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This page is the updated format for SCOOP, the monthly newsletter sent from IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) to Section, Area, and Council chairs, treasurers, webmasters, and newsletter editors.

Come back often for regular MGA news updates. Also, check out the links on the right side for other IEEE news sources.

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IEEE Day 2014 will be held on Tuesday, 7 October

(updated 23 September 2014)

IEEE Day 2014, to be held on Tuesday, 7 October, is the fifth time in history when engineers worldwide will celebrate the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.

While the world benefits from what's new, IEEE is focused on what’s next. Thus, this year's theme will be "Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow."

What event will your Section, Chapter, or Student Branch conduct that promotes the theme?

Follow IEEE Day on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

 
 

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IEEE Annual Election: last chance to vote: deadline 1 October

(updated 23 September 2014)

The IEEE annual election balloting period began 15 August 2014. Eligible voting members can access their ballot electronically through the IEEE Annual Election Ballot Material page or return the paper ballot they received via first-class postal mail. The last day for receipt of IEEE annual election ballots is 1 October 2014, by 12:00 p.m. CT/17:00 UTC.

Candidates for the 2015 IEEE President-Elect include IEEE Fellows Tariq S. Durrani, Frederick C. Mintzer, and Barry L. Shoop.

 
 

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Call for nominations: MGA Awards: deadline 15 October

(posted 23 September 2014)

You can help recognize the efforts of outstanding volunteers by nominating individuals for one of the prestigious MGA Awards. Each award has a unique mission and criteria and offers the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues, inspiring teachers, and corporate leaders.

If you know someone who has made substantial regional contributions through innovative projects, exemplary leadership, service, or by fulfilling the goals of transnational activities, consider nominating them for one of the following awards:

Please visit the MGA Award Nomination Web page to review the nominator guidelines and eligibility requirements, reference the step-by-step submission instructions, and link to the portal for nominations.

The deadline for nominations (completed nomination form and two endorsement letters) is 15 October 2014.

 
 

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IEEE Sections Congress 2014: Inspiring Our Leaders of Tomorrow

(posted 23 September 2014)

IEEE Sections Congress 2014 (SC2014) was held 22-24 August 2014, at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The SC2014 theme was "Inspiring Our Leaders of Tomorrow," and attendees had opportunities to attend Breakout Sessions, Learning Labs, and Ignite Sessions. The exhibit hall had over 40 exhibitors, as well as poster sessions and special student projects on display.

New this year, attendees used the SC2014 mobile app to plan their schedule in advance, view speaker and exhibit information, interact via social media, connect with attendees, and more.

 
 

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IEEE dues change for e-Membership

(posted 23 September 2014)

The e-Membership program started as a pilot in 2011. The intent of the pilot was to test the impact of substantially reduced dues on membership recruitment and retention in countries where the per capita gross domestic product is US$15,000 or less. Data has shown that there was no significant increase on recruitment or retention during this period.

Thus, a dues increase is necessary to make the program economically sustainable. The MGA Board approved an increase in dues for the e-Membership option this past June. Dues for e-Membership, beginning with the 2015 membership year, will be US$75, an increase of US$23.

Members choosing the e-Membership option will continue to have all of the advantages of standard IEEE membership. These include the ability to:

  • vote in IEEE elections;
  • join Societies;
  • engage in local activities;
  • be considered for membership grade elevation to Senior member and Fellow;
  • access member discounts and new offerings such as IEEE ResumeLab and IEEE MentorCentre.

In addition, e-Membership members will receive electronic, instead of printed, versions of the membership card, IEEE Spectrum, and The Institute.

IEEE will continue to look for ways to improve the value of membership worldwide and examine ways to make it more affordable to new and existing members who are most in need.

 
 

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Registration open for IEEEXtreme 8.0 Programming Competition: deadline 3 October; sponsors needed

(updated 23 September 2014)

Registration is now open for IEEEXtreme 8.0, scheduled for 18 October 2014. IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members, supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE member, compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. The registration deadline is 3 October.

IEEEXtreme is also looking for sponsors. Sponsorship of IEEEXtreme 8.0 includes Web and print advertising opportunities for branding and awareness before, during, and after the competition. Sponsorship is also an excellent way to get an edge on recruiting the next generation of top talent in the engineering, computer, and technology fields. Sponsorship terms for specialized recruitment campaigns of top IEEEXtreme talent can be arranged.

 
 

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Member Discounts: back-to-school deals on computers

(posted 23 September 2014)

Section Officers can spread the word that members can take advantage of special deals going on right now for back-to-school shopping. Each of IEEE’s hardware discount providers has its own promotions and offers worth looking into: Dell (with international programs), Lenovo (US), and HP (US). Compare pricing and save on laptops, PCs, tablets, workstations, electronics, accessories, and more.

