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Podcast: Karen A. Schriver, Winner of 2017 Joenk Award, Interviewed by George Hayhoe

As indicated previously, Karen A. Schriver is the 2017 winner of the Joenk Award for the best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication for her paper “Plain Language in the United States Gains Momentum: 1940–2015.”  Listen to her speak about her research into Plain Language in an interview with George Hayhoe, Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication below.


Karen A. Schriver received her Ph.D. degree in Rhetoric and Document Design from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, in 1987. She went on to become a professor of rhetoric and document design at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. She is a researcher in information design, plain language, and people-centered communications. She has taught at the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands; the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA; the University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa; and recently, at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Her book, Dynamics in Document Design (Wiley, 1997), has been called a classic in information design and technical communication. Her research interests focus on designing compelling communications for busy people using diverse media. She is currently working on a book about evidence-based information design and plain language. She has received 12 national and international awards for her work.

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Karen A. Schriver wins Joenk Award for Best Paper in the Transactions (2017)

The editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Rudolph J. Joenk Award for Best Paper in the Transactions is Karen A. Schriver for "Plain Language in the United States … [Continue reading]

Request for Proposals for Guest Editorship and Special Issue Topic
: IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication requests proposals for guest editorship and special issue topic for the December 2019 issue. Anyone may propose a topic and apply for guest editor status. Guest editors need not be members of … [Continue reading]

Communicating about New Sustainable Technologies: Aachen University’s Claas Digmayer

We asked Aachen University's Claas Digmayer to talk about the importance of public communication in the acceptance of new sustainable technologies. In this video, he describes how two similar technologies, Carbon Capture and Storage and Carbon … [Continue reading]

Engineering Judgement and Engineering Communication

J. Scott Weedon, winner of the 2017 Lufkin award for best paper, describes the important relationship between engineering judgement and engineering communication, showing how understanding this relationship can improve both aspects of your … [Continue reading]

4Q17 Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication on Plain Language

The December 2017 special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication on plain language has recently been published online. If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the September issue, during … [Continue reading]

Candidates on Slate for 2018–2020 AdCom

A slate of six candidates for election to the PCS Administrative Committee (AdCom) for 2018–2020 has been announced. Claas Digmayer, RWTH Aachen University, Germany David Kmiec, New Jersey Institute of Technology, United States Sean … [Continue reading]

Jon Leydens On Intercultural Communication, Engineering, and Social Justice

Dr. Jon Leydens, co-author of Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice, spoke to us at ProComm 2017 about the growing importance of intercultural communication and social justice in engineering practice, how current … [Continue reading]


Overview The ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC) invites you to submit a proposal for a research paper, experience report, interactive poster, panel session, or workshop that examines cross-disciplinary and … [Continue reading]

PCS at IEEE Sections Congress, Australia: Ryan Boettger’s Ignite Talk

Brian Traynor and Ryan Boettger represented PCS at IEEE Sections Congress—‚a triennial gathering of IEEE Section leadership—in Sydney, Australia in August this year. 1250 IEEE members from 165 countries participated the event. We were able to … [Continue reading]