We Mourn the Passing of Austin T. Brown, Former STC and STC WDCB President

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Austin T. Brown

Austin Thomas Brown, past STC WDCB Chapter President (1981-1982), Director-Sponsor of STC’s Region 2 (1982-1986), STC President (1988-1989), and STC Fellow, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2019 at the age of 86.

In the 1990s, our chapter renamed its high school science writing contest to honor Austin, who had managed the contest for many years. The contest was first started in 1964 and provided an award and scholarship money to the top three winners of a competition open only to high school students in the Washington, DC area for the best technical papers. Austin joined STC in 1967 and took a special interest in the competition. We now call it Austin T. Brown Technical Communication Award, though is currently without a manager. We hope a new volunteer who is interested in managing a student competition will step up in the future. In lieu of this, the chapter began giving awards in 2009 for the best student entry in our Technical Communication Competition.

Not only did Austin provide exceptional leadership to STC and the Washington, DC-Baltimore chapter (then just the Washington, DC chapter) over many years, but his family named our chapter as the suggested recipient of financial donations in lieu of flowers in his obituary. Please read the obituary in his funeral program to learn about Austin’s illustrious career and fascinating life, and see several photos of him and his wonderful family.

We mourn the passing of Austin T. Brown and are thankful for his many contributions to our chapter and to the profession of technical communication.

Academic Publishing and Research Grants

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This Fall for the Book, save the date for a panel on Academic Publishing and Research Grants
Thursday, October 1 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Johnson Center Meeting Room C
Mason Fairfax Campus

The George Mason University chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (GMU STC) invites you to learn how to navigate the competitive world of academic publishing and grant writing from three successful scholars in the field of professional writing and communication:

Dr. Cheryl Ball is an associate professor of digital publishing studies at West Virginia University and editor of the online peer-reviewed journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. She recently won a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open source editorial management system, EditMe.

Dr. Huiling Ding is an associate professor of technical communication at North Carolina State University and researcher in intercultural communication, risk communication, and medical rhetoric. She has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and won 7 grants, worth over $125,000, to fund her research.

Dr. Jeff Grabill is a professor of rhetoric and professional writing at Michigan State University. He is a senior researcher with WIDE Research (Writing in Digital Environments) and co-founder of Drawbridge Incorporated, an educational technology company. His publications include two books on community literacy.

Download the FFTB Save-the-Date flyer as a pdf.

Read about the event and see the complete schedule on the Fall For The Book website.

About GMU STC

GMU STC is the newest chapter of the STC, the world’s oldest and largest professional association for technical communicators. As a student organization, GMU STC is dedicated to helping current and future professional technical communicators—writers, editors, designers, and more—achieve their career, education, and service goals. Visit GMU STC on Facebook to learn more.

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Fall For The Book with GMU STC

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What began as a two-day literary event in 1999, organized by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, has expanded into a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings together people of all ages and interests, thanks to growing community interest and generous supporting partners.

Read about the event and see the complete schedule on the Fall For The Book website.

About GMU STC

GMU STC is the newest chapter of the STC, the world’s oldest and largest professional association for technical communicators. As a student organization, GMU STC is dedicated to helping current and future professional technical communicators—writers, editors, designers, and more—achieve their career, education, and service goals. Visit GMU STC on Facebook to learn more.