 
 

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Call for nominations: 2015 IEEE Educational Activities committee chairs and members: deadline 15 October

(posted 23 September 2014)

The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Nominations and Appointments (N&A) Committee is soliciting nominations for 2015 EAB committee chairs and committee-member positions. Self-nominations are encouraged. The deadline to submit nominations is 15 October 2014.

 
 

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Call for Nominations: IEEE Technical Activities volunteer positions: deadline 5 October

(posted 23 September 2014)

IEEE Technical Activities (TA) is looking for volunteers with the necessary leadership and organizational skills to impact the future success of the organization. Currently, TA is accepting nominations for the following positions:

Deadline: 5 October 2014

  • Member, TAB Finance Committee (2015-2016)
  • Member, TAB Management Committee (2015-2017)
  • Members (3), TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee (2015-2016)

Deadline: 27 October 2014

  • Members (4), TAB Periodicals Committee (2015-2016)
  • Members (6), TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee (2015)
 
 

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Watch the 2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony on IEEE.tv

(posted 23 September 2014)

IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients accepted their awards on Saturday, 23 August, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony was held in conjunction with IEEE Sections Congress and hosted by IEEE President Roberto de Marca and IEEE President-Elect Howard E. Michel. The theme was “Inspire…,” acknowledging the recipients’ achievements that have inspired the technical community to create a better world, and celebrating their own inspirations that have led them where they are today.

IEEE Life Fellow B. Jayant Baliga accepted the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor and participated in IEEE Sections Congress activities with an Ignite Session, “Engineering Social Consequences.”

 
 

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New IEEE Internet of Things Initiative (IoT) newsletter announced

(posted 23 September 2014)

The IEEE Internet of Things Initiative (IoT) announced it has launched its new IEEE IoT eNewsletter, a bi-monthly online publication highlighting important global IoT-related technology developments, innovations, and trends from the world's top-subject matter experts, researchers, and industry practitioners. The IEEE IoT eNewsletter is provided as a benefit of becoming a member of the complimentary IEEE IoT Technical Community, which anyone actively involved or interested in IoT can join at no charge. Once signed up, members of the growing IEEE IoT Technical Community will receive all future issues of the IEEE IoT eNewsletter via e-mail as soon as it is published. Members of the IoT Technical Community will also receive information on the latest developments in this multidisciplinary area.

The inaugural issue of the IEEE IoT eNewsletter includes these articles by IoT technical experts:

  • "The Fading Line Between Atoms and Bits" by Roberto Saracco, EIT ICT Labs
  • "Emerging IoT Applications Illustrate Emerging Trends" by Dr. Chung-Sheng Li, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • "The Internet of Things: A Title That is Both Wrong and Unhelpful" by William Webb, Weightless SIG
  • "The Internet of Things: The Story So Far" by Payam Barnaghi, University of Surrey and Amit Sheth, Wright State University

The November 2014 edition will include exclusive feature articles from Aapo Markkanen, ABI Research; Dongman Lee, KAIST; Luigi Atzori, University of Cagliari; and David Rogers, Copper Horse.

 
 

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Register now for IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM) 2014

(posted 23 September 2014)

You are invited to attend the IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM) 2014, 21-22 October 2014, at Dolce Hayes Mansion, in San Jose, CA, USA, a two-day symposium where thought leaders share their visions of key technologies beyond 2035 and attendees contribute actively to shape the discussions.

IEEE TTM 2014 is the third organized symposium on future technologies to globally predict the interplay that science, technology, society, and economics may have on one another. Six future technologies, including the “future” of humans, health care, fabrication, processing, networks, and energy will be discussed interactively between attendees and speakers. World-renowned experts have been invited to provide a 2035 vision for each of the six areas described, along with two expert challengers to further examine the vision and provide a discourse that extends to additional discussion by all participants. Different perspectives, some disruptive to status quo, will be examined and discussed throughout this collective process during the plenary talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.

TTM is organized by the IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC) and technically co-sponsored by the following IEEE entities: Communications Society, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Robotics and Automation Society, Society on Social Implications of Technology, Council on Superconductivity, Rebooting Computing Initiative, and Region 6.

Register by 1 October to receive a US$150 discount. You can also select a one-day registration if you cannot attend both days.

 
 

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Canadian Anti-Spam Law guidelines under development

(posted 29 July 2014)

Some volunteers involved with communications have asked about the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which places new constraints on the distribution of e-mail communications to residents of Canada and went into effect on 1 July 2014. This new law will affect IEEE members, volunteers, and employees involved in e-mail outreaches to Canada.

