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CNM Research Talk: See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception, The Sensory Apparatus And The Future Of Human- ...

Did you know that we can see with our tongue? Will robotic hair become our next important digital tool? What ways will we use technology to remember plants after they have been destroyed? Madeline Schwartzman presents her research of artists and designers exploring the future of the human senses, the human head, and our technological relationship with nature. Her talk stems from her personal design, architecture, and artistic practices along with her research from her two books and current exhibition.

CNM Research Talk: Making Sense of Public Culture- Presented By Professor Nikos Papastergiadis – The Official CNM Blog

In this lecture, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis explores the challenge of making sense of culture that occurs in public spaces. Unlike the performances and displays of culture within interior spaces, the experience of culture in an urban and networked public environment presents new challenges for cultural interpretation and evaluation. Relying on traditional art historical categories or emergent digital ethnographic tools may be either too narrow or too focused on technological affordances. Instead, he proposes to explore a new conceptual approach that seeks to grasp the wide range of artistic projects and diverse modes of public interaction. It will draw on research conducted at Melbourne’s Federation Square to discuss how the concept of ambience helps make sense of both the production and experience of public culture.

CNM Research Talk: Witnessing Suffering, Narrative Data, Autoethnographic Analysis, and Communicative Responsibility-...

Medical humanities scholars have repeatedly made the case for the ethical importance of clinicians enacting attention, presence, and empathy to witness the stories of illness-related suffering disclosed by patients. However, the concept of witnessing has not received adequate attention in the communication literature (health communication or otherwise).

CARE Research Talk: Critical Digital Health Studies, Now And In The Future- Presented By Professor Deborah Lupton – T...

Digital technologies have risen to meet the challenge of delivering better healthcare, containing medical costs and getting people to engage more actively in the promotion of health, fitness, well-being as well as self-care for chronic conditions. In medical journals, public health literature, industry forums and ministries, discussion has been intense, but mired in an overly utopian and individualistic approach to digital health technologies. In this talk, Professor Deborah Lupton will outline what defines critical digital health studies, in which the socio-cultural, ethical and political implications are identified. She will then delve into her current research, and share some ideas to shape the future of digital health studies.

The New Paper: NUS Communications and New Media’s Groundbreaking Module on Fake News Featured – The Official CNM Blog

NUS’ Department of Communications and New Media’s groundbreaking module- NM2303 Fake News, Lies and Spin: How to Sift Fact From Fiction– is featured in the New Paper.

CNM Research Talk: Reality Television As Global Form- Presented By Associate Professor Biswarup Sen – The Official CN...

Reality television has become an important part of popular culture. In recent decades, reality shows like American Idol, Big Brother, Survivor and Donald Trump’s The Apprentice have attracted a worldwide audience, adding to more traditional forms of fictional storytelling associated with the novel, cinema and broadcast entertainment. Reality TV is a distinct kind of cultural phenomenon, one that is based on the uniqueness of the format, crossing borders in terms of production and distribution, and structurally constituted by the logic of neo-liberal subject formation. It serves as a global form that helps us understand the cultural impact of globalisation.

CNM Executive Education: The Nuts And Bolts of Science Communication – The Official CNM Blog

WHY YOU NEED TO ATTEND: Public engagement in science has emerged as the new frontier in policy circles, among scientists as well as professionals whose jobs are to effectively communicate science-related topics to non-experts . Although there have been a number of ongoing initiatives on this, there exists discrepancy in the understanding of concept, how it is operationalised, and how it is approached in the various communities of practice.

Opinion: Social media and political polarisation in India- By Taberez Ahmed Neyazi – The Official CNM Blog

Assistant Professor Taberez Ahmed Neyazi observes that the high ideals of social media are slowly being eroded by toxic debates. He discusses the situation in India:

Team from NUS Communications and New Media Emerges as Champions for Pitch It 2017 – The Official CNM Blog

A team consisting of NUS Communications and New Media (CNM) students have emerged as the champion for Pitch It! 2017 after the grand finals held on November 10. Pitch It! 2017 is a tertiary-wide marketing competition organised by the CNM Society. This year, Pitch It! was organised in collaboration with Visa Inc and BBDO. The participating teams put together an integrated marketing campaign to address a challenge posed by Visa Inc.

Lu Weiquan Empowers Teaching Through Augmented Reality Tool – The Official CNM Blog

Assistant Professor Lu Weiquan describing CNM’s modules to a potential student at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ Open House

Keynote: Dr Raka Shome To Speak at Goldsmith College London – The Official CNM Blog

Dr Raka Shome will be delivering a keynote talk- When Postcolonical Studies Meets Media Studies– at Goldsmiths College London, on 27 November 2017. 

Professor Mohan J. Dutta Wins The National Communication Association Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award

The National Communication Association’s Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award is given out to the best health communication researcher, recognizing the lasting contributions made to health communication. The Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award recognizes a significant and original contribution, in the form of a monograph...

Student Showcase: Using Data To Present Data-Driven Narratives and Stories

Now, you can learn how students from the NM3239 RETRIEVE, EXTRACT AND ANALYSE DATA module use the popular but powerful statistical software R and apply the Data Science Process to draw out compelling stories from different data sets.

Student Showcase: Sungei Road Thieves Market- Deleted

Now, join students from the NM3226 LOCATION-SPECIFIC INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES module as they present projects they have been working on in the last semester to capture the traumatic closure of the Sungei Road Thieves Market.

