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CONTENTS

- 'NEW REPUBLIC ONLINE' ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS COALITION MEETING IN BOSTON

- DISCOVER AWARDS WEEKEND IN ORLANDO TO FEATURE ROUNDTABLE ON FUTURE OF

INTERNET

- CCIP PANEL ENVISIONS NEAR-TERM IMPACT OF FUTURE TELECOMMUNICATIONS

- MEDIA FELLOW KICKS OFF NEW ERA FOR IEEE-USA

- IEEE-USA AWARDS AND RECOGNITION COMMITTEE SEEKS NOMINATIONS

- IEEE-USA ENCOURAGES U.S. MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN ICANN ELECTIONS

- CHECK OUT THE NEW 2000 PRODEVCON WEB PAGE

- TIME LINE HELPS YOU TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CAREER

- IEEE-USA OFFERS MYRIAD BENEFITS TO U.S. MEMBERS

 

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'NEW REPUBLIC ONLINE' ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS COALITION MEETING IN BOSTON
 
John B. Judis' recent article "Temporary Help" in 'The New Republic Online'
a little deeper into the politics behind the H-1B visa debate, giving
IEEE-USA and the Immigration Reform Coalition credit for "questioning the
H-1B increase for the right reasons." While Judis believes that there is
"little chance" of anything like the Immigration Reform Coalition's "Green
Cards, Not Guest Workers" proposal becoming a reality this year, he did say
that "If a pro-immigration IEEE and the high-tech liberals can construct
such a proposal, it will offer a powerful alternative to both the nativists
and the businesses looking for docile nomads. And it will help immigration
supporters rediscover the moral basis for their position: that America is
enhanced not simply by importing efficient labor but by importing
Americans."
 
Judis' article highlights a May 30 IEEE-USA sponsored meeting in Cambridge,
MA that touted some big names from industry, and attempted find some common
ground between supporters of H-1B increases and those who seek to reform
existing immigration policies. On hand were several members of the
Immigration Reform Coalition, including Esther Dyson, chairman of Edventure
Holdings. Also participating were Ira Rubenstein of Microsoft, IEEE-USA's
Past-President Paul Kostek and IEEE-USA Consultant Paul Donnelly, and two
lawyers from the pro-H-1B American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
 
Check out the article online at:
http://www.tnr.com/061900/judis061900.html
 
For more on IEEE-USA's immigration reform efforts, visit:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/grassroots/immreform/index.html
 
 
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DISCOVER AWARDS WEEKEND IN ORLANDO TO FEATURE ROUNDTABLE ON FUTURE OF
INTERNET
 
Several high-profile public awareness events related to engineering and
technology are set to take place this weekend in Orlando, Fla., at some of
Walt Disney World's premiere resorts and theme parks.
 
The 11th Annual Discover Awards Weekend, June 23-24, will feature a
roundtable discussion "The Internet! What's Next?" sponsored by Compaq and
IEEE's Communications Society. The discussion will take place amid the
sprawling campus of the intellectually stimulating Disney Institute.
Panelists include IEEE Spectrum columnist Bob Lucky, Marvin Minsky (MIT),
Jeff Harrow (Compaq), Joy Mountford (formerly of Apple), and Martin
Greenberger (UCLA). This program, produced by the Disney Institute and
Discover Magazine, will be taped and broadcast on the PBS Business Network
and featured in the November issue of Discover Magazine.
 
Coinciding with the Discover Awards events, the AAES Council on the Public
Awareness of Engineering (COPAE) will also convene their meeting of the
AAES Engineering Alliance at the Disney Institute. The meeting's goal is
to provide a roundtable where participants will share information,
establish linkages, build synergy, and exchange ideas to enhance the entire
spectrum of engineering outreach. IEEE-USA representatives will be in
attendance to participate and cover the events of the weekend.
 
For more information on the AAES Engineering Alliance, visit:
http://www.aaes.org/
 
For more information on the Discover Awards, visit:
http://www.discover.com/awards/index.html
 
 
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CCIP PANEL ENVISIONS NEAR-TERM IMPACT OF FUTURE TELECOMMUNICATIONS
 
IEEE-USA's Committee on Communications and Information Policy (CCIP)
presented a panel session on "The Impact of Future Telecommunications
Infrastructures" as part of the Internet and Society 2000 Conference at
Harvard University on May 31-June 2. Panelists looked at how Americans
will be wired in the year 2010, and speculated as to what technologies will
dominate the landscape of the future. Several different scenarios
involving various broadband technologies were discussed.
 
CCIP has been exploring the likely evolution of the telecommunications
infrastructure over the next decade in order to identify its implications
for business, the economy, and public policy. CCIP will use these sessions
to develop position statements that will assist policymakers in guiding
future technological endeavors.
 
For more on CCIP's activities, visita:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/committees/CCIP/harvard/index.html
 
 
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MEDIA FELLOW KICKS OFF NEW ERA FOR IEEE-USA
 
IEEE-USA's first Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow, Elan Ruskin,
started his term on 12 June at the St. Louis (MO) Post Dispatch. Ruskin, a
junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in computer science
engineering, will spend the summer working at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
as part of a nationwide program to strengthen the connections between
science and the media.
 
