Archives for March 2013

Call for Papers: 2013 CPTSC Research Grants

The Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) invites interested members to apply for research grants up to $1,500. CPTSC funds research projects that contribute to our collective knowledge about all aspects of program administration. Proposed research projects should relate to one or more of the following goals: To … [Read more...]

Featured Article: A Short Guide to Writing Technical Papers – A Company Perspective

By Kim Siow, ON Semiconductor, SCG Industries. Writing a book or a paper is often associated with scholars’ activities.   After all, scholars leave a legacy of literature to be read by later generations.  This exchange of ideas is best served by the work being made available in the public domain.  This mindset rules in academic circles, where a … [Read more...]

Please excuse my poor netiquette

In a meeting today, several faculty complained that students were spending time in class on their smartphones doing things unrelated to course activities--updating Facebook, sending texts, replying to unimportant email.  My question was, why do you allow them to use their devices in class?  Time in class is precious, and my solution to student … [Read more...]

IEEE Robotics & Automation Society extends an invitation to PCS members

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society extends an invitation to PCS members to attend a webinar on professional communication, presented by Dr. Julia Williams, president of PCS. Improving Workplace Email Using the STOP Method, Thursday, 30 May 19:00 – 20:00 Past Webinars: The Power of Presentations: Make Yours Informative, Persuasive, … [Read more...]

“If I were a rich man,” and other musings on the subjunctive

There are two rules of grammar that I won't ever give up.  The first is the use of a singular pronoun as an antecedent to a singular noun. For instance, The student handed in their paper late.  The singular subject should have a singular pronoun, either he or she, but time and time again I see written prose using the plural in some vain attempt … [Read more...]

Recommended Article from the Archives of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Check out this article from the archives of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. N.W. Coppola and N. Elliot. “Big Science or bricolage: An alternative model for research in Technical Communication.” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, vol. 48, no. 3, pp.261-268, 2005. Recommended by past IEEE Professional … [Read more...]

Stand Up? Sit Down?

Rachel Emma Silverman, in a recent post in the Wall Street Journal, commented on the growing popularity of stand-up meetings.  Also known as a "huddle" or "scrum," the stand-up meeting is a hallmark of software development workplaces that emphasize "Agile" development and its associated values of speed, flexibility, and innovation.  I can guess the … [Read more...]

Announcing a New Book in the IEEE PCS Professional Engineering Communication Series – Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication

Paperback Editors: Han Yu and Gerald Savage To purchase: Given today's globalized technical and engineering environment, intercultural communication is an essential topic for engineers, other technical professionals, and technical communicators to learn. Engineering … [Read more...]

Email Etiquette for Students

Thanks to Kim Sydow Campbell, author of the blog Pros Write, for sharing this video from the Arizona State University Writing Centers.  ASU asked instructors what they want (or perhaps more importantly, didn't want) in student email.  The examples are universal, I believe! … [Read more...]

Call for Proposals: 2013 Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication

Conference Location: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Conference Dates: October 10-12, 2013 Conference Theme: Reflections and Projections: Examining the Status and the Future of Programs in the Field Overview 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) as an … [Read more...]