Bruce Maylath on the Cult of Monolingualism

At the 2016 IEEE ProComm conference, we asked Bruce Maylath, winner of the 2016 Ronald S. Blicq award, about the cult of monolingualism and the dangers it presents to communicating technical work. Listen to his responses and examples in the video below to avoid the practical and ideological pitfalls of a monolingual approach to technical … [Read more...]

2016 Conference Recap and Awards!

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Thanks to all of the conference organizers and attendees for a great ProComm 2016 at the University of Texas in Austin, a fabulous city and conference venue! Bob Metcalfe kicked off the conference with a enlightening talk on entrepreneurship communication, outlining the various ways in which our words and actions can carry ourselves and our … [Read more...]

Derek Ross: Land Ethics in Technical Communication (Lufkin Award Winner)

Derek Ross of Auburn University gives us an overview of his Lufkin Award (2015) winning paper, "Conversations about place: Dialogic ethics and land ethics in technical communication," co-authored with Russell Willerton, of Boise State University. Here, he defines land ethics, and discusses how they might apply to technical communication … [Read more...]

Brian Price: Peeling Back the Layers of the Information Onion in Technical and Engineering Communication

Brian Price, Lecturer at Aston University, UK, explores the metaphor of the "information onion" in technical and engineering communication, which helps reveal important strategies for effectively delivering and designing information for your readers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5COPk-bwX0 His talk on "Peeling Back the Layers of the … [Read more...]

The Role of Emotional Intelligence and Engineering Communication

Dr. Alex Ilyasova, Director of the Professional and Technical Writing Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, defines emotional intelligence and describes the important role that it plays in engineering work, particularly in communication within teams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Ynt3pzjpQ Her research on this topic … [Read more...]

2015 IEEE ProComm Wrap-Up and Awards

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Knappogue Castle, County Clare, Ireland Thanks again to all of those who attended the 2015 IEEE Professional Communication Society Conference in Limerick, Ireland. And thanks to our wonderful organizers, Helen Grady, George Hayhoe, the rest of the planning committee, as well as the University of Limerick and Limerick Travel for the wonderful … [Read more...]

Golf, Anyone?

Golfing in Ireland

Friends at Ennis Club Woodstock If you play golf at all, you’ll love golfing in Ireland! And no, you probably do not want to head for the championship courses, unless you are a rich golf pro. But literally hundreds of small courses are found all throughout Ireland! Every village, it seems, has a golf club, and most welcome visitors. You can … [Read more...]

Irish BBQ Welcomes You to ProComm 2015

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Plan to arrive Sunday evening for a tradition Irish Barbecue at The Stables, U of Limerick campus. This is the first chance to meet and greet each other, enjoy terrific food and drink, and be entertained by a troop of Irish dancers and musicians! Buy your tickets online now using the ProComm 2015 registration site. You really don’t want to … [Read more...]

Join the Party!

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Wondering whether the Medieval Banquet ticket is worth the price? You MUST SEE this video: http://youtu.be/13G_vALbZO4 You and your family or guests coming to ProComm 2015 will not want to miss this evening meal and entertainment. Walking into the Knappogue Castle is like walking back to medieval times. But fear not: we go as Lords and Ladies … [Read more...]

“Experiencing Ireland” by Julia M. Williams, past president, ProComm

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Ireland—even just the name evokes images of green fields, friendly people, and, perhaps, pints of frothy Guinness. When you travel to Ireland for ProComm 2015, you will have the opportunity to see and experience much more than this. I’d like to suggest a couple of travel options that will make your trip to Ireland a memorable one. Because I’m … [Read more...]