Ruskin is among a group of 25 students selected as a Mass Media Science and
Engineering Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS). The program is only open to students pursuing degrees in
the natural and social sciences and engineering.
AAAS created the program to achieve three objectives: enable students to
observe and participate in the process of ideas and events becoming news;
improve students' communications skills by teaching them to describe
complex technical subjects to non-specialists; and increase students'
understanding of editorial decision-making and how information is
disseminated effectively.
 
Pender M. McCarter, director of communications at IEEE?USA, which is
underwriting the Fellowship, said, "We're pleased and gratified that an
engineering student has been selected. From Elan's application, he appears
to be the thoughtful, talented student the program appeals to and we wish
him a wonderful summer."
 
For more information about the Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows
Program, contact McCarter at p.mccarter@ieee.org or visit:
http://ehrweb.aaas.org/ehr/MassMedia.
 
 
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IEEE-USA AWARDS AND RECOGNITION COMMITTEE SEEKS NOMINATIONS
 
Do you know or work with someone whose efforts on behalf of the profession
or the IEEE merit recognition at the national level? Here's your chance to
nominate your colleagues -- or even yourself -- for five of IEEE-USA's
prestigious awards. The IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee is
seeking your assistance in gathering nominations for the following awards:
 
*Harry Diamond Award*
To honor individuals for distinguished technical contributions in the field
of electrotechnology while in U.S. government service.
 
For more information and nomination forms (.pdf or Word97) please visit:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/awards/award6.html
 
*Electrotechnology Transfer Award*
To honor individuals whose contributions in key government or civilian
roles led efforts to effectively transfer/apply federal or state sponsored
developments in advanced electrical, electronic and computer technologies
to successful commercial sector opportunities.
 
For more information and nomination forms (.pdf or Word97) please visit:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/awards/award7.html
 
*Award for Distinguished Public Service*
To honor individuals not currently in the practice of engineering for
contributions to furthering the professional goals of IEEE in the United
States. (These goals may by furthered by such means as promulgating laws or
regulations benefiting the profession; influencing industrial environments
to foster professionalism; creating curricula or publications designed to
enhance professionalism; and other similar activities.)
 
For more information and nomination forms (.pdf or Word97) please visit:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/awards/award2.html
 
*Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public
Understanding of the Profession*
To recognize outstanding journalistic or other efforts that contribute to
the enhancement and expansion of the public understanding of the
engineering profession in the United States.
 
For more information and nomination forms (.pdf or Word97) please visit:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/awards/award8.html
 
*Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Engineering
Professionalism*
To recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions
through their literary efforts to the advancement of the U.S. professional
objectives of IEEE.
 
For more information and nomination forms (.pdf or Word97) please visit:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/awards/award9.html
 
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IEEE-USA ENCOURAGES U.S. MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN ICANN ELECTIONS
 
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is
recruiting at-large members to participate in the upcoming election of the
ICANN Board of Directors. By registering for At Large Membership, you can
become a part of ICANN's "bottom up" approach to making policy concerning
Internet Names and Addresses.
 
To find out more about ICANN, visit: http://www.icann.org/
 
Register for the At Large Membership at:
http://www.icann.org/at-large/at-large.htm
 
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CHECK OUT THE NEW 2000 PRODEVCON WEB PAGE
 
IEEE-USA is holding its 2000 Professional Development Conference at
Marriott's Camelback Inn Golf Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ, 1-4 Sept.
With the theme, "The Millennium and Beyond," the conference explores
professional and career issues of interest to new and experienced
engineers. Topics range from career planning and professional skills
management to engineering leadership, mentoring, financial planning,
organizational ethics, diversity and public policy.
 
Check out the new ProDevCon Web page, featuring a downloadable conference
program, easy-to-follow links to hotel and conference information, online
registration forms, and a stylish new look. This new page makes it easier
than ever to get information on and participate in IEEE-USA's ProDevCon.
Check it out now at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/prodevcon/
 
 
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TIME LINE HELPS YOU TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CAREER
 
IEEE-USA/AIAA's Professional Career Time Line appears in the July issue of
IEEE-USA Perspectives, delivered bimonthly inside your IEEE Institute.
This Time Line provides a checklist of helpful actions for assuring greater
success during every phase of your career. You can view the Time Line
online at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/features/careertimeline.htm
 
 
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IEEE-USA OFFERS MYRIAD BENEFITS TO U.S. MEMBERS
 
IEEE-USA editor George McClure's article on how IEEE-USA activities benefit
the IEEE U.S. member originally appeared in the May IEEE Institute. We
thought his article stated our benefits so eloquently, we made it into a
brochure and published it online. You can view this easy-reference guide
to IEEE-USA career and policy activities at
http://www.ieeeusa.org/features/memberbenefits.htm or call +1 202 785 0017
for a free brochure.
 
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PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS PATH TO PE STATUS
 
IEEE-USA's Licensure & Registration Committee has made available a
Powerpoint presentation outlining the legal requirements for engineering
practice and answering common questions about the professional registration
process, examinations, and exemptions. Check it out at:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/ieeepep1.ppt
 
 
 
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Updated 06/019/2000