IEEE-USA Engineering Mass Media Fellow Files Nine Sci-Tech Reports for Worldwide VOA Audiences
WASHINGTON (30 August 2010) — IEEE-USA Engineering Mass Media Fellow Smitha Raghunathan filed nine science, engineering and technology-related reports for the Voice of America (VOA) worldwide audience on radio and online, as part of her 10-week internship this summer in Washington. VOA is an international multimedia broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government with an estimated global audience of 125 million.
Raghunathan’s reports included:
1) Computer model helps minimize water pollution
2) Severely disabled use sniffing to control wheelchairs and computers
3) Artificial intelligence may soon control robots performing routine medical procedures
4) Science journalism is increasingly important in a technology driven world
5) Eating white rice increases diabetes risk, while brown rice could reduce it http://www.voanews.com/english/news/health/Eating-White-Rice-Increases-Diabetes-Risk-97165209.html
IEEE-USA’s Engineering Mass Media Fellow summarized her VOA internship: “I found my technical skills were best used when researching a piece, helping me understand the subject matter and asking questions of the researchers,” Raghunathan said. “I discovered that my personal skills helped me when writing the piece, picturing in my mind how I would tell the story to the people I worked with. And this culminated in voicing a piece, which is an art in itself.
“This was the best part of working at the VOA: the story was not only written, it was told.”
Raghunathan has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and is pursuing her master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.
Since 2000, 13 U.S. IEEE undergraduate and graduate students have served as IEEE-USA Engineering Mass Media Fellows, helping print and broadcast journalists communicate authoritatively to the public about science, engineering and technology. IEEE-USA is the only engineering organization in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Fellows program.
IEEE-USA Cites Five Engineering Breakthroughs in Local TV News Reports, Also Online
WASHINGTON (19 August 2010) — Five new 90-second reports on IEEE-related technologies and engineering breakthroughs were distributed in June, July and August to 83 subscribing U.S. television stations for broadcast on local television news, with support from IEEE-USA.
The engineering breakthroughs ranged from restoring a degree of eyesight to developing a new treatment for sudden cardiac arrest and performing 3-D jaw surgery. These reports can also be viewed on IEEE-USA’s dedicated Web site at http://www.aip.org/dbis/IEEE/.
Since 2005, IEEE-USA has (in partnership with the American Institute of Physics and other professional organizations) helped to underwrite more than 800 local TV news reports on engineering and science in English and Spanish. The latest reports have been carried on TV stations in the United States from Atlanta (WUVG) to West Palm Beach, Fla.(WPTV); and from Chicago (WFXT and WGBO) to Seattle (KING and KONG). The five engineering achievements are:
1. “Breakthroughs for Blindness,” in which ophthalmologists have restored a degree of sight to blind patients by creating an artificial retina that receives a wireless signal from a camera worn by the patient
2. “Shock to the Heart,” in which electrophysiologists have implanted a new kind of defibrillator for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest that decreases the risks of complications associated with wires connecting the device to the heart
3. “Operating in 3-D,” in which plastic surgeons are using specialized software to visualize a patient’s surgical jaw alignment before they begin surgery — allowing surgeons to be more precise in the procedure and obtain more predictable outcomes Continue reading