Susan Barnes, professor of communication at Rochester Institute of Technology, received an Outstanding Service Award from the Media Ecology Association at its eighth annual conference in Mexico on June 8.
The award recognizes Barnes’ contribution to the formation of the Media Ecology Association, including hosting a conference at RIT in 2004. Barnes is one of the founding members of the association.
Media ecology studies the environment media creates. The emerging discipline blends communication studies with information technology and the arts.
“Media ecology is a perspective that examines the relationships between culture, technology and communication,” Barnes says. “It emphasizes the human factor in society/technology relationships and how technology affects human cognition and understanding. Today, media ecology is particularly relevant for our media-intensive world.”