo will be presenting findings from two studies in her research program, namely a sole-authored study and her dissertation. This sole-authored study examines how online social networks influence vote choice via affective pathways in the 2012 US Presidential Election. In this study, she shows that weak partisans occupying like-minded social media networks were more enthusiastic about—and more likely to vote for—their preferred presidential candidate.

Her dissertation examines how online ratings influence trust in fact checking messages aimed at countering political misperceptions. These political misperceptions impede sound political judgments, making it imperative to understand how to correct such false beliefs. Online ratings could play an important role in this process. Research on bandwagon effects suggests that favorable online ratings should help make corrections more persuasive by fostering trust in such messages.  The assumption that online ratings are uniformly persuasive is, however, overly simplistic.  Furthermore, distrusted ratings will backfire such that favourable ratings will actually cause people to distrust fact checking messages. Implications of these findings are discussed.

About the Speaker

Rachel-NeoRachel Neo is expected to received her PhD (Communication) from The Ohio State University in Spring 2016.

 

 

 

Time & Date : 10.30 am, Friday, 04 March  2016

Venue: AS6, 03-33, CNM Meeting Room

Research Talk – RASA AND THE PROCESS OF FINDING FIT IN MANAGING TYPE 2 DIABETES AMONG JAVANESE WOMEN

Studies show that cultural beliefs and practices influence how individuals make sense of their ill condition and manage chronic disease. By examining Javanese women’s experiences with type 2 diabetes, this study explores how rasa provides resources for these women to co-construct their experience with diabetes and develop their way of managing type 2 diabetes and maintaining their well-being. The narratives revealed that rasa as a form of inner-self training serves as a guidance in dealing with life disruptions, such as illness in four different layers. The layers are in continuum, reflecting the women’s constant negotiation and search for insight related to their identity and roles both in family and society. In this process of searching for insight, Javanese women use rasa to: 1) make sense of whether or not an individual can still perform their everyday activities, 2) control one’s ability to maintain and balance roles, 3) modulate desire or motivation, and 4) guide the process of finding fit in managing type 2 diabetes. Keywords: rasa, Javanese culture, type 2 diabetes, diabetes management, harmony.

About the Speaker

DyahDyah received her PhD from University of Oklahoma in 2014 , her dissertation was on The (Passive) Violence of Harmony and Balance: Lived Experience of Javanese Women with Type 2 Diabetes.

 

 

 

 

Time & Date : 12 noon, Friday, 04 March 2016

Venue : AS6, 03-33, CNM Meeting Room

 

research talk – New Media and Political Communication: How to Express and Respond & Why it Matters

Dr Kim’s research interests parallel her life experiences. These experiences sharpened her intellectual curiosity about media and communication. During her graduate years,she developed deeper interests in studying new media and political communication, particularly the impact of new media on social practices within politics, particularly on political communication processes. Her dissertation extended this area by investigating how uncivil political expressions among online discussants who self-identify as political partisans contribute to emotional, attitudinal, and behavioral outcomes that may inflame political polarization at the societal level. It explored whether, why, and how uncivil comments stimulate certain emotions such as shame that, in turn, lead to different perceptual, attitudinal, and behavioral responses among those who observe the uncivil expressions. More importantly, this study examined how emotional responses to uncivil comments differ when the uncivil comments are made by  people who share the same partisan identity in contrast to situations when comments originate from people whose partisan identities are in opposition. Furthermore, the dissertation examined how the existence of an online audience moderates the emotional effects of uncivil expressions among the same partisan and opposing partisan discussants. Given these goals, two experimental studies were conducted to investigate conditions and mechanisms that underlie the effects of uncivil expressions enacted by the same partisans as well as opposing partisans, developing several sequential mediation models. In the end, findings of this research contributed to development of a big picture perspective of online incivility and to suggest ways that civil and healthy online discussions may be promoted in the future. In addition to individual uses of new media in the political communication process, she has examined how organizations such as environmental advocacy groups and government agencies use social media to effectively send their messages, develop networks, and mobilize adherents to collaborate and interact globally. Currently, she is examining how cities like San Francisco are using new media, mobile applications in this case, to effectively communicate with residents and to provide city services at lower costs. For those studies, questions were asked mainly to recommend better strategies to disseminate information and communicate with others. While continuing with the topic of the impact of new media on political communication processes, my research interests have been extended to include studies on another mode of expression, visual communication. Specifically, she is  currently involved in a grant project at the intersection of public health and visual communication examines how e-health infographics are used to facilitate optimum health message learning and encourage pro-health behaviors.

