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Cornell Workshop Series Aims to Help Profs Communicate Research via Transmedia

Cornell University has launched a year-long series of workshops designed to help faculty and academic staff share their research and knowledge through a variety of media.

The series, "Knowledge Matters: Communicating Research for Different Audiences through Transmedia," will allow participants to create and showcase their blogs, vlogs, comics, websites or other outlets in an effort to reach a variety of audiences with a focus on transmedia.

"Transmedia knowledge is knowledge created and communicated across different media forms, including books, presentations and community installations," said co-organizer Jon McKenzie, the College of Arts and Sciences dean's fellow for media and design and visiting professor of English, in a prepared statement.

In the first workshop, held Sept. 8, McKenzie showcased examples of transmedia knowledge, including research rap from U Virginia Faculty Member A.D. Carson and Natt Harris, a medical resident from Australia who sings about cancer research.

Participants are expected to complete several projects in transmedia to be showcased in December and May.

"The series is designed to improve research communication between faculty and community members, the general public, policymakers, funders as well as peers and colleagues," said Yael Levitte, associate vice provost for faculty development and diversity, in a prepared statement.

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