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This page is the updated format for SCOOP, the monthly newsletter sent from IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) to Section, Area, and Council chairs, treasurers, webmasters, and newsletter editors.

Come back often for regular MGA news updates. Also, check out the links on the right side for other IEEE news sources.

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IEEE Annual Election: reminder to vote: deadline 3 October

(posted 29 August 2016)

Balloting started on 15 August for this year’s election, which poses annual election candidates and the IEEE Board of Directors proposed Constitutional Amendment. In addition to the two candidates for 2017 IEEE President-Elect, James A. Jefferies and Wanda K. Reder, various IEEE Divisions and Regions, as well as IEEE Standards Association, IEEE Technical Activities, and IEEE-USA will be electing their officers.

Eligible voting members can access and return their ballot electronically or return by using the postage-paid reply envelope included in their ballot package.

Balloting ends at 12:00 noon Central Time USA (17:00 UTC) on 3 October 2016.

Visit the IEEE Annual Election website to access the ballot and/or learn more about the candidates and the proposed amendment to the IEEE Constitution

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Start planning for IEEE Day 2016 on 4 October

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE Day 2016 is going to be held on Tuesday, 4 October.

This will be the seventh anniversary of IEEE members celebrating the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.

Since the first IEEE Day event in 2010, the number of events worldwide has grown over 600% from 80 to over 600. The IEEE Day team needs you to help grow this annual event even larger.

IEEE Day is a great opportunity for you to connect your members to IEEE on a local and global scale. Section and Chapter leadership engagement is critical to IEEE Day's success and continued growth. Collaborate with your volunteers and Student Branch leaders to plan and commemorate the day. No idea or event is too small.

Visit the IEEE Day 2016 website for more information. You can also follow IEEE Day on Facebook, Google+, Collabratec(tm), and Twitter.

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Promote IEEE membership as 2017 IEEE membership year begins

(posted 29 August 2016)

As of Tuesday, 16 August, anyone joining IEEE becomes a member for the 2017 membership year. This is a valuable time to promote IEEE membership. Any new member that joins in September receives an additional four months of membership at no extra cost. Individuals can join online at

Contact Nicole Honan, Member and Geographic Activities, for more information on how you can incorporate a "join" message in your communications

Please be aware of the following timeline for renewals:

  • 6 September: Renewing members will be able to access their 2017 renewal quotes for membership and subscriptions. Members can renew online at
  • 1 October: The first renewal notice will begin mailing to members and nonmembers

Contact Shirley Gallagher, Member and Geographic Activities, with any questions

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Give the gift of IEEE membership

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE is pleased to announce a new program that allows members and non-members alike to give the gift of IEEE membership.

Please help promote this new program to your members and others who might want to share the opportunities of IEEE membership.

When they give the gift of IEEE membership they are helping someone special build a platform for success. You already know how IEEE membership has helped you in your career, provided countless networking opportunities and the ability to stay technically current.

Learn more about the gift of IEEE membership

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Advance your career with mentoring and employment opportunities in IEEE Collabratec

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE Collabratec™ is an integrated online community where technology professionals can network, collaborate, and discover career opportunities.

Log into IEEE Collabratec to get started with the Opportunities features:

  • Search job listings: select Opportunities from the main menu to search job listings from the IEEE Job site. Filters are provided to narrow your search results based on company, date the job was posted, job location, etc. Save job details to view, share, or apply later.
  • Get discovered by organizations seeking talent: On the Opportunities “Settings” tab, users can check the box under Employment Preferences to make their profile and CV/resume visible to organizations seeking talent. Complete the Employment Preferences and upload a CV/resume to get discovered by potential employers.

Career Communities: CareersConnect-India and CareersConnect-USA are communities available to IEEE members to discuss career-related topics, get job search input, and interact with other technical professionals.

Mentoring: Mentoring features facilitate the matching of IEEE members and Society Affiliates for the purpose of establishing a mentoring partnership.

  • To become a mentor: On the Opportunities “Settings” tab, check the box under My Mentor Preferences and complete the fields to be discovered by potential mentees.
  • To find a mentor: Select People on the main menu, and under the Relationship filter, check the box next to IEEE Mentors. Additional filters are provided based on the person’s mentoring area, location, company, interests, member grade, etc. When you have found a potential mentor, click the +Connect button and select “Request Mentor.”

Visit to learn more about IEEE Career Resources

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Announcing the new vTools.Events and updates to vTools.eNotice

(posted 29 August 2016)

The IEEE MGA vTools team is excited to announce the release of a new version of vTools.Meetings. This new version is re-branded vTools.Events to better identify with the meetings and activities that are included. vTools.Events is more than just a place to report past meeting activity.

Learn more about vTools.Events on the vTools Blog

The IEEE MGA vTools team has also released an update to vTools.eNotice.

View the vTools blog for detailed descriptions of the usability and interface enhancements of vTools.eNotice 1.6

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Call for nominations: IEEE Press Editorial Board members: deadline 14 September

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE Press is seeking nominations for qualified candidates who are willing to serve, if elected, in the position of IEEE Press Editorial Board Member.

The primary responsibility of the IEEE Press Editorial Board is to provide technical and scientific expertise in the development of world-class, technical books. Board members work on a continuing basis with the Editor-in-Chief and professional acquisitions editors to recruit authors, review their proposals, and assist in identifying technical reviewers of proposals and complete book manuscripts.

The deadline is 14 September.

View the complete call for nominations with submittal instructions (DOCX, 15 KB)

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Get involved in IEEE Future Directions initiatives

(posted 29 August 2016)

IEEE Future Directions is your resource to emerging technologies within IEEE. The team has identified specific technologies as primary focus areas and has established them as formal initiatives to engage IEEE and the general public. For each initiative, you can find a wealth of knowledge, resources, and opportunities to participate. Visit each featured portal for access to upcoming conferences, news articles, technical papers, related standards, professional organizations, and academic programs. To get involved in the initiatives and to stay informed, join the free technical communities available.

Get involved and learn more about IEEE Future Directions

Current Future Directions activities include:

Registration is open for the IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) event, taking place 12-14 December 2016, in Reston, VA, USA. This year's theme is "IoT: Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems." This is a unique event designed to examine key critical innovations across technologies, which will alter the research and application space of the future. An early registration discount is in effect through 12 November and WF-IoT is in a cooperative registration discount with Globecom, another IEEE event, taking place in December in Washington, D.C., USA.

Learn more about the IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Initiative

Attendee registration is also open for the IEEE Second International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2016), taking place 12-15 September, in Trento, Italy. This is the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. This year's theme is "Improving the citizens quality of life."

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