Welcome to the website of the American Translators Association’s (ATA) Science and Technology Division (S&TD). Take a look around to learn more about us. If you are a professional translator or interpreter and are not already a member of ATA or the division, we encourage you to join here.
Help us promote the ATA's 57th Annual Conference in San Francisco! Add the clickable conference button to your website. Registration opens later this month. In the meantime, you can already book your hotel room at the Hyatt or find a roommate through the ATA Roommate Blog.
ATA57 presentation topics that will be of interest to S&TD members include: preserving sound recordings using light, satellite applications, environmental topics, mathematics and chaos, gene editing, chemical regulations, intellectual property trends, patent litigation, Export Administration Regulations, digital security, CAT tool user demos, cochlear implants, Spanish scientific terminology, and artificial intelligence.
There will also be an Advanced Skills & Training Day course on advanced technical writing by Karen Tkaczyk and a division dinner on Friday evening. Stay tuned for the full schedule of S&TD sessions and activities.
Proposal acceptances for ATA 57 are beginning to arrive. Some topics that will be of interest to S&TD members include:
- "English for Environmental Content: Working with NGOs and Financial/Multilateral Institutions," by Melissa Harkin
- "Beyond Navigation - Established and Emerging Satellite Applications," by Karl Pfeiffer
- "Translating Poincaré: French, Mathematical-Physics and Chaos," by Bruce Popp
- "CRISPR gene editing - from tailored gene therapy to species engineering," by Tapani Ronni
- "What goes there? The inception and development of chemical regulatory legislation," by Matthew Schlecht
Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help organize a division dinner during ATA 57. We are still in the planning stages and could use your suggestions, particularly any field trip ideas. Please send your comments to divisionS_TD[at]atanet.org
ATA's keyboarded exam is back! ATA will be offering computerized exam sittings at ATA57 along with handwritten ones. For more information, see www.atanet.org/newsbriefs/2016_may_31.php#ATANews_Story_10689
We have posted two new articles on our blog
- “The Beginning of Wisdom: Some practical aspects of technical translation,” by Nicholas Hartmann
- “Why You Should Participate in the School Outreach Program,” by Molly Yurick
Comments and contributions to the blog are always welcome! Please send your ideas to Amy Lesiewicz
We are delighted to have Guest Speaker Carl Haber confirmed for ATA 57 in San Francisco. Dr. Haber’s two-part presentation, “Seeing Voices: Using Light to Restore and Preserve Early Recorded Sound,” will discuss his use of techniques developed for particle physics research to scan and preserve some of the earliest known sound recordings, including Alexander Graham Bell’s restored voice (1885) and Native American voices from the early 20th century. Part one will focus on the techniques, while part two will focus on the audio collections themselves. Dr. Haber is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013. His work has been profiled in The New Yorker
, National Geographic magazine
, and The Wall Street Journal
Help us organize a social event for the division in San Francisco! It can be anything from a dinner to a site tour. Please email Lebzy González and Carola Berger at divisionS_TD@atanet.org
The latest report from the Administrator to the ATA Board has been posted under the website’s Official Business