Michael Wesch Receives Awards for Research

In an earlier post (9/24/08) I wrote about Michael Wesch, cultural anthropologist at Kansas State University, and the cutting-edge research he is doing with his students on YouTube.  This week I noticed that he received well-deserved acclaim for that work.   For one, he received an award as one of the top four U.S. Professors of the Year for 2008 from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education which is sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The award recognizes excellent teaching and dedication to students at the undergraduate level.

In another realm Michael Wesch’s YouTube about research on YouTube was cited in an article by Emily Gould in the New York Times (Sunday, 11/23/08) .  In that piece entitled “Moments That Mattered,” twelve people wrote about the year’s most memorable media. In one selection by David Byrne he commented on what he gained from watching and listening to Wesch’s hour-long video about YouTube.

Both of these citations attest to the growing prominence of digital media in our lives – and, yes, even in academia. Congratulations to Michael and to all his students who worked with him!

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