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CONTENTS
1) FINAL REPORT TO IEEE-USA B.O.D. AVAILABLE ONLINE
2) 2000 IEEE-USA CAREERS CONFERENCE VIRTUAL PROCEEDINGS AVAILABLE ONLINE
3) A PREDICTABLE, SECURE PENSION FOR LIFE
4) IEEE-USA UNVEILS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR 107th CONGRESS
5) IEEE-USA OFFERS 2002 FCC FELLOWSHIP
6) PRESIDENT CLINTON AWARDS TOP SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY AWARDS
7) NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK ACTIVITIES BEGIN
8) 'DISCOVER' MAGAZINE TECHNOLOGY AWARDS NOMINATIONS DUE
9) GET TECH PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
10) HAVE YOU MADE YOUR PLANS FOR NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK?
11) IEEE-USA WEBZINES TO FOCUS ON CAREERS AND PUBLIC POLICY
12) IEEE-USA RELEASES EIGHT NEW POSITION STATEMENTS
13) LONGTIME VOLUNTEER DR. RICHARD MARSTEN HONORED
14) FEBRUARY DEADLINE FOR 2002 GOVERNMENT FELLOWSHIPS
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FINAL REPORT TO IEEE-USA B.O.D. AVAILABLE ONLINE
 
This report highlights programs, activities and outcomes from IEEE-USA's
government relations efforts during the 106th Congress, specifically during
the past year. It also addresses the priority issues identified in
IEEE-USA's Legislative Agenda for the 107th Congress and briefly reviews
select activities from other government relations programs. The report is
available online in Portable Display Format (PDF) at:
<http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/2000rpt.pdf>
 
 
2000 CAREERS CONFERENCE VIRTUAL PROCEEDINGS AVAILABLE ONLINE
 
The 2000 Careers Conference, held in San Jose, California, focused on
trends and tips for retention/utilization of high-tech professionals. You
can view a collection of papers and presentations given at the conference
online in either PowerPoint (PPT) or Portable Display Format (PDF) at:
<http://www.ieeeusa.org/careercon/proceeding/index.html>
 
 
A PREDICTABLE, SECURE PENSION FOR LIFE
 
Need more information on the different types of pension plans offered by
private sector employers? IEEE-USA has posted some practical information
and tips concerning the traditional defined-benefit retirement plans
insured by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. To view, visit: <
http://www.ieeeusa.org/features/pensions.html>
 
 
IEEE-USA UNVEILS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR 107th CONGRESS
 
At its November meeting, the IEEE-USA Board of Directors approved the
Legislative Agenda for the 107th Congress (2001-2002). The agenda outlines
IEEE-USA's legislative goals and priorities for the coming year. To view
the agenda, visit: <http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/AGENDA/index.html>
 
 
IEEE-USA OFFERS 2002 FCC FELLOWSHIP
 
IEEE-USA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are seeking
applications from IEEE U.S. members interested in spending a year as an
IEEE-USA Executive Fellow in the FCC beginning in January 2002 through
December 2002. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in antennas &
propagation, Internet technology, satellite systems and/or software radios.
The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 23 February 2001.
For more information on the fellowship and how to apply, visit: <
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/GOVFEL/fcc.html>
 
 
PRESIDENT CLINTON AWARDS TOP SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY HONORS
 
President Clinton presented the National Medals of Science and Technology
at a black-tie dinner at the National Building Museum on 1 December 2000.
The awards are the nation's highest science and technology honors.
Congratulations to IEEE members Donald B. Keck and Robert D. Maurer, who
were awarded the National Medal of Technology for their contributions to
the invention of low-loss optical fiber at Corning, Inc. in the 1970s,
which has enabled the telecommunications revolution. For more information,
visit: <http://www.asee.org/nstmf/>
 
In October, President Clinton also named 20 National Science Foundation
(NSF)-supported researchers as recipients of the 2000 Presidential Early
Career Award for Science and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE Award is the
highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on outstanding scientists and
engineers who are in the early stages of establishing their independent
research careers. Four of the twenty top junior faculty recognized are
IEEE members: Susan C. Hagness, Edwin C. Kan, John David Kubiatowicz, and
Kwan-Liu Ma. Congratulations! For more on the PECASE Award, visit: <
http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/pecase/start.htm>
 
 
NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK ACTIVITIES BEGIN
 
A number of National Engineers Week (E-Week) activities have kicked off,
signaling the countdown to E-Week 2001, to be held nationwide 28-24
February 2001. Next week, IEEE-USA will post a Web page listing a number
of key E-Week events and activities as well as links to related sites.
Don't forget to bookmark the official E-Week site:
<http://www.eweek.org>
 
 
'DISCOVER' MAGAZINE TECHNOLOGY AWARDS NOMINATIONS DUE
 
"Discover" Magazine is now accepting nominations for the 12th Annual
Discover Magazine Technology Awards program, presented by the Christopher
Columbus Fellowship Foundation. The magazine seeks new, breakthrough
technological innovations developed, released or launched after 1 Jan.
2000. The deadline for entries is 29 Dec. 2000. For details, visit: <
http://www.discover.com>
 
 
GET TECH PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
 
In October, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Technology Policy
(OTP) kicked off Get Tech, a national awareness effort to improve the image
of technology professionals and encourage teens to prepare fro technical
careers. Get Tech targets American's youth, inspiring teens to prepare for
the technology-driven jobs of tomorrow.
 
