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CONTENTS
- IEEE-USA President to Speak at Dedication of Tennessee Engineering Center
- Another Honor for the IEEE Virtual Museum
- IEEE-USA PRESIDENT'S COLUMN: SPACE POLICY DOESN'T SUIT WOMEN
- RECORD ENGINEERING UNEMPLOYMENT SPURS IEEE-USA CALL FOR CONGRESSIONAL ACTION
- ATTENTION CONSULTANTS: TAKE 2002 IEEE-USA CONSULTANTS FEE SURVEY
- FROM JULY-AUGUST *IEEE-USA TODAY'S ENGINEER*: COPYRIGHT PROTECTION IN DIGITAL AGE
- IEEE-USA BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT WORKSHOP DRAWS INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION
-IEEE-USA, COALITION FOR NATIONAL SECURITY RESEARCH SEEK INCREASE FOR DEFENSE
- IEEE-USA AWARDS, NOMINATIONS SOUGHT BY 1 AUGUST DEADLINE
- WHAT'S NEW AT IEEE-USA EYE ON WASHINGTON* HIGHLIGHTS U.S. GOVERNMENT ACTIONS
 
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IEEE-USA President to Speak at Dedication of Tennessee Engineering Center
 
WASHINGTON (26 July 2002) - IEEE-USA President LeEarl Bryant will be
in Nashville to speak at the dedication of the Tennessee Engineering Center
(TEC) on Tuesday, 30 July and present the center with a check for $1,000.
 
The TEC, a $1.8 million addition to the Cumberland Science Museum,
will benefit both business and educational interests. Features include a
hands-on exhibit for children demonstrating practical applications of
science and technology, and a conference center meeting room with the
latest multimedia capabilities.
 
IEEE Central Tennessee Section member Bill Sims was honored earlier
this year by IEEE-USA with a regional professional leadership award for his
fundraising efforts that allowed the IEEE to become one of the center's six
founding engineering societies.
 
"The purpose of the Tennessee Engineering Center is to raise the
excellence of engineering," Sims said, "and to encourage children who come
to the museum to go into the engineering profession."
 
Bryant is also slated to visit the new engineering facility at
Vanderbilt University, and meet with Dave Condra, president of the
Nashville Technology Council. She will speak on the future of IEEE-USA at
the Vanderbilt University Club on Wednesday, 31 July.
 
Joining the IEEE as a TEC founding member are the Tennessee Society of
Professional Engineers, the Consulting Engineers of Tennessee, the American
Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers and
the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Engineers.
 
The Cumberland Science Museum was founded in 1944 as the Nashville
Children's Museum. It addresses public literacy and knowledge of
technological ideas, and stimulates children's interest in science and
engineering careers.
 
 
Another Honor for the IEEE Virtual Museum
 
The IEEE Virtual Museum has been selected for inclusion in the National
Science Digital Library Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology (July
5, 2002), by the Internet Scout Project. The Project reaches in excess of
100,000 people weekly. To see the listing, access
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/nsdl-reports/met/current/.
 
The Project has published continually since 1994. It covers only the most
useful resources, considering the depth of content, the authority of the
source, and how well the information is maintained and presented. A team of
professional librarians, educators, and content specialists filter hundreds
of announcements looking for the most valuable and authoritative resources
available online. Information about the best of what is found is then
summarized, organized, and provided to the Internet community in various
formats, including email and the Web. The Internet Scout Project is a
National Science Foundation- and Mellon- sponsored organization.
 
Visit the newest exhibit, "Thomas Edison: A Lifetime of Invention," funded
by the Charles Edison Fund, at www.ieee-virtual-museum.org. The original
development and continued growth of IEEE Virtual Museum has primarily been
provided by the IEEE Foundation, the IEEE Life Members Committee, and the
Trustees of the IEEE History Center. The full list of sponsor partners can
be viewed at http://www.ieee-virtual-museum.org/credits/index.php. If you
are interested in helping to expand the IEEE Virtual Museum, please contact
the IEEE Development Office by telephone at +1 732 562.3915 or by email at
supportieee@ieee.org.
 
