Death by PowerPoint

By Michell Coats

Death by PowerPointTM is a common phrase that we have used or heard.  As professionals engaged in training and presentations, we have experienced a fair share of these presentations.  If we are completely honest, a large number of us are guilty of subjecting others to these types of presentations.  Why does this happen?  How can we minimize the effect?   I recently reviewed an article titled the “The Neuroscience of PowerPointTM” along with several other blog post regarding presentation “tactics”.

“The Neuroscience of PowerPointTM” article reviewed neuroimaging findings, research that demonstrates brain processes, and how the brain responds to contextual and direct attention cues.  It concludes with concrete ways to implement the findings and improve the strength of slide-show presentations.  The author explored the ideas that written text and spoken word conflict at levels of perception, comprehension, and retention, whereas images and spoken word do not.  The findings were linked to multimedia learning principles of redundancy and modality, then addressed ways to enhance material comprehension and retention by using cues in presentations that draw the audience’s attention to essential material with cues. 1

“Slides are visual aids and should be designed with this purpose in mind. Notes, study aids and other supplementary material should be produced separately, using tools that have been designed for those purposes.  Don’t ban the hammer – simply use it for what it was meant for.” 2

 

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AIHce will provide several opportunities to learn more about training and communication skills including:

  • New! PDC 303: Death To Death By Powerpoint: Highly Effective Training Through Storytelling
  • How to Deliver a Safety Matters Presentation, Monday, June 5, 2017, 9:30am – 9:55am (PDT)
  • H14: How to Use Creative Nonfiction Narrative to Improve Training, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Don’t forget to observe techniques of presenters that you find interesting and engaging. Ask yourself, “what do they do differently that I can incorporate into my next presentation?”

[1] Horvath, J. C. (2014), The Neuroscience of PowerPointTM.  Mind, Brain, and Education, 8: 137–143. doi:10.1111/mbe.12052

[2] Horvath, J.C. “It’s not PowerPoint’s fault, you’re just using it wrong.” The Conversation. The Conversation, US Inc.  June 25, 2015.

 

Conference 2017 Highlights!

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Event Time Location Event Type
Sunday, June 4
AIHce EXP Social 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom A-D, Seattle Sheraton Hotel Networking
Monday, June 5
First Timers’ Orientation 6:30 – 7:30 AM Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom A Networking
 

First time attending AIHce 2017 and don’t know where to start? Meet other first time attendees and learn how to make the most of all the learning opputunies avaliable!

 

Opening Keynote: Life in the Form of a Question, Ken Jennings 8:00 – 9:30 AM Check final program Keynote
CES: Resume Critquing 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
SECP: Table Topics 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Expo Hall, The HUB Table Talk
 

Topics address issues of specific interest to young industrial hygienists or to hygienists new to the profession. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The first 25 attendees to appear at this session will receive a discounted voucher for lunch.

 

·        IH Training Opportunities Through ERCs

·        Career Paths in Industrial Hygiene

·        CIH Exam 101

·        Field Work and Travel for the Industrial Hygienist

·        Networking for the Industrial Hygienist

·        Students in Global Industrial Hygiene

·        Breaking Down Barriers

 

CES: Career Portfolio: The New Professional Development Tool 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Round Table / Employment Services
CES Seminar – Let’s Get Hired! 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Round Table / Employment Services
MPDC/SECP: The 8th Habit of Highly Effective Industrial Hygiene Leaders 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Rooms 618-620, Washington State Convention Center Round Table
CES: Resume Critquing 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
Expo Hall Networking Reception 4:30 – 5:30 PM Exhibit Hall 4EF, Washington State Convention Center Networking
MPDC Mentoring Networking Event 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. FareStart, 700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101 Networking
Tuesday, June 6
AIHF Fun Run/Walk 6:30 a.m. Olympic Sculpture Park Networking
 

Come meet fellow IHs and support the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF) Scholarhip fund! Run, walk, (or sleep in) your donations help fund schlarships for students pursuing degrees in IH and related fields.

