For those of you interested in Technical Writing, here is some good news for you (the bottom job): http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-money_in_the_bank_5_careers_for_60k_salaries-1027.
The Language and Rhetoric Colloquium presents: Professor Gail Stygall, English
Friday, December 4. 3:30 pm. CMU (Communications) 226
English Professor Gail Stygall will be talking about her critical discourse analysis work on mortgage documents on Friday to the Language and Rhetoric Colloquium. She will be talking about how mortgage documents are written at a level beyond the functional literacy of most Americans. Please forward this information to HCDE students who may be interested.
Who: Mark Zachry, HCDE Associate Professor, HCDE; Joan Ross, HCDE MS student and Jonathan Morgan, HCDE PhD student
Topic: Investigations into the Communicative Practices Associated with Virtual Workspaces
When: Thursday, December 3, 5:00 – 5:50 pm
Where: Sieg Hall, room 134
Web-based applications to support groups are being developed and offered to the public at a rapid rate. Our ability to account for these emergent technologies, however, has developed at a slower pace. Research in this area is challenged by the limitations of the available models and frameworks to support investigations into computer-supported cooperative work with these emergent systems. This session will feature work associated with two different studies in which the researchers are developing insights in this largely uncharted area. One study is focused on exploring the sociotechnical dimensions of use in such systems through a study of eHow. The other study investigates mechanisms for regulating participant behavior in online spaces through an examination of the policy environment of one successful massively-multiuser online collaboration: Wikipedia.
Dr. Mark Zachry is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington.
Joan Ross is a Master’s student in HCDE who has research interests in technology evolution, automation, and security pertaining to HCI/CSCW. She has worked for 15 years in the computer software industry. Jonathan Morgan is a PhD student in HCDE. His research focuses on tools and practices that support distributed online collaboration, and communication behaviors in online communities.
Hey Musicians!!! A Music Software Usability Study is Looking for Participants!!!
A group of graduate students is trying to uncover some usability issues with a music recording software package. We are looking for participants to use the software while we observe to see what areas of the program could be improved. If you are interested in usability, this would be a great exposure to a test environment; if nothing else, you would be supporting the Engineering community and maybe make a few networking connections in the process. We are looking for participants meeting these criteria: Continue reading
For all you visual communication enthusiasts, check out this cool new book. The author reads tonight in Pioneer Square.
Seattle’s Katharine “Kitty” Harmon makes a most welcome return visit to Elliott Bay tonight with a stunning new book of maps of territories both strange and familiar—produced by artists working in paint, salt, old magazines, gloves, found items, and on the artists’ own bodies.
The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography (Princeton Architectural Press) includes photographs of maps by 350 artists, including Ed Rushka, Julian Schnabel, Maya Lin, Guillermo Kuitca, and Gale Jamieson, and features essays on some of the artists by art historian Gayle Clemans. Kitty Harmon, the author of over a dozen books, was her more recently with You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination.
101 S. Main St.
Seattle, Washington 98104
The EMP Pop Conference’s theme is “Music and Technology.”
The Simpson Center for the Humanities and American Music Partnership of Seattle are pleased to announce support for UW graduate student internships at AMPS partner organizations for the Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 quarters. AMPS supports collaboration among Experience Music Project, KEXP Radio, and the University of Washington. It is funded by a generous grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and administered by the Simpson Center for the Humanities.
Graduate students selected for and committed to these internships will receive quarterly stipends, funded through the American Music Partnership of Seattle. Internships and fellowships requiring an average of ten hours per week are stipended at $1,000 (total funding) per ten-week quarter; internships requiring fewer hours or fewer weeks will receive a proportionate, prorated stipend amount.
Community Music Fellowship
This position replaces the Exp: The Band fellowship and is suited to a grad student in Music Education. The fellow will be instrumental in helping the education department assess the needs of and design a proposal for a new community music program at EMP for under-served teens.
Pop Conference Internships (2 positions)
The interns will learn the processes and resources involved in hosting a major academic/public conference and multi-day, largescale museum event. S/he will meet and work with staff across the museum as well as members of the music community in Seattle and nationwide. This will be an excellent opportunity for students interested in event planning and public program development to acquire experience and get an inside view of producing a nationally recognized event.
Exhibits Development and Design Internship
This internship is focused on the development of a specific exhibit, opening in June 2010. The intern will work with the exhibit curator to conduct research, write content, and secure artifacts for the exhibit. S/he will work with the exhibits manager to contribute to exhibit and graphic design, plan the installation, and, if interested, work on exhibit fabrication and installation.
Research Assistantship for Winter Quarter 2010
The Graduate School solicits applications for a part-time, 50% FTE one quarter Research Assistantship (RA) appointment (with possibility of re-appointment for additional quarters) to help analyze information and data related to UW graduate education.
Responsibilities will include:
1. Research, analyze and report on graduate education data. This will require using Graduate School databases, the UW Enterprise Data Warehouse, and other institutional, web and library sources. This will also require collaboration with Graduate School staff.
2. Create reports that communicate data and analysis to the UW and larger communities.
3. Provide data analysis and information for use with internal and external constituencies via updates, published reports, and the Graduate School website.
4. Create short surveys to obtain information to supplement existing Graduate School data (e.g., short surveys of staff working in graduate education, graduate students, faculty, etc.)
5. Build local reporting systems to provide access to information that will support internal decision-making and strategic planning and communications.
Google Policy Fellowship Program—to support students and organizations working on policy issues fundamental to the future of the Internet and its users.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. Participating organizations are based in either Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA , Ottawa or Toronto, Canada.
Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities.
Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,000 for 10 weeks during the summer of 2010 (June-August). Exact dates of the fellowship will be worked out by the fellow and host organization. Applications are due by midnight on Monday, December 28, 2009. Students who are accepted into the program will be notified by Friday, February 12th, 2010. To learn about our application process, click here.
I am looking for interested faculty and graduate students who want to write book reviews for The Information Society, a journal distributed by Francis & Taylor (Routledge). Information about the journal, reviews, and a hyperlinked list of available titles are at:
Michael Filas, Ph.D
Book Review Editor, The Information Society
c/o Westfield State College
577 Western Avenue
Westfield, MA 01086
Call for manuscripts:
Special Issue of Journal of Business and Technical Communication: Revisiting the IText Revolution
A decade ago, the IText Manifesto was published in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication,* calling attention to the impact of information technologies with texts at their core. These ITexts, the authors claimed, represented, “new page in the story of the coevolution of humanity, culture, and technology,” promising to change both the nature of texts and their role in society. In special issue to be published in July 2010, JBTC invites researchers and scholars to revisit that promise.
In particular, we seek original research and scholarship that examines:
• New genres of texts that have emerged in the last decade in the context of new digital technologies;
• Newly emerging criteria for what makes texts effective, usable, or engaging in digital contexts;
• The changing interplay of the visual and verbal in digital texts;
• Evolving patterns or strategies for the use of ITexts in the context of work, leisure, or home;