Science and Technology

ST-1 (T, 1:45-3:15pm) - ALL LEVELS
Into-English Chemistry Workshop
S. Edmund Berger, independent translator, Tonawanda, New York

This session will deal with various aspects of chemical and related terminology, nomenclature and technology. Selected terms and concepts occasionally encountered in translating foreign texts into English will be discussed. Emphasis will be on individual terms rather than on translating their context, except when needed to ensure clarity. This workshop should be of interest to those who occasionally or regularly undertake translations in the above areas and who have not had a formal education in chemistry. Colleagues working primarily in the biomedical field may also benefit.

ST-2 (T, 3:30-5:00pm) - ALL LEVELS
Science and Technology Division Annual Meeting
Patricia Bobeck, administrator, ATA Science and Technology Division, Austin, Texas

Microbiology 101
Denzel L. Dyer, translator, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

A very brief overview of microbiology will be presented with particular attention to bacteriology. Most of the discussion will be about bacteriological nomenclature, terminology, and laboratory procedures, with some comments about German terminology.

(S, 2:30-3:15pm) - ALL LEVELS
Professionalism and Ethics in Technical Translation
John Rock, translator, TransContinental Ink, Houston, Texas

The technical translation field is being pulled in several different directions, first by the globalization of the world market, second by the explosion of new technologies, and lastly by the transformation of the translation industry into big business. The pressures on the technical translator to turn around an ever increasing and diversified work load has led to a steady decline in quality, primarily through the influx of translators who have no technical background and do not understand the subject matter. The ethics of this practice are highly questionable. There are, however, a few simple ground rules which, when observed, lead to the basis for ethical conduct in technical translation.


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