 

Ignite 8:00 – 9:00 AM Check final program Keynote
CES: Resume Critquing 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Resume Critquing
CES: Mock Interviewing 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
Student Local Sections Council Business Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Room 3A, Washington State Convention Meeting
SECP: The Sole IH/EHS Professinal in Your Organisation 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Room 606/607,Washington State Convention Round Table
SECP: Lunch Talks 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Expo Hall, The HUB Table Talk
 

Topics address issues of specific interest to young industrial hygienists or to hygienists new to the profession. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The first 25 attendees to appear at this session will receive a discounted voucher for lunch.

 

·        Building a Career Portfolio – Sponsored by Career and Employment Services Committee

·        Industrial Hygiene in the Oil & Gas Industry – Sponsored by the Oil & Gas Working Group

·        Communication Etiquette in the Digital Age – Sponsored by the Communication & Training Methods Committee

·        Top 5 Hazards in the Workplace and Ways to Control Them – Sponsored by the Hazard Prevention & Engineering Controls Committee

·        Emergency Response & Incident Preparedness for the Young Professional – Sponsoredby the Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group

·        How Mentoring Relationships Can Set You Up for Professional Success – Sponsored by the Mentoring & Professional Development Committee

 

CES: Resume Critquing 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
CES: Speed Networking 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Networking / Employment
SECP: Prespectives on Preparation for the CIH Exam 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Room 303, Washington State Convention Center Round Table
Mentoring and Professional Development Committee Meeting 4:30 – 6:30pm Willow B, Sheraton Seattle Hotel Meeting
AIHce Power Hour 6:30 – 7:30 PM Sheraton Hotel, Metropolitan Ballroom Networking
Wednesday, June 7
27 th Annual Student Poster Session 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Expo Hall Poster Session
CES: Mock Interviewing 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hall 4B, Level 4 Washington State Convention Center Employment Services
MPDC: Education Session: Mentoring – Experiences, Advice and Real World Application 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. Room 307/308,   Washington State Convention Center Round Table
SECP: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Room 613/614, Washington State Convention Center Round Table
Closing Keynote: The Brains Behind Leadership 2:15 – 3:15 PM Check final program Keynote
Students and Early Career Professionals Committee Meeting 3:30 – 5:30pm Aspen Room, Sheraton Seattle Hotel Meeting

 

 

Evolving Industries of Seattle

By: Michelle Coutu

Prior to be settled by European settlers, the area now known as Seattle, Washington was inhabited by Native Americans. The modern city was incorporated in 1869 and experienced its first economic success supplying lumber to the rapidly growing city of San Francisco. After a severe era of economic depression in connection with the panic of 1893, which hit Seattle hard, it rebounded and redefined itself as the main supply point for the Klondike Gold Rush. The American Messenger Company (to become UPS), Nordstrom, and Eddie Bauer were all founded during this economic boom in support of prospecting expeditions and propelled Seattle’s economic success into the early 20thcentry.

World War I saw the beginning of Seattle’s reputation as a transportation innovator. Seattle shipbuilders produced over 20 percent of the United States wartime ship tonnage. It also sparked the growth of Boeing, a once local airplane manufacture, which continued to excel with the advent of World War II. However, the 1960s and 1970s saw another down turn for airplane manufacturing in Seattle due to the loss of government contracts, the oil crisis, and manufacturing delays regarding the Boeing 747 aircraft.

Nevertheless, Seattle continued to reinvent itself. Moving into the 1980s saw the arrival of Microsoft, which had been having difficulties with recruitment at their original headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Once Microsoft was established, other tech and web based companies, such as Amazon, began to develop in the city. Today Seattle continues to prosper based on the growth of the tech industry.

Countdown to Conference! AIHce 2017 Seattle, WA

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Every year we look forward to meeting up with old friends, making new ones, and learning about the newest hazards and monitoring technology at the annual American Industrial Hygiene conference and exposition (AIHce). This year will also see a new conference format designed to meet the needs of today’s busy professionals. With PDCs now taking place before and after the conference and exposition you can find a learning experience that fits your schedule. Speaker sessions have been blocked into one hour sessions in order to allow participants more options to attend to more sessions; but never fear, all your favorite events and sessions are still there. In fact, due to the overwhelming popularity of the Ignite sessions it has been given a new place of prominence as the general session, on June 6.

