Student Poster Contest Deadline Extended!

We have extended the deadline for the STC Academic SIG student poster competition: Monday, April 23, 2012. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in a competition and present virtually at no cost.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students may enter as individuals or as part of a team.
  • Students do not need to be a member of STC to enter or (if they are selected) to present virtually at the Summit.
  • Selected students will present their posters during the STC Summit ’12 , on Monday, 21 May 2012, through Adobe Connect.
  • Submissions will be ranked and the top two posters will be awarded cash prizes.
  • Student members of STC who are selected to present and wish to attend the Summit in person may volunteer to work at the Summit to cover their registration fee.

Submission details can be found on the Student Poster Competition page on this site.

Partnership Pre-Conference Discussed in Intercom Article

The Academic SIG leadership team discusses the processes of putting together the Partnerships for Professionalism Pre-Conference workshop at last Fall's CPTSC conference in the January issue of Intercom,"STC Academic SIG Hosts Partnership Preconference at CPTSC".

The article includes the lessons learned by the Academic SIG as they developed their first ever-preconference, and the logistics of using a hybrid presentation format.

Bakke Webinar Follow-up and Slides

Dr. Ken Baake of Texas Tech University presented "The Rhetoric of Science and How Metaphor Constitutes Knowledge in Science" at our first co-hosted Webinar on 23 February 2012. The presentation had nearly 35 participants with lively participation and questions after the main presentation by Dr. Baake. In attendance were members from both the Academic and SciCom SIGs which included both industry and academic professionals. Thanks very much to Dr. Baake, members of the Academic and SciCom SIG leadership, and to the participants who attended. We look forward to hosing the next event and welcome any comments or suggestions. If you were not able to attend the session, the slides can be viewed from the link below. Baake Presentation Slides

Are You Going to The Summit??

Heading to The Summit, and wondering if any of your Academic SIG friends are attending or presenting? Well, we've got a web page for that!

The Who's at The 2012 Summit? page will be updated at least weekly between the end of March and The Summit in mid-May.

If you are an Academic SIG member that will be attending and/or presenting at the Summit, send a note to Carol Anne, the webmaster with your information and we'll add it to the page.

Academic SIG Earns Community of Excellence Award

The Society for Technical Communication has notified the Academic SIG leadership that the Academic SIG has earned the Community of Excellence Award for 2011. The SIG will be recognized during the Leadership Day event on Sunday, May 20,2012 at the Summit in Rosemont, Illinois.

The award honors the Academic SIG for "developing innovative activities that build bridges between those who practice in the field of technical communication and those who teach and study in the field."(award citation) Some of those activities included:

  • Partnerships for Professionalism workshop at the CPTSC.
  • Co-hosting “The Rhetoric of Science and How Metaphor Constitutes Knowledge in Science” with the SciCom SIG.

In her email to the SIG membership, announcing the award, SIG President Pam Brewer stated: "I just want to say thank you to our many SIG members who have worked so hard this year... We have an extraordinary leadership team that gets things done (and they are fun to work with)."

If you'd like to become more involved in the work of the Academic SIG (and join in the fun!) contact Pam or any member of the SIG leadership.

Webinar Co-Hosted by the STC Academic and SciCom SIGs

Dr. Ken Baake of Texas Tech University presented "The Rhetoric of Science and How Metaphor Constitutes Knowledge in Science" at our first co-hosted Webinar on 23 February 2012. The rhetoric of science has been a flourishing academic sub-discipline since Thomas Kuhn’s book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, published in the 1960s, revealing the means by which knowledge in science comes to be enshrined textually. This role of language in science was the topic of Ken Baake’s STC Webinar. He reviewed the rhetoric of science as a field of study, and then discussed his own area of research—the means by which metaphor as a rhetorical device helps to constitute knowledge in science. Baake also highlighted findings from his 2003 book on metaphor and science and presented examples of the role of metaphor in the sciences.  He also offered many insights for technical communicators who are involved in science writing. We welcome comments or input on future Webinar topics.   

Webinar Announcement: The Rhetoric of Science and How Metaphor Constitutes Knowledge in Science

Join the STC Academic and SciCom SIGss for a free Webinar event, as Ken Baake presents "The Rhetoric of Science and How Metaphor Constitutes Knowledge in Science" on Thursday, February 23rd, 2:00-3:00pm CST.

The rhetoric of science has been a flourishing academic sub-discipline since Thomas Kuhn’s book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, was published in the 1960s, revealing the means by which knowledge in science comes to be enshrined textually. This role of language in science is the topic of Ken Baake’s STC Webinar. He will first review the rhetoric of science as a field of study, and then turn to his own area of research—the means by which metaphor as a rhetorical device helps to constitute knowledge in science. Baake will review findings from his 2003 book on metaphor and science and present examples of the role of metaphor in the sciences, offering insights for technical communicators who are involved in science writing.

To sign up, email <a href="mailto:admin@nullstc-academic.org" admin@nullstc-acadmic.org (with your name and email address) to reserve a spot. Registration is free and closes on Friday, February 17.