Speaker: Joseph Devney, M.A
Psycholinguistics is the study of how the human brain interprets and produces language—both spoken and written. This presentation focuses specifically on how readers interpret written language in the context of transmitting technical information. Are there aspects of how the brain works that might affect how technical writers should do their jobs? Is the conventional wisdom in the field of technical writing supported by research?
Our annual party features a catered buffet dinner, great companionship with fellow communicators, and valuable door prizes. As in previous years, we will announce the northern California Technical Communication Competition, Touchstone, winners and display the winning entries throughout the evening. These winners exhibit the best in technical communication. Continue reading
Are you looking for a job in the field of technical communication? Or considering some change in your tech comm career? You need to attend the sixth annual STC Berkeley job fair. You can talk to recruiters, join in short discussions about career-related topics, and get expert advice about improving your resume. And you can network with other people in the field at the Job Fair.
We’ll again have the job fair on a Saturday afternoon to make it more convenient for people to attend.
Recruiters from Synergistech, TEKsystems, and Bio-Rad Laboratories.
Résumé advice from Joy Montgomery, author of Hand It to ‘Em on a Platter, a book about resume-building.
- “Skills You Need to be a Technical Writer” – Meryl Sustarsic
- “Technical Writing in the Medical Device Industry” – Jessie Miyasaki
Time and Place
Saturday, September 28, 2019. Doors open at 12:00 p.m., close at 3:00 p.m. Recruiters from Synergistech and Expert Support will have tables to meet candidates. Progression discussion(s) 1:00 to 2:00.
The location is the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley. You can take public transit; the campus is adjacent to the Ashby BART station. The job fair will be just off the main lobby.
$10 reserved online (click Add to Cart below) or $15 at the door.
If you don’t wish to use PayPal, you can reserve a place by sending email to email@example.com. We’ll collect the reserved-in-advance price from you (cash or check) at the door.
Dear STC Berkeley chapter member:
As the end of the year approaches, so does the annual election for our chapter officers. I am writing to ask you to consider running for one of the elected offices. Holding a chapter office will get you more involved in what is happening in the chapter, giving you an opportunity to help shape the future of STC Berkeley. It can also help in your career—another item for your resume.
The chapter has five elected offices. You can run for any one of them.
If this site looks different from the last time you visited, that’s because STC Berkeley volunteers rebuilt it for WordPress.
The leadership committee decided in December 2016 to replace the previous website, constructed in the early 2000s, with this WordPress-hosted site. They did so partly at the urging of STC, which wants to gather all its chapters on one server.
WordPress is an open-source content management system used by more than 60 million websites; it’s especially popular with bloggers, because of the ease of publishing new content. The Berkeley chapter’s leadership committee expects that WordPress will make it easier for the chapter to keep members informed.
The planning and building of the new site were done by Madeleine Adkins, Clarence Cromwell, Rebecca Firestone, and Nicki Davis. Jane Olivera, who reworked a site for East Bay STC, provided advice about rebuilding the site in WordPress.
Kobla Fiagbedzi, the IT manager for STC, provided a great deal of technical support for the project.
The Bay Model Visitors Center houses a two-acre working model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. It uses timer-controlled pumps to cycle water in a carefully calibrated network of basins and channels to simulate tides and water flows in the vast, complex estuar
By Patrick Lufkin
STC Fellow and VP Membership
On June 3, a group of technical communicators and friends from around the Bay Area visited one of the area’s hidden treasures, the Bay Model in Sausalito. The excursion was organized by me and Nicki Davis, STC-Berkeley chapter president, as part of an outreach effort to increase camaraderie and cooperation among the five Bay Area STC chapters. About 30 members from various chapters participated.
There are things we can’t control, like ageism. And there are things we can control in order to stay relevant and valuable in workplaces whose median age is usually below 40.
Older workers in tech can fall into some career-killing habits, or we can use our hard-won wisdom to stay relevant.
May 2017 Chapter Meeting
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The information age is also the age of the short attention span. We typically write for people who must spend much of each day reading. Many readers would prefer a pill that puts the information in their brain. We can’t give them that—but we can strive to give them the prose equivalent of a pill, rather than the prose equivalent of a meatloaf.