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Using Thomas Edison's Papers to Teach Science
IEEE emeritbadges.org Goes to the 2005 National Scout Jamboree
Preserving the Legacy of the Proceedings of the IEEE
Working Cooperatively to Recognize Engineering Excellence

Paul Israel, Director of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University, demonstrates a hands-on model of Thomas Edison's electromagnetic ore separator to a couple of school children during the New Jersey State Museum's Super Science Weekend in May 2005.

Using Thomas Edison's Papers to Teach Science

The Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University used its grant from the IEEE Foundation as the catalyst for developing interest networks and formal collaborations with science educators. In addition, we developed a database of specific learning, teaching, and resource possibilities for integrating Edison documents and lessons into core curriculum content standards. We placed a Table of On-line Curriculum Resources and Exhibit Material on our website and plan to add a Table of Reading Resources, with developmentally appropriate keys.

The work completed as part of the IEEE Foundation grant provided the groundwork to allow this program to follow up on an invitation to apply for and receive a US$100,000 grant to develop curriculum resources from the GE Foundation. As a result of the two grants, the Thomas A. Edison Paper Program at Rutgers University was able to work with the education centers at Rutgers to develop hands-on exhibits relating Edison's work in electrical technologies to science lessons in electricity and magnetism. These were shown at the New Jersey State Museum's Super Science Weekend in May 2005 and will be incorporated into the Rutgers Science Bus providing science programs to New Jersey schools beginning this fall.


An IEEE emeritbadges.org volunteer helps a scout work on his microprocessor kit in the IEEE Electronics Merit Badge Booth during the 2005 National Scout Jamboree.

IEEE Goes to the 2005 National Scout Jamboree

The IEEE emeritbadges.org Project, supported in part by a grant from the IEEE Foundation, is working to raise the excitement of girls and boys from around the world about engineering by working through the global scouting movement. Recently, the IEEE emertibadges.org took its efforts on the road and sponsored the Electronics Merit Badge Booth at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree held in Caroline County, VA, U.S.A. Prior to the event, project volunteers developed instructional materials and microprocessor kits for the scouts to use at the booth. During the nine days of the Jamboree, several hundred scouts, with the help of an army of volunteers, completed the five-hour instructional program and assembled a microprocessor kit, thereby earning the Boy Scout Electronics Merit Badge.

The Project's volunteers are working hard to expand the reach of the program. In October 2005, IEEE emeritbadges.org will be taking its technical literacy message to the Girl Scouts and their leaders at the Girl Scouts of the USA National Council Session to be held in Atlanta, GA, U.S.A., 7 - 9 October 2005. To globalize the effort, contact was made with the World Organization of the Scouting Movement


The first issue of the PROCEEDINGS was published in January 1913, with Alfred N. Goldsmith as the editor. Dr. Goldsmith continued in that post for 41 of the next 42 years, stopping briefly to serve as the President of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE), a predecessor society to IEEE, in 1928.
Preserving the Legacy of the Proceedings of the IEEE

For 92 years, THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE has been the leading authoritative resource for in-depth research coverage, tutorial information, and reviews of electrical and computer engineering technology. Up until recently, there was no permanent and readily available electronic file of this journal, which chronicles a key technological slice of engineering progress and innovation, not only of the IEEE, but of global technological progress of the 20th century.

To preserve this important unique historical record and legacy of the profession, IEEE launched the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE Legacy Project. Using a two-phased approach, the project will create an electronic archival library of PROCEEDINGS from 1913 through 1987. During Phase One, which was completed in 2005, the PROCEEDINGS from 1963 through 1987 were digitized and added to the content of IEEE Xplore. Phase Two, expected to be completed in early 2006, will include the volumes published as Proceedings of the IRE (a predecessor society to the IEEE) from 1913 through 1962.

The IEEE Foundation is providing approximately one-third of the total cost of the project. When the project is completed, approximately 110, 000 pages will be added to the IEEE Xplore system for study, research and reference by IEEE Members and other interested investigators from around the world.


AChang Chieh HANG (center) accepts the second IES /IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence Award from Yong Tian CHEW, IES Past President (left), Say Wei FOO, IES President (second left), Raymond FINDLAY, 2002 IEEE President (second right), and Teck Seng LOW, 2002 IEEE Region 10 Director (right).
Working to Recognize Engineering Excellence

During the Annual Dinner & Dance of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) on 5 November 2004, the IES and IEEE jointly presented the second IES/IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence Award to Professor Chang Chieh HANG. Professor HANG, a faculty member from the National University of Singapore, was recognized for "outstanding contributions to Engineering Education, and to Research and Science / Technology Management in Singapore."

Established in 2001, the IES /IEEE Joint Medal of Excellence Award is given in recognition of a professional whose contributions in the fields of electricity, electronics, computer science and systems, management, and/or related fields have made a great beneficial impact to society. This is one of the awards established as a result of the IEEE Foundation funded IEEE Joint National Society Awards Project. Under the direction of Ted Hissey and Tom Cain, the IEEE Joint National Society Awards Project seeks to create cooperative ventures between the IEEE and national societies throughout the world that recognize and encourage engineering excellence.