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Clarkson Professor Doheny-farina Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Clarkson University Professor of Technical Communications Stephen Doheny-Farina has been named the recipient of a prestigious award for his professional contributions in the field of technical communications. doheny-farina

Doheny-Farina is the winner of this year’s Rigo Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Technical Communication from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Documentation (ACM SIGDOC). He will officially accept the award at the ACM SIGDOC annual conference to be held in Toronto in the fall.

“We are pleased and gratified to see Stephen Doheny-Farina recognized for his considerable professional accomplishments,” said Clarkson Provost Tony Collins. “Stephen has a prominent and well deserved reputation as a researcher, writer and teacher. His professional endeavors are a valuable complement to the technological education our students receive at Clarkson.”

ACM SIGDOC Awards Chair Brad Mehlenbacher added, “Stephen Doheny-Farina has made significant professional contributions to information design and user documentation. His inquiries into effective documentation, the complex relationship between rhetoric, innovation and technology and, most recently, the profound influence of networking and computer-mediated communication on personal and communal experience, are an intrinsic part of the lore and practice of professional documentation developers today.”

Doheny-Farina received his doctoral degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and joined the faculty of Clarkson in 1988. He is the author of several books, including “The Wired Neighborhood” and, most recently, “The Grid and the Village,” which looked at community reaction following a massive 1998 ice storm that wiped out the power grid in a vast stretch of the Northeast. The book examines how the community, when faced with the loss of electronic communications on which our society has come to depend, rediscovered face-to-face interaction and renewed the bonds of neighborhoods. His areas of professional interest include the social implications of computing, community and media, and telemedicine. He is a frequent commentator on new media communications for newspapers, magazines, and radio.

Founded in 1947, ACM is the world’s first educational and scientific computing society with a current membership of over 80,000 computing professionals and students worldwide. SIGDOC is a society within ACM comprised of senior communications professionals from scientific and professional disciplines.

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