This award recognizes the most outstanding rhetoric of science and technology-related article published the preceding calendar year. 2012 represented the inaugural year for the Article of the Year award. Each year the winners will be recognized at the annual ARST business meeting, held during NCA.



Michelle Gibbons

Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati

“Beliefs about the mind as doxastic inventional resource: Freud, neuroscience and the case of Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care.” (2014). Rhetoric Society Quarterly 44(5), 427-448.


Lauren R. Kolodziejski

Department of Communication, California Polytechnic State University

“Harms of hedging in scientific discourse: Andrew Wakefield and the origins of the autism vaccine controversy. ” (2014). Technical Communication Quarterly 23(3), 165-183.



John Lynch

Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati

“‘Prepare to Believe’: The Creation Museum as Embodied Conversion Narrative. ” (2013). Rhetoric & Public Affairs 16(1).



Risa Applegarth

English Department, University of North Carolina Greensboro


"Rhetorical Scarcity: Spatial and Economic Inflections on Genre Change." (2012). College Composition and Communication, 63(3), 453-483.


Kenneth Walker

English Department, University of Arizona

Lynda Walsh

English Department, University of Nevada, Reno



"'No One Yet Knows What the Ultimate Consequences May Be': How Rachel Carson Transformed Scientific Uncertainty into a Site for Public Participation in Silent Spring." (2012).
Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 26(1), 3-34.



S. Scott Graham

English Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


"Dis-ease or disease? Ontological rarefaction in the
medical-industrial complex." (2011).
Journal of Medical Humanities, 32(3), 167-187.


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