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Month: November 2016

Human Communication: Identifying the Patterns and Stripes

Human Communication: Identifying the Patterns and Stripes

1.0    Abstract   Human Communication is the foundation for many theories and can be defined an infinite number of ways. Human originates from the Old French word humain, which means, “of or belonging to man” (Online Etymology Dictionary, 2016). The American Heritage Dictionary defines communication as, “the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information” (Berube and Jost, 1993, p. 282). I connect the two words to form my own definition of human communication: “Human Communication is the sharing of information, verbally, or…

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Scientific Plagiarism: Fairness vs. Honesty

Scientific Plagiarism: Fairness vs. Honesty

Kenneth D. Pimple describes plagiarism as, “a way of stealing credit, of gaining credit where credit is not due, and credit, typically in the form of authorship, is the coin of the realm in science. An offense against scientists qua scientists is an offense against science, and in its way plagiarism is as deep an offense against scientists as falsification and fabrication are offenses against science” (as sited in Stemwedel, 2013, para. 4). Janet D. Stemwedel, a writer for Scientific…

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CICS, What is that?

CICS, What is that?

This is an open letter to my fellow colleagues embarking on this journey to become a Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences. CICS. The Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University. If you asked me a year ago what CICS was, I would say, “I have no idea.” Now I am here, and if you ask me what something unfamiliar is now, I would say, “I will research it.” That is just one of the…

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