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Orlando Section Monthly
SCOOP, January 2003
http://www.ieee.org/scoop
Published for IEEE Section Chairs
Vicki Waldman, Editor; Tracy Hawkins, Manager Section/Chapter Support

 
- 2003 Regional Activities Board
- IEEE Brussels Office Has Closed
- IEEE GOLD Leaders Join Virtual Community
- Merchandise Sales Discontinued
- IEEE Conferences Now Highlighted On IEEE Homepage
- IEEE Foundation News, Awards And Proposals
- IEEE-Standards Association Launches Portal For The Americas
- Brain Teaser Challenge, January 2003
 
2003 REGIONAL ACTIVITIES BOARD
 
The Regional Activities Board (RAB) implements and upholds policy affecting Section operations so, as a Section officer, it is important to for you to know who is representing your Section RAB. The following are members of the 2003 Regional Activities Board (RAB):
RAB Chair: W. Cleon Anderson
Past RAB Chair: Maurice Papo
RAB Treasurer: Joseph V. Lillie
 
Region 1 Director: Gerald Alphonse
Region 2 Director: Moshe Kam
Region 3 Director: James M. Howard
Region 4 Director: Burton J. Loupee
Region 5 Director: Jean M. Eason
Region 6 Director: Evelyn H. Hirt
Region 7 Director: Mohamed E. El-Hawary
Region 8 Director: Anthony C. Davies
Region 9 Director: Hugh Rudnick
Region 10 Director: Jung U. Seo
 
RAB Vice Chair: Region, Section, Chapter Activities: William Gjertson
RAB Vice Chair: Member Activities: Marc T. Apter
RAB Vice Chair: Strategic Planning: Irving Engelson
RAB Vice Chair: Student Activities: Manuel Rodriquez-Perazza
GOLD Committee Chair: Anoop Alazhathu
 
Contact the Regional Activities Department at regional.activities@ieee.org
for more information.
 
IEEE BRUSSELS OFFICE HAS CLOSED
 
The IEEE European Operations Center, located in Brussels, Belgium has been closed, effective 31 December. The office was opened in 1985 by the IEEE Computer Society and has been managed by Jacques Kevers since 1989. Office support has most recently been provided by Sonja Verstraeten. The IEEE would like to thank Jacques and Sonja for their service.
 
Beginning this month, IEEE member and affiliate inquiries from Region 8 should be sent to member-services@ieee.org. Other inquiries about the office should be directed to
regional-activities@ieee.org.
 
 
IEEE GOLD LEADERS JOIN THE SECTION-CHAPTER VOLUNTEER VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
 
We are excited to announce that a new group of IEEE leaders will be participating in the Section-Chapter Volunteer Forum Virtual Community. This GOLD leadership group will be comprised of IEEE GOLD Affinity Group Chairs, Region 1-10 GOLD Coordinators, and the 2003 GOLD Committee Members. These GOLD leaders will be utilizing the GOLD folders and subfolders in the various areas of the Section-Chapter Volunteer Forum virtual community to share information and collaborate so the challenges of planning activities and maintaining GOLD Affinity Groups are minimized.
 
We encourage you to take a look at the information that is posted in these areas so you can remain updated and connected to your GOLD leaders and activities in your respective Section, as well as other IEEE Sections. Also, we hope that through this effort, opportunities for outreach and collaboration will be increased between Sections, Chapters, and GOLD
leaders.
 
If you are not currently a member of this community, but are interested in joining so that you too can access the valuable information described above and much more, then please visit
http://www.ieeecommunities.org/section-chapter_vol and apply for membership. To preview the various tools that will be available to you within the Virtual Community and for how-to information for using those tools, please see the "User Guide for Virtual Communities," located at
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/eab/vc/userguide.
 
For more information about GOLD, contact Cathy Downer at c.downer@ieee.org. For questions regarding IEEE Virtual Communities, contact Marilyn Catis at mg.catis@ieee.org.
 
 
MERCHANDISE SALES DISCONTINUED
 
The IEEE discontinued its merchandise program on 31 December 2002. For questions regarding merchandise for a meeting or conference, contact Denise Maestri, IEEE Regional Activities, telephone +1 732 562 5505; d.maestri@ieee.org.
 
