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Notes from 60th International STC Conference
Atlanta, Georgia, May 5-8, 2013

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Dan Voss
Communications Department
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida
Lockheed Martin Corporation

This site contains notes taken from the technical sessions at the 60th Annual International Conference of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), “The Summit,” in Atlanta, Georgia, May 5-8, 2013. Below is a hot-linked table of contents of the sessions for which notes are provided.

Additional notes and materials from 17 earlier STC international conferences and other conferences may be found at

Keynote Address
STC Body of Knowledge (BOK) on Technical Communication
  • "Reanimating the Body of Knowledge: TCBOK", Hillary Hart, University of Texas at Austin, immediate past president, STC; Liz Pohland, STC director of content strategy; Craig Baehr, Texas Tech University; and Joe Kline, Lebanon Valley College. (Notes)
Writing/Editing for an International Market
Marketing Communications
Graphics, Posters
  • "Infographics", Michael Opsteegh, Eyefinity. (Notes)
  • "Student Research: Finals of Poster Competition", the final round of the STC student poster competition, live (and via Skype-in) at the conference, moderated by Sally Henschel, Midwestern State University.
    • "The Business of Blogging: How to Use a Blog to Promote Your Brand Online", Samantha Gale, Appalachian State University” (1st Place) (Notes)
    • "The Rhetoric of Technical Journals: An Analysis of Chemical Engineering Professionalization in Print", Melanie Laberge, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2nd Place) (Notes)
    • "UX Design as Part of Product Development: WebLabUX", Mark Perez and Zulka Ramirez, via Skype, University of Washington (3rd place). (Notes)
Website Accessibility
Publishing in Technical Journals
  • "Meet the Editors", Liz Pohland, moderator, STC director of content strategy and editor, STC’s intercom; Michael Alberts, Communication Design Quarterly; Saul Carliner, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication; Menno de Jong, STC’s Technical Communication; Jim Dubinsky, Journal of Business Communication and Business Communication Quarterly; Joe Dumas, Journal of Usability Studies; Miles Kimball, Ashgate Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture (book); and Kirk St. Amant, CPTSC’s Programmatic Perspectives. (Notes)
Project Management
Lightning Rounds
STC Student Outreach Initiative and Mentoring Programs

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