 

AIHce 2017 Update

Preparations are already underway for the 2017 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition.    “AIHce 2017 will feature some exciting changes to the format of the conference. The updated conference schedule is intended to be more user-friendly and efficient; all education sessions will be 60 minutes in length, with breaks in between to allow attendees to easily get from one presentation to the next. AIHce 2017 will also include a variety of education formats to create engaging learning environments that actively involve participants. Education sessions will be grouped into tracks, allowing attendees to share the conference experience with those who are interested in similar subject areas…”  Excerpt from AIHA Release No. SPR-16-0825-01 

 

Things to look forward to in the new AIHce format:

Professional Development Courses (PDCs) will be held Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday (NEW for 2017).

Case Studies and Scientific Research presentations at AIHce 2017 will be 20 minutes in length, while full sessions at AIHce are 60 minutes.

Technical Session (60-minute) – These will address topics within OEHS and be delivered in any format from panels to workshops, interactive problem solving, and more.

Professional & Student Posters

Ignite (5-minute) – In an Ignite session each speaker has 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, so the entire presentation is five minutes long.

Session Tracks – sessions will be grouped in to tracks within a subject area

Closing General Session on Wednesday afternoon

Committee Meetings will be scheduled in the early morning or at the end of afternoon to avoid competing with education sessions

 

For more information on the exiting new changes, visit http://www.aihce2017.org/proposals/Pages/default.aspx

 

Complied by

Michell Coats, CIH, CSP, CHMM

Senior Industrial Hygienist

Mentee to Mentor

By Michelle Coutu

I’ve been meeting with my mentor for almost three years now, and we have now reached a point where we need to once again decide if we should continue our mentoring relationship or part ways. In the past it was always an easy decision–there were resumes to write, CIH preparations to tackle and professional relationships to navigate. This year is different, the decision doesn’t seem as clear cut. With the help and guidance of my mentor I’ve been able to accomplish all my goals and feel more confident in navigating problems when they arise.

Does this mean that I am done with being a mentee?

No, throughout my academic and early career I can name multiple people that I have turned to for guidance and I’m sure that there will be even more along the way. I am looking forward to more formal and informal opportunities to learn from others.

Does this mean that I am ready to be a mentor to someone else? 

Maybe, everyone is at different stages in their career and we all have support and guidance to give no matter where we are. The hardest part will be determining if you have the self-assurance to share what you have learned (which may come with time).

Every Mentee-Mentor relationship is different and each relationship will run its course in due time but that doesn’t mean the friendship or learning is over. It can be an opportunity for personal growth, exploring other interests, or finding another mentor. Mentoring is a continuous process that is designed to help people grow and foster new skills. Only you will know when that transition to the next step will occur but don’t be afraid of it when it does.

Committee Updates

SECP Outreach:

The SECP Outreach Group members have each been challenged to find and reach out to one school in which to conduct the “Safety Matters” curriculum. The group is hoping to present the material to the schools by the end of the calendar year.  Team member Laurie Vivekanand is working with the AIHA Eastern Upstate NY Chapter in Albany to coordinate various aspect of Outreach among the constituency of high schools and colleges within their area. Finally, AIHA member Richard Hirsch has reached out to the group as part of a consortium of California AIHA local sections that are trying to push the “Talking Safety” curricula into the state of California educational system.  Outreach group members who are California-based and are interested in helping out should contact Andrew Burgie.

CIH Prep:

The group is currently collecting feedback from team members on drafted survey questions about connecting mentors and mentees. The survey will then be sent out to team members’ local sections, allowing for the creation of mentor/mentee pairs that are local to one another. The group is potentially aiming to distribute the survey this fall, to allow for matches to be made before the Spring 2017 exam window.

Update by Pam Dopart