For further information, contact Kim Breitfelder, The IEEE History Center,
k.breitfelder@ieee.org.
 
 
IEEE-USA PRESIDENT'S COLUMN: SPACE POLICY DOESN'T SUIT WOMEN
LeEarl Bryant criticizes NASA's decision to suspend development of a
small-sized space suit. According to the IEEE-USA president, the new suits
would make it easier for some women to perform the complex maneuvers
required to work in space and on the space station.
http://www.ieeeusa.org/newspubs/presidentscolumn/bryantjul02.html
 
RECORD ENGINEERING UNEMPLOYMENT SPURS IEEE-USA CALL FOR CONGRESSIONAL
ACTION
Responding to rising unemployment rates for U.S. engineers and computer
scientists, earlier this month IEEE-USA President Bryant sent a letter to
all Members of Congress asking them to conduct a field hearing or town
hall meeting to gather input from high-tech professionals on employment in
their districts this summer.
http://ieeeusa.org/releases/2002/071202pr.html
 
ATTENTION CONSULTANTS: TAKE 2002 IEEE-USA CONSULTANTS FEE SURVEY
The Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks (AICN) is sponsoring an online
survey designed to help electrotechnology and information technology
consultants set their future consulting fees. U.S. IEEE members who work
as consultants are invited to complete the 17-question survey, which
should take no longer than five minutes.
http://www.ieeeusa.org/business/consultants/cgi-bin/consultant.cgi?task=display_page/page=2002feesurvey.html
 

FROM JULY-AUGUST *IEEE-USA TODAY'S ENGINEER*: COPYRIGHT PROTECTION IN

DIGITAL AGE
With the increased ease of manipulating digital media has come the
increased potential for illegal distribution of that media. Is there a
solution that will stem piracy while allowing for fair use?
http://www.todaysengineer.org/july02/copyright.htm   
 
 
IEEE-USA BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT WORKSHOP DRAWS INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION
A 17-18 June session of the IEEE-USA Committee on Communications and
Information Policy at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., explored ways
of including Gigabit Ethernet over Fiber (GEF), along with other broadband
technologies, in the coming policy debate.
http://ieeeusa.org/releases/2002/062402pr.html
 
IEEE-USA, COALITION FOR NATIONAL SECURITY RESEARCH SEEK INCREASE FOR
DEFENSE S&T PROGRAM
On 12 June, Dr. Allan C. Schell, a member of IEEE-USA's R&D Policy
Committee, provided testimony before the Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on Defense, seeking $11 billion for the Department of Defense
Science and Technology Program for Fiscal Year 2003.
http://ieeeusa.org/releases/2002/061202pr.html
 
IEEE-USA AWARDS, NOMINATIONS SOUGHT BY 1 AUGUST DEADLINE
The IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee is seeking nominations for
its 2002 awards. These prestigious awards are presented in recognition of
professional, technical and literary contributions to public awareness and
understanding of the engineering profession in the United States. The
nomination deadline is Thursday, 1 August.
http://www.ieeeusa.org/awards/forms.html
 
 
*WHAT'S NEW AT IEEE-USA EYE ON WASHINGTON* HIGHLIGHTS U.S. GOVERNMENT
LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY ACTIONS
IEEE-USA's biweekly sister e-zine, EYE ON WASHINGTON, highlights important
federal legislative and regulatory developments that affect U.S. engineers
and their careers. In addition to the e-zine, subscribers receive
legislative bulletins and action alerts on IEEE-USA priority issues,
including: retirement security, employment benefits, research &
development funding, computers and information policy, immigration reform,
intellectual property protection, and privacy of health/medical
information.
http://www.ieeeusa.org/forum/EYEONWASHINGTON/Default.htm
 
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