 
IEEE CONFERENCES NOW HIGHLIGHTED ON IEEE HOMEPAGE
 
New to the IEEE homepage, http://www.ieee.org, is a listing of four upcoming IEEE sponsored conferences, offering to web site visitors a broad exposure to the diversity of the annual IEEE conference program. The four highlighted conferences are extracted automatically from the IEEE ConferenceSearch Database, http://www.ieee.org/conferencesearch/, on a
nightly basis. Each of the conference listings includes the conference date, as well as a link to its record within the IEEE ConferenceSearch Database for those seeking detailed information.
 
Planned for future revisions of this homepage feature are companion web pages showing expanded listings of upcoming IEEE sponsored conferences. To ensure that your IEEE sponsored conference is included in this evolving promotional tool, please be sure that you have submitted your conference
information to IEEE Conference Services, +1 732 562 3878;
conference-services@ieee.org. Forms for submitting required conference information can be found online at
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/tab/conflink.html.
 
For additional information, contact John Wettlaufer, IEEE Technical Activities, at +1 732 465 7809 or email j.wettlaufer@ieee.org.
 
 
IEEE FOUNDATION NEWS, AWARDS AND PROPOSALS
 
The IEEE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the IEEE, has awarded grants in 2002 to a variety of projects. For example, the IEEE Foundation Board of Directors selected to support at its November 2002 meeting projects with goals that capitalize on the natural curiosity children have for science and technology; that generate ideas to improve university educational
programs in South-Eastern Europe; that educate the public about the many contributions engineers make to our everyday lives. To view a full list of the grants awarded to date in 2002 please visit us on the web at http://www.ieee.org/organizations/foundation/html/2002grants.html.
 
If you have a project which you would like to present for a possible grant in 2003, please note the following deadlines: For consideration at the Foundation's June meeting, abstracts are due 14 March 2003 and proposals by 25 April 2003. For consideration in November, abstracts are due by 15
August 2003 and proposals by 26 September 2003.
 
Proposals for projects should:
* Improve education in mathematics, science and technology from pre-college through continuing education;
* Preserve, study, or promulgate the history of IEEE-associated
technologies;
* Recognize major contributions to these technologies and their
applications; or
* Show promise of making a major contribution to the worldwide communities the IEEE serves or significantly advancing the profession.
 
To learn more about the IEEE Foundation and obtain a copy of the grant guidelines, visit http://www.ieee.org/foundation or call +1 732 981-3435.
 
 
IEEE-SA LAUNCHES PORTAL FOR THE AMERICAS
 
The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has launched
StandardsAmericas(TM), a Web portal for its standards community in North, Central and South America. The portal supports those who want to learn about, participate in and access technical standards, especially in the fields of IT, telecommunications, and power and energy. It also integrates
information on IEEE-SA's offerings with relevant regional and global links related to the IEEE and other standards development organizations.
 
The IEEE-SA launched its first geographical portal, StandardsAsia(TM), in July. It will publicly introduce StandardsEurope(TM) during the first quarter of 2003.
 
Access StandardsAmericas at http://www.standardsamericas.net. For more information, contact John Day, IEEE Standards, at j.day@ieee.org.
 
 
 
BRAIN TEASER CHALLENGE, JANUARY 2003 Butch Shadwell
 
I have always been a big fan of the Larson comics. I guess I flatter myself to think that he and I share a similar sense of humor. One cartoon in particular always comes to mind when I think of the Larson stuff. He did one many years ago where he portrayed some mad scientist having emerged from his lab, after years of intensive research, with a special helmet that enabled the wearer to understand every thing that dogs say. The complex
collection of sounds and subtle cues that dogs use to communicate were instantly translated into English for the wearer. Then as the scientist walks down the street amongst the neighborhood dogs, in order to test his new invention, he hears what we've all been dying to understand. As it turns out, every bark, whine, and whimper entered the wearer's ears as the
word "Hey". I found this to be incredibly intelligent of Larson, for when one thinks about it, by varying the intonation, one can express just about everything dogs might want to say with that one word.
 
So, if you were interested in building the contraption described by Larson, one might need a simple constant current source with voltage compliance from 5 to 20 volts DC (load resistance varies from 10k to 40k ohms) at 0.5 mA (+/- 10%). And suppose you happened to have a 2N5457 (data sheet available at http://www.onsemi.com/pub/Collateral/2N5457-D.PDF). I am
looking for the simplest and cheapest circuit configuration to meet this need. I would like to see component values, and you may use other semiconductors in addition if you wish. And I don't own any stock in ON Semiconductor, it was just the easiest place to find the data sheet.
 
Reply to Butch Shadwell by January 20 at b.shadwell@ieee.org.
 
 
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