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Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food, Drug, and Water Safety.
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Deadline for submissions is 28 February 2013 at 5pmCT.
This collection is intended to collect and pass along essays about improving food, drug, and water safety, manufacturing, and research through enhanced communication efforts, whether those efforts be in the realm of documentation, social media, strategy development, software applications, process management programs, hardware applications, RFID applications, or other related means.
Technological advancements have enormous capability for improving our lives, but often force us to change current communication methods and policies. Those changes inevitably cause some level of friction, because industries are entrenched in current practices, new developments are expensive to put into practice, and/or they raise societal issues (such as privacy or conflicting international standards) that must be dealt with in addition to promoting the new technology. These types of issues, when added to the new technology itself, create a rhetorical situation that must be addressed through communication.
With an eye towards communication strategies within organizations, research centers, and other entities, chapter contributors are expected to explore a subject in the area of engineering food/drug/water safety, manufacturing, and/or delivery by detailing research, advancements, acts of resistance, current events, or public policy debates. Articles should be well grounded in research, insight, experience, and thoughtfulness.
Examples might include topics such as these:
The goal is for this book to enlighten professionals, researches, and students on the subject area and how communication efforts within that field or activity are being impacted by recent communication tools and developments. Furthermore, the book will emphasize communicating those developments to the public, to industry stakeholders, to government officials, and best practices for promoting their use in both industry and the larger society.
As this subject is about the quirks of research when exploring communication patterns within technical/engineering communication as related to the food and drug realms, some ambiguity or lack of resolution can be acceptable, if framed with intent and insight.
Your chapter’s perspective can be developed from any number of angles: a particular project, a particular research approach, an on-site case, an in-house solution set, an ethical dilemma, or the like. People, project, and company names should be omitted or pseudonyms can be used to protect confidentiality. If you are using data collected from human interaction, the appropriate permissions and/or human subject releases are the responsibility of the author of the chapter.
Chapters should be strongly written, and contributors can expect to work with involved editors to polish the publication. And while writers/contributors will not be paid, they will receive a free copy of the book once published.
How to Submit Your Proposed Chapter
Please send all submissions or queries by email to: