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May 16th, 2018

[Article republished from IEEE Spectrum]

28 Mar 2018119:00 GMT

Edison and the King: How Hawaii Became Electrified

In 1881, Thomas Edison convinced King Kalakaua that electric streetlamps were superior to gas

By Allison Marsh

Photo: The Friends of lolani Palace

In 1881, King David Kalakaua of Hawaii (https://www.loc.gov/item/2014686540/) went on a world tour, the first of its kind for a sitting monarch. He circumnavigated the globe, stopping in Asia, India, Egypt, Europe, and the United States. Among other things, he sought to encourage immigration from the Asia-Pacific region, as Hawaii’s dwindling population had created a labor shortage on its sugar plantations. But the king also wanted to introduce the culture of Hawaii to the world, and he was curious about modern science and technology.

When he arrived in Paris in August 1881, the International Exposition of Electricity (https://archive.org/details/reportoninterna01heapgoog) was just getting under way. The exposition showcased the latest advancements in electrical technology, such as dynamos, batteries, and lighting. The first International Electrical Congress (http://www.ampere.cnrs.fr/histoire/parcours-historique/unites-electriques/congres1881) also convened during the exposition, with participants presenting papers, discussing research, and deciding on definitions for the ampere, the volt, the ohm, and other electrical units.

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May 15th, 2018

IEEE Congressional Visits Day
Tom Coughlin, IEEE-USA President Elect, Past Director IEEE Region 6

On May 9, 2018 several folks from Region 6 attended the SET Congressional Visits Day in Washington DC (https://ieeeusa.org/advocacy/cvd/).  These have been done for decades and the IEEE joins several other technical organizations in carrying on these visits.

There were over 60 IEEE members participating from throughout Regions 1-6.  We spent a day of training on how these visits work, what is the most effective way to do such a meeting (usually with legislative staff) and what IEEE-USA’s official policy positions are.  I was one of four participants from CA.  Below is a picture of the CA participants with Zoe Lofgren, Congressperson from the 19th district in California (which includes much of Silicon Valley).

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May 15th, 2018

On August 15, 2018, the IEEE will be producing a major dual milestone event celebrating the Birthplace of Silicon Valley (Shockley Labs) and Moore’s Law. It will begin in the afternoon in the plaza of the new San Antonio Village, in final stages of construction, and continue with an evening at the Computer History Museum. In the afternoon, at the outdoor stage within the plaza, there will be a group of speakers, headlined by Jim Gibbons of Stanford University and supported by our president, Jim Jeffries, who will unveil the Birthplace plaque. Our IEEE milestone plaque for Moore’s Law is embedded in the Silicon Molecule Fountain, within the plaza.

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March 15th, 2018

Call for Papers – 8th annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2018)

http://2018.ieeeghtc.org/

The IEEE GHTC is an international flagship conference on the application of technology to meet the needs of underserved populations around the world and in support of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). GHTC 2018 will be held Oct. 18-21 in San Jose, CA.

GHTC strongly encourages submissions that utilize both applications of current technologies used in new ways and innovative technologies that address its goals. These submissions can include presentations, posters, workshops, panel discussions, and other formats which address the socio-cultural and socio-economical needs of vulnerable end user communities in both developed and developing countries. Submissions by public, private and end-user community representatives are very welcome.

*New for 2018* – GHTC has now added Social Science & Entrepreneurship as new topics for papers, panels, and workshops, in the context of technology design, adoption, and dissemination.

See the Call for Papers for details on topics and focus areas. http://2018.ieeeghtc.org/pages/call-papers

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March 15th, 2018

6th IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech 2018) Call for Papers

http://ieee.org/sustech

SusTech 2018 will be held in Long Beach, CA. on November 11-13, 2018.

SusTech is designed to explore the development and application of science, engineering and technology in achieving a sustainable lifestyle for humanity. It brings together scientists, engineers, technologists and scholars from multiple disciplines to hold a dialogue on environmental issues and collaborate on ideas to develop and utilize innovative tools and intelligent systems to address them. Attendees will learn about the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level.

SusTech 2018 will feature technical papers, posters and workshops. A number of prominent experts will be giving keynote addresses, plenary presentations and invited talks. Best Posters and Papers in the conference will be eligible for an award. Full papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

For details on the topics, see the Call for Papers http://sites.ieee.org/sustech/call-for-papers/

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