(Michelle Cometa)
Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 10:03am

The Rochester Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication will hold its annual conference, Spectrum, on March 21, 22 and 23 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The conference begins on Thursday, March 21, with an opening reception and keynote presentation by Alan Houser, president of the organization, who will discuss "Seeing the Future, by Looking at the Past."

Friday, March 22, features a full day of presentations in 12 sessions by technical communications experts, who will discuss topics such as mobile online help development, professional development, information searching, e-publishing, technical editing and data visualization tools. The day will end with a series of five-minute "lightning talks" on a variety of topics.

A half-day post-conference leadership program on Saturday, March 23, will feature presentations by leaders in the technical communication profession.

Houser is a Society of Technical Communication Fellow, a former member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee and a popular presenter at technical communication conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and Master of Arts degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Additional details about Spectrum 2013, and registration information are available at For more information about the conference, contact Wendy Ross or Lori Meyer, Spectrum conference co-chair, at

About the STC Rochester Chapter

Spectrum is the longest-running regional conference of its type in the national society. It has been held annually in Rochester since 1959. The Rochester Chapter, founded in 1958, serves the needs of its members by promoting professionalism and the exchange of information among its members, providing educational opportunities for both members and non-members, and educating the community about the value of technical communication. Chapter membership includes writers, editors, graphic designers, business owners, managers of corporate publications departments, educators, and students. With more than 6,000 members worldwide, STC is the largest professional organization devoted to the advancement of the theory and practice of technical communication.

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