Masters student Wendy Wong wins research scholarship to Korea

Wendy Wong, a Masters research student and teaching assistant with CNM, has won a research scholarship to conduct part of her research on the socioemotional needs of older adults and their use of new media in South Korea. This scholarship is awarded to only six students from participating universities of the ASEAN Universities Network and Wendy is delighted to be one of them from NUS for 2012.

She will be conducting her research in Seoul, South Korea over the vacation period.

Congrats Wendy!

Dr. Carol Soon makes for CNM’s second PhD graduate

Graduate students and staff from CNM gathered in a surprise celebration for Dr. Carol Soon on being conferred her PhD from NUS.

Carol was presented a number “2” jersey by CNM Head Dr. Millie Rivera that was specially created by the graduate students, in recognition of Carol being the second-ever PhD to have graduated from our young department. Dr. Ganga Sasidharan, CNM’s first PhD graduate, then passed on the symbolic flame from an Indian oil lamp.

Carol had good news to share with the department too. She received the 2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship Award from the Australian government. This is a competitive, merit-based scholarship programme offered globally, which will allow Carol to conduct her post-doctoral research with the Asia Research Centre (the Special Research Centre of the Australian Research Council) in Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

Carol with CNM Head Dr. Millie Rivera and supervisor Dr. Hichang Cho

Carol with CNM Department Head Dr. Millie Rivera and supervisor Dr. Hichang Cho

Research Talk by Mr. Tim Merritt

“The impact of team-mate identity on cooperation in games”

Date & time: Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011, 15:30pm – 16:30pm

Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6, #03-38


Much attention in the development of artificial team-mates has focused on replicating human qualities and performance. However, all things being equal, do human players respond the same to human and artificial team-mates – and if there are differences, what accounts for them?

Although there have been a few comparative studies of how players respond to humans and agents in the context of cooperative interactions, the work to date has not been extensive and no attempts have been made to explain the findings. This talk reports on research to understand differences in player experience, perception, and behavior when playing with either human or AI team-mates in real-time cooperative games. A number of game-based experiments were conducted to explore the impact of team-mate identity. Results suggest that people feel, perceive, and behave differently with human and AI team-mates in various ways. It will be argued that the differences observed are broadly the result of being unable to imagine that an AI team-mate could have certain attributes (e.g., emotional dispositions). One of the more surprising aspects of this insight is that the “inability to imagine” impacts decisions and judgements that seem quite unrelated (e.g., credit assignment).


Tim Merritt is pursuing his PhD at the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering under the supervision of A/P Kevin McGee in the Partner Technologies Research Group.  His thesis research focuses on understanding how human players respond to human and artificial team-mates in cooperative games.  Before joining NUS, he was a researcher in the Agora Game Laboratory at the University of Jyväskylä working on the Nordic Serious Games Project. Tim also worked as a consultant designing, implementing and maintaining enterprise monitoring and management solutions for Siemens. He has obtained an M.A. in Digital Culture from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Xavier University, OH, USA.

PhD student Shobha Vadrevu wins one of top 5 paper awards at ICA

Shobha Vadrevu (first year PhD student at CNM) presented a paper at the ICA conference in Boston this year entitled “Teacher Identity and Selective Strategies for Mediating Interactions with Students on Facebook”. Judged one of the Top 5 Papers submitted to the Instructional and Developmental Communication Division, it won an award of US$400.

The paper focused on the implications of teachers’ use of social networking sites like Facebook to mediate communication with their students in informal contexts. It discussed the implications of teacher selection of Facebook menu options for teacher identity and interaction with students. Earlier work on identity, social penetration, and risk and opportunity in online settings was drawn on to develop a conceptual framework for analysing teacher strategies to control intimacy levels with their students. This paper drew on a study involving 12 secondary school teachers and their decisions regarding interactions with students on Facebook. It suggested that teacher selectivity of menu options, whilst enabling teachers to manage the dilemmas of merging their personal and professional identities in online social network environments like Facebook, also has the potential to generate ‘walled intimacies’ whereby some students have access to teachers and others do not.

Shobha is grateful to Dr. Dianne Carr and Dr. Wilma Clarke of the Institute of Education (London) as well as Professor Lim Sun Sun of the National University of Singapore for their guidance, insight and support.

Shobha presenting at the ICA

Shobha presenting at the ICA

4 CNM graduate TAs bag teaching awards!

This semester, another four of CNM’s teaching assistants flew the CNM flag high by winning the Graduate Students’ Teaching Awards. Our heartiest congratulations go out to:

1. Ms Anuradha Rao
2. Ms Carol Soon
3. Miss Siti Nurharnani Binte Nahar
4. Mr Joshua Wong

Well done everyone, you’ve made CNM proud!

Congratulations to CNM’s winning TAs and new Graduates

At the FASS annual Awards Ceremony on Friday 20 August 2010, four of CNM’s Teaching Assistants garnered the Best Teaching Assistant Awards, making CNM the only department in the faculty with four winners.

Two of our new honours graduates from the class of 2010 also received their awards from Dean Brenda Yeoh.

Congratulations to all! You have made CNM proud!

Best Teaching Assistants
1. Mr Aaron Ng
2. Mr Lin Jin
3. Ms Jodie Luu
4. Ms Ou Meimin

Best Honours Students
1. Ms Jemima Ooi Ai Ping, Best Honours student, NTUC Income Prize Award recipient, and also Best Well-Rounded Student
2. Mr Daniel Teo Hee Boon, Best Communication Management student, Hill & Knowlton Award recipient

The winning team from CNM

The winning team from CNM

Congratulations to the CNM Class of 2010!

CNM Class of 2010

CNM Class of 2010

Someone remarked that CNM had yet again dominated the phototaking at the UCC Courtyard this year — how could we not with our ever-growing class size?

As is with CNM tradition, the entire department (from current and past students, to teaching and administrative staff) showed up to rally behind the graduating class after their commencement ceremony on 13 July 2010. Armed with a plethora of DSLRs; tripods; iPhones; special lenses, there was no delusion that we were the CNM brigade.

This year we celebrate the graduation of 188 undergraduate and 2 graduate students.

Hip hip hooray, guys! We’ll see you soon at the Homecoming party on 24 July!