|IEEE Canada Newsletter / Nouvelles de IEEE Canada|
|Issue: August 2002|
News of Interest
IEEE Canadian Review now On-line
IEEE Canada is pleased to announce that, for the current issue #41, the IEEE Canadian Review exists in both a "printed & mailed" edition and an on-line HTML edition. For the last several years, PDF copies of the printed pages of the Review have been posted on the IEEE Canada web site. Now it is available in on-line HTML format as well for easier on-line perusal. All members are invited to take a look at the on-line Review and provide feedback to editor Vijay Sood using the on-line form. You can visit the Review web site from the IEEE Canada home page http://www.ieee.ca or use http://canrev.ieee.ca directly.
IEEE Canadian Foundation Grants & Scholarships
The IEEE Canadian Foundation provides grants and scholarships to Canadian IEEE student branches. On-line application forms and full details are available on their web site at http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org - there is also an on-line form to update branch contact information. The next deadline for grant applications is September 15.
IEEE/LEOS Award for the best student
The Toronto Chapter of IEEE/LEOS has an award for the best student technical paper in the areas of lasers, electro-optics, optical communication or networks, or nonlinear optics. The paper will be judged on its significance, originality and clarity. The paper must have been accepted for publication by the 15th Annual Meeting of the IEEE Lasers & Electro-optics Society in Glasgow on November 10-14, 2002. Only those papers submitted and presented by a current student member of the IEEE/LEOS (Toronto Chapter) will be considered. The award has a value of CDN$200. In order to be considered for the prize, you must submit before 18 October 2002:
Hard copy submissions should be sent to:
Electronic submissions should be sent by email to Andrew Stok at email@example.com.
Dues Rates Change for 2003
IEEE dues rates will be going up for 2003. The IEEE Board of Directors at their June meeting in Toronto voted the following dues rates to go into effect for the 2003 membership year (all prices in US dollars):
While obviously no one welcomes price increases, it should be noted that this is just the second increase in the past seven years for Higher Grade members, and it is the first increase for Students in the past ten years. Student dues were last raised in 1993, and in fact, were actually lowered in 1997. The new 2003 dues rate for Students is just $2.00 per year above the rates that were in effect back in 1996. And it should also be noted that, except for voting privileges, Students continue to receive the complete benefits of full IEEE membership.
The reasons behind these actions are varied, although inflation, of course, represents a large component – particularly the escalating costs of paper and postage, which make up a big part of IEEE’s expenses and which are increasing significantly faster than the general inflation rate. However, another part of the underlying cause of these increases is the inability of IEEE to rely on investment income to help offset some of its operating expenses. During the mid-to-late 1990’s, IEEE, like most investors, was achieving double-digit returns on its investment portfolio. Of course, with the recent weakened performances in the investment markets, IEEE’s returns have become flat or negative. As a result, in both 2000 and 2001, IEEE found it necessary to reach into its Reserve accounts to underwrite operating expenses – a practice which, for obvious reasons, cannot be repeated indefinitely. While many cost reduction measures have been put in place to mitigate this downturn in investment income, it has also become necessary for dues rates and subscription prices to be placed closer to the actual costs of providing the services involved. This is particularly true for those heavily subsidized memberships, such as Student memberships, where servicing costs dramatically exceed the level of the actual dues received.
Arrears Telemarketing Effort Successful
This Spring, the IEEE Member Services Department attempted to contact all members in dues arrears in Regions 1-7. This marks the first year that the Arrears Outreach Program sponsored by Regional Activities was done solely in-house. The results indicate clearly what a difference being contacted by IEEE staff makes. There were 4,110 IEEE Memberships renewed this year, a 64% increase over the 2,510 members renewed during last year’s effort. In addition to this, 4,095 Society memberships were also renewed. This included renewals from each of the 36 Societies, plus 22 renewals for the Women in Engineering affinity group. The total revenue generated from this effort amounted to $684,490, up a staggering 86% over last year. Members who chose not to renew were queried as to their reason for dropping membership. The 3 most frequently cited reasons were:
For additional information, contact Mike Binder, IEEE Regional Activities, at +1 732 562 5514 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
New IEEE Journals for 2003 announced
The IEEE Board of Directors has approved three new technical periodicals to be published by IEEE in 2003:
All of these publications will be available in print and through various IEEE online collections. Look for more information on these new journals soon.
IEEE ComSoc offers six free issues of IEEE Communications Magazine
Through 1 August 2002, the IEEE Communications Society is offering a free half-year society membership to current IEEE members. Included are the next six issues of IEEE Communications Magazine. The offer is not available to former Communications Society members or affiliates. For details, visit http://www.comsoc.org/freeoffer/.
IEEE introduces new careers website
IEEE has announced the creation of a new careers website for IEEE members. IEEE Spectrum's team of careers experts will provide the site with original and professional content on a weekly basis, with attributes including a "job of the month" and a featured employer. The site is an enhanced conduit for employers and job seekers to get the information they're looking for and provides links to other valuable IEEE career aids such as the IEEE Salary Calculator. Visit the new website at http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/careers.
Senior Member Upgrades
The following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the June 2002 Admission and Advancement Panel meetings in Toronto:
For more information on the Nominate a Senior Member Initiative (NSI) Program, please visit http://www.ieee.org/ra/md/smprogram.html.
You can send any submissions by email to the editor:
Please ensure you send in your submission by the 20th of the month
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