CNM Dialogues In Comms- The Role of Moral Emotions in Environmental Risk Communication: The Case of Environmental Vic...

As both local and global environments experience rapid change, we have seen an increasing number of environmental victims depicted in the media. As a powerful driver of human actions, moral emotions—such as anger, compassion, and guilt—influence how we respond to these portrayals, including which actions we choose to take with regards to victims’ suffering.

CNM Dialogues In Comms- The communication of and public opinion about risk, science and the environment: a multidimen...

Silje Kristiansen studies risk, science and environmental communication from different perspectives. In her risk coverage studies she applies a multidimensional risk construct to media treatments of different types of risk over long periods of coverage. In her PhD she tracks how the risk coverage developed in the Swiss print media after the nuclear energy accident in Fukushima, and identifies risk coverage attention phases. One of her studies looks at Swiss attitudes to nuclear energy and identifies risk perception as the strongest predictor of public opinion.

CNM Dialogues In Comms- Reducing Health Risk Disparities: Describing the Social Processes of Health Decision-making a...

The development and implementations of successful health programs and interventions has evidenced improved health outcomes for many.  However, the success is not uniformly realized and certain groups (e.g., racial/ethnic minority groups, developing countries) suffer from heightened health risks. To address health risk disparities, it is important to examine and describe the social processes of health decision-making and, based on this knowledge, develop culturally appropriate, effective messages to promote positive health behaviour changes in targeted populations.

Opinion: Harassment, Silences and Indian Academia- by Mohan J Dutta

Professor Mohan J Dutta writes a powerful piece about sexual harassment and the criminal silence that frequently follows:

Student Videographer: Stay or Leave? How Singaporeans Feel About Migrating

An online study done in 2016 revealed that 42% of Singaporeans want to migrate out of the country, if given a chance. CNM Students- ever inquisitive– hit the streets to buzz passers-by on their frank views.

CNM Dialogues In Comms- Politically Entertained: Entertainment Media and Political Public Relations

Political public relations is the art of positively changing public perceptions of political leaders in democratic societies, as public relations is a natural ally of politics. To influence public perception, political organizations have public relations experts dedicated to ensuring a politician appears in the best light possible, whether in the media or at public events. Entertainment programs are one of the most convenient vehicles used to cultivate positive perceptions of politicians and attract attention of the voters. Recent academic literature suggests that young voters acquire information about political candidates through various genres of entertainment. To examine the effects of entertainment narratives on political knowledge gain and attitude change in audiences of fictionalized accounts of female politicians, I collected data from 310 participants and the results indicated that political knowledge significantly increased and general attitudes towards female politicians became more positive after exposure to biographical political movies. A proposed SEM model of the political entertainment effects process indicated that initial political knowledge transported the audience into the biographical narrative. Increased transportation was associated with greater enjoyment, as well as political knowledge gain and more positive attitudes towards female politicians. This study contributed to the existing literature on political public relations by suggesting that fictional entertainment could be used as an effective public relations tool to change political attitudes.

CNM Dialogues In Comms- The Role of Culture and Message Design in the Context of Family Health History Communication

Knowing about familial disease risk is essential for accurate risk assessment, the effective prevention of disease, and the reduction of disease risks. Communicating family history can be affected by regulatory barriers that lead individuals to resist sharing this information. In my research presentation, I will talk about the role of culture and designing cultural narrative evidence within the context of family health history (FHH) communication. After introducing the context of research briefly, my presentation will first cover the overarching theoretical perspectives that guide the method and result sections of this study. This section includes socio-cultural influences on FHH communication, and theoretical foundations for designing and testing cultural narrative messages. Then, I will briefly present research procedures that include the three phases of a formative research, a pilot study, and a randomized trial. The results of this presentation will answer three research questions regarding 1) The influences of socio-cultural norms and family/privacy boundaries on FHH communication; 2) The influences of spiritual and religious tendencies and genetic determinism on FHH communication, and 3) The differences in the processing of cultural narrative evidence about FHH communication across cultures and message conditions. Finally, my talk will briefly cover my current and future research regarding genetic and cancer risk communication and culture.

CNM Dialogues In Comms- Mortal vs Machine: Towards an Understanding of Human-Human Communication and Human-Automation...

Automation is playing a larger role in organizations every day. Many roles once performed by humans are now performed, or supplemented, by advanced forms of automation that allow decision-makers receive advice on important decisions without interacting with another human. This talk covers recent research on the phenomenon, including the organizational communication and social psychological consequences of automated advice. Empirical research will be presented as well as a future research agenda designed to keep pace with the rapid advance of automation, including “social” and “moral” automation.

Student Showcase: CNM Students Work With NUS Office of Student Affairs To Spread Care And Encouragement

With the semester peaking and exams coming ever closer, it’s normal to see students rushing from one class to another, intent looks on faces. Which is why the Office of Student Affairs‘ Student Support Services partnered students from the Communications and New Media department to develop a campaign heartwarmingly called Sail The Heartships Together.

NUS CNM Faculty Andrew Quitmeyer At DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous

Assistant Professor Andrew Quitmeyer presented a talk at the DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), in which he discussed how:

CNM Alumni- Louis Phua- Helping To Accelerate STEM Learning In SIM International Academy

The Department of Communications and New Media has always engendered a strong sense of community and social consciousness in her students. Coupled with a focus on theory-driven practice, CNM students are well-placed to be at the frontier of new, transformative and emerging fields.