The law has a three-year window to ensure compliance, and IEEE has a team working on its impact to operations. The cross-functional member communications team is working with the IEEE legal team to examine the different aspects of the law, and how it will affect future IEEE e-mail communications with Canadian residents.

Further instructions and guidelines will be provided in the coming weeks.

 
 

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IEEE Fellow program celebrating its 50th anniversary; improvements made to IEEE Fellow nomination process

(posted 29 July 2014)

The IEEE Fellow program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Nominating a Senior member for IEEE Fellow grade just got easier with the new Fellow Online System. Several time-saving features have been introduced. The system is now open and ready to accept nominations for the class of 2016. It’s never too early to start; the submission deadline is 1 March 2015.

 
 

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IEEE Awards: 2015 IEEE Technical Field Award recipients are announced

(posted 29 July 2014)

IEEE Technical Field Awards (TFAs) are awarded for contributions in specific technical fields of science and engineering, as well as in several areas of leadership.

 
 

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Member Loyalty Program lets Sections recognize members for their years of membership

(posted 30 June 2014)

Eligible Section volunteers can purchase lapel pins and certificates for their members that commemorate select milestones as an IEEE member. Different from the pins that commemorate a certain grade of IEEE membership, these pins are designed to thank and recognize members for their years of membership regardless of grade achievement; this is a great way to recognize members who might not otherwise be engaged, especially early in their IEEE membership tenure.

The one-inch round lapel pins recognize members at two, five, ten, 20, 25, 30, and 50 years of membership as an IEEE member. This is based on the cumulative years of membership regardless of grade (except Society Affiliate), grade elevations, or any breaks in service.

 
 

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vTools release announcement

(posted 30 June 2014)

The IEEE MGA vTools team is happy to announce successful new releases for the following vTools applications:

vTools.eNotice: A new vTools application has been released to replace the existing eNotice submission form. Both options will remain available during the month of July as the pilot phase is completed.

vTools.Meetings enhancements, such as:

  • pricing for Life members in event registration has been streamlined to one option;
  • meeting URLs have been shortened.

vTools.Voting enhancements, such as:

  • voting now supports elections for Societies, Technical Committees, and Councils.

vTools.OfficerReporting and vTools.Voting have been updated to Rails 3.1 / Ruby 1.8.7

 
 

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IEEE-USA offers free e-books to members in September and October

(updated 23 September 2014)

As a special benefit to IEEE members for the month of September, IEEE-USA is offering "Leading and Managing Engineering and Technology -- Book 2: Developing Leaders and Managers." This e-book examines how high-tech professionals at all levels should lead and manage, and introduces the Individual Professional Contributor (IPC)/knowledge worker. “Success in either of these two options depends on being authentic, being yourself, and recognizing your capabilities and limitations,” author Gus Gaynor said.

Gaynor provides background information for managers and IPCs to make their own judgments regarding how to connect leading and managing -- different in an organization that promotes innovation -- from one focused only on today’s performance. “Only you can decide whether you meet requirements more effectively by managing and leading simultaneously or by considering managing and leading as two totally independent functions,” he said.

For the month of October, IEEE-USA E-Books will offer "The Best of Backscatter from IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer – Volume 2," by Donald Christiansen. Look for the special link on 1 October.

To purchase IEEE members-only products and to receive the member discount on eligible products, members must log in with their IEEE Accounts.

IEEE-USA E-Books seeks authors to write an e-book, or a series of e-books, on career guidance and development topics. If you have an idea for an e-book that will educate other IEEE members on a particular topic of expertise, e-mail your e-book proposal to IEEE-USA E-Book Chair Gus Gaynor, or IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia C. Stelluto.

 
 

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Featured news around IEEE: THE BRIDGE

(posted 30 June 2014)

Follow the links on the right side of this page to view more news around IEEE.

This month's featured IEEE News source is THE BRIDGE, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)'s signature publication, an interactive digital magazine published three times a year.

The June issue of THE BRIDGE is now available. Under the theme of Engineers' Involvement in Society, this issue includes the following feature articles:

  • Can IEEE Save the World? by Moshe Kam (Beta Alpha Chapter)
  • Aiding Autism with Technology by Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan (Epsilon Delta)
  • Wearable Sensors and Systems by Paolo Bonato
  • Influencing Public Policy by Russel T. Harrison

The issue also includes a recap of the IEEE-HKN 2014 Student Leadership Conference, member profiles, news regarding the Outstanding Student and Chapter Awards, and content from other areas of the IEEE community relevant to IEEE-HKN members.

 
 

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