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Hot Off the Presses-Slide Rules!

The Wiley-IEEE Press PCS Book Series has just announced its latest e-book release: Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields by Traci Nathans-Kelly and Christine G. Nicometo. This is a book meant to help practitioners hone their presentation skills and manage their slides well. Designed and written for engineers, technical specialists, and scientists of all levels-in businesses, universities, research units, military sectors, or other areas-the authors introduce best practices, provide full-color examples, and pull apart even the smallest issues that may haunt presenters. Professionals and students alike will benefit from this book because it provides specific avenues for improving and honing presentations in these specialized fields.

Be sure to check out this and other titles in the Wiley-IEEE PCS Book Series.

A Conference Call in Real Life-A Real Life Communication Challenge

Perhaps you've seen this YouTube video making the rounds, a comic rendition of a typical conference call and its associated problems. It includes everything from the poor call quality, lurking participants, and the standard confusion that we often associate with this important communication medium of 21st century workplaces. I wish there were a Wiley-IEEE Press PCS Book that could help us all with these!

Telling the Story of Engineering

A story in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper reported on a National Academy of Engineering report explaining why there are so few women in the field of engineering. Relating to the need for girls and women to understand what engineers do and how they contribute to quality of life, Gary Robbins of U-T San Diego reported:
Experts said the field is in an odd rut: Engineers profoundly impact human welfare-from creating electric cars to designing prosthetic hands to making fire-resistant pajamas-but the public is largely unaware of it because engineers rarely tell their story in clear, compelling ways. They do an especially poor job reaching out to girls and women to say: The field wants you. It needs you. It's filled with opportunity. "Engineers themselves do not always agree on what engineers do or how to explain it to the public," said a study released in June by the National Academy of Engineering, the elite honor and research society that advises Congress.

Here is another place where effective communication could make an impact.

Diversity Scholarship Available for IPCC 2014 in Pittsburgh!

Carnegie Mellon University's English Department is offering three graduate student travel scholarships for the purpose of increasing diversity in technical and professional communication. This scholarship is available to any graduate student:
  • who has submitted a final paper accepted for inclusion in the IPCC 2014 proceedings;
  • and who either represent or have demonstrated a commitment to advancing an underrepresented community in technical and professional communication in their respective region, or internationally.
The scholarship waives the conference fee ($185) and provides the winners $500 to cover travel expenses to attend IPCC 2014. Graduate students who are interested in the Carnegie Mellon Diversity Scholarship must submit a letter explaining how they represent an underrepresented community in the field of technical and professional communication. Factors that determine an underrepresented community may include (but are not limited to) ethnicity, disability, gender, and nationality. For more information, contact Suguru Ishizaki, conference chair for IPCC 2014.

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