About the Speaker

Ji Won KimDr Ji Won Kim received her Ph.D., Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, December 2015

Random Blends 2016 – Submissions invited until 21 Feb 2016

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Random Blends – the annual student showcase is back, this time with the theme of CONSTRUCT – DESTRUCT – RECONSTRUCT. Short-listed works will be showcased at the ArtScience Museum from 24 – 27 Mar 2016.

In relation to the central theme of “Construct, Destruct, Reconstruct”, identities are comprised of ideas, ideologies, and ways of seeing the world around us in the process of destructing, and reconstructing our sense of self. Therefore, students are invited to submit their artworks in any media, loosely following the sub-theme of identity.Selected artworks also stand a chance to win attractive prizes.

To register, click here: http://tinyurl.com/RB16opencall

To submit your work, email: randomblends.cnm@gmail.com

For rules and regulations, click here: http://tinyurl.com/rb2016rules

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/randomblends

The deadline for registration and submission of work is 21 February 2016.

Research Talk – Unpacking Public Sentiment toward the Government: How Government Communication Strategies Affect Public Engagement, Cynicism, and Word of Mouth Behaviour in South Korea

This study tests the relationships between two types of public sentiment toward the government, their antecedents and their outcomes. A Web survey was conducted in South Korea (N=1112) to understand citizens’ evaluations of their sentiments toward the government. The results show that perceived type of government communication strategy affects public engagement, public cynicism, and citizens’ positive and negative word of mouth behavior about government. Theoretical and empirical implications are discussed

About the Speaker:

soojinkim_0Dr Soojin Kim received her PhD from the Purdue University and is currently Assistant Professor of Corporate Communication at Lee Kong Chian School of Business – Singapore Management University (SMU). Her research interests are in the field of Strategic Management of Public Relations, Public Relations Strategies and Public Behaviours.

 

 

Time & Date: 3 p.m, Wed 17 Feb 2016

Venue: AS6-03-33, CNM Meeting Room

Research Talk – Digital Naturalism: Creating a design framework to support digital field biology

Digital Naturalism (digitalnaturalism.org) investigates the role that digital media can play for biological field work. It looks to uphold the naturalistic values of wilderness exploration, while investigating the new abilities offered by digital technology. Collaborations are growing between biologists, designers, engineers, and artists. This work provides a framework to facilitate all these participants in building and analyzing their own devices for exploring and sharing nature. This talk aims to quickly share many of the ideas that have developed over the past several years of this research. The target is that both scientists and digital designers may benefit from the theory and its resulting design guidelines presented with illustrated examples. Hopefully more will be inspired to push digital media out of the lab and into the wild.

About the Speaker

Andy-Quitmeyer-Headshot-SMALLDr. Andy Quitmeyer is a polymath adventurer studying intersections between wild animals and digital devices. His PhD research in “Digital Naturalism” from Georgia Tech blends biological fieldwork and DIY digital crafting. This work has taken him through the wilds of Panama and Madagascar where he’s run workshops with diverse groups of scientists, artists, designers, and engineers.  Recently, he has been running series of “Hiking Hacks” around the world where participants build technology entirely in the wild for interacting with nature.

He’s also adapted some of the research to exploring human sexuality with his Open Source Sex Technology startup Comingle. He is the winner of several design awards and his trans-disciplinary, multimedia projects have been featured in Wired, PBS, NPR, The Discovery Channel, Cartoon Network, Make Magazine, The Economist, Fast Company, Gizmodo, along with other print and digital internet news and educational sources.

Time & Date: 3 p.m, Wed 10 Feb 2016

Venue: AS6-03-33, CNM Meeting Room