2018 Recipients

Ralph Kenke

Ralph Kenke

University of Newcastle, Australia

Ralph Kenke is a media artist and visual communication designer based in Sydney, Australia. His work is focusing on information design and participatory installations. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia and a PhD research scholar. His research into the emerging field of data portraiture seeks to understand the role of the ‘artist’ in interpreting binary data into visible pictures and the insights into the behavior, experiences, and interests of individuals this might result in. In recent years Ralph’s work was recognised with awards such as the Digital Portraiture Award by the National Portrait Gallery Australia, the Museums Australian Multimedia & Publication Award (MAPDA), and the New York Type Directors Club Award.

​Brian Pindayi

​Brian Pindayi

Rusangu University, Zambia

Brian Pindayi is a researcher, academic, and social scientist. His research interests which are informed by critical theory and British Cultural Studies focus on the influence of new communication technologies on political participation, political mobilisation, civic engagement, and culture. As a journalist with a decade of experience in both print and electronic media and a PhD candidate of Media Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), his publications range from case studies of the effect of communicative spaces such as Twitter and WhatsApp to the impact of television and newspaper publications on society.

Neeraj Sanan

Neeraj Sanan

University of Manchester, UK

Neeraj Sanan is a successful business professional with over two decades experience, of which one decade has been as senior executive in media companies. He worked across television, internet, and print before enrolling at Alliance Manchester Business School's Doctorate Program. He has been studying "Internet Induced Business Strategy in TV broadcasting" globally for last four years. Currently he is in final year of thesis submission.

Drawing on a deep understanding of category economics and data analytics, Neeraj consults top leading Media houses to bolster their revenues using disruptive marketing and tech strategies.

​Nupoor Jalindre

​Nupoor Jalindre

North Carolina State University, USA

Nupoor Jalindre is a Ph.D. student with a focus on technical communication, usability, analysis, data analysis and rhetorical studies in the Artificial Intelligence and the IoT domain. She has a background in Computer Engineering and has earned an MS in Technical Communication from the North Carolina State University. She is interested in exploring the field of Human Computer Interaction and the role it plays in behavioral studies which impacts pedagogical approach. She is currently pursuing a research assistantship with SAS where she is exploring research opportunities with user generated content and chat bots.

​Pablo Beytía

​Pablo Beytía

Humboldt University zu Berlin, Germany

Pablo Beytía is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Social Sciences of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and a Visiting Researcher at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS). He is currently specializing in what might be called ‘the digital sociology of knowledge’, with a doctoral thesis on how biographical information is being globally structured in Wikipedia. Previously, Pablo was a lecturer at the P. Catholic University of Chile, Director of the Social Research Center of the international NGO ‘TECHO’, and advisor to the Government of Chile. He is a sociologist and holds a master's degree in sociology from the P. Catholic University of Chile, as well as a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Chile.

Tsung-Lin Lu

Tsung-Lin Lu

National Defense University of R.O.C, Taipei

Tsung-Lin Lu is a Master of Journalism from Taiwan National Defense University (NDU). He is a captain officer serving in the Missile Company as well. His research interests including cultural studies, sociology and communication, social media, and digital humanities. Moreover, He has won the 2018 Central News Agency (Taiwan) Scholarship, 2017 United Daily News (Taiwan) Foundation Scholarship, 2017 Health Communication Foundation Scholarship, and 2017 Military Literary Award: Merit Award in military news reports during the period of studying at NDU.

​Kathryn Wolfe

​Kathryn Wolfe

Florida Atlantic University, USA

Kathryn Wolfe received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Atlantic University in 2016. She teaches courses in curriculum design, teacher education, and the humanities. Katie has established and designed a variety of courses for both the secondary and college level. Her research extends into a wide array of areas including culture and identity, doctoral education, curriculum and culture within faith-based education, and pedagogy in religious education. Her current research study examines how plus size female bloggers create a voice for marginalized individuals. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally at various conferences, events, workshops, and guest lectures.

In Their Words

I learned the importance of listening to other scholars and soaking up the experience. I also learned the importance of being supportive and having an open mind toward multiple worldviews. I learned how to be relaxed even when there were stressful, high stake moments. By talking with the other scholars and conference participants, I felt I was more able to assist other scholars in high stress situations.

Andrew Pratt, 2014 Awardee

My team building and communication skills have been tremendously enhanced by serving as a moderator in an interactive international group setting which the conference provided.

Dellarue Howard, 2015 Awardee