Lynda Walsh
University of Nevada, Reno
Publications 25
#1S. Scott Graham (UWM: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)H-Index: 4
#2Lynda Walsh (UNR: University of Nevada, Reno)H-Index: 8
ABSTRACTWe examine 81 rhetoric and technical communication studies of “scientific controversy.” Our praxiographic analysis reveals that “scientific controversy” is not one thing but three, each staged according to a radically different ontology; yet the literature continues to handle these ontologies the same and to privilege scientists’ demarcation claims in their analysis. We conclude the modifier scientific should be abandoned entirely in controversy studies and recommend an antilogical rathe...
#1Lynda Walsh (UNR: University of Nevada, Reno)H-Index: 8
As climate change contracts our environment, bringing human and nonhuman communities into increased contact and conflict over scarce resources, advocacy rhetoric is making a related shift, from rai...
This report details the second phase of an ongoing research project investigating the visual invention and composition processes of scientific researchers. In this phase, four academic researchers completed think-aloud protocols as they composed graphics for research presentations; they also answered follow-up questions about their visual education, pedagogy, genres of practice, and interactions with publics. Results are presented first as narratives and then as topologies—visualizations of the ...
#1Lynda Walsh (UNR: University of Nevada, Reno)H-Index: 8
#2Nathaniel A. Rivers (SLU: Saint Louis University)H-Index: 4
Last.Carolyn R. Miller (NCSU: North Carolina State University)H-Index: 16
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Scientists and policymakers alike frequently call for the elimination of rhetoric from discussions of climate science. These calls betray some fundamental misunderstandings about the 2500-year-old art of rhetoric. Once these are dispelled, it becomes apparent that what we need for effective climate-science debate is not less rhetoric but more: that is, more sensitivity to the political frame within which every debate takes place and how that frame shapes deliberation; more awareness of the unsta...
#1Lynda Walsh (UNR: University of Nevada, Reno)H-Index: 8
#2Lawrence J. Prelli (UNH: University of New Hampshire)H-Index: 7
This chapter employs a case in early American ecology to propose a topological approach to technical graphics. Tracing the topos/position of the scientific observer through Roscoe Pound, Frederick E. Clements, and Henry Cowles’s formative work in botanical geography from reveals a series of shifts starting from situated, human observation and culminating in synoptic or “god’s-eye” observation. These shifts indexed crucial political dynamics in American environmental discourse—namely, the initiat...
#1Lynda Walsh (UNR: University of Nevada, Reno)H-Index: 8
#2Casey Boyle (University of Texas at Austin)H-Index: 4
This chapter orients readers to the volume and explains its basic logic: that current discourses of technoscience, media, and culture require a new analytical approach—one that can work outside the traditional, modern dichotomies of nature/culture, human/nonhuman, and text/context—to create competent accounts of their political dynamics. Such a framework can be located in the notion of topology. A topology combines the ancient strategy of the topos or strategic position with nonlinear logic to y...
#1Lynda Walsh (UNR: University of Nevada, Reno)H-Index: 8
#2Kenneth C. Walker (UTSA: University of Texas at San Antonio)H-Index: 2
ABSTRACTTechnical communication scholars have tended to treat uncertainty as a lack of certainty rather than as a diverse range of strategies for talking about risk. This review employs Goodnight’s argument spheres to comprehend treatments of uncertainty in technical communication and closely related fields. The advantages of such an approach are demonstrated via a reanalysis of a recent risk communication study. The review finishes by identifying hybrid forums as productive sites for future res...