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Issue 3 • Sept. 1979

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): c1
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  • [Inside front cover]

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  • Contents

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  • Where the elite meet

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):130 - 131
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    This essay is a tongue-in-cheek rationale for and analysis of technical conferences. View full abstract»

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  • Making contacts at conferences

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):131 - 133
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    The ability of young scientists and engineers to communicate with established professionals at technical conferences is restricted by the financial, organizational, and physical arrangements for most such meetings. Suggestions for improving this situation include quotas for first-time attendees, information-encounter groups, and computerized scheduling and message processing. A basic requirement i... View full abstract»

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  • How to present a paper at an AAPT meeting

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):134 - 137
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  • Communicating through poster sessions

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):137 - 140
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    At a poster session at a technical conference there is no captive audience. A modest amount of showmanship is therefore helpful in attracting attention. Fewer and bigger rather than more visuals are usually best; detailed information can be provided in other ways. Charts must be simple and legible. A photograph of the presenter helps newcomers identify him among the other visitors. Means for colle... View full abstract»

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  • A basic guide to conference organizing

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):140 - 145
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    Obvious common features of conferences are programs and speakers. Less obvious but also of great concern to conference organizers are budgets, facilities and residential accommodations, and attracting the audience or participants. Recommendations based on experience cover advance planning for theme, program, scheduling, handling speakers and registration, and arranging accommodations and social pr... View full abstract»

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  • A citation study of computer science literature

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):146 - 158
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    The bibliographic reference and citations which exist among documents in a given document collection can be used to study the history and scope of particular subject areas and to assess the importance of individual authors, documents, and journals. A clustering study of computer science literature is described, using bibliographic citations as a clustering criterion, and conclusions are drawn rega... View full abstract»

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  • Communicating with computers by voice

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):159 - 165
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    A major motivation is to achieve in man-machine interactions the efficiency of speech communication among humans. Continuous speech is more difficult to understand than are isolated words. Commercially available speech recognition systems of the latter type are highly successful despite their limited capability. To recognize continuous speech, more information is needed than is contained in acoust... View full abstract»

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  • Verbal pollution

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):165 - 169
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    Pretentious, wordy writing occurs because written English is different from spoken English and because writers have developed bad habits. Four specific varieties of verbal pollution are (1) the smothered verb, (2) the freight-train adjectival phrase, (3) the indiscriminate use of jargon, and (4) the habitual hedge. Once their causes and symptoms are understood, these faults are easy to detect and ... View full abstract»

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  • War declared on lingo

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):169 - 170
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    Words such as `input' and `Feedback' can be useful and meaningful when accurately defined in a technical context such as computer science. English professor John McCall at the University of Cincinnati has begun a semi-serious campaign against the metaphoric use of such technical terms in non-technical or unrelated conversation and writing. View full abstract»

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  • An essay on misused words: Sophisticated and elegant

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):170 - 171
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    A trendy comment, intended to be a put-down, is to label someone's idea, model, or theory as `unsophisticated'. Recourse to a standard dictionary shows that `unsophisticated' is not a bad thing to be, and that `elegance' is also desirable. View full abstract»

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  • How engineers can help educate the public

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):171 - 173
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    In making speeches or dealing with news media, engineers will be effective to the extent their language is understandable. Skill in avoiding the use of jargon can be developed with practice. Opportunities to talk to teachers are easily created and are especially valuable because of the teacher-student multiplier effect. A dual goal in public speaking is to tell the audience how you feel on an issu... View full abstract»

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  • Basic business and professional speech communication — Ted Frank and David Ray

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):173 - 174
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  • Communicate effectively! — Arnold “Nick” carter

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 174
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  • How to compose slides for lectures — Katharina Meyer-Hartwig, Walter Bleifeld, and Ulf Hegewald

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):174 - 175
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  • Reading technical books — Anne Eisenberg

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 175
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  • Technical illustration, third edition — T. A. Thomas

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s):175 - 176
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  • Technology transfer: How to make it work — Hyman Olken

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 176
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  • Information for authors and readers of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

    Publication Year: 1979, Page(s): 177
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