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Michael Zerbe, Fulbright Scholar, South-West University, AY 2008-2009

2019-2020 was a productive year for Michael Zerbe, who was promoted to full professor, and had a few excellent publications:

An article about the four-letter alphabet part of the nucleic acid DNA, which has until recently been characterized as a read-only text. The development of a quick, inexpensive DNA targeting and manipulation technique called CRISPR, though, has changed DNA from this arhetorical, read-only data set, as it has been characterized in the rhetoric literature to date, to a fully rhetorical text—one that can be not only read but created, interpreted, copied, altered, and stored as well. The Book of Nature, an idea with roots in antiquity but popularized during the nineteenth century, provides proof of concept in the form of an historical and theoretical context in which DNA can be viewed in this light.

  • Zerbe, Michael J. “Toward a Rhetoric of DNA: The Advent of CRISPR.” POROI 14.2 (2019): Article 3.

A book about how you can use your favorite Rock-n-Roll song titles to show, clearly and concisely, how English grammar and style work: