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STC Scientific Communication SIG - SIGs on Parade


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Presentation of the STC Scientific Communication SIG, as part of the Carolina Chapter's SIGs on Parade webinar. See for details.

Presentation of the STC Scientific Communication SIG, as part of the Carolina Chapter's SIGs on Parade webinar. See for details.

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    • 1. ScientificScientific CommunicationCommunication SIGSIG From Primordial Soup toFrom Primordial Soup to the Starsthe Stars Kathy MooreKathy Moore November 2010November 2010
    • 2. Who Joins SciCom SIG?Who Joins SciCom SIG? Do you look at an image like this andDo you look at an image like this and wonder: What does it mean? How waswonder: What does it mean? How was it created? Does it clearly present theit created? Does it clearly present the intended message?intended message? If yes, you belong in the SciCom SIG!If yes, you belong in the SciCom SIG!
    • 3. MissionMission The Scientific Communication SpecialThe Scientific Communication Special Interest Group (SIG) exists to cultivateInterest Group (SIG) exists to cultivate excellence in scientific communicationexcellence in scientific communication through our website, electronic and in-through our website, electronic and in- person communication, and web andperson communication, and web and live conferencing.
    • 4. New Management TeamNew Management Team After long service, Kathie Gorski steppingAfter long service, Kathie Gorski stepping down as SIG Managerdown as SIG Manager New Team:New Team:  Joseph Harmon, Argonne National Lab., ILJoseph Harmon, Argonne National Lab., IL  Louise St. Germain, Abbott, OttawaLouise St. Germain, Abbott, Ottawa  Hilary Ziols, Metro State Univ, MNHilary Ziols, Metro State Univ, MN  Kathleen Moore, Reaction Design, CAKathleen Moore, Reaction Design, CA  PLUS volunteers to handle small rolesPLUS volunteers to handle small roles
    • 5. Learning, Creating New Goals +Learning, Creating New Goals + GuidelinesGuidelines Dedicated to reflecting the membership’sDedicated to reflecting the membership’s interests and needs.interests and needs. Need input and participation fromNeed input and participation from members to define directions formembers to define directions for activities and resources.activities and resources.  Existing members: Speak up, beExisting members: Speak up, be counted!counted!  Joining members: Speak up, beJoining members: Speak up, be counted!counted!
    • 6. SciCom SIG Emerging From NymphSciCom SIG Emerging From Nymph Stage To Spread WingsStage To Spread Wings  SIG has been quiet in recent yearsSIG has been quiet in recent years  Major activities have been a regularMajor activities have been a regular Newsletter and connecting at SummitNewsletter and connecting at Summit  Moving to active dynamic activitiesMoving to active dynamic activities  ~300 – 400 members (renewal flux)~300 – 400 members (renewal flux)  ~ half that on the discussion list:~ half that on the discussion list:
    • 7. Newsletter: TheNewsletter: The ExchangeExchange
    • 8. Website and Mailing ListWebsite and Mailing List Website Currently:Website Currently:  Hosts the NewsletterHosts the Newsletter  Resource LinksResource Links  Twitter FeedTwitter Feed  Notes from SIG ManagementNotes from SIG Management  Details about SciCom SIGDetails about SciCom SIG  Website open to nonmembersWebsite open to nonmembers
    • 9. WebsiteWebsite::
    • 10. Our Mission: A Bright FutureOur Mission: A Bright Future Job postings, Breakthroughs, MultipleJob postings, Breakthroughs, Multiple domains, Professional development,domains, Professional development, Resources and references, Welcomes andResources and references, Welcomes and profiles, Teleportationprofiles, Teleportation Webinars, Collaboration with otherWebinars, Collaboration with other SIGs/communities/organizations, SocialSIGs/communities/organizations, Social media, Book reviews, Book clubmedia, Book reviews, Book club discussions, Best of the web, Animateddiscussions, Best of the web, Animated TattoosTattoos Progressions, Gatherings, SIG informationProgressions, Gatherings, SIG information sessions at Summit, Local conferencesessions at Summit, Local conference opportunities, Cure for the Common Coldopportunities, Cure for the Common Cold
    • 11. You Make Us WonderYou Make Us Wonder Future Developments…Future Developments… ……You hearYou hear about SciCom’s webinars, niftyabout SciCom’s webinars, nifty website, commendable presence atwebsite, commendable presence at Summit. Members seem content.Summit. Members seem content. You wonder:You wonder: What happened to the bold,What happened to the bold, visionary visions? Where are the fireworksvisionary visions? Where are the fireworks and bright future?and bright future? We wonder:We wonder: Where are you? How can weWhere are you? How can we get there without you?get there without you? SciCom needs: Super Heroes, Sidekicks,SciCom needs: Super Heroes, Sidekicks, and Stan Lee’sand Stan Lee’s
    • 12. Join Us as We Fly to the StarsJoin Us as We Fly to the Stars  SciCom SIG is emerging from a cocoonSciCom SIG is emerging from a cocoon ready to spread its wings & flyready to spread its wings & fly  New SciCom:New SciCom: Webinars, Member InterconnectionWebinars, Member Interconnection Job Postings, CollaborationJob Postings, Collaboration Active Mail list, Professional DevelopmentActive Mail list, Professional Development Social media, ResourcesSocial media, Resources Liaise with other groups and organizationsLiaise with other groups and organizations
    • 13. JoinJoin  During renewal: Include SciCom as oneDuring renewal: Include SciCom as one of selected communitiesof selected communities  Any other time: Go to STC National andAny other time: Go to STC National and get the form for SIG enrollmentget the form for SIG enrollment