A centerpiece of the campaign of the campaign will be radio and television
public service announcements (PSAs) urging teens to take advantage of the
opportunities open to those proficient in math, science and computers. In
addition to PSAs, Get Tech has developed a web site <http://www.gettech.org
> that provides students with information about careers of the future along
with other features.
 
Joining OTP as founding sponsors of Get Tech are the National Association
of Manufacturers and Women in Film. The sponsors are seeking other
partners, including groups that will distribute information to students,
parents and teachers; host local events and support local Get Tech
activities; and, provide high visibility to the initiative.
 
For more information on how to become a Get Tech partner, contact Karen
Laney-Cummings at mailto:klc@ta.doc.gov.
 
 
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR PLANS FOR NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK 2001?
 
National Engineers Week (E-Week) is 18 - 24 February 2001. If you haven't
started planning your activities yet, there is still plenty of time to
organize an event in your region or participate in one of the many already
scheduled for E-Week. IEEE-USA's E-Week Activities Webpage will list
projects and links to information on how you can get involved in this
annual celebration of our profession. Check out the E-Week Activities page
at:
<http://www.ieeeusa.org/EWeek/index.html>
 
*Don't miss the article on National Engineers Week in January 2001 IEEE
INSTITUTE*
 
 
IEEE-USA WEBZINES TO FOCUS ON CAREERS AND PUBLIC POLICY
 
IEEE-USA will offer two insightful monthly webzines, TODAY'S ENGINEER and
POLICY PERSPECTIVES, free to all IEEE members in mid-January 2001.
Previously available only through subscription, the award-winning TODAY'S
ENGINEER is embarking on its fourth year of publishing feature articles on
career guidance, tips, strategies and solutions for all segments of the
profession. IEEE-USA will also launch POLICY PERSPECTIVES, offering an
in-depth look at policy issues important to practicing engineers ?- both
young professionals and experienced engineers. Penned by experts from
industry, government and academia, IEEE-USA's webzines are your guides to
thinking outside the cubicle! In mid-January, get your first glimpse at:
<http://www.todaysengineer.org>
 
 
IEEE-USA RELEASES EIGHT NEW POSITION STATEMENTS
 
At its Nov. 16 meeting, IEEE-USA's Board of Directors approved the release
of eight new IEEE-USA position statements on the following subjects:
 
* Optimized Use of Federal Laboratories
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/POSITIONS/fedlabs.html
 
* Information Security in Electric Power
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/POSITIONS/infopower.html
 
* Supporting Legislation to Control Unsolicited E-mail (SPAM)
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/POSITIONS/spam.html
 
* Protecting Databases from Unauthorized Distribution
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/POSITIONS/databases.html
 
* An Overall Approach to Intellectual Property Protection
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/POSITIONS/ipapproach.html
 
* Invention Rights for Employees
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/POSITIONS/inventionrights.html
 
* New Forms of Intellectual Property Protections
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/POSITIONS/newip.html
 
* Maintaining Equity in Cash Balance Pension Plan Conversions
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/POSITIONS/cashbalance.html
 
In related news, the IEEE Computer Society has released a position
statement on Certification and Licensing of Software Engineers, stating
that the society is "neutral on the licensing of software engineering
professionals. Nevertheless, the IEEE Computer Society acknowledges the
right of government agencies to use licensing as a tool to manage risk to
the public." You can review the Computer Society statement on-line at:
http://computer.org/computer/connection/CSBoGReports_3.htm.
 
 
LONGTIME VOLUNTEER DR. RICHARD MARSTEN HONORED
 
On 14 December, Dr. Richard Marsten, IEEE Fellow, was presented a plaque
and letter of appreciation signed by IEEE-USA President Merrill Buckley for
his dedication and volunteer services to the IEEE-USA for more than 25
years. Dr. Marsten was also awarded the Institute's Citation of Honor for
sustained work in technology policy.
 
Dr. Marsten, who served on the IEEE-USA Aerospace Committee and the
Research and Development Committee for more than two decades, stepped down
from his volunteer services at IEEE-USA on 14 December, stating that it's
time to make way for new members who could bring a fresh point of view to
the table.
 
All of us at IEEE-USA wish to congratulate Dr. Marsten and wish him well in
his new endeavors.
 
 
FEBRUARY DEADLINE FOR 2002 GOVERNMENT FELLOWSHIPS
 
IEEE-USA will be accepting applications for 2002 Congressional and FCC
Fellowships through Feb. 23, 2001. Congressional Fellows spend a year in
Washington working on the staff of a Member of Congress or congressional
committee. IEEE-USA is seeking an Executive Fellow with background in
antennas and propagation, Internet technology, satellite systems and/or
software radios to spend a year as an adviser to the Federal Communications
Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology. For more information on
both opportunities, visit the Government Fellowships webpage at
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/govfel, or contact Chris Brantley at
c.brantley@ieee.org.
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