Joey Ponthieux: NASA Animation, Art, and Science with the ACM-DC Meetup


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Joey Ponthieux: NASA Animation, Art, and Science

Thursday, May 18, 2017

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present Joey Ponthieux, EMMY award winning professional 3D animator and concept visualization artist at NASA. Mr. Ponthieux will delve into where, and how, art and science intersect as well as what it means to be an artist or a scientist. He will explore the fine line that separates art and science, how we perceive this separation, issues of convergence between art and science, and convergence as a matter of creativity.

Please join us on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we explore the worlds of art and science with Joey Ponthieux.


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Joey Ponthieux is a professional 3D animator and concept visualization artist. With a career that began in analog graphics production for offset lithography, he is an EMMY® award winning artist with 30 years of CGI production experience in the areas of Higher Education, Broadcast News, and Aerospace Research. He is currently employed by Science Systems and Applications Inc., and assigned to provide advanced computer graphics support for the Aeronautics Research Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center.



Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314


The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

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How Professional Organizations Can Help Your Career

Hosted by the GMU Society for Technical Communication

Come meet representatives of an international professional organization to learn how these organizations can help jumpstart or advance your career. Topics of discussion include:

  • Professional Organizations in Technical Communication (Tech Comm)
  • Beginning or Advancing Your Tech Comm Career through continuous learning, webinars, conferences, etc.
  • Enhancing Your Resume with Professional Certifications
  • Networking with fellow professionals in your field, or similar fields that you may want to explore

Thursday, March 24, 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the GMU Fairfax campus in Johnson Center Meeting Room B.

Coffee and Light Refreshments Provided.

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.


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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InfoDevDC Meetup: Putting out fires with content strategy

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Tues 12/9/14 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
11955 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA

Join us on the 11th floor

Our speaker this month is John Collins – Senior UX Content Strategist at Rosetta Stone.

You’ve probably heard—or said—something like “All I did today at work was put out fires.” We’ve all been there. We don’t want fires, but they happen. So, let’s see how content strategy helps put out fires in software development, some examples, and what you can do to prepare for or shift to a glamorous content strategy career. Chances are you’re already well on your way if you’re interested in the InfoDevDC meetup.
Speaker Bio

John Collins grew up surrounded by content, taking his first job in high school working with paste-up boards at a publishing house. After a stint as an award-winning journalist, he became a technical writer and then a content strategist at Rosetta Stone, where he’s done everything from architecting and writing Help systems, to writing user interface microcopy, to working with locale strings in source control, to leading internationalization projects, and even wireframing user flows.

Passionate about quality content, content strategy, user experience, and localization (It’s all related!), John enjoys sharing experience with his peers. He has spoken at WritersUA, the Society for Technical Communication Summit, the Society for Technical Communication Academic Special Interest Group, and Information Development World. You can find John online at his blog,, or on Twitter: @jrc_collins.

Putting out fires with content strategy

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014, 6:30 PM

11955 Democracy Drive Reston, VA

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Our speaker this month is John Collins – Senior UX Content Strategist at Rosetta Stone.You’ve probably heard—or said—something like “All I did today at work was put out fires.” We’ve all been there. We don’t want fires, but they happen. So, let’s see how content strategy helps put out fires in software development, some examples, and what you can …

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STC WDCB Chapter Social Media Update: Meetup

Hello STC WDCB! Here’s a bit of exciting news about our Meetup group. We will be closing our Meetup group soon.

That might not sound too exciting at first. We know.

Here’s what’s exciting: We will be throwing our full support to a new Meetup Group, InfoDevDC, organized by our own Becky Todd for all our Meetup needs. InfoDevDC’s first meetup featured past STC president, Alan Houser, and InfoDevDC is planning a series of great #TechComm events in the area. We want to support them in every way possible.

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SDL Localization Seminar & Networking Luncheon

This seminar is not affiliated with STC but the STC office wanted to let you know about this event in case anyone in the DC area is interested in real-time translation accuracy.

Date: Washington, D.C. | August 11, 2011 | 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Real-Time Translation Can Be Useful, But How Accurate Is It?

In today's information age, companies have a competitive need to communicate with their global customers in their own language. With the social media advancements, the urge to communicate in real time has become an ever-pressing expectation. Machine Translation has often been the center of controversy because we know it is useful, but how reliable is it?

Please join us for a complimentary seminar and luncheon on August 11th that will focus on how to incorporate localization best practices into your corporation’s Global Information Management (GIM) strategy. This seminar will provide best practice advice around global content and give you insights in:

  • Analyzing suitable content for Machine Translation
  • Intelligent Machine Translation
  • Assessing the solutions that best fit your organization’s goals

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to network and exchange localization knowledge with other industry leaders at a luncheon that takes place during the seminar. Space is limited so please register today.

Deadline for registration is August 8, 2011.
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